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September 2018 Archives

Distractions that make Texas highways dangerous places

You've likely witnessed it more than once. A driver is navigating a Texas roadway while using his or her thumbs to type on a cell phone at the same time. If you're unfortunate enough to be nearby in traffic at the time, you are at great risk for injury because motorists who text and drive often cause collisions. There is no safe way to text while driving, which is why many states have made it illegal.  

How much risk of mesothelomia do oil refinery workers face?

As a Texas oil refinery worker, no one need tell you that the oil and gas industry is big business in our state. What may shock you to learn, however, is that, as reported by the Mesothelioma Veterans Organization, you face a grave danger of developing mesothelioma, an incurable cancer, due to the asbestos particles you likely inhale on a daily basis

How dangerous are distracted truckers?

No one need tell you that if your passenger vehicle collides with a tractor-trailer on a Texas road or highway, you and your passengers face the highest risk of receiving serious, possibly catastrophic, injuries. This is what makes distracted truck drivers such a danger on the road.

How much can you pursue through a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one is much than just an emotional loss – it can lead to very real, significant financial loss that can impact a Texas family for years to come. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, it may be possible to pursue damages through a civil claim. However, it is prudent to understand the true value of your case before moving forward.

The value of underride guards

Getting stuck behind a huge 18-wheeler is no fun. While waiting for an opportunity to pass it, however, Texas motorists may want to look at the extra metal “bumper” hanging down from the trailer’s rear. As CNN reports, that is the rear underride guard that federal law mandates all trailers must have so as to protect the drivers and passengers of passenger vehicles in the event of an accident.

How dangerous is the oil and gas industry?

The short answer to the above question is “very,” whether you work in Texas’ oil and gas industry or anywhere else across the nation. In fact, as reported by E&E News, the rate of severe injuries in the upstream oil and gas industry is one of the highest in the country. Depending on the way in which different agencies collect data and whose figures you believe, oil and gas is the industry most likely to see its workers suffer such injuries and/or die from them.

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