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Construction worker dies in fatal workplace accident

Construction and the building trades are major sources of employment in Texas. Workers who are employed in these jobs take great pride in their work and understand the dangers they face when doing it. There is heavy equipment, a great deal of movement, the need for coordination and everyone must pay attention to make certain that all are completely safe. With any construction work whether it is on a high-rise building and well up into the sky or on the ground, there is always a chance that a fatal accident will happen. Families who have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident should know what they must do in the aftermath to seek compensation in a wrongful death case.

A 38-year-old construction worker died after being injured when he was hit by a construction machine. The accident happened at around 5 p.m. as workers were working on a pipeline. There were approximately 20 workers on the site at the time. The pipeline was completed and had been covered by soil. Dirt was being smoothed over the new pipeline when the worker was hit. It is believed that the operator of the machine did not see him. Initially, the man survived, but died after medical personnel had arrived. An investigation is ongoing and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are part of the case.

Delayed symptoms of traumatic brain injuries

Whether you experienced an auto collision or workplace accident, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is possible. What you might not know is that symptoms of a brain injury are often delayed. According to Mayo Clinic, it is common for TBI symptoms to be present days or weeks following the initial injury. 

If you thought you were fine immediately after your traumatic event but are now noticing symptoms, you might be confused. Here is some helpful information on late-appearing TBI symptoms. 

New Texas law seeks to reduce car accidents due to distractions

For a long time, Texas lawmakers and law enforcement were ambivalent about how to handle a distracted driver, texting and driving and other behaviors related to this. With the number of accidents that occur because of a driver not paying attention to the road and the injuries and fatalities that accompany them, a decision was made to make it illegal to text and drive. A new law went into effect on September 1 giving officers the authority to stop drivers who are using their smartphones and fine them $99 for a first offense and $200 for a second offense.

The goal of this law is to reduce the number of people who are distracted by their phones when behind the wheel. The AAA of Texas believes that this will increase safety on the road. While texting in any way as a reader, writer or sender is illegal, other behaviors are not outlawed. That includes using the phone for directions, searching for music or making telephone calls. This means that when there is a car accident, there is still a significant chance that the driver was distracted even if that distraction did not come from texting and driving.

Researchers analyze distracted driver behaviors and risk

Distracted driving is a prevalent problem in Texas and throughout the nation, so much so that more and more state and local governments are legislating against it. Although penalties are being assessed and people are discouraged from being a distracted driver, it is still going to happen. With that will come car crashes, injuries and fatalities. A key part of being compensated after a car accident is the evidence as to how and why it happened. If texting and driving and other distracting behaviors were a cause, this can be important to the case. Research is ongoing regarding distracted driving and yielding interesting results.

Researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute created a dataset to examine how drivers react to distractions. In the study, 68 people used a driving simulator. Distractions were tracked using devices attached to the people along with cameras. It tracked various cognitive and physical distractions.

Car accident injuries may not always be apparent

Car accidents range in severity, but they happen all the time. The Texas Department of Transportation collected data stating that an injury from a car accident takes place nearly once every two minutes.

The most important thing after a collision is to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, many people involved in these accidents do not seek out proper care. This happens because people feel perfectly fine after an accident, but many injuries do not manifest until after the fact. At that point, it is much more difficult to prove in court the injury is a result of the collision. Here are some common injuries that take time to develop. 

Eclipse glasses subject to product recall prior to event

Certain events garner attention for Texans, people across the U.S. and all over the world. When these occurrences happen, there is often a need to purchase special equipment to take part and enjoy it. Those who do so are expecting that these products are manufactured properly, advertised accurately and work as they are supposed to. If they do not and it is a known risky activity or one with potential risks and injuries occur, it could be the basis for a products liability legal filing.

All over the world, people were enthusiastically awaiting the solar eclipse. For many, witnessing this was a once-in-a-lifetime event and they wanted to experience it as intimately as possible. Of course, looking up at the sun at any time is dangerous, but doing so when there is a belief that it is safe can be even more dangerous. Such was the case with the eclipse. Companies provided special glasses to allow people to look at the eclipse, supposedly without the risk of injury. However, certain so-called "solar eclipse glasses" sold by Amazon.com did not meet the necessary standards and were counterfeit.

Plan to check for sleep apnea before truck accidents is canceled

The Texas roadways have trucks going back and forth on them all day, every day. These vehicles provide a key service by providing jobs and bringing products from one place to the other. Despite that, these vehicles also carry with them a certain amount of risk. Their size and speed can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for anyone who is unfortunate enough to be in a truck accident with them. Federal agencies are constantly seeking ways to make certain that operators are safe. One strategy the federal government had planned to check drivers for obstructive sleep apnea has been canceled.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and two of the agencies within, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), eliminated the plan that had been created under the previous presidential administration. Sleep apnea obstructs a person's breathing when they are sleeping. It can lead to truck driver fatigue during the day, a loss of concentration and other dangerous issues.

Rear-end fatal car crash kills police officer, injures 2 others

Texas law enforcement officers are aware of the dangers they face when they are on the job. There are risks inherent with the work they do and they understand and accept that. However, there are times when they can be confronted with the same basic problems that all people face such as a fatal car crash when out on the road. Although it can be difficult, if there is a fatal accident, those who are dealing with the aftermath of the loss of a loved one should be cognizant of the steps to take to file a wrongful death legal filing.

A police officer heading for a law enforcement conference in Dallas was killed when the vehicle she was driving was rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup. The vehicle was an unmarked police car with the woman, 33, and two other officers in it. There was traffic on the road ahead of them due to an earlier accident and they had slowed. The pickup did not slow and subsequently crashed.

Are charter buses safe?

If you play sports or enjoy traveling, at one time, you probably rode on a charter bus, also called a tour bus or motorcoach. They are big. They feel safe. But are they really?

Some are. Unfortunately, some are not, and here is a look at why.

Percentage of older Americans dying in workplace accidents grows

For many Texans, the decision to continue working even as they approach ages at which it is reasonable to retire or cut back on hours can be made for many reasons, personal and financial. However, workplace accidents can happen to anyone and research indicates that a growing number of older workers are suffering a fatal workplace accident when compared to the population at large. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident at work should be cognizant of these statistics as the cause of the fatal accident is determined.

The total number of deaths on the job, regardless of age, has reduced as time has passed. Americans age 55 and above suffer a fatal workplace accident more frequently than average. This research, analyzed by the Associated Press from federal statistics, says that the number of workplace deaths for workers across the spectrum lowered by 22 percent in the decade from 2006 to 2015. For older workers in that same time frame, it was 50 to 65 percent higher.

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