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Monthly Archives: August 2019

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Can Wrongful Death Lawsuits Be Brought When Children Die in Hot Cars?

By The West Law Office |

There is perhaps nothing as tragic as a family losing a child. Sadly, in late June, three children in Texas died after being left in hot cars: a four-year-old, an 18 month old, and an 11-month-old. Dashboards, steering wheels, seats, etc. can reach over 200 degrees F on hot days. Children not only die… Read More »

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Who Is Liable for Boat Accidents in Texas?

By The West Law Office |

News outlets throughout Texas are covering the death of a student athlete from the University of Houston, who died in late June due to a boat crash. The 20-year-old was competing as a pole vaulter in track and field at the college, and was reported as dying due to a “traumatic injury” on the… Read More »

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Administration Announces It Plans to Ease Trucker Drive-Time Rules

By The West Law Office |

In July, the Transportation Department announced that it would be relaxing the federal regulations that require truckers to take breaks and pull over; rules that were mandated in an effort to reduce truck accidents due to driver fatigue. The results would lead to truckers working and driving even longer days, resulting in more fatigue… Read More »

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New Research Shows That Pedestrian & Cyclist Deaths Due to Car Accidents Are On the Rise

By The West Law Office |

According to a new report, even as car safety is improving for drivers, the number of deaths for cyclists and pedestrians has shot up. According to statistics, the number of bicyclists killed last year was the highest since 1988 and increased by 10 percent. Meanwhile, pedestrian deaths are at their highest since 1990, and… Read More »

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Diverges from Texas Supreme Court Decision in Finding That Injured Driver Can Collect Punitive Damages from Drunk Driver’s Insurance Company

By The West Law Office |

In July, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Texas) ruled that when a drunk motorist collides with another car, a plaintiff can collect punitive damages as a result, in spite of the insurance company trying to claim that the incident technically cannot be called an “accident” because it involved a drunk driver (relying… Read More »

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The High Number of Fatal Training Accidents Has Soldiers’ Families Demanding Changes

By The West Law Office |

Fatal training accidents – especially vehicle rollover accidents – have become such an issue that families are now pushing lawmakers to do something about it. Specifically, the families of a number of those who have served and died in these accidents are still unclear about what robbed them of their loved ones in these… Read More »

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New Study Shows That Some Are More Prone to Answering Work-Related Calls or Texts While Driving, Which Places Lives at Risk

By The West Law Office |

According to a new study, there is one demographic that has issues answering work-related calls or texts while driving, and this is placing a number of lives at risk by contributing to distracted driving accidents on the road. The demographic that is most likely to engage in answering calls and texts while driving are… Read More »

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Injury at Texas Amusement Park Highlights Common Injuries Experienced Each Year

By The West Law Office |

In July, Urban Air Adventure Park in Austin, Texas was sued for $1 million in damages for a personal injury a visitor incurred hitting his head on a piece of equipment that came down from the ceiling. The complaint alleges that the park failed to keep the facilities safe, and in doing so, caused… Read More »

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Volunteer Dies Due to Blood Loss from Dog Bites

By The West Law Office |

News headlines have been dominated by the story of an animal shelter volunteer who was found dead due to severe blood loss suffered after incurring a number of dog bites at the shelter where she volunteered. The police are now investigating the incident, although the cause of death has already been ruled as exsanguination…. Read More »

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