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Safety simulation educates teens about drunk driving dangers

Students at a local Texas school recently played an interactive part in a drunk driving safety campaign, appropriately timed for National Teen Driver Safety Week. 

Specifically, the students attempted to maneuver a push-pedal go-kart around cones, but with a handicap: custom goggles designed to simulate the level of impairment that may affect a drunk driver’s vision. Not surprisingly, most were unsuccessful. Representatives from Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute were also on hand during the simulation. 

Are spinal injuries harder to prove in a personal injury case?

A multi-car accident has left a Texas man with spinal injuries, according to his claims in a personal injury lawsuit.

Specifically, the victim claims that the defendant negligently crashed into his vehicle headfirst while attempting a left turn. The authorities that responded to the scene cited the driver for multiple traffic violations, including failing to yield and driving without a valid license.

Is the recall enough? Taking another look at the G.M. debacle

The product recall involving 2.6 million General Motors vehicles with an ignition switch defect continues to be a subject of controversy -- and tragedy.

By one estimate, there are still hundreds of thousands of GM cars subject to the recall on the road. The cars have a potentially faulty ignition switch that could shut off during operation. The sudden loss of power to the brakes, steering and air bags could present a serious danger of losing control of the vehicle.

Is a commercial driver’s license an adequate safeguard?

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website, a commercial driver’s license is required for drivers in certain categories.

One example is drivers who transport commerce -- interstate or intrastate. An additional endorsement is required for special types of commercial vehicles, such as a school bus or vehicle transporting hazardous materials. The endorsement will appear on the face of the commercial driver’s license. 

Do police reports help crash victims prove negligence in court?

In some cases, police that arrive upon the scene of a motor vehicle accident will prepare a report. That police report may contain important information. Readers may consequently wonder: Can a police report be used as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit?

The answer is not clear-cut. Although it is an official record, the statements within the report are generally considered hearsay if offered to prove the truth of the matter or statement asserted. However, an attorney that focuses on personal injury lawsuits knows that a good strategy can be to bring the police officer in to testify as a witness during trial.

Six students treated after school bus crash

If special licensing and training is any indication, drivers who operate commercial and mass transit vehicles are held to a high standard of care.

That duty may be called into question regarding a recent school bus crash. The bus, part of the fleet for the Houston Independent School District, apparently collided with a pickup truck while heading northbound on Highway 288 near the South 610 Loop on a recent morning. It was carrying student passengers on their way to school.

DePuy ASR XL Acetabular™ Hip Replacement Recall: A Terrible Problem that You Don't Have to Face Alone

In late August, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced a recall of its ASR XL AcetabularTM metal on metal hip replacement system. Surgeons began using the ASR XL AcetabularTM hip replacement system in the United States in 2005. Since then, tens of thousands of patients have received DePuy hip replacements that studies show are dangerous and defective. The five-year failure rate of the ASR XL AcetabularTM hip replacement system is roughly 13%, or 1 in 8 patients.

What You Need to Know About the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Artificial Hip Recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system on August 24, 2010. The recall came after recent studies showed that the five-year failure rate of this product is approximately 13%, or 1 in 8 patients. DePuy said that its artificial hip system had problems with components loosening and component misalignment. This caused patients to have infections, bone fracturing, hip dislocation, and pain. The studies also showed that the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system also increased metal ion levels in the blood in some patients. Other problems it might cause included bone staining, necrosis (tissue death), swelling, nerve damage, and muscle damage. How do you know if you are affected by this recall? The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System was first used in the United States in 2005. If you, a loved one, or someone you know had a hip replacement surgery during or after 2005, you might have one of the recalled artificial hips. Most people do not know what type of artificial joint their surgeon used. To find out if this recall affects you, the first thing you need to do is contact your doctor or surgeon to discover what type of replacement was used. Be sure to ask your doctor about running blood tests to measure the level of metal ions in your blood. These levels may be high even if you have not yet experienced any symptoms. Once you know that you received a DePuy artificial hip, you should contact a lawyer in order to best protect your legal rights. A DePuy hip recall lawyer can help you get justice for the damage caused by the DePuy artificial hip recall and represent you in a DePuy hip recall lawsuit. The law firm of Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C. has been representing people injured by dangerous and defective products for over 30 years. We specialize in products liability lawsuits. From our offices in Waco, Texas, we fight for justice for clients all over the United States, from Maine to California. We specialize in pursuing the manufacturers of dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We also handle car wreck lawsuits, trucking accident lawsuits, and serious injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Contact us today so that we can help you recover and rebuild. 

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