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.
A recent investigation by the Associated Press contains some alarming news for Texas motorists. The reporters found that although tires on most tractor-trailer trucks are not designed for safe use above 75 mph, in recent years 14 states have increased truck speed limits on rural interstates to 75 mph or higher.
Despite an array of state and federal trucking regulations, serious accidents involving heavy trucks continue to occur on Texas roads and highways. A semi truck accident can happen for any number of reasons. These reasons can be grouped into three main categories: equipment failure, truck driver negligence and truck company policies.
Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are each a type of large commercial vehicle that can potentially cause catastrophe on Texas roads. When a regular passenger vehicle comes in contact with a large truck, such as these, it can mean serious injury or even death for the passengers and driver. Sometimes these accidents are due to negligence or errors on behalf of the trucking company or the driver. If this is the case the injured should seek compensation for their injuries or wrongful death.
Many Texans are probably aware that our state leads the nation in total drunk driving deaths. According to data from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, almost 1,300 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2012. Of these, 169 were under 21 years of age, the most deaths in this age category of any state.
Owners and operators of heavy trucks in Texas are subject to federal trucking regulations designed to reduce the likelihood of serious accidents. One of the most important sets of regulations are the hours of service rules, which govern how long a trucker can be on the road without stopping for rest.
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.
When someone is killed by another person's negligence or wrongdoing, certain family members of the victim have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for their loss. Under the Texas wrongful death statute, the lawsuit is for the exclusive benefit of the deceased victim's surviving parents, spouse and children. The jury in its verdict will apportion the damages among the surviving family members who are entitled to recover.
Readers of this blog probably know that if you are injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to sue that driver for damages. But what happens if you are in a car accident while you are driving on the job?