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Victims of workplace injuries have options and rights

It can be scary to suffer an injury while doing one's job. Depending upon the nature of the victim's work and the circumstances surrounding the accident, their injury could range from very minor to life-threatening. Texas residents who are involved in on-the-job accidents that lead to injuries should report their harm as soon as possible to their employers.

Reporting such an incident is pertinent because their employers are owed notice so that they can prepare for victims' workers' compensation and litigation claims. Individuals who suffer workplace injuries have rights and options to secure their losses and attorneys who work in this important field of law can support them as they assess how best to serve their own needs.

Brain injuries: 3 types you could suffer in a car crash

When you left for work in the morning, the last thing you expected was to be taking an ambulance to the hospital. Unfortunately, while you were driving, the person beside you thought it would be a good idea to move into your lane. This caused a chain reaction, and you ended up with serious injuries.

You smartly thought to go to the hospital, which was good thinking. You have a brain injury that you'll now have to recover from, though it, fortunately, appears that you will be able to do so as long as you receive appropriate medical care from the physicians.

Texas child dies when school bus is hit by train

All across the nation, millions of kids board buses each day to get to and from their schools. Most arrive safely at their destinations, and many Texas parents appreciate the service of having their children taken from their neighborhoods and directly to their schools without having to deal with school-time traffic. Very rarely, accidents involving school buses occur, but when they do, children's lives can be put at risk.

Just this week, a tragic accident happened in Texas involving a school bus. A bus approached a railroad crossing and was struck on its side by a moving train. There were three people on board the bus at the time of the accident: an adult driver, a 13-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.

Why is it dangerous to drive while distracted?

Modern Americans are busier than ever. As the struggle to keep up with their careers, stay on top of their family commitments and maintain their relationships with their friends, they may struggle to balance all of the tasks that they must complete in any given day. For this reason, Texas residents can look for opportunities to multitask so that they can get more done in less time.

One dangerous way that some individuals try to fit more into their busy schedules is to do other things while they are driving. They may feel that driving is a passive activity and a good time to make phone calls, send emails or even take care of their personal grooming. This assumption is wrong - driving is an active practice that requires a driver's full attention.

Know the risks: Truck crashes and their causes

Big rig accidents are some of the most dangerous on the roads. With any big rig accident, the vehicle is so heavy that there is a potential to roll and crush or hit and crush other vehicles. There is a risk of exposure to hazardous materials in some instances, and there is also the risk of impacting multiple vehicles with the same commercial vehicle.

Truck accidents are caused by a number of reasons, some of which include:

  • Driver mistakes
  • Equipment failure
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Improper loading of cargo
  • Inclement weather

Can pedestrians legally stay on the highway?

A common question for those who are involved in traffic accidents on highways is if there is ever a time when a pedestrian has a right to be adjacent to or in the roadway. If you hit a pedestrian who is crossing the highway or is on the side of the road, is it really your fault? Are highways supposed to be free of pedestrians? This is a more complicated question than you may think.

There are many reasons why pedestrians may be on the highway. They could be working with a construction crew, responding to a traffic accident or waiting for help as their vehicles fail to start. In all of these cases, it is important for the pedestrians to be in safe locations on the roads and for drivers to be aware that they may be present.

Forklift accidents and injuries are all too common

Forklifts are common work machines that Texas residents may see in warehouses, construction zones, and other industrial areas. While they can be relatively small, forklifts are powerful vehicles that can lift heavy loads and carry them over substantial distances. It is when individuals make poor choices and careless mistakes in the presence of forklifts that they can become dangerous workplace tools.

Forklifts are involved in workplace accidents each year and have been known to cause serious injuries and deaths. Forklifts have caused serious harm when they were operated in reverse and struck pedestrians behind them. They have also caused deaths when they have tipped over and crushed workers who were near them when they fell.

What should a victim do after a motor vehicle accident?

Experiencing a motor vehicle accident in Houston can be terrifying and confusing. In the blink of an eye, a victim may go from commuting down the road to sustaining serious and life-altering injurie due to the negligent driving of another person. This post addresses some of the important steps that victims can take to protect their rights in the wake of their vehicle collisions.

Driving dangers: Teen drivers and distractions

Motor vehicle crashes are the main cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teens between 16 and 19 (in their first three years of driving) pass away at a rate of six fatalities per day due to motor vehicle collisions.

The good news is that there are some strategies that can help teens become better drivers and avoid the collisions that result in fatalities. The first thing to do is to know the eight primary danger zones that lead to fatalities in crashes. These include:

  • Inexperience
  • Distractions
  • Impairment
  • Failing to use seat belts
  • Driving with teen passengers
  • Recklessness
  • Driving at night
  • Drowsiness

While serving others, healthcare workers suffer serious injuries

From the surgeon who performs a life-saving operation on a patient, to the support staffer who wheels that patient out of the operating room and back to their recovery room, healthcare professionals are under constant demands on their physical stamina and mental acuteness. Texas residents who work in this important field understand how quickly the stress and strain of helping others can affect the physical well-being of those they serve. As a result, though, many healthcare workers suffer serious injuries as a result of doing their jobs.

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