Halloween Safety Tips

  Halloween Safety Tips   Keep the night fun and all the lil’ folks protected!   Check the weather! Halloween in Texas can be blazing hot or chilly cool. Be sure to dress in layers and check costumes for over-heating problems before you head out for events. With all the rain Texas has received, don’t count out potential rain! Check the costumes to make sure lil’ ones can see through masks and breathe easily. Make a plan for your route and let everyone know! Eat a healthy meal or snack before all the tasty treats get passed around! Take a flashlight if you plan on staying out past 6:00pm. Save your cell phone battery! Check all candy before eating. Throw away candy that doesn’t have a wrapper or appears unsafe. Have a great time and enjoy the evening! From Larrick Law Firm        ...

Recorded Statements: To Give or Not to Give?

So you have gotten in a wreck – your fault or not – if insurance is involved, there is a 99% chance you will be asked to give a recorded statement as part of the claims process by an insurance adjuster for the other person’s insurance. It’s also possible for your own insurance company to ask for a recorded statement as well. Elizabeth helps with the car wreck insurance claims every day, this is a common question received from clients and/or potential clients. So this is a quick blog to help understand a bit more about a recorded statement and its implications for your car wreck claim.   What is a recorded statement? A recorded statement is a conversation – taken over the phone (usually) by an insurance adjuster or insurances claims handler, in which they begin the conversation by asking if they can record the conversation and then proceed to ask what happened. They also ask for your personal information (date of birth, address, telephone number, and social security number) and really . . . any other information they may need or want to investigate the claim, including if you were injured or not. You won’t be allowed to ask questions, or rather, you will not be given any responses by the insurance adjuster while the recorder is on. You will only be asked to give responses to scripted questions, and at times, very one-sided questions. What is a recorded statement used for? The recorded statement is used by the insurance company to determine whether they have any responsibility – basically whether they will have to pay any money...

FAQ: Car Repairs

Frequently Asked Question: Car Repairs Do I get to pick the repair shop? Bumper crunched? Headlight crushed? No matter the size of the repairs you want to use a trusted automobile repair body shop. As part of the property damage claim from a car wreck, many insurance companies push their own repair shops as the only place where you can get repairs. This is simply NOT TRUE in the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Insurance provides a Consumer Bill of Rights for personal automobile insurance that insurance companies must give you a copy when they issue you a policy: CHOICE OF REPAIR SHOP AND REPLACEMENT PARTS. You have the right to choose the repair shop and replacement parts for your vehicle. An insurance company may not specify the brand, type, kind, age, vendor, supplier, or condition of parts or products used to repair Your automobile. The insurance company must provide you notice of the above requirements as follows: claims submitted by telephone written notice within three business days or immediate verbal notice, followed by written notice within 15 days; • claims submitted in person immediate written notice at the time you present your vehicle to an insurer or an insurance adjuster or other peron in connection with a claim for damage repair: or • claims submitted in writing — written notice must be provided within three business days of the insurance company’s receipt of the notice. Yes, you can pick the automotive repair shop for your vehicle. But be sure the automotive repair shop gives you a lifetime warranty on all repairs. Want to learn more about...

We’ve moved . . .

I am very excited to announce Larrick Law Firm has moved its location to: 2720 Bee Caves Rd Suite 206 Austin, Texas 78746 Looking forward to continue to serve our clients and help new ones at the new office!

2016 Austin Bar Association Fitness Committee Sneaker Drive

According to the City of Austin an average of 2,000 homeless adults and children are living on the street, in emergency shelters or transitional housing each day.  Many of these folks do not have proper footwear to help them get through the Austin’s coldest and wettest months (February – March).   A pair of shoes can provide protection from the elements, warmth, ease of transportation, and a boost of confidence.  The members of the ABA Fitness Committee want encourage members to donate a pair of gently worn athletic or running shoes of any size (adults or kids) during the month of January to help these individuals in need. Austin Bar Association Fitness Committee has paired with Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), a local non-profit organization to assist with distributing the donated shoes to individuals in need. ARCH is located in downtown Austin and provides immediate assistance through showers, hygiene items and clothing.  ARCH works as a “one stop shop” where clients may access a variety of services such as legal assistance, job training, health care, and case management which will help them transition into housing. This is accomplished through a unique partnership with nine co-located agencies that work together to provide the best possible service to Austin’s homeless men and women. What to read more about ARCH? www.frontsteps.org/what-we-do/arch/ What:  Gently worn sneakers/athletic shoes of any size, men, women and children When:  January 1 -31st Where to Donate: Austin Bar Association 816 Congress Ste 700 Austin, Texas 78701 Larrick Law Firm 1502 West Ave. Austin, Texas 78701 Law Offices of Nikki Maples 1717 W. Sixth St Suite 315 Austin, Texas 78703 The Stewart Law...

