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The Woodlands Personal Injury Law Blog

Study says motor vehicle accidents often due to "buzzed driving"

Most people here in Texas are well aware of the potential dangers of drinking and driving. However, some people may believe that they have to consume a great deal of alcohol in order to be intoxicated. They may say that having only one or two drinks simply makes them "buzzed" and safe to drive. A new study shows that buzzed driving may account for a higher percentage of fatal motor vehicle accidents than people would guess, and that these drivers often have a blood alcohol content below the legal limit.

The study looked at data for fatal car accidents from a period of 16 years. Reportedly, more than a third of those crashes involved a driver with alcohol in the bloodstream. Fifteen percent tested below the legal limit. More than half of the fatalities were victims other than the driver who had been drinking. Furthermore, crashes involving buzzed driving were found to be more likely to kill young people.

Car accident leaves 1 dead, 1 seriously injured

People generally understand that there are significant risks involved anytime they drive a car. Even so, they may not actually expect anything to happen to them or a loved one. An unexpected car accident can drastically impact a family's life as they try to not only deal with the emotional consequences but the financial and physical ones as well. A recent crash here in Texas has likely resulted in significant change to an entire family after one woman lost her life and a man suffered serious injuries.

Police say that the crash happened on a recent early morning on a state highway. A pickup truck headed north allegedly crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming SUV. The passenger of the SUV, a 66-year-old woman, died at the scene. The SUV driver had to be rushed to a nearby hospital where he was listed in serious condition. The pickup truck driver also required medical attention.

Products liability: Is Amazon liable for defective products?

When people here in Texas buy something from what they believe is a reputable company, they trust that it is safe for them to use. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case, especially when a large corporation sells products from other sellers. In the past, it has been difficult to hold those larger companies liable for product defects. One current is challenging that idea, as a court decides whether the e-commerce giant, Amazon, can be held responsible in products liability claims for items it sells from third-party sellers.

The federal lawsuit stems from an accident a woman had with a defective product back in 2015. She ordered a dog leash through one of Amazon's sellers that ended up snapping and hitting her in the eye, causing partial blindness. No one was able to locate the seller, so the woman filed a suit against Amazon. Other people say they've had similar experiences that have caused them life-long injury, and they want someone held responsible. 

Wrong-way motor vehicle accidents often prove fatal

People generally don't expect a car crash to happen to them. Even if they understand that it is statistically likely that they may be involved in motor vehicle accidents more than once in their lifetime, it usually isn't at the top of their mind. Unfortunately, car crashes are an all too common occurrence for many here in Texas. Certain types of accidents may even be more likely to result in someone's death. A recent wrong-way crash shows just how quickly a bad decision can have a devastating outcome.

The collision in question happened on a recent weeknight a few minutes after midnight. According to police, a passenger truck was traveling northward in the southward lanes of a state highway. Authorities claim that the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed, at nearly 90 mph. A deputy reported seeing the speeding truck and police made the effort to stop the vehicle with stop sticks, but they were unable to do so before the crash happened. 

A brain injury can change the lives of the entire family

If you are the parent, spouse or child of someone who has recently suffered a traumatic brain injury, you are probably looking for answers to your many questions. No matter how long the list of questions and uncertainties you may have, most of them probably boil down to this: What can I expect for my loved one's future?

This question is almost impossible to answer since the human brain is complex and unique to each person. So much depends on the location and severity of the injury, the general health of your loved one before the accident and countless other factors. However, medical science recognizes that there are some common consequences of a traumatic injury to the brain, and it may help you to know about them.

Defective drugs: Carcinogen found in drug for diabetics

When people here in Texas receive a prescription from a medical professional, they trust that it is safe to use. Most drugs do exactly what they are meant to do and help patients with whatever illness or medical condition they may have. Unfortunately, other drugs may contain something harmful, whether that is because of improper testing, contamination or some other reason. Those defective drugs can cause serious harm to the patients who use them. This is what some officials allege about a popular drug used to treat diabetes, saying it contains a probable carcinogen.

The diabetic drug is called metformin, and it is used to help diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. It is the fourth-most prescribed drug in the country. Recently, a pharmacy based online reported that it found high levels of a probable carcinogen, N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA in the supply of metformin. It found NDMA in several batches of the drug that came from 11 different drug manufacturers. The pharmacy reported its findings to the Food and Drug Administration, stressing that the drug needs to be recalled. 

Questions after car accident kills 1, injures another

Sometimes after a car crash, there is a clear answer about what caused the collision. There are times when a motor vehicle accident involves someone who was drinking and driving or someone who may have been driving recklessly. There are other instances when the reasons for a car accident aren't so clear. A recent crash here in Texas has left law enforcement with the job of determining exactly what happened in a crash that resulted in death and injury.

Police say that the incident happened on a recent afternoon. One vehicle was facing east at a stop sign and made a turn onto a connecting street. That is when, according to authorities, a southbound sports car struck the car. The man in the first car was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

2 dead after head-on car accident

When a family loses a loved one to a car crash, they may struggle emotionally and financially. Such an unexpected event is not only heartbreaking for the people who cared about the victim, it can cause them significant financial strain, both because of the costs incurred due to the accident and possibly because of a loss of the victim's income. This could be the case for two Texas families after a recent car accident took two lives

According to authorities, the collision happened recently on a business section of Interstate 20. One vehicle was heading west. Another car heading east apparently crossed over the center line and struck the first vehicle head-on. Both the driver of the first car and his passenger were pronounced dead at the site of the crash.

Cement spill blamed for crash in possible wrongful death

Car crashes can have many different causes, but when they prove fatal, it is especially important to determine what happened. When a crash happens because a driver or a company that owns a vehicle was negligent, filing a wrongful death claim may be a necessary result. This is what Texas authorities are attempting to determine after a recent crash took the lives of two drivers. The incident, officials say, may have been caused by wet cement spilled on the roadway.

The crash happened on a recent morning right after a cement truck drove out of its plant and onto the roadway. Police report that the cement drum may have been turning incorrectly when the driver of the truck was making a turn around a corner. Police further allege that this caused wet cement to leak onto the roadway.

It matters if your spinal cord injury is complete or incomplete

The completeness of your spinal cord injury has a direct impact on whether you will experience secondary complications and on your recovery prognosis. Completeness refers to the degree of sensorimotor function you retain in the aftermath of your injury.

Two categories of completeness exist. The first is a complete spinal cord injury. The second is an incomplete spinal cord injury of which there are several degrees. You may anxiously await your doctor's determination regarding your injury, but unfortunately, you will need patience.