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TX-DOT hopes to put an end to distracted driving

Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon. For decades, drivers have been eating, fiddling with the radio, or trying to tame unruly children in the backseat while behind the wheel. Today, however, distracted driving is much more prevalent.

Of course, this is because there are more things than ever to distract drivers. Cellphones, in-car navigation systems and other handheld electronic devices keep drivers from focusing on the road. As many people know, however, even a few seconds of inattention while driving can lead to a serious car accident. Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Texas Department of Transportation is hoping to bring attention to the issue in an effort to eliminate distracted driving accidents.

After consumers find plastic in nuggets, Tyson issues recall

When you buy packaged food at any grocery store in Mesquite, you expect it to be safe for consumption -- especially when it is likely to be consumed by children. Food manufacturers are required to adhere to federal safety standards during the production of their products. Unfortunately, sometimes problems go unnoticed or unreported.

Recently, Tyson Foods Inc. announced the recall of more than 75,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets for foreign matter contamination. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, multiple consumers had reported finding bits of plastic in the chicken nuggets. Although no one was seriously injured because of the contamination, some consumers suffered minor injuries to their mouths.

Texas car crash claims the life of third victim

Various musicians gathered for a popular music festival recently in Texas. Expecting fun and entertainment, many people congregated in the closed off streets to watch the performers. An otherwise pleasant evening quickly came to an end after an allegedly drunk driver caused a car crash that claimed the life of multiple victims and injured several others.

A third person has died as a result of their injuries following the recent car crash in San Antonio. A total of 25 victims were injured after a man plowed through barricades into a crowd of people attending the SXSW music festival. The vehicle reportedly was traveling so fast that people could not react in time. Police dash camera video footage shows the driver did not slow down or stop despite the crowd of pedestrians.

Dallas man suffered head injury; awarded settlement

A Dallas man, whose career frequently involved setting up sound equipment, was seriously injured when accumulated snow and ice was dislodged from the roof of a football stadium where he was working at the time. The impact left him with a fractured skull. The head injury led to the man suffering hearing loss that a specialist described as being permanent. Now, three years after the accident, the man and his legal representatives have worked out a settlement with the parties that were deemed responsible.

The incident occurred a few days before the Super Bowl in 2011. According to reports, several people sustained injuries from the falling, frozen debris. The sound worker, though, was the most seriously hurt. A doctor stated that the man now suffers from a constant, loud ringing in his ears that is comparable to the sound of a loud yard implement.

Texas school spreads education about texting car accident dangers

Texting and driving are obviously a dangerous combination when done together. Many things can happen in the blink of an eye if a driver gets distracted while trying to send a text. Not only can an accident occur, but if any injuries come from that accident, lawsuits can be filed against the driver responsible for causing injuries or even death. Texting and driving is a growing epidemic across the country, and one Texas school recently tried to illustrate this fact by staging a mock deadly car accident that was caused by texting and driving.

As the school's student body watched, the tragic aftereffects of a staged fatal accident played out as part of the "TXTING: LOL Learn, Observe, Live" program in South Central Texas. The mock accident depicted a student sending a text message while driving into one of the school's parking lots, leading to the pretend deaths of two people and injuries to two others. While this particular accident was fortunately not real, texting and driving accidents are becoming an all-too-common reality across the nation.

Texas parents may encounter battery explosions in toddler toy

Batteries can be extremely dangerous when exposed to heat. Melting plastic in certain products is also dangerous because the fumes that come out of the plastic as it melts can be potentially poisonous. The combination of these two problems can result in serious injuries. Battery explosions may currently be a concern for Texas parents after claims that a popular toddler toy has a major defect.

A recent report claims that a defective toy was noticed by several parents who allege that as soon as they changed the batteries in the toy for the first time, they noticed that within five minutes smoke began to come from the toy as the plastic battery compartment started to melt. Some parents also reported that they heard the toy's battery compartment crackling as it sparked. An expert has even reported that there is a possibility that the batteries could get too hot and they could explode which could lead to a fire since the toy is made mostly of fabric.

Traumatic Texas car accident leaves 5 teens hospitalized

Being a teenager is the time where many things begin to come together and one begins to learn the responsibilities of being an adult. Things happen that allow life lessons to mold and shape a young person into their adulthood. A lesson about the responsibilities of operating a vehicle recently presented itself to a few local Texas teenagers in the form of a car accident.

Five high school students were recently involved in a single-vehicle accident that left all of them in the hospital with severe injuries. The accident happened at around 7 p.m. when the vehicle somehow went airborne after coming over a hill. The five girls were all inside the vehicle when the driver apparently lost control. The car reportedly flipped a minimum of five times before it came to rest.

Teenager dead, another injured after Texas car crash

Icy road conditions are relatively uncommon here in Texas, so driving during winter weather can be especially treacherous. Even those who exercise extreme care can still find themselves in an accident. Sadly, icy roads appear to be a factor in a horrific car crash that killed a popular high school student in Justin recently. Her friend sustained serious injuries. In the aftermath of the tragedy, classmates, teachers and the community have rallied to show their support for the deceased girl, her family and the injured teen.

The collision occurred close to the high school that the 16-year-old girls attended. According to reports, they were struck by a pickup that hit a slippery patch on the road. The truck lost control, entered the center lane and smashed into the girls' vehicle.

Death of Texas teenager may lead to a wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one in an automobile accident is a traumatic experience. The loss can become exponentially more difficult to deal with when the death was caused by the negligent conduct of another driver. A Texas mother has recently been put in this unbearable predicament after her 16-year-old daughter was killed in an accident that could lead to a wrongful death claim.

The mother and her daughter were in a minivan at a traffic light that was located in the close proximity to railway tracks. They were approached from behind by a sedan that was traveling at a high rate of speed. When it rear-ended the minivan, the sedan's momentum caused the minivan's roof to be sliced off. The sedan only came to a halt after clearing the train track and rolling over multiple times.

Texas students should be aware of possible emotional trauma

Cell phones are widely popular and used daily by a large percentage of the nation. Everyone from middle school students to elderly adults in Texas are getting cell phones to keep in contact with loved ones and friends. But what happens when a cell phone causes severe pain and emotional trauma?

A young girl was severely injured when the cell phone she had in her pocket exploded. The phone burst into flames after the girl reportedly heard a popping sound and then she saw smoke coming from the pocket of her pants. The girl was in school when the incident occurred and was helped by people who were nearby and were able to help the girl get out of her pants before she was more severely hurt.

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