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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

How often do motor vehicle accidents happen in Texas?

Driving is a part of our everyday lives. We get in the car to go to work, take the kids to school and go grocery shopping. Whether staying in the neighborhood or taking a road trip across the state of Texas, for most people, driving a car is just a routine part of their days.

However, just because it's routine, does not mean that it's danger-free. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, people are injured or killed in accidents every single day.

Wrongful death: Law suit claims gas leak hastened mother's death

Gas companies nationwide, including in Texas, are responsible for the monitoring of gas wells to ensure detection of any leaks. A family in another state recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a gas company. They allege that a gas leak near their mother's residence hastened her death.

According to the lawsuit, the gas leak that was reported in Oct. 2015 adversely affected the 79-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. The plaintiffs contend that the leaking gas -- which was coming from a well that was about three miles away -- affected her ability to breathe so severely that she became permanently dependent on oxygen from a tank. Her son asserts that even after his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in March she still continued to live an active life, including going on cruises.

Detached trailer causes fatal accident on Interstate 20, kills 1

A trailer that became detached from a pickup truck apparently led to an accident that caused the death of a Texas woman on a recent Wednesday. Police say the fatal accident occurred on Interstate 20 in Mesquite. The accident is reportedly the first fatal crash in Mesquite this year.

A preliminary accident report by the Mesquite Police Department indicates that a pickup truck with a utility trailer attached to it was heading westbound along the highway. Somehow, the trailer dislodged from the truck. The trailer then crossed over the center median and traveled into the eastbound lanes of traffic.

Texas car crash causes serious head injury to 1, kills another

A Texas driver of a pickup truck was recently hospitalized with serious head injuries. The injuries were suffered in a car crash in which his pickup was struck by a vehicle whose driver had lost control of it. According to a crash report, the collision occurred on State Highway 114 in Dallas County during the rush hour of a recent Thursday morning.

Crash investigators say a 40-year-old Irving woman was eastbound on the highway in an SUV when she accidentally struck a car that was traveling in the same direction. This apparently caused her to lose control of her vehicle, and it veered into a ditch on the median. The SUV then went airborne and collided with a westbound pickup truck.

Dangerous product: Lip balm caused everything but smooth lips

Advertising is a powerful tool to get a new product on the market, and consumers are often tempted by the various tactics used by the marketing departments of manufacturers. A class action lawsuit was recently filed against EOS -- a lip balm manufacturer -- alleging the lip balm it claims to be healthy and healing is actually a dangerous product. The lawsuit says thousands of consumers nationwide, possibly also some in Texas, may have suffered adverse effects after using EOS lip balm.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff applied the lip balm immediately after purchasing it, but instead of the sensational smooth lips that were promised on the packaging material, her lips felt like sandpaper. Therefore, she applied more lip balm to achieve the smooth effect, but claims her lips became flaky, and the cracks started bleeding. She further alleges that she had to seek medical care when the skin surrounding her mouth developed a rash and started blistering. She contends that she endured the condition for approximately 10 days.

Big rig driver dies in fatal accident on state Highway 6

The Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly arrested a woman whose driver's license was invalid after she allegedly caused the death of a big rig driver who was attending to mechanical problems on his truck. According to their report on this fatal accident, the 18-wheeler was parked on the shoulder of state Highway 6, not far from Navasota. The operator apparently exited the truck to investigate a mechanical problem.

A sedan operated by a 28-year-old woman reportedly veered onto the road shoulder. When she saw the big rig, she swerved to avoid smashing into it. However, her vehicle apparently clipped the truck, then continued along the side. It struck the trucker who was standing near the front wheel of the rig.

Exploding hoverboards may bring product liability claims

When new products for which safety regulations have not been developed yet are introduced to the market, consumers may unknowingly be exposed to dangers that can cause potentially serious personal injuries. Usually, after a recall and some product liability lawsuits, design and manufacture modifications are made to resolve the safety issues. Hoverboards turned out to be extremely popular as gifts this past Christmas nationwide, including here in Texas, and being a brand new product, safety hazards were not identified before the boards were introduced to consumers.

Incidents have already been reported of hoverboards catching fire and even exploding, and it is suspected that the hazard is caused by substandard and faulty lithium ion batteries that are inappropriate for the high powered engines of hoverboards. Some cities have declared hoverboards illegal, and they are banned on some airlines. Official retailers have reportedly removed cheaper brands of hoverboards from their websites.

Fatal accident claims lives of 2 siblings and injures parents

Losing loved ones will always cause severe heartache, but when a loved one is killed over the holidays, it may seem even more traumatic. In many cases, such tragedies remove the joyousness of future holidays. This is the fate of a Texas family who recently lost two of their children in a fatal accident.

It was reported that the Haltom City family were out to enjoy the Christmas light spectacle at Texas Motor Speedway on a Monday night before Christmas. While heading home and singing Christmas carols, their vehicle was struck from behind by an SUV. An investigation by Fort Worth police is ongoing.

Wrong-way car crash kills driver, critically injures other driver

Devastating accidents can happen in split seconds. Many motorists have lost their lives on Texas roads due to the distractions of other drivers. Cross-over accidents are often the result of distracted or drunken driving. An 81-year-old man recently suffered critical injuries in such a senseless car crash that occurred on State Highway 29, not far from Georgetown.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a call was received by a 911 operator in the early evening of a recent Thursday. According to preliminary reports, a 30-year-old eastbound driver veered across the center line into the westbound lane of Highway 29. His vehicle reportedly smashed into a westbound vehicle that was occupied by the elderly driver.

Holding drone owners accountable for aviation accident injuries

When last we posted about drones and the dangers they pose to pilots and to the public in general, federal officials were mulling over proposed FAA regulations aimed at placing some type of oversight and controls on operators of the high-flying devices. You can now remove the word “proposed” from those regulations.

For the first time, owners of remote controlled devices, such as drones and model airplanes and helicopters must register their ownership of the devices or face sizable fines. The new FAA regulations may go into effect before Christmas when more than 500,000 drones are expected to be given as gifts.

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