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Posted on in Car Wrecks

b2ap3_thumbnail_bike-crash.jpgA bicyclist was recently struck and killed by a drunk driver near I-10 and The Dominion. The deceased was an older man, who had been in a marked bicycle lane, wearing a helmet and otherwise taking all the necessary precautions, but a woman driving a white SUV struck him from the side and he died at the scene. These types of bicycling accidents are not common, per se, but they are more common than they should be, especially since it is fairly obvious that a bicyclist is not going to be as well protected in a crash as the driver or passenger of an automobile. If you have been struck by a reckless or negligent driver, you may be able to bring suit against them to try and recover for any medical expenses you may sustain.

Texas Bike Laws Insufficient

Despite having such a large population, Texas does not have many laws in place which protect bicyclists specifically. A few are on the books - for example, Texas has laws against “dooring,” which is suddenly opening a car door without properly checking for cyclists or anyone else in the bicycle lane. Also, Texas does define a ‘vehicle’ in such a way as to include bicyclists, which grants them both the rights and duties of any other driver. However, many other regulations could be in effect, and Texas either chooses to ignore them or to leave them to the cities to pass individually.

For example, some states have what is called a safe passing law - requiring motorists to leave space, usually at least three feet, when passing a bicyclist, so the bicyclist does not have to correct course or react hastily to avoid the passing car. Texas has no safe passing law. Cities like San Antonio, New Braunfels, and El Paso have their own city ordinances for this, but enforcement may not be as widespread. The same pattern is true with laws regarding bicycle helmet use - no statewide requirement exists, though many cities have passed helmet laws both for children and adults.


Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX injury lawyerA 28-year old woman was killed after a single-vehicle accident in New Braunfels on August 20, having struck a traffic light pole head-on. She was pronounced dead at the scene, but the crash is listed as still being investigated. Single-vehicle accidents, as this one appears to have been, are difficult to investigate fully, because so often there are factors that do not necessarily appear in a crime scene record. If you have been involved in a single-vehicle accident, it is important to understand that it is not necessarily as easy to hold someone liable for your injuries as it would be with a two or three-car crash.

Single-Vehicle Accidents Can Be Deadly

Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that as many as 55 percent of nationwide deaths in auto accidents occurred in single-vehicle crashes. Almost exactly half of Texas’ recorded crash fatalities fall into this category, with roughly 1900 deaths recorded in crashes like the one in New Braunfels. One might wonder why this would be the case, but there are multiple reasons why single-vehicle crashes can be so deadly. Perhaps the most common reason is that a higher proportion of single-vehicle accidents tend to be rollovers, where the vehicle winds up flipping, and rollover accidents are the single most deadly type of vehicle crash because of the lack of protection in most autos to guard against these crashes. In other words, rollover accidents damage vehicles in ways other types usually do not - for example, damage to the roof of the automobile - and as such, little protection is available.


Posted on in Work-Related Injuries

Texas injury lawyer, Texas workers comp attorneyOne Texas metalworker is suing two companies due to injuries he sustained while working. He alleges in his suit against Alabama Metal Industries and Automation Temporary Service that they failed to follow all relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, properly train him for his job, provide adequate supervision, and provide necessary tools and safety gear. Because of this negligent behavior, he hurt his right hand at work in October 2015 and suffered medical expenses, physical pain, mental suffering, and lost earnings. Ultimately, the worker is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in damages for his physical, psychological, and financial injuries.

Workers’ Compensation in Texas

Under Texas law, most employers are not legally required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. When businesses do provide workers’ compensation coverage, injured employees have the ability to get their medical expenses covered and obtain a portion of their lost wages. In this situation, workers usually do not have the right to sue their employer. Workers’ compensation is their exclusive remedy.


Texas injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerLearning your child has autism is tough for any parent. There are too many things to consider all at once: What is best for my child? Will he learn to read and write? Will she be able to be independent? How will this affect his future? While physicians and experienced teachers can provide parents with guidance, some parents turn to sources that claim they can treat children with autism or even cure them. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding parents that there is no cure for autism and products on the market that claim to be a cure could pose a significant danger to your child.

Fake Cures for Autism Are Serious Health Risks

Some companies make claims that their products can treat an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by improving the effects of the condition, or can cure autism altogether. It is not possible to cure autism at all. An ASD can affect an individual’s social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication, and often results in repetitive behaviors. Children who are autistic can display a range of symptoms and will have unique strengths and challenges. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an ASD. The symptoms of the condition should only be handled by licensed physicians who can recommend certain types of education and therapy or prescribe medications when absolutely necessary. False cures and treatments not prescribed by a doctor are often substances that could pose serious health risks to children.


Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas accident attorney, Texas injury lawyerCar accidents do not discriminate against victims. Anyone can be hurt while on the road at any time. You could be injured in a crash when you least expect it like one Texas state representative from The Woodlands. He sustained minor injuries in a head-on crash with a cement truck when he was headed to the Capitol building on March 28. The accident occurred at the intersection of South First and West Mary in Austin, causing considerable damage to his vehicle. The lawmaker managed to suffer only scrapes and bruises and was released from the hospital the next day. As of the day of the accident, no citations had been issued.

Crash Statistics for Austin

According to the Department of Texas’ latest crash figures for 2015, Austin experienced 14,168 crashes resulting in 105 fatalities. There were also 490 incapacitating injuries and 4,045 non-incapacitating injuries, like those suffered by the state representative. Considering the population and traffic in Austin, the high numbers of crashes, injuries, and fatalities are not surprising. However, it is not the city with the most collisions, injuries, or traffic-related deaths. Dallas witnessed 31,094 crashes resulting in 173 fatalities. San Antonio had 42,472 crashes that caused 152 fatalities. Houston had 66,319 crashes with 203 fatalities.


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