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Anyone can suffer a slip and fall injury

It doesn't matter how old you are. It doesn't matter where you are walking (or running). There is always the chance that you could be involved in a slip and fall accident.

While some people are able to quickly recover from a fall, others find that they are injured and in need of immediate medical attention.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Many people have heard of whiplash, but most have never experienced this potentially painful injury.

Whiplash often impacts people who are riding in a vehicle that is struck from behind by another. When this happens, their neck strains, thus leading to the injury.

There are many causes of truck accidents

As you make your way down the highway, you know that you will be in close proximity to trucks from time to time. While there is nothing wrong with this, as everyone needs to share the road, a single mistake can lead to a serious disaster.

Most truckers do whatever it takes to remain safe. They don't want to cause an accident, as they realize how much damage this can cause. Unfortunately, this doesn't hold true for all truck drivers. There will always be some who drive recklessly and hope to get away with it.

Tips for safe driving in heavy rain

As a Texas resident, you know that long spells of dry weather are extremely common. You also know that heavy rain can hit at any time. When it does, you need to be prepared for driving in inclement weather.

Wet conditions contribute to poor visibility and can impact the ability of your tires to grip the road. If you are faced with more rain than you or your vehicle can handle, the best thing you can do is pull over in a safe area and wait for a break in the weather.

Can overloaded commercial carriers cause truck accidents?

Every city and state in the nation has more than their fair share of truck accidents. Waco, Texas, is no exception, with many people suffering injuries or even death as a result. Many of the factors that lead to truck accidents are well-known such as driver fatigue, distracted driving and poor vehicle maintenance. However, there is a fourth factor that many motorists like you might never see coming. It is the overloading of large commercial vehicles.

Overloading can happen for several reasons, but one of the most prevalent is the industry's trend of using smaller trucks. While these trucks save companies money on the acquisition of equipment, they tend to be overloaded so that the truck can still carry a lot of cargo. Unfortunately, these attempts at reducing costs can result in truck accidents. Here are just a few ways an overloaded truck can increase road hazards.

What if my child was injured through violence at school?

If you are a parent with school-aged children, you probably already understand that things are much different now than they were when you were going to school. Paying any attention at all to the media has probably shown you that the youth of today seem to be more exposed to violence than were the children of yesterday. Naturally, this causes parents to worry about their kids when they are away from home.

Child injuries obtained through violence pose additional concerns beyond physical damage alone. School violence can also cause emotional harm and may cause children to be fearful about going to school. In turn, this can have negative consequences on a child's learning capacity. Statistics provided by government and educational organizations reveal that school violence is a very real problem in the nation.

Do motorcycle helmets provide protection at high speeds?

Perhaps you have heard that Department of Transportation helmet testing does not take into account the impact of high speed motorcycle accidents. Many people believe helmets are useless at high speeds, but this is just a myth. People take this myth for fact because of the way the DOT tests helmets.

During testing, a helmet is dropped from a height of six feet, producing a 13 mph impact. What you should understand is that 13 mph does not represent the speed at which a motorcycle is traveling. That figure actually represents how fast a motorcycle accident victim's head strikes the ground in an accident. The DOT tests helmets in this fashion because it has been determined that in the majority of motorcycle accidents riders fall about six feet and hit the ground at about 13 mph. As such, helmets do indeed protect your head when traveling at speeds greater than 13 mph.

Texas car accidents and the negligence factor

In legal language, the negligence factor and how it relates to Texas car accidents seems like a complicated matter. It is true that proving liability is not a simple affair, but most victims know without a doubt that another driver is at fault for the accident and any damages it caused. This knowledge on your part is the backbone of any successful legal action against the at fault party.

An experienced attorney can build a case by thoroughly investigating all of the elements of the car accident and uncovering facts to support your claim. With the facts in hand, your personal injury lawyer will then shoulder the responsibility of proving that negligence caused or contributed to the accident. This does not mean you have no role in a personal injury lawsuit or other legal action. Rather it means that the attorney you choose will become your partner, with the both of you working together towards your final goal, which is to be made as whole as possible after your car accident.

Parents of actor killed in crash take action against Jeep maker

Most of the nation remembers the bizarre accident that took actor Anton Yelchin's life this past June. In a tragic turn of events, the 27-year-old actor who was featured in the latest Star Trek film series died when his Jeep Grand Cherokee crushed him to death. Now the actor's parents are seeking legal action against the SUV manufacturer.

The incident happened on the 19th of June. By all accounts, Yelchin parked his Jeep in his driveway and then exited the vehicle. However, the Jeep did not stay in park and subsequently rolled down the driveway, pinning Yelchin between a fence and his mailbox. Reports indicate the young actor remained alive for an unknown period as he suffocated and eventually expired.

Summer is fun, but there are still risks for child injuries

With summer in full swing, your children have probably been enjoying a marathon of running, playing and enjoying the plentiful outdoor activities Texas offers. As a parent, you likely take care to keep your own home free of any hazards that could result in child injuries. However, if you are like other busy parents, there are times when your children are out of your immediate supervision.

We all want our children to be safe, and it is probably safe to say that other people want your children to be safe as well. However, incidents do happen that can result in serious injuries to our most vulnerable family members. No one wants to place a child in danger intentionally, but the negligence or recklessness of a thoughtless party could lead to the unthinkable.

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