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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

The challenges of diagnosing the consequences of brain trauma

The extent to which traumatic brain injury is a factor in causing deaths following an injury is alarming. Thirty percent of deaths associated with an injury are attributed to brain damage. Hospital emergency rooms and other medical facilities across Texas and the rest of the country treat approximately 1.7 million people each year for symptoms related to a brain injury.

Brain trauma may result from any number of causes, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Products liability accidents
  • Aviation accidents

Texas County moves to throw out wrongful death lawsuit

Wrongful death can occur in a variety of contexts. Many times a cause of action will arise in connection with the negligent or otherwise wrongful act of an individual. Sometimes the responsible party the untimely death will be a legal entity, like a corporation. And on occasion it may be that a government agency itself may be to blame. This last possibility has been the subject of ongoing pretrial maneuverings arising out of the death of a woman while in custody in the Waller County Jail.

The woman had been arrested and taken to the jail as the result of a traffic stop that evidently got out of hand when the woman refused to cooperate with the demands placed upon her by the officer making the stop. The woman was arrested as a result. While at the jail she was unable to post her own bond and was also apparently unable to get a family member to post it, either; she was later found dead in her jail cell.

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