Uber Freight: Simplifying the Entire Booking Process

Since September of 2018, Uber Technologies has been testing Uber Freight in the Texas Triangle area for van and refrigerator deliveries. In June of 2019 the full truck-load freight brokerage announced their nationwide roll out. Their goal is to help owner-operator shipping carriers book loads more easily. Its purpose is to simplify the entire booking process. All you have to do is log in to your account, enter your pick-up and drop off information, and then you receive an instant quote. If you like the quoted rate, you can book the shipment. This platform matches commercial shippers with truck drivers looking...

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Thank You from Delisi Friday

On June 1st, my Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year campaign came to an end. I am proud to say I was 1 of 16 candidates this year in San Antonio and we raised an outstanding amount of $1,126,107 for blood cancer! My team and I were able to raise $53,927 and more than 50% of my fundraising was thanks to many of the attorneys who read this magazine. Thank YOU! Many of you who donated shared touching stories of how blood cancer has impacted someone you love. Thank you for sharing your personal connection with me and...

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ATAA Teams UP With Trucking School

Michael Cowen Takes the Wheel with a Hands-On Approach to Better Understanding Trucking and Truck Drivers ATAAhas teamed up with a trucking school to offer ATAA (Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys) members a unique trucking program. This program in Montana includes classroom work with instructors experienced in trucking litigation, accident causation, vehicle maintenance and proper vehicle operation combined with real hands-on experience behind the wheel of a big-rig. You may have seen a video on our law firm social media recently, of Michael Cowen taking this course and his experience with the program. As an ATAA member, Cowen took advantage of this...

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We’re Excited to Offer an Associate Attorney Role in Our Firm

Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock is excited to add another Associate Attorney role to our firm. This position will be located in our San Antonio office. The ideal candidate has between 2 and 6 years of experience as an attorney. This position requires considerable travel, as this docket includes cases throughout the state of Texas, and depositions that often require travel to other states. As a firm, we are striving to achieve a work-life balance. Our goal is to allow attorneys the time and the docket to do the detailed work each case deserves. This attorney will work with a team...

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How to Keep Your Email Signature Consistent

Branding your firm is important. Many times, your branding it the first impression your clients will have of your firm. We usually think of branding to encompass our website, social media, print materials, office décor,etc.But, have you thought about your email signature? Think about how many different emails your clients will receive from your team throughout the duration of their case. What sort of message are you sending if your team all has a different email signature? Consistency with branding is always key.It helps to build rapport and establish a reliable and unified front for your firm. We had this issue in...

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Being “Social” Can Affect Your Personal Injury Settlement

Billions of people use social media daily, with some people posting every detail of their life on display for their friends and family. What many don’t realize is, regardless of privacy settings, social content can still be found.It’s important to ensure your personal injury clients are aware that their social media posts can heavily affect their claim...

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Facebook vs. Twitter – Which is Right for my Firm

In the era of social media, law firms across the globe are learning how to use different social media platforms to market their law firms. But how do you decide which one is right for you? Is it Facebook or is it Twitter? The answer is simple: both. The better question you should be asking is, “HOW do you use Facebook and Twitter differently to market a law firm?” To find out the answer we must first understand who uses each platform. Facebook has 214 million active users in the United States, with a shocking 84% of those users between the ages...

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The Stop Underrides Act

Last month, Consumer Reports, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Truck Safety Coalition, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the National Safety Council Road to Zero Coalition announced their support for the Stop Underrides Act. The Stop Underrides Act is a bill that would “direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue rules requiring strong metal bars on the rear, sides, and front of trailers, semi-trailers, and single-unit trucks.” In the event of a collision, underride guards have been proven to help stop a vehicle from continuing underneath a truck. The metal bar guards will improve the likelihood that a car’s air...

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Uber Is Not Criminally Liable for 2018 Fatal Self-Driving Accident

Last year a self-driving Uber struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona. At the time of the crash, the Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode. Although capable of driving on its own, the Uber still requires a backup driver inside the vehicle to intervene when the autonomous system fails to navigate complex driving situations. In this case, the driver was looking down at his phone. By the time he looked up and could have intervened, it was too late. Police say this accident was “entirely avoidable.” The Yavapai County Attorney recently released a letter made public stating there was "no basis"...

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AAA Looking to Standardize Vehicle Safety Technology

When it comes to vehicle safety, technology offerings should be crystal clear so that the driver is fully aware of the capabilities. Right now, there is no widely accepted name for the safety technologies featured in vehicles currently on the market. In a recent study, AAA looked at 34 car brands and found that their advanced driver assistance systems vary greatly and in some cases could overpromise features for customers. Features like “autopilot” or “ProPilot Assist” suggest more autonomous driving than they can actually deliver. In fact, according to the study, 40% of Americans expect such features as “autopilot” to offer...

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