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December 2018 Archives

Texas trucker’s death illustrates dangers of parking on shoulder

When a motorist experiences trouble on the road, sometimes there is no choice but to pull over to the shoulder. Whether passing out snacks to hungry children, waiting for help to arrive after breaking down or changing a flat tire, many Texas drivers assume that the shoulder is a safe place to park on the freeway. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem on Texas roads

Texas is big state with millions of drivers sharing the road at the same time. It is the responsibility of each person to make safe choices and drive safely, like choosing to put their phones down while driving. Unfortunately, many people are negligent and reckless while behind the wheel, and distracted driving continues to be a major safety issue in the state. 

Long hours can negatively affect your work and personal life

The oil industry makes up a large part of the workforce in Texas. As we at the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz are aware, oil workers are on the job for long hours – often putting in much more time than the traditional 40-hour week. You may enjoy the overtime pay, but there can be negative consequences to working too much for a long period of time, as well.

Do voice activated devices decrease the risk of car crashes?

You may know the dangers of driving while using your hand-held or hands-free cellphone. As a way to reduce the amount of distraction caused by using these devices, you may have tried using voice-activated technology. Car manufacturers designed this technology as a way to allow drivers to perform certain tasks, all while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. A study released by AAA found, however, than even voice-activated technology can cause significant amounts of distraction. The levels of cognitive distraction varied across different vehicle systems, as well as the difficulty of the task being performed.

The major impact of a minor brain injury

A brain injury can affect a person in many different ways. Some victims may find that they do not fully understand the extent of their injuries until weeks or months later. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are unpredictable and sometimes hard to diagnose because they affect people in different ways.

What is take-home toxic exposure?

If your Texas job requires you to work with or around toxic chemicals or materials, it may surprise you to learn that you are not the only one in your family who could develop symptoms of toxic exposure. Your family members could, too. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can bring these toxins home on your shoes and clothing. Once there, they can build up on your furniture, your floors and other surfaces, and in the air your family breathes. Consequently, these toxins can harm your family, particularly your children.

Common holiday traffic dangers to watch out for

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it’s only the beginning of the hectic holiday traffic season. As we at the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz are aware, it’s also a dangerous time of year for drivers in Texas and elsewhere. You may want to be aware of the hazards you might face while doing your holiday shopping or driving to visit family and friends.

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