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New Braunfels Personal Injury Law Blog

The dangers of dog bites

Many people think of dogs as nothing more than "man's best friend." They may interact with dogs every day and never really comprehend the dangers that a dog can inflict. While many dogs are friendly and harmless, some can cause serious and long lasting physical and emotional wounds.

In fact, according to healthcare professionals, dogs bite around 4.5 million people every year in the United States. Many of the people hurt by dogs are children. Statistics show that half of the people bitten by a dog each year are young children between 5-years-old and 9-years-old. Therefore, children should never be left alone with dogs and people should always stay away from strange dogs.

Do Texas drivers have a duty to pedestrians?

Pedestrians can often be found using Texas roadways. Like people in cars, those walking alongside the road, are generally just trying to get from point A to point B. Walking near roadways, however, can be a dangerous place for a pedestrian to be -- especially if the area does not have a sidewalk or is a busy street. For example, in a recent blog post, this blog highlighted the story of a 65-year-old man that was killed in a hit and run car accident while walking near Interstate I-35. In that case, police are looking for the driver responsible for the accident.

After reading this story, many Texas residents may wonder if car drivers have any duty to pedestrians. The short answer is yes. Texas drivers have a duty to exercise care when pedestrians are in or around the roadway. This duty exists even when these pedestrians are not following other laws that are meant to help keep the pedestrians safe.

New Braunfels man killed in hit-and-run accident

Fatal hit-and-run accidents are particularly distressing for family members. The sudden and violent loss of a loved one is hard enough. When the driver flees the scene rather than staying to take responsibility and help the victim, a family's grief can be compounded by anger and a deep sense of injustice.

Last week in New Braunfels, a 65-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he walked along the right lane of Interstate I-35. Police officers who responded to the accident found the man lying in the access road. He was unconscious and severely injured but breathing. Police think the victim was hit by the passenger side of an unknown vehicle on the interstate. Emergency responders took the victim to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, but doctors there were unable to save him.

Fighting for Texas victims of semi truck accidents

Large semi trucks are a common sight on Texas roads. The size and weight of these 18-wheel behemoths is many times that of passenger cars and pickup trucks. When a semi truck collides with a car or pickup, the results are often tragic for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.

Pursuing compensation for the victims of a semi truck accident is more complex than litigating a typical automobile accident case. Semi trucks and their drivers are subject to a number of federal and state laws and regulations. At the Burch Law Firm, we understand how to investigate whether a violation of one or more of these regulations was the cause of a semi truck accident.

What to do following an automobile collision

There are various accident causes in the state of Texas and elsewhere in the nation. Whether it is due to speeding, failure to yield, drunk driving, traveling too closely to another vehicle or running a red light or stop sign, drivers should understand both how to avoid these types of collisions and what to do following an automobile collision.

First, drivers are required to uphold a certain level of care while driving on the roadways. In order to avoid collisions, it is important to travel speeds safe for conditions and carefully slow down their vehicle. It is also important to yield to driver, bicyclists and pedestrians. Drivers should also travel a safe distance from other vehicles, look both ways before entering an intersection, signal turns and lane changes, stop and signs and signals and avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol.

What are the regulations regarding inspection of trucks?

It is not uncommon for automobiles to require regular maintenance and repairs. With regards to commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, these vehicles may require more frequent inspections and maintenance. Due to their lengthy and frequent trips, these commercial vehicles are required to undergo inspection to make sure it is safely operating. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in a malfunction, causing a serious truck accident.

What are the federal trucking regulations regarding inspection and maintenance? According to Section 392.7 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, trucks and their equipment are required to undergo regular inspection in order to be used as a commercial motor vehicle. Specifically, no commercial vehicle can be driven unless the driver of the vehicle is satisfied that the vehicle and all of its parts and accessories are in good working order. Furthermore, the driver should not fail to use any part or accessories when and if needed while in operation.

Lowering signs in Texas to reduce wrong-way crashes

Increasing safety on the roadways is important for drivers and passengers in Texas. Whether it is changing an intersection to make it less dangerous, decreasing speed limits, widening roadways or placing signs or signals at a busy intersection. Accident prevention is an important step to take to increase safety on the roads, making them easier to travel on.

Wrong-way crashes are a growing concerning in Texas and across the nation. In fact, recommendations and studies have been implemented to reduce these types of collisions. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas roads has yet to implement many of these suggested safety measures even though other states, local toll roads and roads in the southern portion of the state have taken steps to reduce the number of wrong-way incidents.

Understanding the recent trend in toy-related deaths and injuries

Consumers in Texas encounter children's toys often. Whether it is a toy for their child, a family member or a friend's child, the safety of these children's toys is a major concern. A defective children's toy could lead to serious injuries or even death, so it is crucial that adult consumers are aware of these potential dangers and understand their rights when a consumer injury occurs due to a defective or dangerous product.

A recent consumer report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission focused on the toy-related deaths and injuries occurring in 2013. According to the report, nine toy-related deaths were reported that calendar year. Of these, two were associated with a riding toy while the remaining seven deaths were caused by asphyxiation.

Recovering economic damages after a car accident

Just as the term implies, accidents are unexpected. Not only is a driver or passenger unsuspecting of a car accident, they are not prepared for the aftermath of the collision. When accidents victims in Texas and elsewhere in the nation are injured by a negligent driver, they are often aware of their rights to file a civil suit to recover damages. But what types of damages are available for accident victims?

Because the injuries and damages that result in a car crash often cause the injured party to incur expenses associated with the accident, economic recovery is sought after in a personal injury claim. The types of economic damages recovered in a civil action with depend on the experiences of the injured party during and after the incident.

Taking action after a consumer injury from a defective product

Nowadays, it is difficult to go through a day without using a consumer good. Whether it is a product or an edible good, if a manufacturer or seller causes the product to become defective, a consumer could be greatly harmed when the product is used or consumed. Our law firm understands that consumers put much trust in manufacturers and distributors, having a reasonable expectation that the product will not harm them. Consumer injury is not only unexpected but could cause a consumer and their loved ones to incur many damages and losses as a result of a defective product.

Our attorneys understand the potential dangers a defective or unsafe product could cause an unsuspecting consumer. Whether it is a household good, an automobile, a pharmaceutical, a child's toy or a food product, we will work with the injured consumer to fully investigate the situation. Our attorneys will look for circumstances such as other injured consumers, product recalls and inadequate warnings.

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