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Children hurt in Texas car wreck

Any car accident is tragic, and almost invariably involves some damage to at least one vehicle. If someone is injured, the tragedy is compounded. To many, that is even more true when it is children who got hurt in the accident. That is what happened in a recent collision in Texas.

The accident happened on Texas 114 just east of Rhome. It happened shortly before 7 p.m. on a recent evening. A Department of Public Safety trooper confirmed the details about what happened to the press.

Texas cosmetics store car crash causes injuries

People get injured in car accidents every day. This can happen if they are a driver or a passenger, on country roads or city streets and at any time of year. However, it is fair to say that absolutely no one expects to be in a car accident while shopping at a cosmetics store. Yet, that is exactly what happened in Texas recently, when a vehicle hit a building and went straight through a storefront window.

The shoppers at the store, Ulta Beauty, were surprised. They had to scramble to get out of the way as the vehicle came racing in. As they tried to escape its path, the car kept coming into the cosmetics store, winding two car lengths inside. The car was a Buick sedan.

Texas youth dies in tragic motorcycle accident

In a tragic twist of fate, a 17-year-old Texas youth was killed in a motorcycle accident the day after listing it for sale.

Investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety are still investigating the motorcycle crash. However, it appears that the youth's motorcycle struck an oncoming Hyundai Sonata as the car was began making a left turn on Texas 105. When officials arrived on the scene, the youth was pronounced dead.

An employer might be liable for its employees' negligence

A recent lawsuit illustrates the complexities that can arise in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. 

In the case, the surviving family members of four Texas veterans alleged the operation of a Union Pacific Corp freight train had been negligent. The veterans were killed when their parade float collided with the train.

Defective Airbag May Have Caused Death Of Texas Man

An automotive safety feature that was designed to save lives recently claimed the life of a 35-year-old Texas man.

According to a civil complaint filed by the man's surviving family members, the air bag in the man'€™s 2002 Honda Accord may have unexpectedly inflated and/or exploded. Unfortunately, it may also have sent a piece of metal into the man'€™s neck, inflicting a fatal injury.

Construction Accidents: Dangerous Workplaces Lead To Serious Injuries

The recent bridge collapse of an overpass onto a section of Interstate serves as an important reminder of the potential dangers facing construction workers. Heavy equipment, elevated work surfaces and scaffolding, industrial chemicals and repetitive motions can be a recipe for injuries or even wrongful death unless adequate safety precautions are taken. Even then, an equipment malfunction due to a manufacturer's defect might result in an accident.

In a recent example, a section of an overpass onto an Interstate highway collapsed, killing one construction worker and totaling the front of a semi truck. Although the investigation is ongoing, a preliminary theory is that the accident was due to human error rather than a structural defect.

Will automation lead to safer roads or product liability claims?

As automakers continue to explore autonomous driving features in car designs, consumers may wonder whether these new features will improve safety.  Although computerized systems have the potential to perform consistently, an attorney that focuses on product liability work knows that products continue to injure American consumers each year.

The defect is not always in a product’s design. Sometimes products may cause injury due to a manufacturing defect. Other times, a product may have been inappropriately marketed, leading consumers to believe that a product could perform beyond its actual capabilities.

Can a workplace injury give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit?

According to a recent update, the widow of a Texas construction worker is still fighting to hold the employer of her late husband accountable in a wrongful death lawsuit. After six years of litigation, the case is finally in the pretrial stage. 

The lawsuit includes several defendants: the construction firm who employed the woman's late husband, the manufacturer of the bulldozer involved in the workplace accident, and the company that sold the bulldozer. According to the complaint, the bulldozer may have malfunctioned because of a design defect. The defendants have denied this allegation, claiming that the man's operation of the bulldozer was negligent. 

Are fatal truck accidents on the rise?

The year’s end brings end-of-year reports in many industries, both corporate and governmental. Unfortunately, those reports don’t always contain good news.

According to the annual traffic-injury report prepared by the U.S. Transportation Department, large-truck crash fatalities rose for the fourth straight year. Across the country, 3,964 Americans died from accidents involving big rigs. Many of those crashes involved motor vehicles, although pedestrian accidents with large trucks were also included in the total count.

Fatal Texas accident apparently caused by reckless driving

No matter how cautious one is when driving on an Interstate, highway safety depends upon all drivers who are sharing the roads in Texas. A good driver remains at-risk and, unfortunately, can become a casualty due to the reckless driving of another. Driving at excessive rates of speed with disregard to traffic laws, or under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, adds to the risk of potential tragedy and places the lives of others in danger.

Such a tragedy appears to have become a reality in the wee hours of a recent Tuesday morning when a deadly crash occurred on I-10 in Baytown. A lieutenant, acting as a spokesman for the city police department, stated that the wreck happened at 1 a.m. on the westbound side of the roadway. Two vehicles were involved, with one driver blamed for the wreck.

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