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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

Texas man suffers brain injury when truck plows into crash scene

Injuries to the head can be life-changing. If a person survives an accident that causes a traumatic brain injury, the victim may face a lifetime of medical procedures and physical therapy. Additionally, the person's family may be profoundly affected by the injury. A Texas man and his family are learning that now as he fights to recover from an accident that nearly took his life.

An EMT was working a shift at a local dragstrip when an accident occurred right outside the gates of the strip. The EMT and his partner went to see if everyone was all right. Suddenly, a pickup truck crashed into the scene of the accident, striking the EMT and landing with a wheel on his chest. Witnesses rushed to pull the EMT out from under the truck. Meanwhile, the driver fled the scene on foot.

Two-thirds of all car accidents may involve road rage

Behaviors people in Texas do not find acceptable when walking behind someone on the sidewalk are apparently standard when behind the wheel of a car. In fact, in a recently released survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost 80 percent of drivers admitted to tailgating, shouting or swearing at a slower vehicle in front of them. Even more disturbing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 60 percent of fatal car accidents are the result of some form of aggressive driving.

The AAA study found that almost 90 percent of drivers fear for their safety at the hands of an aggressive driver, yet nearly half of those surveyed admitted they had tailgated a slower vehicle or shouted at another driver. It is estimated that 8 million drivers may go even further in expressing their impatience on the road, escalating to purposely bumping another vehicle or even exiting their vehicle to challenge another driver. Apparently males between the ages of 19 and 39 are more likely to exhibit these types of aggressive behavior than other groups of people.

Employers are responsible for maintaining safe working conditions

Employers have a legal obligation to keep their workplaces safe. When they do not, they can end up with not only citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but could also end up facing personal injury lawsuits from injured employees. If the unsafe workplace led to injuries for others -- such as pedestrians or bystanders -- this can also equate to a lawsuit against the employer.

Car accidents in Texas may decline with autonomous vehicles

The recent accidents involving self-driving cars have not dampened the optimism of proponents of this exciting feat of engineering. Driverless motor vehicles promise a future of safer highways and fewer car accidents in Texas and across the country. However, it may take a while for legislation and public opinion to catch up with technology.

Using sensors like radar, ultrasound, cameras and lasers, the new cars are able to interpret the situations around them and adapt accordingly. Of course, there are countless variables in a typical drive, and programming algorithms for all of them is a challenge for engineers. The goal is that by reacting without human emotion or distraction, autonomous cars may radically change the way the world drives.

IKEA dresser is a dangerous product in Texas homes

Some in Texas and across the country are wondering why it took six deaths and almost 20 injuries for IKEA to institute a recall of one of its most popular dressers. Others applaud the sweeping recall of 29 million dressers and chests that may put a financial drain on the Swedish-based furniture giant. In either case, IKEA faces legal action as parents seek compensation for the suffering caused by this dangerous product.

In February 2014, a toddler died after being pinned under a dresser that was purchased at IKEA. A few months later, a 23-month-old boy was similarly trapped when a chest tipped over onto him. A third child died this past February when a dresser he was climbing on fell over and crushed him. According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, the design of this brand of dressers does not comply with voluntary safety measures in the country.

Seeking compensation after an aviation accident

Air traffic involving different types of aircraft in Texas is increasing at a rapid pace. While traveling by air is typically regarded as a safe means of travel, a single aviation accident can claim multiple lives and/or injure many people. Recovery of damages brought about by a plane crash may be pursued, but navigating such claims may be difficult.

The laws governing aviation accidents cover major air carriers along with non-commercial aircraft that is classified as general aviation. This category includes light planes, business jets of any size, charter flights, helicopters, pleasure crafts such as hot-air balloons and hang gliders. Regardless of the size of the aircraft, most accidents involve some level of negligence.

Fatal accident claims life of motorcyclist

In Texas and elsewhere, motorcyclists will always be vulnerable. Some drivers fail to keep a lookout for bikers -- often with devastating consequences. Because a motorcyclist does not have the protection of a steel frame, safety belt and airbag, any collision could be deadly. Houston police are currently investigating a fatal accident that claimed the life of a motorcycle rider.

According to a preliminary report, the accident occurred on a recent Wednesday. It is alleged that a vehicle pulled into the path of an oncoming motorcycle after the driver failed to yield at a stop sign. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision and smashed into the car.

Driver's alleged failure to yield causes car crash with injuries

Traveling on Texas roads can be dangerous, and drivers must be vigilant at all times. Regardless of a driver's compliance with the rules of the road, he or she must always be prepared to react to the negligent driving of others. Another driver's failure to yield can cause serious injuries in a car crash. An 80-year-old driver was recently ticketed after her alleged failure to yield caused an auto wreck.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the victim in this accident was a 35-year-old woman who was traveling in an SUV on Highway 6 in McLennan County on a recent Thursday morning. A driver of a vehicle on a side road allegedly failed to yield when she crossed the highway. This forced the SUV driver to take evasive action.

Product liability: Mother wins fight against rental car companies

A mother who lost two daughters in a car accident in 2004 has finally convinced federal lawmakers to prohibit the rental of recalled vehicles prior to having them repaired. Her campaign to get the laws changed started after the family was awarded $15 million in damages after a product liability lawsuit that followed the fatal accident. As of last December, car rental companies in Texas and elsewhere may not provide drivers with cars that are under recall or have dangerous defects.

In 2004, the two sisters -- ages 24 and 20 -- rented a Chrysler PT Cruiser from Enterprise without knowing that it was under a safety recall. The defect that led to the vehicle's recall involved the possibility of steering fluid leaking and causing a fire. This is exactly what happened while the two women were traveling.

Recently hurt? What to do after a scaffolding collapse

Construction workers are no stranger to heights. With the use of scaffolding on many sites, workers tend to be very high up in the air. Because working at heights comes with risks, there are certain precautions contractors must take to ensure worker safety.

Scaffolding: Know the risks

Falling is quite clearly the biggest risk when it comes to scaffolding accidents. This is why OSHA lays out very clear instructions on how to prevent these falls. These include making sure that scaffolding is properly constructed and that there are guardrail systems in place along all open sides. Contractors must also provide safety equipment, such as harnesses, for those working at certain heights.

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