The initial moments after a Texas car collision are tense. You may not know if you are injured or how seriously your injuries are. You may think only of the safety of others in your vehicle, or know that you need to get out of the roadway but are unable to move your car. In a severe crash, you or others in your vehicle may be knocked unconscious or suffer life-threatening injuries. What should you do?
After a car accident, take as many of these steps as possible. They can help you protect your legal rights, get the medical care you need, and communicate effectively with your insurance company or an experienced Texas car accident attorney. Read the rest »
A “backover” accident occurs when a vehicle reverses into a person who is standing or sitting behind it. Tragically, most victims of backover accidents are children, and in 70 percent of cases, a parent or other close relative of the child is the one behind the wheel.
About 2,400 children end up in the emergency room each year due to a backover accident, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These accidents can be easily prevented if you consider and practice the following guidelines: Read the rest »
It is well known that driving while distracted or under the influence of alcohol is incredibly dangerous, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 5,000 or 6,000 fatal auto accidents occur each year in the U.S. as a result of fatigued driving.
In fact, studies have found that driving after 18 hours without sleep can cause the same level of cognitive impairment as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05%
Fatigue can happen at any time; however, if you feel that you have not had enough sleep before getting behind the wheel, you may be putting yourself and others at risk of a catastrophic collision. If you experience the following symptoms or are being driven by someone showing the following symptoms, remember to pull over or change drivers.
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The Journal of Pediatrics recently issued a surprising study that found that the number of television-related injuries and deaths among children is steadily on the rise, increasing at a rate of more than 95% each year. That means that a child in the U.S. is taken to the emergency room for injuries caused by a falling television every thirty minutes, according to national data.
Children five years old and younger are more at risk for suffering serious injuries because they often climb on or try to pull themselves up using a piece of furniture that is not suited for holding a television.
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According to a report by the national advocacy group Public Citizen, the health care industry has joined manufacturing, construction, and other labor-intensive jobs as one of the most at-risk professions for on-the-job injuries and illnesses. The alarming rate of injuries that occur in hospitals and medical facilities can be attributed to a lack of enforcement when it comes to work safety standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other government agencies.
OSHA is tasked with ensuring that work sites throughout the U.S. are safe and healthy for employees, however, the administration argues that it does not have adequate funding or resources to fulfill its duties in all work sectors.
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According to The Dallas Morning News, a woman was tragically killed in an amusement park accident after she fell 75 feet from the Texas Giant rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas. Police and park officials are still investigating the exact cause of the accident; however, the incident has renewed efforts to create tougher federal regulations of amusement park safety.
Witnesses said they saw the 52-year-old Dallas woman vanish from her seat nearly a minute into the ride after her safety restraints came undone. A spokeswoman for Six Flags Over Texas said that the theme park “will not release any details pertaining to the investigation until it is complete.”
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Michelin Tire recently issued a voluntary safety recall of 100,000 of its tires typically found on SUVs and light trucks. A retailer discovered that some of the tires had sidewall perforations that may have been caused by a machine used to move the tires after the manufacturing process.
If a car is driven with the defective tires, the perforations could cause the tires to quickly deflate and lead to an accident. There have been no reports of injuries or crashes related to the affected tires, however, Michelin is recalling 100,000 to inspect and locate an approximate 2,500 tires that may be defective.
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According to a new study conducted by the University of Utah and the American Automobile Association (AAA), using hands-free texting technology while driving is just as dangerous for drivers as making a cell phone call.
Earlier this year, the Texas legislature was considering whether or not to ban texting and driving for drivers of all ages, but have yet to initiate any legal action. More and more major automakers are developing hands-free, dashboard “infotainment” technology to quell growing concerns about the dangers of distracted driving, yet the latest AAA study suggests that any distractions can be dangerous, hands-free or not. The study found that hands-free communication led to “suppressed brain activity, slowed reaction times, missed visual cues, and reduced visual scanning of the driving environment.” Read the rest »
During the summer months, children get to spend more time on playgrounds, but if not properly supervised, they can suffer serious injuries from accidents, faulty playground equipment, or even hazardous surfaces. The Dallas personal injury lawyers at Steele Law, P.C. encourage parents and caregivers to always supervise children, whether at a public or home playground, to help reduce the risk of injury.
