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Rear-end trucking accident sends motorists to the hospital

A truck accident which happened south and west of Longview during the overnight hours left two drivers seriously injured. After the accident, both the driver of the semi involved in the accident and the driver of a private passenger vehicle had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital in a nearby urban area.

First reports suggested that the collision involved the driver of the big rig slamming in to the passenger vehicle from behind. According to the law enforcement officers investigating the accident, the passenger car was traveling in the left lane and began to have some technical problems.

The number of traffic deaths is staggering

Each year, several organizations put out their estimates of how many people died in traffic accidents. It is easy in this respect to get lost in all of these numbers, especially when there is no context for them.

For instance, between 2000 and today, 624,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents and 30 million others have been injured.

Federal regulations help prevent truck driver fatigue

Any motorist who is trying to operate on the Texas roads or highways without adequate sleep is putting both himself and others in great danger. In the worst cases of truck driver fatigue, the driver will literally fall asleep while at the wheel, making a serious collision almost inevitable.

In other cases, a tired driver may stay awake but zone out and wind up making a serious or even fatal mistake.

Seven killed in motorcycle accident

A group of active and former Marines who liked to ride their motorcycles together experienced a horrible tragedy that left seven of them dead. Additionally, two other motorcyclists suffered injuries. One victim had to be taken via a life flight to a hospital.

The accident happened when the driver of a pickup truck apparently ran in to the motorcyclists as they were traveling alongside a federal highway. Witnesses said that the end result of the accident was a fire and lots of wreckage thrown around the highway. The driver of the pickup truck is expected to live, although it is not clear what his condition was following the accident.

What to do after a car accident

Car accidents often leave drivers disoriented, making it difficult to handle the accident responsibly. To stay prepared for the unexpected, it’s a good idea to know what do to after a car crash before it happens.

Here are the steps you should take.

Crane accident in Fort Worth not an isolated incident

A crane accident in Fort Worth attracted the attention of both the regional and national news media recently.

One person died in the accident. According to reports, this was not the first fatal crane accident in North Texas. In fact, eight other people had died since 2012; however, this most recent accident was the first fatality since 2012 involving a member of the general public as opposed to a construction worker.

How to buy a motorcycle helmet

The choice to wear a helmet while riding your motorcycle is up to you if you’re older than age 21. If you’re older than age 21 and have proof of health insurance, you are free to ride without a helmet if you choose. You probably already know that fatalities and potential costs related to motorcycle crash injuries.

People choose not to wear helmets for many reasons including concerns over helmets affecting their vision or that the helmets themselves cause injuries. Research has shown these statements to be myths about helmets.

Product liability in medical implant defect lawsuits

Consumers should be able to trust that the products they buy are safe for their intended uses. When an unsafe product causes injury, the consumer should be compensated for damages.

Product liability is the legal theory that can hold designers, manufacturers and others accountable when defects in their products injure people. It often comes up in cases involving injury from defective parts in cars, toys and other general consumer products. Some of the more difficult cases involve medical devices.

Lawmakers struggle with ways to make state roads safer

Texas has the unhappy distinction of leading the nation in motor vehicle accident fatalities. The Texas Department of Transportation reported 3,721 traffic deaths in 2017, the most recent year for which final statistics are available.

While this number represented a decrease from the year before, it was still outrageously high. According to the Transportation Department, someone was killed on Texas roadways every 2 hours 21 minutes on average in 2017. Someone was injured in a crash every 2 minutes 4 seconds.

Defective drugs and the duty to warn

Product liability is the legal theory that holds manufacturers and others accountable after they put dangerously defective products into the marketplace, leading to someone being injured. The theory can apply to many types of products, but some of the most serious involve defective drugs.

The pharmaceutical industry has a duty to test drugs for safety before releasing them to the public, using testing standards imposed by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. However, the fact that a drug has passed safety tests does not shield the manufacturer from liability if someone is injured by the drug. Sometimes dangerous drugs slip through and sometimes harmful side effects are not discovered until the drug has been on the market for some time.

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