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Bring a lawsuit when driver error causes a car accident

When people get behind the wheel of the car, they take on a great responsibility. They are not only responsible for themselves and the people in their car, but their actions affect everyone on the roadway. This includes other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bikers. In fact, no matter who is near the roadway, they can be put in danger when a driver acts recklessly.

Negligent behavior is not only limited to recklessness. But, there are a variety of driver errors that people in Texas can make that put the lives of others in danger. These errors and dangerous driving habits can include following another car too closely, speeding, ignoring posted signs and failing to use a turn signal. While these infractions may seem benign, under the right circumstances they can cause serious car accidents leading to injuries or death.

Risks to Texas' children from consumer products

Children are meant to play. It often seems like their entire lives revolve around their own imaginations and creativity. Parents throughout Texas, often rely on toys and other consumer goods in order to feed this drive. These toys are often both entertaining and educational, thereby providing the best for the child.

However, there are situations when toys and other consumer goods are not appropriate for young children. Sometimes, manufactures fail to meet certain safety standards and put children at risk. The Texas Department of State Health Services has identified certain risks that toys and consumer products can pose to children throughout the state.

Dangerous children's toys recalled prior to holiday season

Parents and children in Texas are eagerly awaiting the holiday season. While adults may enjoy all of the family time, children often enjoy all the gifts. For some young children, the holiday season often means a barrage of new toys will come into their lives. Parents often expect these toys to entertain or educate their children. However, people do not expect children's toys to be unsafe.

Unfortunately, many children's products contain design or manufacturing errors that make the products dangerous. If children use these dangerous children's toys, they can be seriously injured. In some cases, fatalities have been reported from the use of children's products.

What car accident risks do older drivers face?

It's no secret that Americans are getting older. Baby Boomers are starting to reach retirement age all across the United States, though many of them still live active lives in Texas. They have social lives, work and participate in a variety of recreational activities. In many cases, older people use cars as their primary mode of transportation to get from one place to another.

Older drivers, however, should understand that they face unique risks when driving on Texas' roadways. In fact, the risk of being injured in a car accident increases as a person gets older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average 586 older adults are injured in car accidents every day throughout the United States. In 2012, more than 5,000 older adults were killed in serious car accidents. Additionally, 214,000 older adults were injured in vehicle crashes that same year.

How can teen drivers avoid car accidents?

Drivers on the road have varying amounts of experience behind the wheel. There are some drivers who have been driving for many decades. While, on the other hand, there are some new drivers who may only have a month of experience. In many cases, inexperienced drivers are young. Teenagers often have fewer hours behind the wheel than their adult counterparts. This can make them more susceptible to causing car accidents and engaging in other dangerous behavior.

Recently, on this blog, we highlighted the story of a Texas car accident involving a teenager. In that case, the teenager was apparently responsible for a fatal car accident. As that accident is being investigated, many may wonder how teenagers can work to keep themselves and others safe while driving.

Teenager causes deadly car accident near San Antonio

Teenagers may revel in the opportunity to go wherever they please once they have received their driver's license. Even a simple joyride can be exhilarating for new drivers. However, in certain situations, it's a teenager's inexperience behind the wheel that can cause a serious car accident.

Recently, in San Antonio, such a car accident occurred. According to reports, a high school student was driving on Loop 1604 Near Highway 87 in Bexar County. At around 7 a.m., the young student hit a school bus carrying six students.

Backing up safety for Texas trucks

When thinking about trucks, many people may think about them speeding down a Texas highway. However, trucks are often involved in much more complicated maneuvers than this. Like other cars and motor vehicles, trucks often need to be able to safely move in all directions. This includes backing up.

Traveling in reverse is often dangerous for drivers. According to data from the National Safety Council, 15,000 injuries are caused each year by drivers who are backing up. Additionally, 500 deaths per year are caused by drivers who are traveling in reverse. In other words, about one in four traffic accidents are caused by a driver that is backing up. Truck drivers, and other motor vehicle operators, need to understand the dangers of backing up. They also need to take precautions in order to avoid accidents while in reverse.

Understand your right to compensation for fatal boat accidents

Throughout the year, people in Texas enjoy watercraft and water-related activities. Here in New Braunfels and throughout central Texas, there are many beautiful and well-maintained recreational waterways available to residents. Whether people enjoy boating on Lake Dunlap, Canyon Lake or Lake Placid, people have the opportunity to enjoy themselves on the water.

However, recreational boating does not come without risks. Like any other motor vehicle, there's always the possibility of an accident. Like driving a car, those who choose to operate a boat must do so with the utmost care. Operating a watercraft requires a person's full attention. If safety rules and regulations are ignored, then serious injuries and fatal accidents can occur.

Are there safety requirements for water vessels in Texas?

Previous posts here have explained that boating can be a dangerous recreational or commercial venture. When a person is on a boat, there are many factors in play that can create hazards. Texas has enacted many safety requirements for vessels on waterways within the state. The safety requirements are meant to help keep people safe while aboard the ship.

For example, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, all ships within the state need to have some sort of life-saving device. In many cases, this includes a personal flotation device, also known as a life jacket. For example, all children under the age of 13 who are riding on boats that are at least 26 feet in length need to wear a life jacket. Other types of vessels, depending on their size, also need personal flotation devices.

Fatal boating accident statistics

Many people in Texas take to the waterways in order to have fun. Many choose to operate a boat or other personal watercraft in order to get out and see the state. In many cases, boating can be a fun and safe activity. However, if proper care is not taken a fatal boating accident can occur. People may think that boating accidents a rare, but they do occur often.

According to the United States Coast Guard, fatal boating accidents caused 610 deaths in 2014. Additionally, more than 2,000 people across the United States were injured in boat accidents that year. These accidents occurred throughout the year, with the most accidents happening in the late spring and fall. Many of these fatal accidents occurred late at night, with most occurring between 12:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.

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