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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…
Texas Brain Injury Lawyer
Researchers at the University of North Carolina released a report in January about the prevalence of fatal brain and spinal cord injuries in high school and college football players. The report stated that 24 high school athletes and four college players died from brain or spinal cord injuries between 2005 and 2014. Given that about 1.1 million high school students and 75,000 college students play football, deaths from brain and spinal cord injury are rare. But these deaths point to a need for additional research on how to protect young athletes. Common Factors The UNC researchers found that 58 percent of the high school deaths and all of the college deaths occurred in the past…
Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
By the end of October 2016, vehicles had struck and killed at least 71 Houston pedestrians since the beginning of the year. In the final months of 2016, several more people died after being struck by a car. A police officer told the Houston Chronicle that authorities were having trouble explaining why pedestrian fatalities were becoming more common, but the deaths raise questions about whether Houston needs to rethink its infrastructure. In an article in Insurance Journal, a Houston mobility advocate said when pedestrians don’t use crosswalks and are struck by a vehicle, authorities often blame pedestrians for their own deaths. But he said it’s important to find out why pedestrians don’t use sidewalks –…
Texas Workplace Eye Injury Attorney
The non-profit organization Prevent Blindness has a special advocacy initiative for each month of the year. It proclaims March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month, a time for employers to support healthy vision for workers. Prevent Blindness says that for employers, there are many advantages of promoting eye health: Higher workplace morale Higher productivity A reduction in financial losses associated with vision-related absences, disability claims, and early retirement Manageable vision insurance premiums, due to fewer vision-related illnesses Fewer on-the-job accidents. Promoting occupational vision health means more than just providing safety goggles in an industrial setting. There are numerous ways in which employers can help workers maintain healthy vision. How Vision Problems Lead to Injury Often, when…
Austin Truck Accident Attorney
Long hours, poor diet, a lack of exercise, and irregular sleep patterns put truckers at risk for a variety of illnesses. In fact, the occurrence of diabetes among truck drivers is 50 percent higher than it is in the general population. When managed well, diabetes alone may not interfere with a trucker’s ability to drive safely. But some complications of this illness can make driving dangerous, and when a truck driver also has another health problem, such as hypertension, the risks increase for being involved in a crash. A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed that among all truck drivers, the rate of crashes with injuries was 29 per…
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A Dallas woman has sued Uber, Honda, an Uber driver and the Honda’s owner for a crash in November 2015 that paralyzed her from the chest down. In the lawsuit, she claims that the driver’s prior arrest on drug charges should have made him ineligible to drive for Uber. She also said the driver was uninsured. Uber does conduct background checks on drivers. To be eligible to drive for the company, within the past seven years one must have had no: DUI or drug-related offenses Incidents of driving without insurance or a valid driver’s license Fatal accidents History of reckless driving Criminal history. It’s not clear what type of drug-related offense the Dallas Uber driver…
Texas Zika Virus
Since 2015, about 300 Texans have tested positive for the Zika virus. In most people, Zika causes mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. But when pregnant women are infected with Zika, the virus can cause brain defects in fetuses, and children may be born with hearing and vision problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still studying the ways Zika during pregnancy may affect children. The illness is spread primarily by the mosquito species Aedes aegypti, which the CDC says “are aggressive daytime biters” that can also bite at night. The virus can also be transmitted between sexual partners, and reports from Brazil indicate blood transfusions may also transmit Zika, but no…