Avoid playgrounds with unsafe surfaces. According to the National Program for Playground Safety, falls account for at least 67% of playground injuries, which can cause bone fractures, contusions, lacerations, and concussions. Playground equipment that stands over wood fiber, mulch, sand, or rubber mats are a safer choice than playgrounds set up on only cement, packed dirt, or grass. Read the rest »
Bicycle riding has become increasingly popular, especially as an alternative transportation option for daily commuters, and during the warmer summer months, the number of riders only multiplies. Unfortunately, motorists are not always aware of how to share the road with bicyclists and accidents happen.
Intersections are especially dangerous for bikers who are inexperienced and must navigate the busy lanes and limited visibility of crossing traffic. If you or a loved one is injured in a bike crash, an experienced Dallas bicycle accident lawyer can offer you the legal guidance you need to help protect your rights. However, avoiding accidents altogether is the best protection against loss or injury. Read the rest »
Summer is a popular season for boaters in Texas, and with over 600,000 registered boaters in the state, as of 2011, it’s important that all boat operators and passengers follow standard safety precautions when out on the water. Every year, boating accidents result in serious injuries or fatalities that could have otherwise been prevented, especially when at least 50% of all boating accidents involve alcohol.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, it is illegal to operate a boat or personal watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boating intoxicated is a serious crime, not unlike drunk driving, and may be punishable by confinement in jail, fines, or both, if the boat operator is found to have blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 or more. Refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test may also result in a suspended driver’s license. Read the rest »
According to a press release by the Department of Justice, a significant sentence was recently passed regarding a corporation that violated the Consumer Product Safety Commision’s (CPSC) safety laws and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
The President of LM Import-Export Inc. pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic and smuggle banned children’s products from China into the United States. The children’s toys were counterfeit items that contained hazardous amounts of lead, as well as small parts that could put children at risk of choking, aspiration, or ingestion. The accused was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison, a $10,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said, “This result demonstrates how serious we are about protecting American consumers from dangerous products and defending our consumer product safety law.” Read the rest »
While most parents and caregivers in Texas understand the importance of using properly-installed child safety seats when driving with children, few know about the dangers posed by a vehicle’s power windows. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 2,000 people have been injured by power windows from 2008 to 2010, half of which were children ages 14 or younger.
Power windows can cause serious child injuries or even death in the event that a child unknowingly presses the window switch while leaning his or her head, arms, or midsection outside the window. The upward force of most power windows is roughly 30-80 pounds, which can cause bruises, fractures, and even dislocation. Read the rest »
Over 55 years ago, the League of American Bicyclists designated May as National Bike Month in order to promote the many benefits of riding a bicycle. In celebration of this month-long event, the Dallas bicycle accident lawyers at Steele Law, P.C. would like to encourage commuters to consider biking to work.
There are many physical benefits to spending at least 30 minutes a day on a bicycle, such as a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and even improved mental health. While it may be easier to come up with reasons for not commuting to work by bicycle, here are a few tips to help dismiss those excuses. Read the rest »
Residents of Coppell, Texas can finally celebrate after receiving the approval and funds to build the city’s first dog park in MacArthur Park. The unanimous decision was announced at a recent City Council meeting, following a year-long campaign by dog owner Tracy Allard, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The new dog park will allow residents to relax and enjoy the open space where dogs can run and play. “The biggest misconception about dog parks,” Allard said, “is that they are for dogs. They are not just for dogs, they are for the citizens that have dogs, and they have many social benefits.”
Whether at a dog park or at home, it is important to identify the warning signs that a dog may show before biting or attacking. Often times, dog bite victims say the bite happened “out of the blue,” however, dogs typically demonstrate particular behaviors to warn when they are agitated or frightened and about to attack. Read the rest »