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New Braunfels Personal Injury Law Blog

Should people in Comal avoid tanning beds?

With summer right around the corner, many Texas residents may be looking for the best way to get a jumpstart on their summer tan. In order to do so, many people will turn to a tanning bed. These beds give off doses of UV light to help imitate the effects of the sun. While many people enjoy the occasional tanning bed use, others may wonder, are tanning beds safe for consumer use?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, tanning beds should be approached with caution. These beds can cause serious health effects and can increase a person's risk for cancer and other serious health problems. In particular, teens and children should be discouraged from using these potentially dangerous products.

Drivers in Comal should heed all traffic signs and signals

Driving a car in Texas is a big responsibility. People need to understand the rules of the road, how to operate their vehicle and how to identify other potentially dangerous drivers. Additionally, drivers need to keep their full attention on driving thereby avoiding distractions like texting and driving, eating or socializing. When drivers don't do all of these things, serious car accidents can occur.

One of the most serious types of car accidents occur when people driver through red lights. Red signals are supposed to tell drivers to stop and wait. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 93 percent of drivers agree that stopping at a red light is important. However, research shows that as many as one in three drivers have driven through a red light in the past month. In urban areas, a driver runs a red light every 20 minutes.

It's possible to hold people responsible for pool injuries

On many occasions, this blog has discussed the dangers associated with pools. Not only can children drown in pools, but they can be injured by drain systems, by diving boards or from a slip-and-fall on a pool deck. While sometimes these accidents are unavoidable, other times injuries are caused by the negligence of a property owner.

People who own pools -- whether private pools or public pools -- have a responsibility to maintain that pool. There is a lot of work that goes into this process. If this work is skipped, and an injury occurs, a premises liability suit may be necessary.

What are the dangers of rural car accidents?

Texas is a very large state. As a result, much of the state is rural. Texans often drive through rural areas to visit family, to go to and from their homes or to get between larger cities. While people may believe that driving in rural areas is safe, there are some risks to driving in more isolated areas. Just like in urban areas, serious car accidents can occur in rural areas. However, the rural car accidents often look a bit different than urban accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 57 percent of traffic-related fatalities occur in rural accidents, despite the fact that only 21 percent of the United States' population lives in a rural area. Although this data is roughly 10 years old now, it still shows that the risk of a rural accident is not limited to only the people that live in these areas.

2 killed, 2 injured when car jumps median

The highway can be a dangerous place for anyone, especially when a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In these situations, an impaired driver may not be able to react in a timely manner or may make irrational judgment calls -- either is dangerous. Therefore, it is not uncommon for an impaired driver to be responsible for a car accident.

Investigators suspect that a driver was impaired when he lost control of his car in San Antonio, Texas recently. According to reports, the 19-year-old man admitted to police to smoking marijuana before driving south on U.S. Highway 281.

Damages in a wrongful death suit

Life is fragile. People can be taken from their families in the blink of an eye due to the negligence of another person. A fatal accident can occur at work, on the highway or even at a grocery store. When people are negligent any number of tragedies can happen.

In the face of the impossible, surviving family members have to move on following a fatal accident. For them, life goes on. However, things can never return to the way they were before the accident. These family members have to learn to live with the loss of a loved one and with all of the financial challenges this person's loss has created.

Serious injuries at children's playgrounds

Texas is known for its mild winters and warm summers. Many Texans take full advantage of this weather when they have young children and frequently take them outside to play and learn. In general, people expect that their children will be safe when on public property. In particular, people likely believe that places like playgrounds -- that are designed with children in mind -- are safe for children to play. However, this isn't always the case.

This blog recently discussed the dangers of public pools for young children. The danger does not stop there. Public playgrounds can also be a source of injuries for children in Texas. Parents should keep these risks in mind as warmer weather hits this spring.

Serious injuries at children's playgrounds

Texas is known for its mild winters and warm summers. Many Texans take full advantage of this weather when they have young children and frequently take them outside to play and learn. In general, people expect that their children will be safe when on public property. In particular, people likely believe that places like playgrounds -- that are designed with children in mind -- are safe for children to play. However, this isn't always the case.

This blog recently discussed the dangers of public pools for young children. The danger does not stop there. Public playgrounds can also be a source of injuries for children in Texas. Parents should keep these risks in mind as warmer weather hits this spring.

Do public pools have safety requirements?

Recently, this blog tackled the topic of drowning. As explained in that blog post, many people are killed each year when they drown in public and private pools, lakes and other bodies of water. Of these victims, many are young children who are unable to swim or who are poorly supervised.

After seeing these statistics, you may be wondering if public pools need to take precautions to prevent drowning. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that federal law does mandate some protections against public pool users. Under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act pools must take certain precautions to prevent drowning caused by pool drain systems.

Drunk drivers should be held accountable for damages

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never acceptable. People who choose to drink and drive put their own lives at risk as well as the lives of others. In many cases, these reckless drivers are responsible for injuries to others when they cause car accidents. In these situations, innocent Texans are left dealing with the massive turmoil that accompanies a serious car accident.

In these cases, drunk drivers can be held responsible for their actions. Their mistake should not affect accident victims financially. Yet, it can. Without taking the right action, drunk driving accident victims can face serious medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and more. In some cases, people can even have lost their lives.

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