Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz

February 2019 Archives

Toxic exposure risks faced by oil rig workers

A Texas oil field is a tremendously dangerous place to work, and if you make your living in this type of environment, you may have firsthand knowledge of the occupational hazards associated with your profession. While hazardous working conditions are part of the job, your employer has a duty to mitigate your on-the-job risks as much as possible, and this includes reducing your risk of toxic exposure. At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we understand that toxic exposure can lead to serious chronic health issues, and we have helped many workers who suffered injury or illness because of dangerous work environments pursue appropriate recourse.

Facing the truth after a brain injury

It is probably an understatement to say that your life will never be the same after the accident that resulted in your loved one's traumatic brain injury. Nevertheless, as difficult as it may be to think about, knowing what lies ahead may be the best way to prepare for the future.

What should you do if you see a reckless driver?

Even though you are confident in your ability to drive safely and are committed to following traffic laws and avoiding distractions while you are operating your vehicle, driving in Texas can still be dangerous if you encounter other motorists who are not as vigilant as you. Protecting yourself and your safety is primarily your responsibility, but understanding how to react around dangerous drivers is also important to potentially avoid a collision if someone else is driving recklessly. 

Scooters place riders, pedestrians at risk

You may have wondered why someone didn't think of it sooner. Renting electric scooters through an app on your phone is the newest craze spreading through cities across the country. The concept is simple. You locate the nearest e-scooter on your app and use a special code to unlock it. Then you ride it wherever you need to go, lock it with your app and leave it for the next rider.

A third of American teenagers say they text and drive

Teen drivers across Texas and the nation already pose a threat to everyone on the roadway because they lack experience, but many of them are also engaging in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel that make them even more substantial highway hazards. The results of a new survey indicate that texting and driving is still very much a problem among teen drivers on the nation’s roads, despite the fact that the dangers of doing so are well-publicized. At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we understand that distracted driving often results in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, and we have assisted many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in distracted driving-involved car crashes.

Truck driver shortage may lead to more crashes

Americans rely on large trucks to transport products throughout the country. Truck drivers are needed to accomplish this distribution of goods and ensure the economy is maintained. Yet, for many years, there has been a shortage in qualified truck drivers, which has contributed to several problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck crashes have been on the rise for several years. The fatality rate from large truck crashes has also increased, from 3,825 in 2012 to 4,213 in 2016. How does the truck driver shortage contribute to the risk of truck crashes and deaths?

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