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Texas Truck Accident Attorney
Soon, self-driving commercial trucks could be traversing United States highways. Companies developing this technology say autonomous trucks could make the trucking industry safer and more efficient. But many questions remain about the capabilities and limitations of self-driving trucks. The executive chairman of trucking company U.S. Xpress told Trucks.com that he anticipates trucks will have Level 4 autonomy in three to four years. Level 4 means a vehicle requires no human interaction, except in special circumstances, such as unexpected traffic slowdowns. Currently, autonomous truck sensors are still lacking when it comes to detecting road debris or poor lane markings. And with no regulations for autonomous trucks, developers of self-driving technology are hesitant to move forward too…
Austin Lead Exposure Lawyer
Parents may be surprised to learn that the foods their babies are eating could contain lead. According to a June 2017 report from the Environmental Defense Fund, detectable levels of lead are more common in baby food than in other types of food. The EDF reviewed 11 years of sampling data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and found that lead was present in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples, compared to 14 percent of other foods. Fruit juices, root vegetables, and cookies were the baby foods that most commonly contained detectable levels of lead – in grape juice, 89 percent of samples contained measurable lead. While none of the baby food samples…
Texas Electrical Injury Lawyer
In July, a 14-year-old Lubbock, Texas, girl died at her father’s home in New Mexico – the victim of an apparent accidental electrocution. The girl was in the bathtub and using her phone, which was plugged in at the time. The charger was connected to an extension cord that was plugged into the wall, and the phone never touched the water. The extension cord was frayed, and police said the girl likely suffered the fatal shock when she touched the cord. A Warning for Others The girl’s grief-stricken family released the last message she sent from her phone, in the hopes they might be able to prevent another tragedy. She had taken a photo of…
Texas Child Injury Lawyer
A study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has revealed some disturbing statistics regarding child traffic fatalities: of the children killed in vehicle accidents between 2010 and 2014, 43 percent were not wearing a seat belt or were not properly restrained. Researchers examined crash data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, finding 18,000 children – 15.9 percent of whom died – were involved in fatal crashes in the four-year period. Most of these crashes occurred in the southern United States. Texas Seat Belt Laws Texas law requires children younger than 8 to be in a safety seat or booster seat, unless they’re taller than 4’9”. Violation of that law could…
Texas School Buss Passing Law
The National Safety Council emphasizes the importance of back-to-school safety every August, during Back to School Month. The NSC offers safety tips on its website for parents on topics that include school bus safety, backpack safety, and the concussion risk of school sports. Following is an overview of what the NSC has identified as its top safety concerns for school-age children. Safety in Outside Zones Safety in pick-up/drop-off zones and in crosswalks has always been a topic of concern for the NSC, and parents can do a lot to help keep kids safe in those areas. In pick-up/drop-off zones, cars should be moving in a single-file line, in the same direction. But in front of…
Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer
In September 2016, the family of Sandra Bland settled a wrongful death lawsuit involving the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Waller County jail. Bland, an Illinois resident who came to Texas for a job interview, died in the jail – the medical examiner determined the cause of death as suicide by asphyxiation. As part of the $1.9 million settlement, the jail must have emergency nurses on staff at all times, perform timely and accurate cell checks with automated electronic sensors, and seek state funding for staff training and inmate screening. Bland was just 28 years old, and while many details of the settlement were not disclosed, one can assume that it accounted for…
Texas Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Effective Sept. 1, a new Texas law makes it illegal to engage in texting while driving. People ticketed for violating the law could pay $99 for a first offense and up to $200 for subsequent offenses. Safety advocates say Texas is long overdue for a statewide texting ban, as 47 states already had such laws. But more than 90 cities in Texas already have laws that forbid texting while driving, and some of those laws are stricter than the state ban. Gov. Greg Abbott said that during the special 30-day session that began July 18, a topic of discussion would be ensuring the state texting ban supersedes local bans. If that happens, some cities may…
Texas Child Birth Injury Lawyer
In May 2017, NPR and ProPublica reported the heartbreaking account of Lauren Bloomstein, a 33-year-old mother who died in the hospital, 20 hours after giving birth to her healthy baby girl. Despite the fact that she exhibited several symptoms of a deadly form of hypertension, hospital staff said her tests didn’t indicate she was in danger. Sadly, in the United States, the number of women who die because of pregnancy or childbirth is climbing, even as it declines nearly everywhere else in the world. The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births – in the United Kingdom, the maternal mortality rate is 9.2 deaths per 100,000 live births. What…
Lithium Battery Explosions on Planes
Every 10 or 11 days, a lithium-ion battery causes a fire on an airplane in the United States. Flight crews are trained on how to handle these fires, but questions remain about the safety of devices powered by Li-ion batteries. These batteries can malfunction when their thin internal separator is damaged and the anode and cathode make contact. When that happens, the battery short-circuits and begins to overheat, reaching temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees, at which point it may catch fire or explode. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all spare Li-ion batteries to be carried on-board, not stowed in luggage. Battery terminals must be covered with tape, or stored in packaging that prevents the…
Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
Consumer Reports’ latest Consumer Voices Survey found that, since January, consumer confidence has dropped 5 percentage points regarding healthcare, data privacy, and government regulation of the automobile industry. In January, 38 percent of respondents said they weren’t confident the government will hold automakers accountable for safety standards, but the April survey found 45 percent of respondents lacked confidence about this issue. Other notable changes from January to April include: Privacy and security of online information: In April, 70 percent lacked confidence about this issue, up from 65 percent in January. Access to quality healthcare: 41 percent of April respondents lacked confidence about their own healthcare access, up from 35 percent in January. Loved ones’ access…