Lenahan Law Firm Blog
Seemingly overnight, the smartphone app “Pokémon Go” has taken the world by storm and has shot itself to the top of the app store, smashing records left and right as one of the fastest growing and most downloaded applications in history. Now, people everywhere are living out their fantasies of catching and training Pokémon in the real world, with many communities having sprung up throughout the country related to the app. Through the app’s clever use of GPS and augmented reality, players can find the iconic little monsters during their daily travels – making them appear as if they were right in front of players. While much of this is good fun and an excellent method of getting young people off the couch, like most things in life, it is not without its fair share of dangers.
A Brownsville man fell off an oilrig and suffered fatal injuries in late February, due to an undisclosed problem with the cabling. While this might seem like a unique and tragic accident, it is actually one incident in a string of many throughout Texas. Working for an oil or gas company in the state has become notoriously dangerous as oilrig and oilfield injuries and fatalities continue to be a frequent problem. Even driving an oil truck has become considerably dangerous as trucking accidents are often reported.
The federal government has an invested interest in everyone’s safety on America’s roads and highways. This is why anyone who wants to get behind the wheel of a car needs to prove they can drive safely first and always follow practices outlined by the Department of Transportation. But the government also recognizes that commercial trucks, with their increased size, increased weight, and increased amount of time spend on the road, inherently pose an even greater threat to peoples’ health and wellbeing when driven negligently. To this end, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was founded in 2000 and implemented additional federal regulations truck drivers must follow to help avoid and prevent truck accidents.
Have you ever been behind the wheel for three, four, maybe even five hours in a single day? The exhaustion you can begin to feel is heavy and it might be difficult to keep your eyes open and your reaction time gets sluggish. Not many of us would feel safe if we had to drive somewhere in these conditions, and yet this is part of the job description for commercial truckers.
The average shift for a truck driver is at least 14 hours with only 3 hours’ worth of breaks throughout the day. This means that they are steering a huge, heavy vehicle for 11+ hours a day. Truck driver fatigue is almost assuredly going to set in towards the end of their shift, and this puts everyone else on the road in serious danger.
One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries is a concussion. Concussions occur when a person suffers a strong blow to the head or some other impact that causes the head to violently snap in any direction. While lighter blows to the head are often absorbed by the brain’s surrounding cerebrospinal fluid, harder impacts cause the brain to bounce around or twist within a person’s skull, damaging brain cells and prompting chemical changes in the brain.
Often occurring in contact-sports such as football and hockey, this type of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can also occur during vehicle collisions, construction accidents, and slip and falls. Despite their classification as a mild injury, concussions can have serious effects and must be treated immediately to prevent long-term damage.
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.