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Second wreck knocks 2 women, 1 infant over overpass

An accident that occurred in Waco, Texas, on Interstate 35 and the South Fourth Street bridge was only described as a fender-bender. While waiting for emergency responders, the two women who were driving the involved vehicles were standing on the shoulder of the interstate.

One of the women, 23, had taken her 8-month-old son out of his car set and was holding him when a pickup struck the two women. All three were knocked off the bridge, falling about 30 feet. The woman holding the baby used her body to create a cocoon of sorts for her son. When emergency responders arrived, they found the two women and the baby lying on Fourth Street.

Impaired driving statistics and prevention

Every 53 minutes, someone dies in an alcohol-related accident. That's 28 people who die each day across the United States in accidents that involve a driver impaired by alcohol.

Almost 10,000 people were killed in 2014 in accidents involving an impaired driver, and that accounts for almost a third of all deaths related to traffic accidents. Another shocking statistic is that more than 1.1 million people were arrested for drunk or impaired driving. However, that is one percent of the number of people who said that had driven while impaired in the last year. Some 121 million admitted to driving while impaired in the last year.

Understanding product liability

Each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 29 million people are injured and more than 20,000 people die as a result of products that are defectively marketed, manufactured or designed. As a result, accidents from consumer products cost the U.S. over $700 billion each year.

At Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C., we represent clients across the country who have been injured due to a defective product. We handle all types of death and injury claims, such as those due to defective car and auto parts, defective medical devices, dangerous drugs and more.

Laundry pods and child poisonings

The journal Pediatrics recently published a study about how dangerous laundry pods are for young children. In 2013 and 2014, over 37,000 calls were received by poison control centers about the laundry pods.

The author of the study, who is Nationwide Children's Hospital's direct of the Center for Injury Research and Policy issued a statement that said, "Unless this unacceptably high number of exposures declines dramatically, manufacturers need to continue to find ways to make this product and its packaging safer for children." The results of the research found that two deaths and at least 24 life-threatening poisonings occurred during the two-year period that was analyzed in the study. The study occurred before many U.S. manufacturers took steps to improve the safety of the packaging for laundry pads.

Could child head injuries harm relationships with parents?

Child head injuries can have a significant effect on a child's mood and behavior, according to a study completed in Canada. It was published in the Journal of Neuropsychology. According to the results, children who had a minor traumatic head injury still had a risk of suffering psychological effects.

The study analyzed 47 children who were all under the age of five and who had suffered a mild head injury. That group was then compared to children who suffered a fractured bone or had no injury at all.

What is the difference between a class action and a mass tort?

Many of our readers have likely heard of a class action lawsuit, A class action lawsuit is when several people who have the same or similar type of injuries, losses or damages sue a defendant as a group.

Mass torts are similar, except these lawsuits are filed separately when there is enough difference in the type of injuries, losses or damages to keep the plaintiffs from filing as a group. These are also often referred to as multi-district litigation. Mass torts are based upon a massive accident, such as when an airplane crashes. A mass tort could also be brought when there are widespread personal injuries due to a medical device.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each year, thousands of people are killed due to distracted driving. Many drivers feel that if they are using hands-free technology or the infotainment technology that manufacturers installed in their vehicles, then they are safe. Recent studies, though, have shown that technologies such as these continue to distract your brain -- even after you are no longer using them.

The top distraction for drivers are cellphones. Each day, these devices are used for long periods of time and while you may see several drivers each day that are on their phones while driving, when it's you, you may not realize that you are being unsafe.

What are some past famous product recalls?

A product recall is done to protect consumers from illness, injury or death that can occur if the product is used. Some famous products that are in many homes today have been the subject of recalls in the past. Here are seven past recalls that put our entire nation on alert.

-- Tylenol, 1982, Johnson & Johnson. Thirteen people died after taking Tylenol purchased from stores in the Chicago area. It was determined that the bottles of Tylenol were tampered with. Someone had put potassium cyanide in the product. This recall eventually led to packaging reform for over-the-counter medications.

Grand jury indicts 25-year-old man for manslaughter in crash

Last October, a horrific accident on Interstate 35 in McLennan County, Texas, took the lives of two women and injured three others. The man police say was responsible for the car accident has now been indicted by a McLennan County grand jury and charged with two counts of second-degree felony manslaughter.

The accident reports state that the 25-year-old man from Robinson, Texas, was driving recklessly and speeding around 10:15 p.m. His vehicle struck the back of a van that was towing a trailer. The impact caused the van to leave the road and roll. Two women from North Texas were killed and three more were injured in the accident

Study: Simple skull fracture may not need overnight stay for kids

Does a simple head injury in a child mean that an overnight stay in the hospital is warranted? Not always, according to the lead investigator of a new study in a recent issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. The researchers were from Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital and the study took place over the course of 10 years.

Researchers analyzed the medical records for 71 children were treated during that period for simple head injuries. Of those 71 children, 78 percent were kept overnight in the hospital. None of them required more treatment and were sent home the following day. That night in the hospital cost another $4,291.

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