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Safe Driving
For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for getting together with family, enjoying a hearty meal, and perhaps gathering around the TV to watch football. The days surrounding this holiday are among the busiest on United States roads – and unfortunately, Thanksgiving is associated with a higher number of fatal traffic crashes than any other holiday. If you’re traveling to spend time with family this Thanksgiving, or even just making a quick trip to the store, the following tips can help you stay safe on the road. Buckle Up The distance of a car ride has nothing to do with crash risk, yet when many people are driving just a block or two, they think…
Nighttime Driving Crash
After June 21, the longest day of the year, the sunrise occurs a bit later each day and sunset is a bit earlier. By December 21, Austin’s day is just over 10 hours long – about four hours shorter than in June. The gradual decrease in daylight means more people are commuting to and from work in the dark, which increases their risk of a crash. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater for nighttime drivers than daytime drivers. Drivers who understand the risks associated with driving in the dark are more likely to stay safe on the road. Nighttime Driving Risks Visibility is the greatest…
Austin Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
A recent investigation by CNN reporters found that nursing homes have ramped up prescriptions of a drug that has not been thoroughly tested on elderly people. The drug – Nuedexta – is the only medication approved for treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA), a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable or exaggerated fits of laughing and crying. PBA is associated with other disorders of the brain, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Alzheimer’s disease. PBA is often misdiagnosed as depression, bipolar disorder, and other conditions, so it’s difficult to estimate how many people have this disorder, but research published in 2013 suggested 1.8 million to 7.1 million people could have PBA. CNN found…
Personal Injury Claim
When you’re involved in a vehicle accident and you or other people in your car suffer injuries, you may wonder who is responsible for covering your medical costs. There’s no single answer to that question, as each vehicle accident involves different factors, but determination of fault is usually the first step in resolving personal injury claims. Determining Fault Texas follows a modified comparative fault rule, which means that even if you are somewhat at fault for a vehicle accident, you can still collect damages, so long as your share of fault is 50 percent or less. Insurers review all the available evidence about a crash, such as police reports, medical records, eyewitness testimony, and photographs,…
Texas Brain Injury Lawyer
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a condition that was first identified nearly 90 years ago, but only recently have doctors and researchers begun to understand its scope. More and more evidence shows that football players have the highest risk of developing this degenerative brain injury. Neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee studied the brains of 202 deceased football players, 111 of whom had played NFL football. McKee found signs of CTE in 110 of those players’ brains. McKee noted that some families donated the brains of their relatives, specifically because they had witnessed signs of CTE, so the results of her research could be skewed by selection bias. Nevertheless, McKee said the evidence shows that “it is…
Work Injury Lawyer
Construction in Texas is booming – so much so that some construction companies are turning down big contracts, because they don’t have the laborers needed for the job. One might assume that’s good news for construction workers, because it means there are plenty of job opportunities. But these jobs often pay very little, and workers have a high risk of workplace injuries and fatalities. Texas leads the nation in construction workplace fatalities – a construction worker dies on the job every three days, and more than 70 Texas construction workers died at work during the first four months of 2017. This deadly trend isn’t specific to Texas, however. An in-depth study found that in the…
Texas Teen Driving Accident Attorney
National Teen Driver Safety Week begins October 15, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges parents, educators, and safety advocates to talk with teens about safe driving habits. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens age 15 to 18 – a fact that highlights the need for safety outreach campaigns. For safety week, the NHTSA has published education and outreach materials supporting four campaigns: 5 to Drive – Materials supporting this campaign include five printable notes (from parents to their teen drivers) reminding them of five rules: no cellphone use, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol use, and always buckle-up. Teens and Seat Belt Use – Promotional materials for…
Austin Speed Accident Lawyer
According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, speeding-related crash fatalities decreased nationwide between 2012 and 2014. But speeding is still a factor in about 30 percent of annual crash fatalities. In the report, “Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles,” the NTSB offered several recommendations for reducing the incidence of speeding. Those recommendations were for three of the federal agencies that oversee various aspects of traffic safety: the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration. The NTSB also made recommendations for specific states, including Texas. Texas Behind Other States in Speed Enforcement The NTSB encouraged Texas and six other states to amend their state laws…
Texas Traffic Accidents
According to data from the National Safety Council, deaths and injuries from vehicle crashes were down in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016. Through June 30, there were 18,689 crash fatalities in the United States, which is about 1 percent fewer than in the same time period the year before. However, the NSC says that number is still too high. In a press release about the fatality numbers, NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said, “Although the numbers may be leveling off, the Road to Zero deaths will require accelerating improvements in technology, engaging drivers and investing in our infrastructure." Striving for Zero Fatalities In October 2016, the…
Texas Workplace Accident Lawyer
A new report assigns Texas a letter-grade of “F” for workplace safety. The National Safety Council’s “The State of Safety” report places Texas at No. 32 in its ranking of all states’ workplace safety. In assessing workplace safety, the NSC looked at several factors, including: The maximum workers’ compensation benefit period for temporary disability The maximum workers’ compensation weekly benefit for permanent disability The existence of state laws regarding workplace violence State mandates for employer-sponsored illness/injury prevention programs. As the only state that does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance or a private equivalent, Texas ranked low in the availability of injury benefits. It also received low marks for the absence of state…