Houston’s Car Accident Issues After the World Series

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Automobile Accidents, Personal Injury

Houston is going to be celebrating for a while now. The Astros have won their first World Series, and the city is getting a well-deserved bit of partying in after a very tough year. No one is going to begrudge the city for throwing the biggest end of the year party ever for a sports team. No one will judge us for drawing that party out for more than a week or two. At this point, we’ve got a free pass.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be on guard about our behavior. Partying is great, but when people party, and party, and party, there’s always a greater risk of someone getting hurt.

Particularly, we need to worry about drinking and driving, and the accidents that habit causes.

I say habit because it can become a habit, particularly when things get festive for longer than a weekend or so.

Texas already has a drunk driving problem. It ranks among the top states for the practice already. According to the CDC, whereas the national average is 1.9% for drivers who report having recently driven drunk, 2.1% of Texans report the same. Stunningly, with the rate of deaths by age for 100,000 people, at the age of 21-34, Texas scores 10 per 100,000, almost double the national average of 6.1 per 100,000. And that was before the Astros won the World Series.

Texas has an issue with driving and accidents. It’s a dangerous state to be on the road, without a doubt. And now, with excessive celebration heading into the most festive period of the year, that danger is all the greater.

Also, keep in mind, our infrastructure is not what it was before Harvey. Roads have been under great strain after all that flooding. Under equal strain are the police and fire departments, as well as the hospitals, which have all had to deal with a great deal this year already. Now, with resources depleted and workers exhausted, they will be forced to work all the harder to keep people as safe as possible.

So, congratulations Houston, you have earned a good time after the tough year. No one would take that away from you, but it may be worthwhile to try to act a little more responsibly than normal when indulging in the celebrations. The city has a right to party, but it also needs to be able to look after itself, and for all of us to look after one another.

If Harvey has done anything positive, it’s shown that nothing can beat Houston, especially when we all work together. We can all work together again to make sure everyone has a good time, celebrates, and still stays safe. Doing that will not just save lives, it’ll save resources, and keep the end of the year happy and free of sadness for all of us.

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The Danger of Total Media Integration

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Personal Injury

As the world becomes increasingly busy and interconnected it is dragging many members of the population into a spiral of constant multitasking in order to meet deadlines. This acceleration in the pace of society poses a threat to the safety of us all. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle they are unknowingly committing themselves to the conditions of the road and the conditions of drivers they may come across. Organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are responsible for conducting studies and gathering data to better explain the conditions we see on the road. When examining the plethora of data on driving accident statistics it is clear there is something majorly wrong with the road systems of the U.S.

Thanks to the progress made in the tech industry there are now plenty of handheld gadgets to pull our attention away from what is important. A staggering number of drivers on the road are constantly engaging in distracted driving, a form of negligence that endangers the driver’s life and the lives of passengers in passing cars. According to studies done by NHTSA during the day, there are nearly 660,000 drivers using a cell phone behind the wheel. Integration of communication apps, live streaming, and even camera function are some of the leading causes for phone use while driving. Contrary to popular belief it is nearly impossible for humans to properly multitask. A sharpened mind can be partially successful, but driving is an activity that requires full attention and situational awareness. When there is a presence of a cellular device in the car the likelihood of using that distracting device is greatly increased. Phones have become an odd extension to the human hand. Furthermore, smaller devices such as smartwatches and other wearable technology are proof of the growing dependence on devices around the clock. In a separate study, it was found that distracted driving took the lives of 3,477 lives in 2015. Life is too fragile to become distracted by the shiny and bright gadgets pushed down on consumers. As is with any technology, there is an appropriate time and place for usage of that device, but as studies have and will continue to show that time is never while operating a motor vehicle on an open road. In the tragic event that an accident occurs and the victim is left in a debilitated state or becomes dependant on constant assistance they could possibly challenge their case in hopes of receiving just compensation. Victims of serious auto accidents typically undergo traumatic stress during the accident and especially after during recovery. The financial implications alone can be soul crushing. This is why it is important to seek proper guidance in pursuing legal action.

In summary, roadways are cluttered with drivers who are simply not paying attention to their path and their surroundings. In serious cases where an extensive injury is experienced the victim would likely receive appropriate compensation for their care. Through efforts of raising public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, we can mold a safer future for the growing new generations.

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Understanding Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Personal Injury

Lots of folks are getting to be increasingly more conscious of their rights and prerogatives as free residents of the U.S. This is a good thing for it allows for citizens to act suitably and operate for themselves in cases of maltreatment or any such additional malignant behavior from another individual. The issue of personal injuries is one that makes a lot was known by itself and this is where it gets complicated as the response to these question is not merely one that is easily answered.

State, for example, that an old lady accidentally created your nose bleed after hitting you in the nose with the rear of her hand, merely because she was gesturing too animatedly. Theoretically, you can try and push charges against this woman in order to achieve favor or damages.

Many lawyers offer free consultation services before an attorney-client relationship is created, so you may understand just what you are stepping into.

As well as that pursuing legal action might cause you more stress than necessary, with regard to cases like this. There is no universal legislation that addresses this regulation and so a particular pair of laws involving injury governs every condition. Most personal injury attorneys are normally capable of understanding these differences much better than the common person would.

