As the holidays approach and parents begin shopping for toys for their little ones, it is important to keep safety in mind when making toy purchases. While seemingly harmless at first glance, there are several toys on the market that can potentially be hazardous to your children, causing choking, paralysis, and possible strangulation. To help you make informed purchases and keep your kids safe, our firm has created a short list of toys to avoid purchasing this holiday season.
1. “BUD” Wheely Cute Pull Along: This fluffy pull toy for infants has a hidden danger in that the blue hub caps on the toy’s wheels can break off and present a choking hazard.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 54 in the United States. In 2012, there were more than 2.2 million adults treated in American emergency departments due to car accidents. And yet, despite the obvious danger of our roadways, many drivers refuse to wear their seatbelts, some even saying that it can increase your risk of injury or death in a collision by trapping you in the vehicle. Is this even true?
On the CDC’s fact sheet, the information says no. Collision reports and collected medical data, time and time again, show no indication that seatbelts will actually increase injuries during a car accident. In fact, the CDC estimates that seatbelts reduce serious crash-related injuries and fatalities by about 50%. So, why do people believe that a lifesaving device is actually a death trap?
When you are travelling the freeways of Texas, you need to always be aware of the environment around you and driving as responsibly and safely as you can. Otherwise, you could be putting yourself and those around you in serious danger. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to the mistakes of other motorists, as any collision could cause them to suffer catastrophic damage.
When you are in your car, keep these tips in mind to avoid a dangerous collision with a motorcycle:
Recognized as one of the most serious injuries, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often lurks below the surface, sometimes taking days or weeks to appear after an accident. It is for this reason that many victims often go without compensation and find themselves dealing with the aftermath completely on their own.
As more states are legalizing the use of marijuana, the question has come up: “Is driving while high as dangerous as driving while drunk?” It is a valid question and one that certainly deserves an answer in light of the frequent drug usage throughout the country.
Recent studies have addressed this very issue by attempting to calculate the risk level of driving under the influence of drugs. The results indicate that drunk driving is still much more dangerous than driving while high. Even still, driving under the influence of drugs is by no means risk-free.
On February 3, 2015, the deadliest crash in the history of the Metro-North system occurred between the train and an SUV. According to several news articles, the SUV stopped on the tracks when the railroad crossing gate came down. The vehicle’s driver stepped out of the car to inspect the back end, got back in, and was beginning to drive forward when the train collided with her car at 58 miles per hour.
The collision resulted in six fatalities, one of them being the SUV driver. Several others on the train sustained serious injuries and required medical care. A fireball erupted because of the impact of the collision, contributing to the seriousness of the accident. This deadly incident can teach us a great deal about the importance of federal safety regulations.
Texas maintains strict laws and requirements for all commercial truck drivers. These requirements dictate the weight of a driver’s load, hours during which they can operate, and who can and cannot operate the semi-truck.
Established to prevent accidents and preserve highway safety, Texas’ regulations should be followed at all costs. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to adhere, simply out of laziness or a rush to get more work accomplished in one day. Accidents occur as a result and other drivers on the road suffer long-term consequences. If you were recently involved in a truck accident, an attorney may be able to help you file a claim.
Not only are construction sites notoriously hazardous, but the industry itself has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous of all occupations. By their nature, construction sites are filled with risks and hazards, and these dangers only compound when you have multiple contractors working, and even worse, poorly trained workers who do not work safely or responsibly.
Construction sites tend to involve heavy machinery, power tools, and workers are often performing their duties on top of roofs and at significant heights, which contributes to the high risk of falls. It’s not uncommon for some projects to involve the risks of electrocutions, explosions, or even trench collapse. Even when workers use the appropriate safety equipment, they can still be seriously injured.
When people are injured, it’s human nature to experience emotional distress. In many cases, emotional distress damages can account for a portion of one’s personal injury recovery. If you are injured in an accident, you may receive compensation for economic damages such as medical bills, and lost income, but you may also receive compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
The amount of non-economic damages such as emotional distress damages, varies from case to case depending on the nature of the injuries; even if you don’t file a lawsuit for your injuries, your attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that will include damages for any emotional distress you may have suffered.
After an accident, you will likely be contacted by one or more insurance companies. These initial conversations occur shortly after the accident, and at a time that you may be in the hospital, in pain, or feeling distraught over what happened. By following a few common-sense principles, you can prevent yourself from saying or doing something that could adversely affect your settlement or verdict.