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Tips For Car Accident & Personal Injury Victims

In most cases, auto accidents are the result of negligence and poor decision making by the party at fault. Sometimes, accidents are caused by eating and driving, backseat distractions, and driving under the influence.

If you are ever involved in an auto accident the information below will come in handy ensuring that you take all the necessary steps to protect your interests, and gather all the information necessary to file an insurance claim and file suit if needed.

Never Admit That You Are Guilty or At Fault

Don’t say anything that could be taken as an admission of you being responsible for the car wreck. Don’t share your opinion on the wreck with anyone other than the personal injury attorney fighting for you on your case.

Contact Law Enforcement

Its the law in the state of Texas that the police are informed anytime an automobile accident occurs on Texas streets and highways. Also, having the police involved will create a solid record of accident, road conditions, and other details that untrained citizens may neglect to record when taking notes.

Go To The Hospital

Anytime a personal injury is apparent, you should go to the hospital or insure that any injured party is given medical attention. Whomever is found to be responsible for the accident will have to pay the doctor bills.

Car Accidents and Personal Injury Cases

Gather Contact Information

There are a number of other details you should gather as well as listed below.

  • Get to contact information of all drivers and witnesses.
  • Take video and photos of the accident scene with your cell phone.
  • Notify your insurance company.
  • Get the insurance information of the other drivers’ insurer.
  • Don’t discuss your case.

Talk With a Personal Injury Attorney

After you’ve gathered all the information you can from the accident scene, its important that you notify your attorney as soon as possible so you can get all the compensation you can get. After all, you should be compensated for your pain and suffering and there is no better way to go about getting compensated than to file a lawsuit.

The Rise of Meth Use in Houston

In Houston, Texas, meth use has been on the rise for years prompting a new focus alongside that of crack and cocaine. Since meth amphetamines are a rising issue in the State of Texas, the criminal justice system has begun to take a hard stance on the drug. If you are accused of the possession of meth you can expect sentencing similar to that experienced by people arrested for the possession of cocaine in Texas.

If you are a user of meth amphetamines it is important that you are aware of the various health effects caused by using this dangerous drug. Although made using the ingredients of over the counter medication, it is important to understand that meth is still a very dangerous drug that no one who wants to take care of themselves would use, or even come in contact with.

Health Effects of Meth use

Health Effects of Meth Use

Short Term Effects on Your Health

  • Loss of appetite is often experience by meth users.
  • Users of meth also experience an increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
  • Dilation of pupils of the eye is often cited as an effect of meth use.
  • Disturbed sleep patterns and feeling of nausea.
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior in addition to hallucinations, hyperexcitability, and irritability is another one of the short term effects of meth use.
  • Panic and psychosis is another result of using this dangerous illegal drug.
  • Convulsions, seizures and death from abnormally high doses are not rare either.

Longer Term Effects on The Health of Meth Users

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels can be caused by meth use as well as heart and brain damage which will cause high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and even possibly death.
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage are also a result of using this dangerous drug.
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed may cause the center tissue wall of your nose to diminish over time.
  • Respiratory problems may also result if smoking is the way the drug is ingested.
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses can form if meth is injected intravenously.
  • Malnutrition, weight loss, tooth decay, disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion are also commonplace.
  • Strong psychological dependence to drug also occurs along with psychosis, depression, and damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy.

Source of Meth Health Effects: Drug Free World

Criminal Penalties for Meth Related Drug Crimes in Texas

Quantity of Meth Criminal Classification Potential Criminal Penalty
Less than 1 gram State jail felony Up to 2 years in prison and $10,000 Fine
1 gram-3.99 grams 3rd degree felony 2-10 yrs. in prison and $10,000 Fine
4-199 grams 2nd degree felony 2-20 yrs. in prison and $10,000 Fine
200-399 grams 1st degree felony 5-99 yrs. in prison and $10,000 Fine
400 grams + Enhanced 1st degree felony 10-99 yrs. in prison and $100,000 Fine

Criminal penalties for criminal offenses related to meth are strict and harsh in Texas mainly because of how dangerous the drugs is, ease of production, and high capacity for abuse. As you may gather, a person arrested by law enforcement with 5 grams of meth could be looking at a 20 year sentence in a Texas penitentiary.

If you are ever arrested in connection with a drug like meth in Houston, talk with a smart criminal defense attorney who will be able to fight the charge after developing a smart criminal defense strategy for your case.

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