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Wrongful death: Driver to be sentenced for fatal 2017 wreck

The National Transportation Safety Board recently released findings regarding a fatal 2017 wreck. The collision -- which involved a pickup truck and a Texas church bus -- left 13 people dead. In general, Texas has a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, so family members who have yet to pursue legal action may choose to utilize the NTSB's findings if they choose to move forward with such claims. 

According to the NTSB report, the 20-year-old pickup truck driver was under the influence of both legal and illegal drugs at the time of the collision. He not only tested positive for marijuana after the March 2017 head-on collision, but apparently admitted that he had taken double his standard dosage of clonazepam, which he had a prescription for. The NTSB claims that this impairment was the main factor in the wreck, but the driver also told police he was texting behind the wheel. 

Wrongful death: 12-year-old girl killed in school bus accident

A Texas community is likely in mourning following a deadly school bus accident. One student was killed in the wreck and many others were injured, including three who had to be transported to the hospital for treatment. When a loved one is killed in an accident because of a driver's negligence, some families choose to seek justice through wrongful death claims. 

There were 42 students on the bus at the time of the wreck. A witness told police that he was driving behind the school bus and saw the back tires slide off the side of the road. In an apparent attempt to return to the road, the bus driver steered across oncoming traffic and turned to the right, causing the vehicle to flip. At that point it slid off the road and struck a utility pole, which sparked a devastating fire

Truck accidents are frequently deadly

Driving next to an 18-wheeler on the interstate can be an extremely uncomfortable situation, but most people expect that trucking companies take every precaution when it comes to their trucks and drivers. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case. Truck drivers often operate vehicles while fatigued, putting other motorists in Texas at risk for serious -- and fatal -- truck accidents.

Approximately one out of every 10 highway deaths in America is the result of a collision with a large truck. When fully loaded, these vehicles weigh as much as 30 times that of a smaller passenger vehicle. Since these vehicles have a slower braking capacity, it is essential that their drivers pay close attention to the road and what is going on around them. 

Is an apology enough in a medical malpractice case?

Although the purpose of health care is to improve your well-being, far too often it leads to worse problems. You may go in for a routine procedure and come out with new and more severe conditions due to errors. The reason this happens is a failure to follow professional standards (negligence). This can mean anything from performing surgery without sufficient training to mixing up medical files and missing a diagnosis.

Whatever the cause, the results are the same: serious health changes that you now have to live with for most likely the remainder of your life. Something of such significance deserves a proper response. Traditionally, lengthy and complex litigation was the only way for affected patients to try to get compensation for injury. To avoid this costly method, hospitals are now taking a different approach: apologizing.

Falls the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults

As an older American living in Texas, you face specific hazards that place you at higher risk of falling than the rest of the population. While certain risk factors, such as inadequate lighting, cluttered store aisles or uneven sidewalks, have the capacity to make anyone fall, your chances of tripping over them and injuring yourself increase once you hit a certain age.

Falls, per The National Council on Aging, have become so common among people in your age group nowadays that falls are now the leading cause of injuries, fatalities and emergency room visits among America’s seniors. In fact, someone within your age group takes a tumble in the United States every 11 seconds, and someone dies from a fall-related injury every 19 minutes in this country.

Atmos Energy denies accusations of explosions, burn injuries

Many Texas families are at risk for serious injury, and the company putting them in danger does not seem too concerned about the matter. Dozens of homes have been blown up in natural gas explosions over the past 12 years, killing some victims and causing others to suffer serious burn injuries. The explosions have all been tied back to Atmos Energy Corp., which denies any responsibility for the danger lurking in many people's homes. 

Atmos Energy is one of the largest and oldest natural gas companies in the United States. Because of the company's age of operations, its pipes are also some of the oldest on record and are extremely vulnerable to damage, like cracks or corrosion. This type of damage often leads to gas leaks, which make explosions a real possibility in homes that use natural gas. 

Pickup driver blamed for wrongful death accident

A Texas girl recently posed for a picture before her first day of 4th grade, but she never actually made it to school. The vehicle she was riding in was involved in a deadly accident just minutes after she took the picture. Since then, the local community has raised thousands of dollars for the family, which can be extremely helpful. Still, they also have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if they choose to do so. 

The 9-year-old was riding with at least one family member, her 16-year-old elder brother. Her relation to another passenger -- a 3-year-old -- and the 32-year old driver are unclear, although the girl was apparently being transported to school. Before they could arrive at their destination, a pickup truck turned in front of their car. The two vehicles collided, and the young girl was thrown from the car. She died of her injuries. 

Ways to avoid common motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists are much more susceptible to sustaining serious injuries when involved in collisions. A severe example of this is a Texan motorcyclist who had his leg severed following an accident. 

It is paramount for motorcyclists to maintain vigilant eyes on the road to avoid disaster. What follows are some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents to occur and the steps riders can take to avoid them. 

Can I file a wrongful death suit over a swimming accident?

As summer winds down and kids head back to school, many people in Texas might be planning to fit in one or last two visits to their local pool. While swimming is a favored summer pastime for many, it is also incredibly dangerous. Pools that are not well-maintained or monitored appropriately can easily lead to injuries or even result in a wrongful death. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 280 children under the age of 5 die from drowning every year, and another 2,700 are seen in emergency rooms. This puts drowning at the top of the list for unintentional injury deaths for kids from the age of 1 to 4. The odds do not improve much as children age, with drowning being the second most common cause of accident deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 14. 

Texas family suffers burn injuries in deadly explosion

A tragic explosion demolished a Texas family's house and sent all four members to the hospital. They all suffered severe burn injuries, and one of the four did not survive. Authorities say the explosion was caused by an unsafe gas pipe that ran underneath the home. 

The explosion happened around 10 a.m., with homeowners as far as 15 miles away reporting that they felt their own homes shake. The force was so strong some reportedly thought that a driver had hit their houses. Emergency responders said that all four victims were in critical condition when they arrived, and they transported them by air to a specialized burn unit. Unfortunately, the family's 3-year-old child died from her injuries. At last update, two of the victims were listed in critical condition with the third listed as serious. 

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