Forty-four states have banned texting and driving. Texas is one of the holdouts; a bill that would have banned the practice was vetoed by then-Governor Perry in 2011 on the grounds that it intruded on personal liberty. Since then deaths caused by distracted drivers have continued: in 2014 alone distracted driving was cited by Texas law enforcement officers as a factor in 495 fatal accidents. Sugar Land Police cited driver inattention as a factor in 102 accidents in 2014.
As Memorial Day approaches Texans are going to be flocking to swimming pools. Swimming pools are a great place for families to relax on a hot day. But they can be dangerous, and fatal swimming pool accidents can happen in an instant. Anyone taking small children to a pool should keep safety in mind at all times.
The loss of a loved one is always hard for a family. But the loss can be especially hard when a family member's death is sudden and unexpected. And when the death was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or party, a family's suffering can be overwhelming. Whether the death resulted from a fatal car crash, truck accident, medical malpractice, drowning or another cause, the survivors have the right to compensation.
In recent years a great deal of media attention has been given to the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving. Yet one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents should be very familiar to Texas motorists: speeding. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, speeding is a significant factor in about one-third of all car accident fatalities.
Most motorists in the greater Houston area have probably witnessed dangerous and aggressive driving behavior on more than one occasion. If so, they are not alone. Aggressive driving has become a serious public safety issue in recent years. Frustration over increasing traffic congestion, particularly in large urban areas, has been cited as a major factor in the rise of this dangerous behavior. As the population has increased in recent decades, road capacity has not kept pace. In addition, in many areas there are fewer law enforcement personnel available for traffic safety duties.
When you visit a physician or health care facility in Texas, you have certain rights under state and federal law. These include the right to have your health care information kept private. You also have the right to quality health care. Doctors and hospitals are held to the standard of care of competent practitioners in their field of specialty.
Rear-end accidents have caused countless injuries in Texas and around the country over the years. In fact, they are more common than any other type of motor vehicle accident. Rear-end accidents are typically caused by distracted drivers failing to stop in time for a stop sign, traffic light or slowing traffic on a highway. Sometimes the vehicle that causes the accident was going too fast for conditions. Sometimes the driver is intoxicated.
A brain injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer. Because the brain controls so many functions of the body, in addition to our thoughts and emotions, damage to its fragile structure can have life-changing consequences.
Texas law enforcement personnel put their lives at risk every day to protect the safety of citizens. In late October a Harris County sheriff's deputy was tragically killed in the line of duty when another vehicle slammed into his patrol car. Last month the driver of the other vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
If you are injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver in Texas, you have the right to sue that driver for negligence and recover damages. If the negligent driver has insurance, their insurance company will be obligated to pay the damages, up to the liability limits of the policy.