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Did a distracted driver cause you injury in a Texas collision?

When you get behind the wheel to drive on Texas roadways or you travel as a passenger in another person's vehicle, there is an inherent risk of injury. Even so, you can reasonably expect that all motorists with whom you are sharing the road will adhere to safety regulations and traffic laws while driving. Many of the worst collisions are later determined to have been preventable were it not for driver distraction.

You are in control of your own vehicle; in fact, the law requires you to maintain control of your vehicle at all times. There is not much you can do, however, about another person's driving behavior. If someone runs a red light or is traveling behind your car while texting, the results may be disastrous. Not only is it important to regularly review driver safety information, it's also a good idea to know where to seek support if someone hits you.

Rollovers involving semitrucks are serious

There are many hazards that occur when semitrucks are sharing the roadways with other vehicles. Unfortunately, when a wreck occurs that involves a big rig and a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle usually have to deal with considerable injuries.

While many people focus on accidents in which the semitruck crashes into a car, they don't really think about the horror that can occur if the truck rolls over onto the vehicle. It's possible that the vehicle and occupants will be crushed.

What happens in the aftermath of a traumatic amputation?

One of the most catastrophic injuries you could suffer in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatic amputation of a limb. This type of injury will undoubtedly change nearly every aspect of your life forever.

The first order of business is to stabilize you and get you to a hospital. Obviously, you will require surgery in order to treat your injury. Thereafter, you will begin the journey to adjusting to your new life and new body.

Swimming pool fences must comply with state laws

Texas summers are hot, which leads many homeowners to install a swimming pool at their home. While this is a great option for relaxing and cooling off, it comes with a great responsibility. Anyone who has a swimming pool must ensure that there is an enclosure that complies with Texas law. It must be surrounded completely with a fence that's at least 48-inches tall, and that fence can't be made of chain link.

There mustn't be large spaces between the bottom of the fence and the ground. Additionally, the gate to enter the swimming pool must be self-latching and self-closing. They must latch from the inside of the gate, and the gate has to open outward. You must be able to lock the gate in some fashion, such as a keypad, combination, pad or card-operated lock.

Texas collision: Symptoms of injury may be delayed

There's a certain amount of inherent risk involved whenever you get behind the wheel or travel as a passenger on a Texas roadway. As a licensed driver, you hopefully stay updated on traffic laws and safety regulations, and fully adhere to them when you drive.

As a passenger or with regard to another driver on the road, there's not much you can do about traffic events as they unfold. You can't control another person's driving behavior. A sudden collision can cause you serious injuries. One of the reasons it's so important to seek immediate medical attention and support after a crash is because some symptoms, such as those associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), aren't always immediate apparent.

Risk factors for pedestrian crashes

Pedestrians often think that they are fairly safe as they walk around on sidewalks. While this is the case, there are some risk factors that could lead to them being struck by a motor vehicle. Understanding those risks and trying to reduce the likelihood of a crash occurring is imperative.

People who are walking are more likely to be struck in an area where the vehicles are moving faster. While they can't control vehicle speed, it's critical that pedestrians only cross the streets at crosswalks or intersections and only when it's safe to do so. They should also ensure that they remain out of the driving lanes when possible. Still, drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians on every street.

Preventing car accidents for teen drivers

For many kids across the country, getting a driver's license is a rite of passage. It's an exciting step in a teenager's life that often means more freedom and the ability to take on more responsibility that will help shape them into who they will be as adults. As good as all of that is, teen driving is not risk-free.

If you've got a young driver in your family here in Texas, you may be concerned with the best way to protect them. Your fears aren't unfounded, either. The Centers for Disease Control found that more than 2,300 teens died in car accidents in 2017, which translates to six deaths a day. If you want to keep your kids safe while driving, it is important to know the risks as well as strategies to stop accidents before they happen.

Defective product injuries can lead to third-party lawsuits

It is the duty of product manufacturers to think about the risks of their products, so they can take steps to reduce those risks for consumers. In the case of items that are marketed to businesses, they must ensure that the products are safe for use by workers. When there is an issue with a product and a worker suffers an injury, the worker may need medical care and may miss work. This can lead to considerable financial impacts, but the worker shouldn't be held liable for those.

Typically, workers will turn to workers' compensation for their medical care and possibly partial wage replacement if they're injured on the job. This program takes the financial responsibility off the employer and shifts it to the workers' compensation insurer.

Who is to blame if you suffered injuries on a boat?

Many in Texas enjoy boating as a recreational activity. There are lakes and rivers where boaters can enjoy a variety of activities, but these things can sometimes be risky. Accidents can happen, and innocent people can suffer injuries because of the actions of another person. In boating accidents, it can be difficult to determine who is to blame.

The aftermath of a boat accident can be a lot like the aftermath of a car accident. You may be dealing with injuries and hospital bills, and you may have to stay home from work in order to recover. It can be expensive and difficult, but if your accident was not your fault, you do not have to walk through this time alone. You could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.

The right car seat could save your child in a car accident

Parents generally want to do anything in their power to keep their children safe. One of the ways to do that is by always properly buckling your children into a car or booster seat. However, despite a parent's best intentions, a child in a car seat may not always be secure, even after a loved one buckles him or her in.

Every state in this country has standards for car and booster seats, including the type that parents should use based on a given child's age. Texas bases its standards on the recommendations of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association. If you've ever had questions about keeping your children safe in the event of a car accident, these guidelines may help.

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