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The Woodlands Personal Injury Law Blog

How can I keep my teen from driving while distracted?

Distracted driving poses a real risk to younger drivers. While bad driving habits are dangerous for all who share the road, new drivers lacking experience are particularly at risk of having an accident when their attention strays. That’s why parents must talk to their kids about preventing distracted driving, as explained by Geico.

Don’t text and drive

What questions should you ask to prevent drug interactions

When you are prescribed a drug by your health care provider in Texas, chances are the prescription will be accompanied by instructions that will direct you how to safely and responsibly take the medicine to benefit you and reduce unwanted symptoms. Based on your medical history, allergies and other vital information, your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding dosage amounts and frequency. However, it is critical that you also ask questions to make sure you have all of the information you need to prevent potentially harmful drug interactions. 

Once your doctor has prescribed your medication and you have all of the adequate information to take the drug the right way, it is wise to verify this information when you pick up the medication from your pharmacist. He or she can match the information on the prescription label with the information you received from your doctor to make sure that you have everything you need. Your pharmacist may also be able to provide additional tips and suggestions for taking the medication to make your results as useful as possible. 

Risks associated with Xarelto’s interactions

If you are in danger of having a stroke or heart attack in Texas, your doctor may prescribe a blood-thinning drug such as Xarelto. This type of medication saves lives by preventing blood clots that can clog arteries, but they also carry risks. At The Leigh Law Firm, our team of experienced attorneys often represents clients who have experienced severe injuries as a result of prescription drugs.

HealthDay reports that these powerful medications can have adverse effects when they interact with other drugs. Blood thinners called nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) can increase the risk of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and brain, reducing effectiveness. When used concurrently with other specific types of medications, the increased bleeding may have catastrophic results.

E-scooters bring problems to big cities

Texas cities are seeing the burgeoning industry of dockless scooters. These electronic scooters are available to rent through a phone app and are growing in popularity because of their ease-of-use, convenience and fun. However, they are also quickly becoming the target of criticism, and their rental companies may be under harsh scrutiny for their lack of precautions to ensure the safety of their users.

It seems that as soon as a city welcomes an electric scooter rental service, the emergency rooms begin to see an uptick in injuries related to scooter travel. You do not have to be a scooter customer to be in danger.

Families mourn the death of 2, killed by psychiatric patient

While death is never easy to cope with, it can be even more difficult for families in Texas who experience a sudden and unexpected event that could have been prevented, but ultimately led to the death of their loved one. During these difficult times, it can be exponentially more upsetting if what happened to the victims could have been mitigated with more responsible decision making from other people. 

Recent lawsuits filed by the families of two victims in Oregon claim that the state's negligence in releasing a psychiatric patient from the hospital ultimately led to the deaths of their family members. The man who they released from the hospital is accused of gunning down his ex-wife and later on, crashing head-on into another vehicle and killing the driver.

Motorcyclists are at greater risk in a crash

For many Texas drivers, there’s nothing like the freedom experienced from the back of a motorcycle.

The lack of safety features, such as seatbelts and a protective metal frame means that a collision with a passenger vehicle can have catastrophic results for the rider. At The Leigh Law Firm, we represent clients with loved ones seriously injured or killed in a crash with another vehicle.

Plan ahead this holiday season

For many people in Texas, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years comes with merriment and time with family and friends. It is also fueled with an excess of alcohol, whether it is a big office party, a neighborhood get-together or an intimate gathering of friends. Some who normally do not drink excessively may find themselves imbibing more than normal, and if they get behind the wheel it can have disastrous results for them and for others on the road. The key to prevent DUI arrests and serious accidents is to make a plan before going out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hundreds of people lose their lives in the month of December due to alcohol-fueled accidents. Every year, law enforcement officers increase the number of sober check points and keep a closer eye on drivers during this time of the year to keep others as safe as possible. 

What makes a helmet safe?

Kids and adults who ride bicycles on the street must wear helmets to remain protected. However, knowing what makes a helmet safe is also important. Protective gear must be rigorously tested to ensure it can withstand an accident and knowing these standards will help you choose the right helmet for yourself or your child. The Cleveland Clinic offers the following information.

Quality helmets will display certain safety information that indicates they’re certified for use. Consumers can look for the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC), which can be found inside the helmet. Other certifications include Snell, ANSI, and ASTM, which were common prior to 1999 when changes in the law took place. These stickers offer an assurance that a helmet has been rigorously tested and is safe for use.

What is the difference between a side effect and an allergy?

When it comes to complications from medications, it is essential to understand the difference between an allergy and a side effect. Your doctor in Texas needs to know exactly what you experienced after taking the medication. This helps him or her to make future decisions about your medications and to ensure that you did not experience something out of the ordinary that needs to be reported as a defect or issue with the drug.

The American Pharmacists Association explains an allergy to a medication is much different than a side effect from a medication. Side effects generally are known reactions listed on the literature that comes with your medication. They are things like drowsiness, nausea and diarrhea. While you will usually experience them every time you take the medication, they generally do not get any worse with subsequent doses. You also may not have side effects when taking similar medications.

How can I drive safely on the highway?

Many motorists in Texas will travel great distances this holiday season. That can mean a lot of highway driving, which can pose a risk to motorists if they don’t take the proper precautions. The following tips from Nationwide are crucial in this case so that you and your family make it to your destination safe and sound.

Stay out of the passing lane