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What are the real statistics about officer shootings?

There is a lot of talk in the media about law enforcement overstepping and wrongful deaths due to this. Specifically, when it comes to shooting deaths of suspects, people like to shout statistics without ever really doing the research to find out what the truth is. There are a lot of assumptions about this subject in Texas. Here's a look at the real facts and information about officer-involved shootings, according to The Daily Wire.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that law enforcement officers are targeting minorities when using excessive force. However, the facts show a different picture. To being with, when looking at crime statistics, minorities are committing the majority of the crimes in large cities, such as New York, which means officers will interact more often with minority suspects than white suspects. This can lead to skewed perceptions.

Can Expired Medication Cause Harm?

It’s important for medical staff like pharmacists to communicate instructions when providing prescriptions to people in Texas. On pertinent piece of information is the medication’s date of expiration. While many people don’t take these dates seriously, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration explains how taking expired medication can cause harm.

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What happens when a dangerous product causes you harm?

As a Texas consumer, it can be frustrating to learn that a product you have been using for yourself, in your home or for your family could be dangerous. Consumers have the right to a reasonable assumption of safety when using or consuming stuff they buy. If you or a member of your family suffered because of a dangerous product, you do not have to deal with it on your own.

When a dangerous consumer product causes harm, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Initiating legal recourse could be an option for you, but you may be unsure of where to begin or who may actually be liable for your pain and suffering.

How can I prevent a car accident from occurring?

Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility. Accordingly, it’s important to know what steps you can take to prevent an accident from occurring in Texas. Consumer Reports offers advice on how to mitigate your risk of accident when on the road, thereby preserving the safety of yourself and other drivers.

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The dangers of used car seats

An important duty of Texas parents is to find the right car seat for their young children. Until a child is old enough to be buckled into a standard car seat, young children require a separate child seat during car rides. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that purchasing a car safety seat secondhand can present possible dangers for your child. There are a number of reasons why parents should stick to buying new child car seats.

One of the major problems with secondhand car seats is that you do not know the history of the seat. It is possible the seat was damaged and you do not know about it. Some people do receive old seats from the previous owner, so it is possible to ask about whether the seat was in a previous car accident and other aspects of its former use. However, many people simply buy an old seat at a garage sale without asking for more information. Others may receive a secondhand seat through a third party without being able to ask the original owner about the seat's prior use.

How many lives are lost because of distracted driving?

Many different behaviors can be deadly on the road, such as operating a vehicle while intoxicated and ignoring speed limits. Distracted driving is another serious problem and some people do not realize how widespread and deadly it really is. Moreover, some drivers do not even realize that they become distracted behind the wheel from time to time, whether they use their cell phone, try to read a map, change the radio station, use a GPS or even talk with someone else in the car. It is crucial for drivers to avoid any distractions that could lead to a fatal crash.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that roughly nine lives are lost in the U.S. every single day in crashes which involve distracted driving. Moreover, motor vehicle wrecks involving a driver who is distracted also leave about 1,000 people injured on a daily basis, according to statistics. Clearly, distracted driving claims many lives each year and leaves far more people with serious injuries that can disrupt life in different ways. From being unable to work to leaving loved ones with emotional pain after passing away, these crashes can be very tragic.

Are car crashes one of the main causes of death among teens?

If you are the parent of a teenager, you may be worried about your child’s safety for various reasons. For example, you may be concerned about them getting into a fight or passing away due to drug or prescription medication abuse. However, traffic accidents are particularly problematic and have claimed the lives of far too many young people in the U.S. As a parent, it is important for you to understand how widespread these fatalities really are.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10,000 fatalities occur on an annual basis among those who are between 15 and 19 years old. Out of 100,000 teens in this age group, 48.3 pass away each year in the U.S., on average. There are many reasons why teenagers lose their lives, but the CDC reports that unintentional injuries such as those sustained in motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of death among people in this age group. Other leading factors include homicide and suicide.

Why are more people killed in nighttime car accidents?

Navigating the roads of Texas can be challenging during daylight hours. Yet when the sun goes down, you may still need to run errands, travel home from work or go out with friends. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of becoming involved in a car accident while driving at night is substantially higher than while driving during the day. Although it is important to be fully alert when driving during daylight hours, it is even more crucial that you pay attention to the road and others around when driving at night.

One reason why it may be more difficult to drive at night is the lack of natural sunlight. It can be harder to see at night. Furthermore, your ability to determine the speed and distance of an oncoming car can be altered at night, especially if you are older. The NSC reports that drivers over the age of 50 often need twice the amount of light than younger drivers. Bad weather conditions, drunk drivers and distractions can also lead to further problems while driving at night.

Calculating damages for personal injuries in a Texas car crash

The day it happened may have begun like any other day. You dropped your kids off at school then headed to work. You may have even stopped to run a few errands on your way back home. After your last stop, as you entered an intersection after the light turned green, a sudden impact on your driver's side changed your life forever. A drunk driver failed to stop at a red light and barreled right into the side of your car.

Thankfully, the response team was quick to arrive at the scene and rescue workers whisked you away to the nearest hospital. Texas police contacted your family members and you spent the rest of the night getting x-rays, having a cast put on your leg and getting stitches on your head. The good thing was, of course, that you had survived and knew your family would be there to help you through recovery. You also knew you were going to need other outside support.

Who initiates recalls?

It is common for many in The Woodlands to picture private companies as being inherently secretive and only concerned with building a healthy bottom line. Yet you and other rest comfortably knowing that regulatory agencies are out there protecting you from these big businesses. Once word gets out a potentially dangerous product is out there, it swoops in swiftly to launch a recall in order to get said product of yours and general public's hands. 

Yet is that how it really happens? According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not at all. In fact, it mentions that it rarely initiates recalls. Instead, most come from the manufacturers themselves. While this may seem shocking at first, it becomes easier to comprehend once you understand the investment that manufacturers make in their products. That investment goes far beyond monetary resources. Every time a company stamps its name to a product, it also puts its reputation on the line. While that reputation no doubt takes a hit when a product is found to be harmful or defective, it may be redeemed if the company takes swift action to resolve it.