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New Braunfels Personal Injury Law Blog

New guardrails may lessen impact of truck accidents in Texas

When drivers are on the roads in New Braunfels, they may feel like they are safe, especially if they are driving defensively. However, there is only so much that a driver can do to prevent an accident. When other drivers, especially those in large vehicles like commercial trucks, are not driving safely, an accident can happen in an instant.

If a semi-truck or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in an accident, those in other cars can be seriously injured. These large vehicles can wreak havoc on the roadways and crush cars under their weight. And, sadly, these accidents have become more and more common in Texas. While many federal regulations are in place to help prevent truck accidents, there is more that can be done.

What happens when a dog bites someone in Texas?

When people think of a dog, they often have a happy, playful image in their heads. However, for the victims of a dog bite, this image becomes much more sinister. Dogs all over Texas have the potential to cause serious personal injuries to those around them. If a dog is not properly trained, supervised or controlled, a dog can easily turn violent. When this happens, the dog's victims can be left with serious wounds, medical bills and other expenses.

If you are a victim of a dog bite, you may wonder, what happens next. Under Texas laws, officials have the authority to take a dangerous dog into custody. Specifically, under section 822.0011 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, a court can seize a dog that has caused serious bodily injury or death to any person. To do this, the court must have evidence of an attack either by a showing of probable cause or by a sworn statement by a law enforcement official.

How exotic animals are treated under Texas tort law

When a person owns property in Texas, that person has the responsibility to ensure that the property is safe for others. While a property owner is not responsible for removing all risks of harm, a property owner must ensure the property is free of hazardous conditions.

At first thought, people may not include a property owner's pet in a list of potential hazardous conditions on a property. This might be because dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and other common domesticated animals are usually not dangerous to humans. However, many people choose to keep much more dangerous animals on their property. In fact, many Texans have dangerous wild animals in their care.

What activities are distracting Texas drivers?

There is enough to worry about when out on the road in Comal and throughout the state of Texas without having to wonder whether the person in the next car is reading a not-so-urgent text message instead of focusing on driving safely. Unfortunately, the growth of smartphones and attempts to multi-task has created a new series of dangers. Distracted drivers are a growing risk. Knowing what kinds of distractions are prevalent and the correlation between these distractions and car accidents is important.

Any behavior that diverts the driver's focus from the road can be construed as a distraction. This includes texting and driving, using a smartphone, eating, drinking, talking to others, reading, changing the radio station and more. Since these behaviors often require more than just a passing glance, there is a substantial amount of time in which a driver will not be paying strict attention to the road. In 2014 alone, there were nearly 101,000 accidents in Texas that were linked to a distracted driver. That is a rise of 6 percent from the previous year. More than 3,200 people were seriously hurt and 468 died in these crashes.

Fatal car crash kills one and injures three

A fatal accident can occur at any time and in numerous different circumstances in Comal and across the entire state of Texas. One of the most common kinds of accidents is a fatal car crash. These can happen for multiple reasons. An accident that could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit can have multiple ramifications for the family and loved ones of the victim. The loss of a loved one in a fatal accident is unexpected and can have long-term costs that go beyond finances.

A recent Texas crash involving several vehicles resulted in the death of a 19-year-old woman. According to the law enforcement investigation, the fatal accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. A Chevrolet Equinox was heading south when it is believed to have slowed down to turn or stopped completely. A Toyota rear-ended the stopped Cheverolet. Both vehicles subsequently crossed the road. A dump truck hit the Toyota on its passenger side. The 19-year-old who died was the passenger in the Toyota. The driver, an 18-year-old female, was injured and taken to the hospital by helicopter. The driver of the dump truck, a 67-year-old man, was also hospitalized. The 66-year-old driver of the Equinox was taken to the hospital to be treated.

The role of the NHTSA and car safety in Texas

In many cases, Texans spend a lot of money when they purchase a new car. When doing so, most people hope that the car will work as promised and get them from one place to another. However, people also expect that the car will be safe to operate when they get behind the wheel. Sadly, this is not always true. In some cases, cars are put on the market with inherent defects that make them dangerous to drive. These defects can come from a poorly manufactured car part or from a defective design. Nonetheless, in either case, defective cars pose a great risk to all drivers in Texas and need to be taken off the market.

In these cases, a product recall is often issued. As this blog has discussed in the past, federal law dictates that a recall be issued in certain situations. But, consumers need to understand how to react before a recall has been issued. They need to know how to report issues with their vehicles. This is where the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) comes in.

Product liability and automobile safety

When Texans think about what they want out of their cars, a few things probably come to mind. They likely want their car to be reliable. They need to get from one place to the next. They also probably want their car to be cheap to use. They do not want large maintenance costs or gas expenses. And, most importantly, people want their car to be safe. They want to know that they are going to get to their destination safely and without incident.

In many situations, whether someone makes it to their destination in one piece is determined by the drivers around that person. Other people have to rely on others to follow the rules to avoid a serious accident or injury. Nonetheless, serious injuries are not only caused by negligent drivers, but they can be caused by negligent manufacturers as well.

How serious are Texas head injuries?

Car accidents happen every day in Texas. Many are minor and include very little damage. Others, however, cause serious physical damage to the car and its occupants. People can suffer from a variety of injuries in a car accident, but few are more serious than head injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the major causes for disability and death in the United States is traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, a TBI is responsible for around 30 percent of injury related deaths in the country. Additionally, in one year, 2.5 million visits to the hospital were associated with brain injuries, and 50,000 people died from serious brain trauma.

Texas car safety and mandatory recalls

Texas is a very large state. As a result, Texans rely on motor vehicles to get from place to place. In fact, many Texans use a car, truck, motorcycle or other motor vehicle every single day. When people use their vehicles this often, it can be easy to forget that motor vehicles can be dangerous, especially if they are not manufactured according to the highest safety standards.

Automobile safety is so important that the federal government has many regulations that control the manufacturing and distributing of cars in the United States. This does not mean, however, that all manufacturers adhere to these rules. Many defective auto parts and defective automobile designs make it to the market in Texas. When this happens, people can get seriously hurt.

The emotional and financial loss when Texans are killed

Life can be wonderful and joyous, but fragile. One wrong mistake on a Texan's part, and they face death. This does not have to be through an intentional act. Simple negligence can has devastating consequences -- especially behind the wheel of a car. In a fatal car crash, the victim's family is suddenly and unexpectedly losing a valued member. People often do not get the chance to say, "goodbye," or make their peace with the person's passing.

Under these circumstances, a family will likely be very emotional. These strong emotions can result in a variety of responses for each person involved. While the death of a loved one may lead some people to take action,. Others might be unable to react, or find themselves engaging in destructive behavior. Everyone, in their own time, will have to figure out a way to cope with their tremendous loss.

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