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TX injury lawyerA woman was killed when her vehicle rolled over early one morning, landing in a field near Highway 151 and Pinn Road. There were two car seats found in the back of the vehicle, though no evidence of passengers was immediately clear. Law enforcement said that the woman was ejected from the vehicle because she was almost certainly not wearing a seatbelt and that the immediate cause of the accident was most likely the vehicle hitting the curb and rolling. While no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash, this fact pattern does not always repeat itself in rollovers. If you or a loved one has been in a rollover accident, it is possible that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, and if this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation.

Rollover Accidents Are Deadly

Because of the sheer nature of rollover accidents, with so much weight moving around, rollovers are generally more likely to cause injuries and deaths than other types of car crashes. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that while only about two percent of accidents are rollovers, those accidents cause as many as 35 percent of all car crash fatalities. This number may even be higher if one factors in a lack of seatbelt usage - approximately 70 percent of those killed in rollovers were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their accidents.

Because rollover crashes can be so violent, the types of injuries that a rollover victim can sustain, even if they survive, are varied and will often be quite severe. They can be as simple as broken bones, cuts, and bruises, or they can be as complex as traumatic brain injuries, total or partial amputations, and spinal problems. Either way, if you believe that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, bringing suit may be an option.

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Texas bike accidnet lawyerThere are very few months in Texas in which an individual would choose not to ride a bicycle if they so desired and the weather permitted. Texas is actually one of the better states to offer the opportunity to exercise and see the “great outdoors” on a bicycle. Unfortunately, the current society functions on the mechanical engine and the automobile, and bicycle injuries occur because of the fact that bicyclists are often difficult to see among a sea of moving cars.

The Law

In Texas, bicycling is very popular because of the constant temperate weather, yet injuries are often rampant. Personal injury lawyers can help assist you, a loved one, or someone you know in recovering damages for an injury suffered from a bicycle accident. The question often turns to the potential to recover damages, including pain and suffering, from your insurance carrier or the insurance carrier of the individual who caused the injury. If you are covered by an auto insurance policy, you may be able to recover for either personal injury protection (PIP) or uninsured (UM) benefits depending on your auto insurance and, in addition, you may be able to recover for your medical bills, lost wages, and other injuries.

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Texas accident lawyer, Texas wrongful death attorneyTexas is known for its traffic congestion and dangerous roads. Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Lubbock, and Plano have the greatest number of dangerous intersections. Accidents across the state grow even more common when bad weather strikes. Early March of 2017 was no exception to the rule and multiple accidents throughout the state caused injuries and fatalities. If you were involved in a crash in Texas, contact a personal injury attorney for assistance. An experienced attorney can help you gain compensation for your injuries.

Deadly Traffic Accidents in Mid-March 2017

  • On March 11, a six-vehicle crash on I-35 led to the death of a four-year-old girl. The child was properly buckled into a child safety seat, yet the impact was too great. An RV collided with the Kia SUV carrying the child. The incident caused three other individuals to be hospitalized, but they are all expected to be okay. The death of a toddler in a car accident may lead to a wrongful death by her parents against the driver of the RV.
  • On March 12, a Texas woman and her male passenger died when her van was in an accident with a tractor trailer on Farm Road 1434 at U.S. 67. The van was traveling west when it was hit by the tractor-trailer moving north. The women died at the scene, though the passenger was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died approximately eight hours later. The accident is still under investigation and it is unknown who was at fault.
  • On March 14, a 22-year-old woman was killed in a drunk driving collision. According to initial reports, a Dodge Charger ran a red light moving north on Highway 151 Access Road. A Ford Fusion headed west on Hunt Lane collided with it. The driver of the Charger, a 22-year-old man, was arrested for intoxication manslaughter after it was found that he was inebriated at the time of the crash. Whether or not the driver is convicted of criminal charges, he may be liable for a civil wrongful death suit brought by the deceased woman’s estate.

Were You in an Accident?

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Texas accident lawyer, Texas injury attorneyAccording to a study recently published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, laundry detergent packets have led to a rise in chemical burns in children’s eyes. From 2012 to 2015, popular detergent pods increased the number of eye chemical burns in young children by more than 30 times. In the three-year period, more than 1,200 three- and five-year-olds suffered burns to their eyes because of puncturing the wrapper that contains the liquid detergent. The concentrated chemicals meant to remove stains can squirt into the child’s eyes or get on their hands, which they then wipe on their face and eyes. While there were 12 ocular burns to toddlers in 2012, there were 480 in 2015, demonstrating that this is a fast growing and serious problem.

Detergent Pods Incredibly Dangerous

While many cleaning products are harmful to children and anyone’s eyes, the researchers of this study stated that these detergent pods are particularly dangerous. The laundry detergents “are among the worst chemicals that the eye can be exposed to," stated Dr. R. Sterling Haring from Johns Hopkins University. The detergents are alkaline chemicals and are what the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration labels corrosives since they cause visible and irreversible destruction to materials and tissue. While these types of chemicals in diluted forms can be great cleaners, in concentrated forms they can cause more severe burns, even worse than those caused by acids.

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Texas injury attorney, Texas nursing home abuse lawyerRecently, a video was released of an in-home caretaker physically abusing her 94-year-old patient in Texas. The video shows the caretaker yelling at the patient regarding feeding the dog and repeatedly hitting her on the head before ordering her to go to bed. The video is a shocking display of abuse. But what makes matters worse is that the patient’s situation is not unique. According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 individuals over the age of 60 suffer a form of elder abuse, including physical violence.

Elder abuse can lead to civil and criminal lawsuits in Texas. If you know of a friend or loved one who has been physically or sexually abused, do not hesitate to reach out to the New Braunfels personal injury and elder abuse attorneys of the Bettersworth Law Firm. We have years of experience helping our elderly clients receive the care they need and holding those who hurt them responsible.

Texas’ Crime Victims’ Institute Findings

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