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Injuries to a child require special consideration

When your child is injured, your top priority is getting medical care for your child. Once you know more about your child's injuries, your thoughts might turn to other things, such as seeking compensation. Seeking compensation for a child's injuries isn't always as straightforward as seeking compensation for an adult's injuries. We can help you learn about how to determine the compensation you should seek for your child's injuries.

One factor that comes into the picture when dealing with a child's injury is where the injury occurred. If the injury occurred on someone else's property, the concept of an attractive nuisance might apply. In that case, we work to prove the elements necessary for a case based on that concept. Cases involving swimming pool injuries, swing set injuries and other similar injuries might involve the concept of an attractive nuisance.

Tips for motorcycle drivers in inclement weather

With the end of summer comes the end of riding season for some motorcyclists. Other riders, however, never winterize their bikes and continue to ride in the cold weather. When inclement weather comes on, though, there are a few tips that can help a motorcyclist arrive at his or her destination safely. Below are several fall and winter riding tips:

-- Layer clothing. Obviously when the temperature begins to fall, warmer clothes are needed. However, layering clothing will help give you more warmth while helping to wick away moisture from your skin. Cold weather gloves and boots are a must. There are also riding suits with built in heaters should the temperature drop below freezing.

School bus crash kills 2

At about 7 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, the driver of a Buick struck a school bus on the South Loop East of Interstate 610 in Houston. The collision caused the bus to slam into a guardrail. It went off the overpass, crashing onto the ground below. Two students who attended REACH, a Houston charter high school, were killed in the crash. They were 14 and 17 years old.

The bus was headed to Furr High School, which is another public school. REACH is located on the Furr High School campus.

Cucumbers blamed for death in Texas and another state

One person in Texas and a person in another state are dead following an illness believed to be caused by contaminated cucumbers. As many as 340 people also fell ill after eating the cucumbers, which are reportedly contaminated with salmonella.

According to reports, 70 of the people who fell ill were admitted to hospitals and a large number of those who became sick were under 18 years old. Illnesses have been recorded in four states, say reports. So far, the two people who passed away had underlying issues because of poor health or age, say reports. One of the women was 99 years old.

How can sleep apnea affect your driving?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes short breathing interruptions while sleeping. Some people experience these breathing interruptions as many as 400 times in a night and they can last more than 10 seconds at a time. This sleeping disorder is often not diagnosed or recognized, even though it can be a life-threatening condition in many cases.

There are several risk factors for developing sleep apnea. These include:

2 million pounds of bacon recalled by Kraft Heinz

A whopping 2 million pounds of turkey bacon has been recalled by Kraft Heinz after reports of sickness among some consumers. According to an alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on behalf of Kraft Heinz, the problem was discovered after complaints by consumers dealing with spoilage of the product. There were also reports of "illness related to the consumption of these products."

The recall was a Class II, which means there is a "remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product." The products included in the recall are those in the Oscar Mayer "Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed" and the "Selects -- Uncured Turkey Bacon" ranges.

Wrong-way drivers and their victims in Texas

A recent investigation by NBC 5 in Texas into wrong-way accidents found some very sobering results. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation was used to find out where wrong-way crashes occur most often. The investigative team wanted to know if there was more that could be done by to keep this tragedies from happening.

In 2014, the number of accidents where someone was going the wrong way increased by 13 percent from 2013. Over the last four years, 2,800 people suffered injuries and 269 people were killed in this type of accident. When looking at wrong-way crashes in North Texas alone since 2011, there were over 700 people injured and 50 people killed.

Who is most at risk for bicycle-related injuries?

Bicycling is a fun way to get around town, get exercise and avoid traffic snares. Unfortunately, bicyclists also have a higher risk of getting injured or dying when involved in a car-bicycle accident than the occupants of the motor vehicle. Almost 800 people lost their lives in bicycle accidents in 2010 and around 515,000 people were injured and seen at an emergency department.

Who is most likely to die while riding a bicycle? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults over the age of 45 and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were most likely to die due to bicycle-related injuries. For non-fatal injuries, those between the ages of 15 and 24 and children ages 5 to 14 have the highest fatality risk when on a bicycle.

The inherent dangers associated with riding a motorcyle

Nearly every Texas resident will agree that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in a car. The issue is that motorcycle riding is such a pleasurable and enjoyable experience that it tends to imbue riders with a sense of confidence. This is not only in their own riding ability, but in the level of attentiveness and carefulness of motor vehicle drivers they are sharing the road with.

Unfortunately, no matter how skilled and careful a motorcyclist is, there are many external factors -- like negligent and irresponsible motorists, bad weather, poor road conditions and defective motorcycles -- that could cause a motorcyclist to be injured or killed in a crash. In fact, according to one federal government study, motorcyclists are at least 26 times more likely to die in a collision than a regular car driver.

Car Wrecks In McLennan County - By The Numbers

In a previous post, we looked at the statewide numbers behind summer car wrecks. Today, we are taking a more in-depth look at crashes that happen closer to home - McLennan County - and throughout an entire year instead of just the summer.

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