According to the website of the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office, the topic of personal injury is quite vague at a very bottom level as private damage just does imply any injury (physical, psychological, and/or psychological) caused upon a victim due to the inadvertent or willful carelessness of someone else may be made to reply to justice via a tribunal. However, there’s the question regarding whether or not it is worth it to pursue such a case that is lengthy.

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Dog Bites and Animal Injuries

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Personal Injury

Pets and wildlife can be a wonderful part of any neighborhood, community or occupation. Interacting with animals can be very rewarding and enjoyable, yet it also comes with severe risks. Among these risks are dog bites and animal attacks. The chance that a dog or other animal will get out of control is often slim, yet can have severe consequences if it occurs. According the website of Louisville personal injury lawyers at The Sampson Law firm some of the more common consequences of a dog bite or animal attack include “severe lacerations, hemorrhaging, severe contusions, broken bones, puncture wounds, bacterial infections, and viral infections such as rabies.”

Injuries such as severe lacerations and hemorrhaging can lead to drastic blood loss which is extremely dangerous. Hemorrhaging refers to the rapid and profuse loss of blood from the body. Such injuries must be treated immediately to stave off the risk of infection and death. If these injuries are sustained, it is likely that the victim may lose consciousness.

Broken bones and puncture wounds are more long term injuries. These can take months to heal and require immediate hospitalization and treatment. These are more likely with larger animals, although caution should be taken around animals of all sizes to avoid extensive bodily injury.

It is important to take steps to act with caution around animals, including dogs. You should only approach dogs or animals that you know to be safe and well trained. Avoid wilderness areas where you are unfamiliar with the wildlife. Most importantly, always consult the owner or wildlife professional before approaching any unfamiliar dogs or animals.

Unfortunately, in many cases a dog bite or animal attack injury was preventable and occurred to the recklessness or negligence of another- often an owner or caretaker. If this is the case, certain damages may be owed to the victim of this situation.

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Complications of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Personal Injury

Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom of a greater medical condition. There are a number of reasons that bleeding in the gastrointestinal area may occur. Hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, problems in the esophagus, cancer, or reactions to medication may all be causes of the bleeding.

Among the medications that are known for causing gastrointestinal bleeding is Xarelto, a blood thinner produced and manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. The medication is used to treat deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and hip and knee replacement patients.

The gastrointestinal or digestive tract includes a number of vital organs that bleeding may stem from. The esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus are all susceptible to tears or damage done to the lining. These are the most common reasons for injury.

Signs of bleeding may vary from microscopic to excessive or uncontrollable bleeds. There are different indicators for bleeds resulting from the upper and lower digestive tracts. Blood in vomit or stool, or secretions that resemble coffee groups generally suggest a bleed in the upper tract while black or tarry stool is often a sign of bleeding in the lower tract.

Gastrointestinal bleeding may lead to serious and sometimes life-threatening complications. Anemia or a deficiency in red blood cells and iron in the system may occur and cause chest pain, weakness, and general fatigue. The heart may also have difficulty pumping blood if there is a severe case of blood loss, called hypovolemia. In severe cases, gastrointestinal bleeding may be fatal if the patient loses too much blood.

While gastrointestinal bleeding may occur from natural causes, faulty drugs like Xarelto put patients at an unfair risk of pain and suffering. Negligent drug manufacturers should be held responsible for not releasing vital safety information to their patients and clients. If you or a loved one experienced adverse side effects after taking Xarelto, lawsuit lawyers may be able to help you become aware of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and physical and emotional damage sustained.

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Product Liability

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Personal Injury

Making sure that the products consumers buy are safe is one of the major tasks of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Besides this, the bureau’s other duties include:

  • Accepting and investigating consumer complaints regarding defective products
  • Putting a stop to the deceptive, unjust and fraudulent practices by business firms
  • Informing businesses and consumers about their duties, responsibilities and rights
  • Formulating and enforcing fair marketplace rules
  • Making sure that no deceptive and/or misleading labels are used by manufacturers
  • Filing lawsuits against firms or individuals found selling defective products or violating consumer rights

Sadly, however, thousands of lawsuits continue to be filed against manufacturer every year due to the harm or injury caused by their defective products. Records from the National Center for Health Statistics show more than 31 million people being injured every year due to irresponsible behavior of certain individuals and/or businesses, such as drivers, medical professionals, business owners, manufacturers, and others.

The effect of this irresponsibility is extended to the manufacture of various goods, like electronic devices, safety gadgets for children, toys, medical device, prescription drug and other pharmaceutical products, food, vehicles, tools, and many others.

On its website, the Goings Law Firm, LLC, tells of the many injuries unsuspecting consumers suffer from because of the safety hazards caused by uncaring, reckless and negligent manufacturers. Manufacturers, of course, have the legal obligation to make sure that their products are totally safe and that the labels of these products accurately identify the product’s ingredients, include all vital instructions or warnings associated with the use of the product, and never make baseless claims on what the product can do.

While there is no guarantee that those harmed or injured by defective products would receive compensation from the manufacturer of the faulty good, being represented by a personal injury lawyer can give victims better chances of having their rights fully recognized by the court and so decide on their behalf. Compensation is meant to cover costly medical treatment, lost wages and all other present and future damages resulting from the injury.

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