J.D. Silva & Associates, PLLC

J.D. Silva & Associates, PLLC Blogs

Blog Authors

Latest from J.D. Silva & Associates, PLLC

When facing criminal assault charges, one of the first things you should ask yourself is if you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer. While an experienced defense attorney does come with costs and fees, those costs are nothing in comparison to being able to reduce and/or avoid a prison sentence and hefty court-imposed fines. While many people think they understand the ins and outs of the legal process and assume they will be able to defend themselves in an assault case, it is always best to speak to a criminal assault lawyer to learn how they can protect your…
Distracted driving is one of the biggest problems Texans face on the roads today. According to the CDC, at least eight people are killed and 1,000 people are injured every day in the United States in collisions that involve distracted drivers. A driver is considered distracted when they are participating in any activity that takes their full focus away from driving their vehicle. You can be distracted while driving a car, truck, bus, or even an ATV. Every distraction a driver pays attention to increases the chance that driver will cause a car crash. There are an infinite number…
Severe motorcycle accidents are an unfortunate reality for many motorcyclists on U.S. roads. Due to the particularly vulnerable state motorcyclists face with limited protection, even for the most seasoned motorcycle rider, the risk of injury after impact with a vehicle is exceedingly high. Even with less traffic on U.S. roads during the pandemic and a two percent decrease in overall motorcycle accidents last year, Texas saw a 17 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Why are motorcycle deaths increasing in our state despite the decrease in vehicles on…
Driving in Houston is already a stressful experience but when you put your life into the hands of an Uber driver, or other rideshare driver, just how dangerous can it be? While Uber and Lyft are great options for those seeking a safer ride home after having a few drinks, many rideshare drivers do not leave their usual driving habits behind when they have a paid passenger in the vehicle. This can lead to serious car accidents that can cause severe injuries and even death. A recent survey revealed rideshare passengers have witnessed Uber and Lyft drivers driving while texting,…
Losing a loved one unexpectedly can be absolutely devastating; and while nothing can bring them back, seeking compensation for a wrongful death can lessen the family’s financial burden. There is limited time to act, however, and if legal action is not taken in time the family may lose the chance to make a claim. The statute of limitations in Texas for wrongful death is two years from the date of the victim’s death, with very few exceptions. To help protect your family’s legal rights and preserve the ability to pursue legal action, contact our team of wrongful death attorneys today…
Driving next to an 18-wheeler is a daily occurrence for most Houstonians, as there are hundreds of semis on our highways at any given time. While they are essential to moving goods across the country, 18-wheeler accidents have been on the rise over the past few years, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. On average, there are at least 500,000 semi-truck related accidents each year in the United States. Just last month in Houston on I-10, there was a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler that flipped onto an exit ramp and burst into flames. The exit ramp on I-10 East…
Being arrested for a DWI (driving while intoxicated) can be a frightening and confusing experience that no one wants to go through. Many people charged with a DWI have no prior offenses, are new to the criminal justice system, and don’t know what to expect from the process or if they should even hire a criminal defense lawyer. Even though drunk driving is among the most common criminal charges in Texas, that does not mean it is any less serious than other crimes. Drunk drivers can face serious jail time, expensive fines, and loss of mobility if convicted. Criminal cases,…
Being involved in a car accident in Houston is a stressful and often painful experience. It can be an even worse experience when the driver who hit you flees the scene and leaves you to deal with the aftermath of the crash alone. Hit and run accidents are among the most common types of car accidents in Houston, and they often leave victims scared and unsure of what to do next. Texas is ranked among the top ten states in the county for its high number of hit and run accidents, which means you will likely experience one while living…
Houston is known as the “Energy Capital of the World” and is home to more than 5,000 energy-related companies and 10 refineries. These Houston refineries use toxic chemicals, high temperatures, and tremendous pressure to process 2.6 million barrels of crude oil each day. With the volume of oil produced each day being produced under these dangerous conditions, it comes as no surprise that catastrophic refinery explosions occur on a regular basis. These Houston refinery explosions can be devastating to both industrial workers and Houston area residents who have to deal with the fallout of an explosion. These explosions are typically…
Car accident injuries are incredibly common in Texas, as one person is injured in a car accident every two minutes and three seconds according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Whether hit by a distracted driver at an intersection or rear-ended by a speeding driver on the highway, all car accidents cause some form of damage. The most visible damage is typically from the impact to your car, but car accidents can also cause serious damage to your body that may not be immediately visible. Car accidents involve a large amount of force being applied very quickly during a…