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Auto workers may not face charges for faulty switches

General Motors put out many vehicles with faulty ignition switches, something that really came to light last year and led to a ton of recalls by the auto maker. It was big news from Texas to California to New York, as people were dying in accidents.

Now, a criminal lawsuit is being started that focuses on GM, trying to hold the company responsible for those deaths. However, loopholes in the law—which were crafted with the insistence of the car companies—could make it so that individual workers who were involved do not face prosecution, as they cannot be charged with crimes in cases like these.

Summer months see more car accidents in Texas

Last year, over 3,000 individuals were killed in Texas car accidents. That approximates to eight people a day. As such, Texas drivers are encouraged to be cautious this summer, especially between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, which -- for teen drivers -- have earned a reputation for being the 100 deadliest days of summer.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summer is the most dangerous time of the year for car accidents, and the most fatalities happen during August. According to one Texas state trooper, this is because there are a lot of people taking summer vacations, which translates into more cars on the roads. Also, this year, gas prices are lower, which is also encouraging more people to take to the roadways.

What are 2 of the worst auto defect cover-ups in history?

Texas residents are careful not to do things that look like they could be dangerous. No matter how cautious people are, though, they can end up buying innocent-looking products that carry a dark secret: the products are extremely dangerous due to design defects. Automobiles are one type of manufactured product that has a lot of potential for having deadly design flaws.

Unfortunately, even when auto manufacturers know about dangerous design flaws, they sometimes hide them from consumers. For example, take a look at the following defective and dangerous product recalls, which are some of the worst of all time, but the automakers tried to keep them hidden from American drivers.

What licensing does a trucker need in Texas?

A commercial vehicle driver in Texas has the responsibility to be a safe driver. Texas has several highway safety tips and regulations for these drivers to help maintain the safety of the roads while allowing for the transport of goods in these large vehicles. If you're hurt by one of these drivers, you will need to find out if he or she was driving legally.

For example, all commercial vehicle drivers need to have passed the Texas Commercial Driver's License test and be at least 18 years old. Although drivers could potentially pass the test at 16, it is unlawful for a driver to be under 18 and managing a commercial vehicle. If a driver fails this test, he or she cannot legally drive his or her commercial vehicle, even if he or she has a general driver's license for passenger vehicles.

Different kinds of automobile accidents in Texas

In the realm of motor vehicle accident law, there are a lot of different subcategories. Those include truck accidents, bicycle accidents, bus accidents, public transport accidents and pedestrian accidents. All of these types of collisions have the potential to cause fatal, disabling or catastrophic injuries. However, each one comes with its own set of factors and peculiarities that a personal injury attorney must investigate and watch out for.

For example, when Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, PC, receives a case relating to a Texas trucking accident, we will always take the time to investigate the trucking company, whether it has a history of trucking accidents and the hour/time sheet logbooks that the truck driver used while operating his big rig. In trucking accidents, the crashes are often caused by driver fatigue, so attorneys will look at logbooks to see if a particular driver had logged too many hours over a specific 48 hours period.

Truck driver tires may be dangerous at high speed

Many Texas tractor-trailer drivers are pushed to make tight deadlines, often with too little downtime to rest and rejuvenate between deliveries. In view of that, their temptation to speed may overtake their common sense. When that happens, the rig can be in danger of crashing due to a problem that few may consider: the tires.

Tires are something that Texas tractor-trailer drivers should keep in mind, especially if they go at high speeds. Truck tires are only meant to stay in good condition on trucks if the sustained speed is 75 mph or less.

Should parents take extra care on playgrounds?

Playgrounds are one of the most common places for parents to take their children. It is easy for some parents to presume that their local playground is safe, but in many respects it may not be. This is why it is very important for parents to take extra care on playgrounds.

For one thing, while your child is well-raised, the children of some other people may not be. For that reason, you'll need to guard against the other children pushing or crowding yours. That can be very dangerous since a lot of playground equipment is elevated, and a single shove can result in a life-changing fall.

What to know about drug recall

When you are prescribed a drug, you hope that it will be safe and that it will successfully treat your ailment. It can be scary if you hear that the drug is recalled. Here are some thing to keep in mind.

First, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. If an over-the counter drug that you're taking gets recalled, stop taking it. Of course, you should also immediately get in contact with your medical providers, who may have a safe alternative drug that they recommend in place of the one that was recalled. Be sure to be in contact with them as soon as you stop taking the recalled drug, so they can help you to make sure that your ongoing treatment issues are addressed.

Child safety on roads should be a primary focus

For parents and government alike, child safety on the nation's roads should be viewed as fundamental. Of course, for most parents, it already is. Fortunately, the government is now redoubling its efforts. If you join in with this effort, you can help keep kids safe as they travel throughout the country.

A recent research report by the organization Safe Kids Worldwide established that in the United States and in countries around the world, the leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 19 is road traffic injuries. This statistic inspired the current drive to increase safety for children on the roads.

Your rights after closed or penetrating brain injuries

A severe Traumatic Brain Injury can lead to death or a disability that will last a lifetime. This is more common that you may realize, as 2.5 million people suffered from these types of injuries in 2010. When looking at injury-related deaths, it's estimated that about 30 percent of all people who pass away have a TBI.

That said, if you're injured in Texas and diagnosed with a TBI, you may have the right to seek financial compensation. After all, these injuries could leave you needing care for the rest of your life, and you could lose the ability to work. Both have a drastic financial impact that must be addressed.

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