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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

Motorists' products liability concerns may extend beyond vehicles

In many products liability actions involving motorists and their vehicles, some defect in the vehicle itself is the focus of the products liability suit. The ongoing General Motors investigation referenced in this blog in a previous post is a recent example of this phenomenon. But sometimes the defective product is not the automobile itself, but a part of the infrastructure that drivers must travel.

A guardrail manufactured by Trinity Industries, Inc. has been the subject of lawsuits filed in several states, including Texas, alleging that an alteration made in the guardrail to save money has resulted in the deaths of four people and has contributed to injuries for ten others.

Brain injuries can require expensive, long-term rehabilitation

Any type of injury can cause anxiety for a patient and his or her loved ones. But certain types of injuries seem to cause even more concern. Brain injuries are one of those. Because the brain basically affects everything else that happens in the human body, an injury to that organ can be among the most serious that someone can suffer.

Because of the potential for permanent damage from a brain injury, a diagnostic tool has been developed for the use of medical professionals examining a person with a suspected brain injury.

The role of FAA regulations as evidence in aviation accidents

It has been said that statistically speaking, commercial aviation is the safest way to travel. While this may be true, the fact remains that when an aircraft accident occurs, many times it leaves few if any witnesses alive to tell the story of what happened to cause the crash.

For government investigators and family members of anyone who perished in a fatal aviation accident, the potential lack of availability of witness testimony presents challenges in identifying what led to the accident. Often, what is most important in the investigation is careful examination of the crash site itself, as well as recovery of flight data recorders. Another possible source of data can be the records of those who built, operated and maintained the plane itself.

Authorities investigating medical helicopter crash

Paramedics sometimes risk their lives to save those of others, especially in an aviation accident. Their skill and speed are usually the difference between life and death for many people in critical condition. Because of this, they employ various means of transport in moving patients quickly to hospitals to get treatment that is more effective. Sometimes this means using aircraft to move sick or critically injured patients.

Occasionally, though, emergency personnel find themselves in need of help. A recent aviation accident in Texas has brought this fact to the forefront, when an air evacuation helicopter crashed leaving one person dead.

Who is eligible to sue for wrongful death in Texas?

One of the key considerations in any wrongful death lawsuit is the determination of who is eligible to file such a lawsuit. The Texas statute governing wrongful death cases provides guidance in answering this question.

Wrongful death actions are generally understood to be for the benefit of immediate family members of the decedent, and the provisions of the Texas statute are in keeping with this understanding.

Long hours of fracking workers causing danger on Texas roads

It would be hard to deny the positive economic impact the fracking boom has had in Texas over the last several years, but progress is often accompanied by challenges. One of the challenges of the oil patch culture is the commuting worker, or more specifically, the dangers that accompany the long hours and long commutes required to keep their jobs in the booming industry.

Statistics show that fatalities have increased on Texas roads where the workers travel.  Interstate 20, which runs through Mesquite and the Dallas area, has had more triple fatality accidents – where three or more people are killed – than other Texas interstates. 

What are some of the leading causes of aviation accidents?

The National Transportation Safety Board tracks the incidences of aviation accidents in the United States. Part of its responsibility is to determine the causes of these accidents. Analysis of the main causes of accidents can be helpful in identifying situations in which negligence may be a contributing factor.

According to the NTSB accident data, the most common cause of aviation accidents that results in injuries may have little to do with pilots, aircraft manufacturers or ground personnel. That cause is air turbulence.

Other sources of aircraft accidents, however, are more easily connected with human error.

Dallas brain injury victims can make effective claims

A serious accident can produce lasting effects which may be critical. A car crash or major fall can lead to brain damage which in turn may cause permanent disability such as amnesia or even a coma. Any head injury might require rehabilitation or long-term care and impact one’s ability to work and participate in regular daily activities.

If that were not bad enough, insurance companies in Texas may argue over how much money is realistically necessary to cover the medical expenses of victims in the aftermath of their accidents. 

Rear-end auto accident on I-30 in Texas kills one, injures others

Sometimes drivers on interstate freeways who are surprised by the sudden deceleration of the vehicle in front of them will seek to avoid a collision by using the shoulder of the highway as a bailout lane. But as a recent fatal accident in Texas has shown, this is not always a safe tactic to attempt.

The accident was caused as a result of debris on the roadway on Interstate 30 in Morris County. This caused vehicles to slow down, presumably to avoid hitting the objects.

Your loss of a loved one can be compensated under the law

Most of us have thought from time to time about what the consequences might be if we were to be injured in an accident that was caused by someone else. But less often do we contemplate what would happen if it was a loved one who was the victim -- and worse, what if the injury that he or she suffered was a fatal one?

Even if you have not been personally involved in an accident, the avoidable loss of an immediate family member -- a parent, a sibling or a child -- can be devastating in multiple ways. The loss of a mother or father can deprive the surviving spouse of support and companionship, and the children of that parent’s support and guidance. And of course there is the loss of income if a wage earning parent dies.

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