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What if my child was injured through violence at school?

If you are a parent with school-aged children, you probably already understand that things are much different now than they were when you were going to school. Paying any attention at all to the media has probably shown you that the youth of today seem to be more exposed to violence than were the children of yesterday. Naturally, this causes parents to worry about their kids when they are away from home.

Child injuries obtained through violence pose additional concerns beyond physical damage alone. School violence can also cause emotional harm and may cause children to be fearful about going to school. In turn, this can have negative consequences on a child's learning capacity. Statistics provided by government and educational organizations reveal that school violence is a very real problem in the nation.

Do motorcycle helmets provide protection at high speeds?

Perhaps you have heard that Department of Transportation helmet testing does not take into account the impact of high speed motorcycle accidents. Many people believe helmets are useless at high speeds, but this is just a myth. People take this myth for fact because of the way the DOT tests helmets.

During testing, a helmet is dropped from a height of six feet, producing a 13 mph impact. What you should understand is that 13 mph does not represent the speed at which a motorcycle is traveling. That figure actually represents how fast a motorcycle accident victim's head strikes the ground in an accident. The DOT tests helmets in this fashion because it has been determined that in the majority of motorcycle accidents riders fall about six feet and hit the ground at about 13 mph. As such, helmets do indeed protect your head when traveling at speeds greater than 13 mph.

Texas car accidents and the negligence factor

In legal language, the negligence factor and how it relates to Texas car accidents seems like a complicated matter. It is true that proving liability is not a simple affair, but most victims know without a doubt that another driver is at fault for the accident and any damages it caused. This knowledge on your part is the backbone of any successful legal action against the at fault party.

An experienced attorney can build a case by thoroughly investigating all of the elements of the car accident and uncovering facts to support your claim. With the facts in hand, your personal injury lawyer will then shoulder the responsibility of proving that negligence caused or contributed to the accident. This does not mean you have no role in a personal injury lawsuit or other legal action. Rather it means that the attorney you choose will become your partner, with the both of you working together towards your final goal, which is to be made as whole as possible after your car accident.

Parents of actor killed in crash take action against Jeep maker

Most of the nation remembers the bizarre accident that took actor Anton Yelchin's life this past June. In a tragic turn of events, the 27-year-old actor who was featured in the latest Star Trek film series died when his Jeep Grand Cherokee crushed him to death. Now the actor's parents are seeking legal action against the SUV manufacturer.

The incident happened on the 19th of June. By all accounts, Yelchin parked his Jeep in his driveway and then exited the vehicle. However, the Jeep did not stay in park and subsequently rolled down the driveway, pinning Yelchin between a fence and his mailbox. Reports indicate the young actor remained alive for an unknown period as he suffocated and eventually expired.

Summer is fun, but there are still risks for child injuries

With summer in full swing, your children have probably been enjoying a marathon of running, playing and enjoying the plentiful outdoor activities Texas offers. As a parent, you likely take care to keep your own home free of any hazards that could result in child injuries. However, if you are like other busy parents, there are times when your children are out of your immediate supervision.

We all want our children to be safe, and it is probably safe to say that other people want your children to be safe as well. However, incidents do happen that can result in serious injuries to our most vulnerable family members. No one wants to place a child in danger intentionally, but the negligence or recklessness of a thoughtless party could lead to the unthinkable.

Truck accident statistics for 2014

Truck accidents often result in serious injuries or deaths, and many times, the accidents are the fault of negligent or reckless truck drivers. When this occurs, injured victims and the families of victims who died can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit for medical expenses, pain and suffering, final expenses and more.

In 2014, 3,903 people died in accidents involving large trucks. About another 111,000 people were injured. The number of fatalities actually declined by 2 percent from the previous year and 26 percent over a 10-year period. The fatalities in 2014 from large truck accidents broke down to:

Motorcycle awareness: Understanding the dangers

Motorcycles are a preferred form of transportation for many people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency, though, car versus motorcycle accidents have increased more than 100 percent since 2005. The number one cause of motorcycle rider fatalities is failure to yield by the motor vehicle. Many of these accidents were preventable if the driver of the vehicle had simply noticed the approaching motorcycle.

Here are some tips to prevent motorcycle accidents:

Driver arrested after crash causes death of 2 unborn babies

A man from Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with the deaths of two unborn children after he allegedly crashed a vehicle while intoxicated and distracted.

The 46-year-old man was allegedly trying to use his cellphone while he was driving. The crash happened on North 28th Street in Waco when the man lost control of a 2015 Nissan Versa. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole. There were two women in the Versa, both of whom were pregnant. Both women were said to be in critical condition after the accident and both lost their unborn babies. One of the women, a 22-year-old, was 10 weeks pregnant. The other woman, a 33-year-old, was five months pregnant.

Inflatable amusements: statistics on injuries

Many fairs or parties have inflatable amusements for the kids to bounce around on. The kids simply remove their shoes and bounce until they are worn out or their time is up.

Inflatable amusements, though, are not without their dangers, most common of which are fractures, strains, sprains and dislocations. Between 2011 and 2013, there were an estimated 47,446 emergency department-treated injuries from inflatable amusements. The moon bounce was the most common inflatable in use when injuries occurred. For all inflatable amusement injuries, 96 percent were treated in the emergency room and released, 3 percent resulted in hospitalization and 1 percent did not have a disposition or left against medical advice.

How can I protect my child from burns?

Children are curious by nature. They don't realize the dangers that can be found all around them. When it comes to burn injuries, parents, guardians and other caregivers must be vigilant in order to prevent such injuries to children. Here are some tips to help prevent burns to children.

-- Avoid carrying hot liquids when you are carrying a child.

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