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Texas Workplace Injury Attorney
Before the age of cell phones and computers, most of the United States workforce reported to work at a certain time, and when they clocked out and came home, they put the workday behind them. But today, many people seem to be always “on the clock” – for example, checking email after dinner and before bedtime. Maintaining that kind of hectic lifestyle may undermine healthy sleep patterns. So, in an effort to accomplish more in a day – to be more productive – workers may be missing out on valuable hours of sleep, which in turn makes them less productive throughout the day. Most adults of working age need seven to nine hours of sleep…
Texas Teen Driving Accident Attorney
Memorial Day is a time for remembering fallen service members. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, with people firing up their backyard grills in record numbers, and kids heading to water parks and community pools on opening day. But the holiday weekend also marks the beginning of what traffic safety experts call the “100 Deadliest Days.” In June 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that in the previous five years, 5,000 people died in crashes involving teens, during a 100-day period beginning on Memorial Day. The foundation also reported that distracted driving is a factor in about 60 percent of crashes involving teens. If you have a teen driver in your family,…
Texas Motorcycle Injury Lawyer
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally is the largest ticketed-admission motorcycle rally in the United States, drawing upwards of 40,000 visitors every year. The four-day event – which, this year, is June 8 through 11 – is normally a peaceful gathering. But every year, there are least a handful of incidents that require police involvement. If you’re participating in ROT Rally this year, or attending as a spectator, make sure you’re aware of the kinds of incidents that have happened in the past, so you can steer clear of danger. Previous ROT Rally Accidents and Arrests The 2014 ROT Rally was the first since 2009 to end without a motorcycle-crash fatality. But there were at…
Texas Medical Mistake Lawyer
If you were headed to the hospital to undergo surgery, you probably wouldn’t want your surgeon to be sleep-deprived and sluggish. But two studies have found that sleep deprivation isn’t the biggest threat, when it comes to increasing the risk of medical error. Rudeness toward medical staff has been proven to cause more medical errors than sleeplessness. One study conducted in Israel, set up two types of training scenarios, each involving a neonatal intensive care unit medical team, attempting to resolve a medical crisis involving an infant. Each scenario also included a person pretending to be one of the infant’s parent. For the control groups, the parent said something about being worried. For the test…
Texas Brain Injury Lawyer
A mild brain injury may result in a headache that improves after a few days, but a traumatic brain injury that causes bleeding on the brain may be fatal without immediate surgery. The challenge for doctors is that these vastly different injuries may, at first, cause the same symptoms. A cranial topography scan can detect brain bleed and hematomas (blood clots). But first, a patient must be transported to a hospital and examined by a doctor before the doctor orders a CT scan and waits for the results. Researchers in Sweden say they may have a way to speed up the diagnostic process for TBI: a helmet that uses microwave signals to assess the severity…
Texas Car Crash Lawyer
On March 9, Sen. Donald Huffines, R-Dallas, filed a bill that would end annual vehicle safety inspections. Seven Democrats and one Republican signed on as sponsors of the legislation, Senate Bill 1588. Huffines says the safety inspection program is “antiquated” and a “ripoff to Texas taxpayers.” The fee for the annual inspection is $14.25 per vehicle, which Huffines says is a financial burden for households with multiple vehicles. His legislation would not eliminate emissions testing. The Texas State Inspection Association, which conducts both emissions and safety inspections, says the safety tests help keep dangerous cars off the road. That’s a claim that is subject to debate. What the Federal Government Says Between November 2014 and…
When someone hails a ride through their Uber smartphone app, they’re trusting that Uber driver to get them safely to their destination. And that’s usually what happens. But would Uber customers cheerily hop into a car if they knew their driver had already driven 70 hours that week and slept in their car every night? According to a Bloomberg article, lower Uber fares and more competition among drivers have forced some Uber drivers to new extremes. One driver interviewed for the article said he lives in Sacramento, but makes a 90-minute commute to San Francisco because Uber fares are higher there. Rather than come home at night, he sleeps in a parking lot before hitting…
Texas Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual observance that the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence debuted in 1987. NCADD focuses on raising awareness about alcoholism as a treatable disease and what can happen when the disease is left untreated. The NCADD says alcoholism and drug use is associated with fatal traffic crashes, violence, suicide, accidental overdose, educational failure, and unsafe sex. Teens are at heightened risk for these negative outcomes, because they may not understand how drugs and alcohol can affect them, and they are more inclined to engage in risky behaviors. It’s safe to assume most parents probably don’t look forward to having a frank talk with their children about drugs and…
Texas Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
The 2017 Texas legislative session marks the fifth time Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, has introduced a bill that would restrict texting while driving, and the fourth time Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, has introduced similar legislation. Despite bipartisan support for laws that curb texting while driving and testimony from public safety officials about the need for such laws, these bills have failed to generate unanimous support in the past. But this year, the House Transportation Committee unanimously approved Craddick’s House Bill 62, sending it to the full chamber for consideration. HB62 would create a misdemeanor offense for reading, writing, or sending an electronic message while driving, unless the vehicle is stopped. The fine for the offense…
Texas Spring Break Injury Lawyer
On March 17, South Padre Island police announced they had apprehended two women – a driver and her passenger – involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured several pedestrians. The crash occurred earlier that day – at 1 a.m. – when the 20-year-old driver hit a group of people walking in the bike lane. The victims, age 16 to 22, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Every year during spring break, there are reports of accidents and injuries on South Padre Island, and most of them involve alcohol. No matter where you’re headed for spring break this year, keep in mind the following tips for staying safe: Understand the effects of…