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The Woodlands Personal Injury Law Blog

Inattentive drivers a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents

Holidays are a perfect time for family and friends to gather together to celebrate and spend time. Unfortunately, these special occasions also lead to heavier traffic and more than a few serious motor vehicle accidents. Texas officials respond to numerous calls concerning crashes during the travel days, both before and after major holidays such as Thanksgiving.

Recently, first responders were summoned to the scene of a four-vehicle crash that occurred during the early morning hours. Shortly after 5 a.m., a driver of an SUV drove onto an off-ramp of I-820 headed in the wrong direction. Just moments after entering the wrong way, the first vehicle crashed into two other SUVs and a smaller passenger car. 

Potentially unsafe medications could prompt products liability

The popularity of discount count stores such as Dollar Tree and Family Dollar show there is a need for low-cost options. Unfortunately, these chains may resort to foreign suppliers in an effort to pass on cost savings. Purportedly, some of the medications these chains carry could pose a risk to the health of consumers here in Texas and elsewhere. This issue could potentially provide a basis for injured consumers to file products liability claims in order to pursue recovery of monetary damages incurred.

The Food and Drug Administration contacted the head offices of several of these discount chains to inform them of the findings of its investigations. According to the report, inspections of some of the facilities that provide medications sold by these stores failed to meet safety and health standards. At one plant, inspectors reportedly found rodent droppings, though it is unclear whether there was any confirmed contamination to the products. 

Texas marks sad anniversary of fatal motor vehicle accidents

Anniversaries are typically marked to celebrate happy milestones. Unfortunately, not every anniversary is a reason to celebrate, especially when such a date marks the passing of a loved one. It was recently noted that, in Texas, there have now been 19 consecutive years of daily motor vehicle accidents that have taken at least one life.

State officials launched a new campaign to ensure that there is not a 20th anniversary of this tragic problem. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the majority of these accidents are preventable. Most of these fatal crashes can be attributed to poor driving habits. Drivers who speed, swerve out of travel lanes or allow distractions to take their attention off of the road are just some of the factors that have contributed to this woeful statistic.

TBI personality changes and behavioral problems may be permanent

The brain remains at least somewhat of a mystery to the science and medical industries. They may have mapped parts of the brain, but they do not have all the answers when it comes to what happens when it suffers a trauma.

For instance, if you have a loved one who suffered a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, it could be some time before all of the repercussions of it become clear. Behavioral changes are common, and your loved one may never fully recover depending on the severity of the damage.

Could products liability extend to second-hand market items?

In today's marketplace, there are a variety of ways to purchase consumer goods. One of the most popular commerce options is the second-hand market. Texas consumers are urged to beware of these types of purchases, since many of the items up for sale may have been the subject of a products liability civil suit.

Consumer Reports recently urged consumers to be cautious when shopping at online sites. While many online sites, such as Craigslist or Amazon Marketplace, are an opportunity to save money, they are also more likely to feature items that have been the subject of recalls. Many consumers are eager to save money on such items as baby products, but these are purportedly the most dangerous items to purchase second-hand.

Fatal drunk driving crashes could lead to wrongful death claim

The decision to drink and drive is seldom made with any evil intentions. Unfortunately, when one is impaired by alcohol or other intoxicating substances, it may be nearly impossible to make correct split-second decisions to avoid causing a horrific car accident. Sadly, those who lose loved ones in a Texas car accident under these preventable circumstances may have to resort to filing a wrongful death civil suit in order to recover some of the financial damages that have been inflicted.

Recently, a female driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving after causing a fatal crash along Interstate 35. According to Texas police, a vehicle was rendered inoperable after a motorist collided with a construction barrier. As the driver of that vehicle waited for assistance, another car, being driven by a 25-year-old female, approached from behind. For reasons that are yet unclear, the disabled car was struck forcefully from the rear by the woman's vehicle.

Warning from agency could lead to new products liability suits

The American Academy of Pediatrics frequently updates its recommendations for ensuring that parents always provide the most appropriate sleeping environments for their infants. For that reason, parents are cautioned to use only safe equipment when laying their children down for naps and bedtimes. Though many Texas parents were likely aware of the recent recall of inclined infant sleeping seats, a new warning was recently issued by Consumer Reports that could eventually lead to new products liability filings.

Consumer Reports recently investigated the use of in-bed infant sleepers. These devices are used in or beside an adult bed for parents who wish to have their infant close at hand during bed and nap times. Unfortunately, the report found that an estimated 12 children have died after sleeping in one of these products. Furthermore, Consumer Reports found that the manufacturers of these types of sleepers are not required to follow any federal safety guidelines. 

Tired truckers more prone to cause motor vehicle accidents

When a person is too tired to drive safely, he or she may display behaviors often seen in drunk drivers. This includes swerving, driving at erratic speeds, driving on the wrong side of the road and much more. When the fatigued individual is behind the wheel of a large semi-trailer or commercial vehicle, fatal motor vehicle accidents are more likely to occur. 

Because of the hours that truckers work and the pressure they may feel to deliver a load faster, they may drive too many consecutive hours without the mandated break time. Truck driver fatigue plays a role in a significant number of truck accidents. This may leave many Texas readers wondering if there is anything that can be done to curtail this dangerous problem.

Acute compartment syndrome is a serious, catastrophic injury

Perhaps you were traveling a route you take nearly every day. Before you knew it, you were spinning, flipping or otherwise thrown around in the cabin of your vehicle with no control over your body. By the time those few seconds passed and your vehicle came to a stop, it may have registered that you were in an accident.

The next thing you realize is that you can't get out of the wreckage. You may not necessarily be trapped, but you can't move without intense pain in one or both of your legs. By the time emergency personnel get to you, you already know you suffered significant trauma, such as a fracture or break of at least one of your legs. That could turn out to be the least of your worries.

Products liability claims for customers hurt by dangerous items

Consumers who purchase goods and furniture for their homes assume that the products will safely serve the purpose for which they were intended. Unfortunately, some products fail to perform in the expected manner and could cause serious harm to consumers. Anyone in Texas who suffers injuries may have grounds to file a products liability claim.

A recent recall involved household furniture. The recall concerns several makes and models of dressers that are estimated to stand about 3 feet tall. The dressers did not pass safety testing about potential tip-over risks. According to the stability testing, the units pose a risk of tipping forward when they are not securely anchored to the wall.