The final hot, sunny days of the Texas summer break are approaching and many families take their last vacation to amusement parks. While enjoying the ferris wheel, funnel cake, and fun times with your family, it can be easy to forget the potential dangers that lurk around the corners of theme parks, but situations do arise that can cause injuries or even death when proper precautions are neglected by staff members or the park’s management.
The oil and gas industry is booming across the U.S., particularly in states like Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Texas produces over 1/3 of the country’s oil, giving a boost to local economies and providing thousands of jobs. However, the dangerous machinery and harsh conditions of the job create risks for workers than can lead to injuries and even death when accidents occur. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the fatality rate of oil and gas extraction workers from 2003 to 2010 was seven times higher than the rate of all other industries.
When taking a road trip or vacation at the end of your summer, it is important to be cautious of the many hazards on Texas’ interstates and freeways. One of the most dangerous elements of driving on busy roads and rushing highways is the risk posed by 18-wheelers. In 2011, over 270,000 trucking accidents occurred on roads across the US, with nearly one quarter of those resulting in injuries, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). With semi-trucks weighing up to 30 times more than an average passenger vehicle, it’s important to keep an eye out for them when traveling long distances.
Every year, nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, half of these are children according the Center for Disease Control. One in five dog bites are serious enough to require medical attention. Unfortunately, many people are bitten by dogs they know – pets owned by family members and friends. In many cases, if a dog has bitten you, you have a legal right to recover damages from the dog owner or another responsible party. While this can put you in a tough situation as you may be apprehensive about suing someone you know, you need to cover your medical bills. What you might not know is that dog bite injury claims are normally filed against the dog owner’s renters or homeowners insurance company, not the dog owner individually.
Lubbock auto accident lawyers know that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers; but, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), many teens are driving small, old, unreliable, and unsafe vehicles that cannot adequately protect them in the event of a car accident.
Texas and New Mexico’s summer temperatures can soar above a scorching 100+ degrees outside, and it only takes a few minutes for a hot car to become deadly to a child stuck inside. In just 10 minutes a car’s internal temperature can increase by 20 degrees. Last year, 44 children died of heatstroke after being left inside a vehicle according to KidsandCars.org. It was one of the deadliest years on record.
It is no secret that Texans love to celebrate Independence Day with family, friends and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on Lubbock roads. The fact is, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk driving. If you or someone you know needs safe transportation home this holiday, please call 744-HURT during the hours of 12:00 pm on July 4th to 2:00 am on July 5th. The Liggett Law Group will arrange and pay for a cab to drive your party home.
Reality shows like Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch and Shipping Wars give us a glimpse into the perils of some careers. However in 2012, 4,383 work fatalities occurred according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Some jobs and workplaces are inherently hazardous and expose workers to an unnecessary amount of dangers. Jobs that use heavy machinery, hazardous material, require excessive amounts of travel or work in treacherous terrain have a higher incidence of injury and death than others.