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Traffic deaths on the rise in Texas as oil industry booms

Since 2008, the oil industry in Texas has been booming. This economic development has led to an increase in the number of trucks and other large vehicles on the roadways in Texas. However, many of these large trucks and cars are not driven safely. Between time pressures, mechanical problems and unqualified or intoxicated drivers, traffic deaths are increasing in Texas.

According to a recent report, traffic deaths increased by eight percent between 2009 and 2013, despite the fact that fatalities were down nationwide. During that same times, fatal truck accidents involving commercial drivers increased by 51 percent. Additionally, the Texas Department of Public Safety has conducted random checks of trucks on the roadways and has found that up to 30 percent of these commercial vehicles should not be on the roadways.

Homeowners and premises liability law

Texas homeowners often buy land for their own use and enjoyment. Purchasing a home is often a big step in a person's life and can be a prudent investment. However, few people think about the responsibility that comes along with homeownership. Texas residents should understand that they can be held responsible if someone else is hurt on their property.

When homeowners are not careful, people can get hurt on their property. A slip-and-fall accident, inadequate lighting or other dangerous property condition can easily lead to serious injuries for others. If someone is hurt as a result of an accident at someone else's home, then that person may be entitled to compensation.

Know your rights as a car accident victim

Most people strive to be a safe driver. People don't often start their cars and hope for an accident to occur. Instead, they follow traffic rules, they use safety precautions and they drive defensively. Even with all these precautions, car accidents still occur in New Braunfels.

Our law firm understands that these accidents are often the result of the negligence of another. When a negligent driver causes a car accident, that driver is responsible for the financial damage that occurs. While many people just think of the expenses related to the damage to the car, there are a lot of other costs.

Head-on collision blamed on speed and wet roads

No one expects to be seriously injured when they get into their car. People hope that they will make it to their destination safely. However, when other people do not drive carefully, others can get hurt. In a recent case, two people were seriously injured in a car accident in San Antonio.

In this case, the driver of a Honda Civic lost control over the car while traveling east on a roadway. As a result, the driver's car moved into oncoming traffic and hit another car head-on. The driver of the other car -- a 21-year-old woman -- was critically injured in the accident. The driver of the Honda -- a 27-year-old man -- was also seriously injured. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

What are the common causes of fatal car accidents in Texas?

In a recent blog post, we discussed the necessary elements for a person to bring a wrongful death suit. Often, a wrongful death suit is brought following a car accident caused by someone else's negligence. Fatal car accidents might seem rare, but they happen in Texas all the time. In their wake, they leave devastated families and financial ruin.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, fatal car accidents are caused by a variety of contributing factors. These factors sometimes can be used to demonstrate negligence on the part of the driver at fault. In rural crashes factors such as failing to drive in a single lane, taking faulty evasive action, speeding, driving too slowly and driving under the influence of alcohol all led to large numbers of fatal accidents. The most dangerous contributing factor in rural accidents in 2013 was driving drunk -- which caused 338 fatal accidents.

What are common risks of dangerous children's toys?

A common concern among Texas parents has to do with child safety. One of the last places in which they believe that the child will be in jeopardy of injury is at home while they're playing with toys the parents bought for them and their friends to play with. However, certain toys can be dangerous and it's important to have an idea what to be wary of when examining certain toys.

Companies are taking greater care to prevent placing dangerous children's toys on the shelves through conscientiousness and legal regulation, but they're not infallible. If there is an insufficient warning and consumer death occurs, the company that created the toy and store that sold it could face a product liability claim. There are still a large number of toys that have a vast level of toxicity. Certain toys have been found to have as much as 29 times the legal amount of lead. Toy jewelry has been found to have twice the legal amount. Play mats and pencil cases have also been found to have high levels of various metals.

What are the elements of a wrongful death lawsuit?

For most motorists, going for a drive is often an enjoyable and safe experience. However, situations can change in the blink of an eye, leading to tragic outcomes that leave suddenly without someone they care deeply for. While nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, seeking compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide families with a less-stressful path during the coping process.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought about after an incident in which someone is killed due to or dies from the negligence of another party. The surviving family members of the deceased are usually the ones who sue. In addition to death and negligence, for a wrongful death lawsuit to be valid, the surviving family members must be suffering monetary harm as a result of the death of their loved one and there must be a representative appointed for the deceased's estate.

Types of product defects that can lead to injuries

While many Texas consumers trust companies to make products that are safe for them to use. However, in many cases, products contain defects that can lead to consumer injuries or consumer death. Product liability cases are not limited to consumer goods, but can also include food, defective industrial equipment and defective auto parts.

In general, there are three types of product defects that can result in injuries to Texas residents. The first is a design defect. A design defect occurs in the first stages of the product's development. If a design defect is present, it means that no matter how the product is made it is inherently dangerous.

Man seriously injured in Texas truck accident

Trucks are a common sight on Texas highways. They can be seen hauling goods in and out of the state. While many people may think of semi-trucks and tractor trailers as a nuisance, they can be very dangerous. These large machines weigh much more than typical cars, or even pickup trucks. Even in minor accidents, serious injuries can result.

Take, for example, a recent Texas case. In this case, a 33-year-old man was severely injured after a truck accident in Texas recently. While the details of the accident are unknown, the man was left in a coma. According to reports, he suffered from a host of serious injuries -- including a head fracture -- as a result of the accident that occurred on his way to work.

Texas woman killed in rollover crash

When most people think of a car accident, they likely think about property damage, insurance hassles and trips to the auto-body shop. However, in many cases, car accidents are much more serious than this. For some families, a fatal car crash instantly changes the course of their lives.

In a recent Texas case, a 17-year-old has been arrested following a car accident. He has been charged with three counts of intoxicated assault and intoxication manslaughter following a very serious accident. According to reports, the accident occurred when he was driving a pickup truck and hit another driver.

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