Thank a Veteran

Veterans’ Day Originally, November 11th was proclaimed “Armistice Day” by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I.  At the time, World War I was seen as the “war to end all wars” but this changed after the beginning of World War II, which required the greatest mobilization of the Nation’s armed forces. And again later with the United States involvement in Korea, the holiday became “Veterans’ Day” officially on June 1, 1954.  The holiday is intended to recognize and celebrate America’s veterans for their dedication to the country and willingness to serve. Veterans’ Day is a day set aside to honor the services of all U.S. military veterans of every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces – Navy, Army, Marine Corp, Air Force and Coast Guard. Larrick Law Firm is grateful for the service and sacrifice of the members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  I have personal dedication to honor the service of my grandfather, Earl W. Rucker, as a World War II veteran.  ...

These Boots were made for. . .

As you have probably noticed, the front image of my website boasts a beautiful pair of boots. I have received many comments and questions about these boots. I am happy to explain. These boots were made for . . . marching! Not walking. These cowboy boots are very special to me because they were my grandfather’s. The boots were handmade for my grandfather when he was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While I have his boots, I didn’t get his musical ability! But I did get many other wonderful talents and lessons, which I give him full credit. I was very fortunate to grow-up in the same town as my grandparents and spent many many hours with them. We celebrated all our holidays and birthdays at their house. It was a special treat to get to spend the night at their house – my grandmother would fix a home-cooked dinner and my grandfather would make a special breakfast, M&Ms included. He had quite the sweet tooth! He was an accountant by profession and continually used opportunities to teach my siblings and I about finances. When we were young, he would pay us .10 for every bug we caught or weed we pulled and made it our job to keep track of how much he owed us (without bringing him a handful of bugs or weeds!). He started a lawn mowing business for my older sister with his neighbors, which was passed down to my brother and then to me. He took me open my first bank account and showed me...

Property Damage 101

Whether you got a scratch or wheels are knocked off, you will have to deal with a property damage claim in the event you are in a car wreck, motorcycle collision or bicycle crash. The property damage claim is separate from any claim you have for injuries, medical bills and lost wages. A property damage claim is typically the first claim started after you have been in a collision of any kind. When you are starting a property damage claim the insurance companies will try to gather information about your injuries. This may appear to be in your best interest to answer all the questions you are asked when you call into an insurance company. However, due to the wide range of injuries that can occur in a collision, you injuries may not appear immediately or may become worse with time. Generally, all calls to insurance companies are recorded and statements made about your injuries in the first call set the tone for your bodily injury claim and can be used later to deny or de-value your claim for injuries, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Therefore, be aware of the questions about your bodily injuries and be sure to stick to the questions about the property damage. Whose insurance covers my property damage? A claim for property damage can be processed through your own auto insurance policy, if you have purchased the proper insurance coverage, or can be processed through the at-fault party’s insurance policy. If you choose your auto insurance policy, a deductible may be applicable. The deductible is recoverable from the at-fault party’s insurance...

Pedestrian Safety

            Walking is the simplest form of transportation and we use it EVERY day – walk through the parking lot to the grocery store, walk the kids to school, walk the dog or walk across the street to work. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes in 2012. So while walking may be the easiest form of transportation, by far, it is not the safest. It’s important to remember a few quick tips to be safe while walking: Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. WHY? This is where car drivers are expecting pedestrians to be. Be predictable. WHY? Drivers and their 4,000 pounds of steel vehicles can’t react quickly. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. WHY? That is one of the main purposes of sidewalks – Feet traffic ONLY. Be visible at all times – day or night. WHY? If vehicles can’t see you, they can’t plan for you. And don’t forget – Look both ways before crossing the street! Want to see what the City of Austin is doing for pedestrian safety?Check out the City of Austin Pedestrian Programs. Want to do more for pedestrians in your community? Go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for resources and...

Why Larrick Law Firm?

Why Larrick Law Firm? Larrick Law Firm is committed to your case, and values each and every person we represent. We have built our business around providing excellent legal representation and superior customer service. You will not have to worry about what is going on with your case because we will keep you up-to-date and informed every step of the way. You will always be treated in a kind and courteous manner. The legal strategy that Larrick Law Firm will develop with you will be intended to cover all the damages you sustained as a result of the accident, including: Medical expense – Now and in the future Pain & suffering Lost Wages Loss of future income If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, you will need to do everything you can now in order to protect your present and future interests. Remember, do not be discouraged by the insurance company – they are simply looking to delay or deny your claim to make sure that they can get away with compensating you as little as possible. Please contact us today for a free consultation (512) 893-5700.    ...