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Are third-party claims possible in Texas after a work injury?

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, not all employers in Texas are required to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage. However, for those who are hurt on the job, there are still compensation options. In this post, we are going to focus on third-party liability claims.

In the most basic of terms, in talking about work injuries, a third-party liability claim is the type of legal action an employee can take when an injury stems from a third party, meaning not the employer or employee.

Texting more likely to cause car accidents than daydreaming

It is a well-known fact that distracted driving can be extremely dangerous. Scientists from Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the University of Houston have recently reported that their studies compared different types of distractions and yielded fascinating results. Daydreaming, emotional distractions and texting while driving were studied, and it was found that car accidents were most likely to be caused by texting.

Research participants were put in a simulator, and they had to drive the same road under four different -- randomly chosen -- circumstances. These were normal conditions, emotionally distressed or angry, absent-minded, and texting. By using biofeedback instruments such as thermal imaging, analysis of the drivers' mental states throughout the experiments showed that only the up and down movement of the head while texting adversely affected the driving abilities of participants.

Widow files wrongful death suit against Lyft after bike crash

A Texas man recently lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Austin. Barely one week after the tragedy, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the wife of the deceased motorcyclist. She seeks in excess of $1 million in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff claims her husband was riding a motorcycle when a pickup truck ahead of him suddenly veered off to the left. The reason for the pickup truck swerving turned out to be a Lyft driver who had, allegedly, unexpectedly stopped for passengers. In an effort to avoid hitting the stationary Rideshare car, the bike rider lost control. He smashed into a utility pole after hitting the curb.

Product liability claim follows 10th alleged Takata death

Following up on our blog post about Takata airbags from Nov. 22, 2014 ("Airbags allegedly causing consumer death instead of saving lives"), another claim is making its way through our civil court system. The emotional trauma of losing a child in a preventable accident is devastating. The parents of a 17-year-old Texas girl who died a little more than a month ago recently filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Takata airbags that were fitted in the car she was driving at the time of the tragedy. Reportedly, hers was the 10th death in the country that was positively linked to Takata.

According to the lawsuit, the teenager was involved in a rear-end crash on March 31. The impact caused the airbag to inflate. As seen in other crashes involving the Takata airbag, the ammonium nitrate inflated the airbag with so much force that it exploded. The explosion caused a piece of metal from the airbag to lodge in the girl's throat, causing her instant death.

Four children survive fiery car crash on FM 3083

When children survive auto accidents in which their parents die, the tragedy is almost incomprehensible. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported such a tragic car crash that left only children as survivors. The incident reportedly occurred north of Houston on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

An accident report by troopers indicates that a pickup truck carrying five occupants was traveling on FM 3083. For unknown reasons, the driver veered across the center line. The truck smashed head-on into an SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction. There were two passengers in the SUV.

What you need to know about brain injuries after an accident

A brain injury is not like many other injuries. While yes, any injury can be very painful and caused by someone else's negligence, the effects of a brain injury tend to be life altering, greatly impact a person for the rest of their life. Given the severity of these types of injuries, it is common to have questions after an accident. In this post, we hope to address some of the basic facts.

No 1: Physical and emotional changes can stem from a brain injury

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to brain injuries. The symptoms one person may have can be vastly different from someone else. Some changes may be physical, such as problems with coordination, headaches, seizures or trouble speaking or swallowing. Others may have problems with bodily functions, such as bladder control, to name only a few symptoms.

Passenger killed in fatal accident when pickup rolls over

Determining the cause of a single-vehicle crash often requires skilled investigators and it may even require the reconstruction of the accident. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that state troopers are involved in an investigation into a fatal accident that occurred on a recent Thursday. One man lost his life in this accident.

A preliminary accident report indicates that the crash occurred in the vicinity of Los Fresnos in the early evening hours. Reportedly, an unidentified driver with one passenger was traveling east on Highway 100 in a pickup truck. For reasons yet to be determined, the driver lost control of the truck. The vehicle rolled over, ejecting the passenger.

3 things to know about job injuries

Getting hurt on the job can be a real nightmare. Not only is there the physical pain -- and corresponding medical expenses -- but for those who miss work due to their injuries there is also an added financial worry. This leaves many wondering just what their rights are and what to do next.

Texas is unique in the fact that not all employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage. This means the process to obtaining compensation can be even more confusing. However, it is important to remember that even though workers' compensation may not be on the table, workers who are hurt on the job do have legal options.

Fatal accident in Kyle kills 1, causes serious injuries to others

A Texas police chief in Kyle reported that, due to construction work and lane closures, several of his police officers were present and witnessed an accident that caused the death of one person and injured several others. The fatal accident reportedly occurred on SB I-35 shortly after midnight on a recent Friday. The Kyle Police officers started rescue operations while awaiting the arrival of the fire department.

According to an accident report, a pickup truck carrying three passengers was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The impact caused the pickup truck to smash into the back of another big rig before catching fire. Two of the passengers were reportedly rescued from the burning wreck and transported to a hospital in the area with serious injuries. A third occupant of the pickup was declared dead at the accident scene.

Fatal I-10 car crash claims life of 71-year-old Texas driver

Car accidents involving drivers who cross over the center median on Texas highways are all too prevalent. Such a car crash claimed the life of a Houston resident on a recent Tuesday afternoon. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, three vehicles were involved in the collision that occurred on Interstate 10 in the vicinity of the Goodyear plant.

An accident report indicates that a pickup truck was heading west on the interstate when its 21-year-old driver swerved left and drove onto the dividing median. The truck reportedly smashed through the cable barrier and entered the lanes of the eastbound traffic. It slammed head-on into the car of a 71-year-old woman, causing critical injuries.

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