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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.

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.

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