Frequently, Texas drivers encounter road closures due to accidents. They may notice glass or debris in the street, or see markers along the highway indicating the loss of a beloved friend or family member in a car crash. It may not occur to many drivers how devastating that loss can be or who may be left behind to mourn.
This past July, Texas witnessed the worst hot air balloon accident in the country's history when 16 people died after their balloon hit a power line and burst into flames. One congressman from Texas took it personally when the Federal Aviation Administration rejected his request for more regulations for the balloon tour industry. He notes that the National Transportation Safety Board made a similar request of the FAA in 2014, warning that a balloon aviation accident was imminent.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration was alerted to reports of serious reactions in small children after consuming a product marketed to relieve symptoms of teething. Several children and infants were said to have suffered seizures after using teething tablets or gels sold over the counter as homeopathic remedies. The FDA has warned parents in Texas and across the country to stop using the dangerous product and discard it immediately.
The consequences of driving drunk are widely known in Texas. Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers often result in catastrophic injuries, lifelong suffering and sometimes death. Such accidents may also create rifts in families that cannot be mended. One Texas man is facing the consequences of a drunk driving accident that left two people dead and another with a traumatic brain injury.