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Texas hit-and-run attempt thwarted by good Samaritan

Authorities summoned to the scene of an accident between a new sports car and an 18-wheeler in Waco, Texas, last week cited the driver of the truck for an improper turn. Reportedly, however, had it not been for the efforts of a "good Samaritan" in a Jeep or similar vehicle, law enforcement may not have been able to issue the citation for a moving violation because the truck driver allegedly left the scene of the accident at first. 

Details of the collision are somewhat vague. The driver of the sports car describes the episode thus: "all of a sudden, a truck ran over the top" of the vehicle when it was in the left-hand lane. A photograph of the sports car taken after the accident shows extensive damage to the front and side bumpers on the passenger side.

High risk for serious injuries at Texas intersections

Driving in Texas can be challenging. High-speed traffic often clutters roadways, and not every motorist adheres to traffic laws. In fact, some are reckless. When you get behind the wheel, you have to stay on top of your game at all times, meaning eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and focused on the task at hand.

Intersections are particularly dangerous places. Whether you're crossing the street as a pedestrian or navigating a crossroads in a car, if a nearby driver is distracted, intoxicated or recklessly disobeying safety regulations, it can cause a sudden, serious collision that causes you life-threatening injuries. Even upon less severe impact, minor injuries can occur that necessitate medical attention and time off work during recovery.

Is that truck driver taking a dangerous prescription drug?

It may not seem like it to some Texas residents, but driving a big rig takes a toll on the human body. Long-haul truck drivers suffer from the same ailments as anyone else despite, or perhaps because, of the fact that they spend the majority of their days behind the wheel of a long and heavy vehicle.

Injuries and illnesses often mean medications. Designed to help relieve symptoms or pain, they are a necessary part of many treatment programs. The problem arises when that long-haul trucker driving that mammoth vehicle next to yours takes certain prescription medications while driving.

Why should you participate in your employer's safety program?

When you are hired to work for a company in Texas, one of the first things that you will be doing is receiving training that allows you to learn the functions and responsibilities of your job. Incorporated into these instructions should be important information about how you can stay safe and minimize the risks of doing your job, especially if you are working in an industry that has a higher level of danger. 

While there are several aspects to a well-rounded safety training program, your employer should address a few critical topics according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These include the following:

  • What your response should be in an emergency situation. This may include what you should do if you are injured, what you should do if you witness someone else get injured and how you should react to a sudden hazard that needs to be addressed before it creates a significant danger. 
  • How the safety program at your company functions and who is responsible for overseeing each aspect. This should provide you with information about who you should report concerns to and how you should address situations that you are uncomfortable with.
  • The overall goals of the program and how its role will help to protect you, as well as the success and future of the company. 
  • The consequences that will be levied if you fail to act responsibly and professionally in your job. 

Hiring an attorney is a wise move following a car crash

As you travel down the highway, you listen to your favorite talk radio show and sip your favorite cup of joe. It is Friday, and you cannot wait to finish your work day so that you can enjoy a long, relaxing weekend. However, all of a sudden, a car strikes you from behind, sending your car into a tailspin, and you end up suffering serious injuries. Now, your weekend plans look very different.

Unfortunately, a car crash can easily lead to life-disrupting injuries, especially if the accident was the result of another individual's negligence behind the wheel. Fortunately, in this situation, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of an attorney. Here is a glimpse at why hiring a personal injury attorney is generally a good idea following a car accident that was not your fault.

The importance of ride-ssharing companies encouraging safety

The development of ride-sharing apps in Texas has been nothing short of explosive and pretty much everyone is aware of what an Uber or Lyft is. While these innovative options for getting from place to place have benefited many people, they also pose a unique set of risks to people who accept their use and rely on a ride-sharing app to get them to their destination. 

While ride-sharing accidents do happen, it is critical that passengers understand the risks they are assuming and acknowledge what they can be doing to increase their safety. Likewise, ride-sharing companies should encourage their drivers to be vigilant and responsible when they are driving. According to Uber.com, drivers should be very aware of their surroundings and be watching intently for pedestrians including those who are riding bicycles. They should be extra cautious when approaching a stop and preparing to pull over, as well as when they are preparing to reenter traffic. Driving at night also poses a threat to a driver's visibility and requires that he or she be paying extra attention to their surroundings. 

Taking the right steps can help you following an injury car crash

You have just gotten into a car wreck, and you are clearly shaken up. In addition to feeling panicked, you are in pain. What now?

Getting into a motor vehicle crash can understandably be one of the scariest experiences you may have, but it may also be frustrating if the accident was the result of another motorist's carelessness. Fortunately, if someone else's negligence has caused you to suffer injuries in a Texas car crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Here are a few steps you should take immediately following the crash to protect your best interests.

How can you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poses a serious health threat. It is a toxic gas that can build up in homes and cause death to the occupants, but it is difficult to detect because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible. Fortunately, as a homeowner in Texas, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your guests from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

According to WebMD, when you inhale too much carbon monoxide, it takes the place of the oxygen in your bloodstream, cutting off the supply to your vital organs. While no one is safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, certain people are more susceptible, meaning that it takes a smaller amount to harm them. These vulnerable groups include people with heart disease or lung conditions, pregnant women and infants.

Understanding the one bite rule

Several in San Antonio may serve as proof that dogs are man's best friends. At the same time, they are also man's responsibility. Just as one would be liable for his or her own actions (as well as those of his or her minor children, in many cases), so too are they responsible for whatever their pets do. It goes without saying that pet owners have a strong affinity for their furry friends, and that affection can often lead them to assume that their pets will act the same way towards others as they do to them. This may be why so many dog owners are shocked when their animals attack and bite others. 

Should such action immediately equate to liability? Victims of dog bites may often claim that the dogs' owners should have foreseen the animals' actions (and thus done more to protect people from them). Yet how are dog owners to know (minus an attack having already occurred) that their pets might bite? Because such unpredictability exists, many states have adopted the common law principle of the "one bite rule". Per the Cornell Law School, the one bite rule states that dog owners are only to held liable in bite cases if their pets vicious tendencies have manifested themselves in the past. 

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