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Every driver understands the trepidation when a large tractor-trailer pulls alongside him or her on the highway. The massive size and poor maneuverability of these vehicles can easily create a sense of unease, and smart drivers do their best to maintain a safe distance on the road.
Simply a single drink can partially impair some people, and nationally the level of awareness and the criminal penalties have been heightened considerably over the last 25 years. Current Texas law states that having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 is the threshold for legally operating a motor vehicle. Drivers found guilty of operating a vehicle (OVI) under the influence of alcohol face penalties including fines, license suspension, jail time, legal fees and costly future insurance premiums. Those whose occupation is linked to operating a vehicle can potentially lose their job as a result of a conviction.
Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving has kept awareness of this issue at the forefront. A driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher is considered legally intoxicated and will be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Keep in mind that you can still be considered under the influence if slightly below the 0.08 threshold if other tests suggest that you are impaired. Read the rest »
While initial damage to the spine is painful enough, complications often occur after the injury—including bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation.
Not all spine injuries are traumatic, and can be caused by diseases such as arthritis, inflammation, infections, or even cancer.
The spine is directly connected to the brain through nerve fibers, so a direct impact to this region can impede basic body function and movement. Whether the cause is traumatic or non-traumatic, the damage may impair all or part of the muscles and limbs below the area of impact. A chest or lower back injury can affect everything from your torso to sexual function. Read the rest »
The recent news that the family of a man who died in a tragic drowning accident at Hawaiian Falls waterpark has filed a lawsuit has refocused attention on safety issues at Texas amusement parks . While a resolution for this case is still pending, everyone agrees such pool-based accidents are needless tragedies that will inalterably affect the families involved. Unfortunately, they are far too common.
Not all water accidents occur at amusement parks of course. According to Child Protective Services, there have been 77 children who have died from drowning this year in the state of Texas. Such a high number of such accidents is troubling. Unfortunately, amusement and swimming parks can be especially prone to accidents. While parents expect a high level of safety precautions and monitoring to be in place, the parks are often overcrowded and understaffed, a dangerous combination when it comes to the potential for accidents. And while some accidents might be the fault of guests who willfully disobey posted safety regulations, many others are the fault of negligence on the part of the company or its operators. Accidents at water parks tend to fall into one of the following categories: Read the rest »
Traumatic spinal cord injuries put a tremendous amount of stress on that area of the body, causing it to flex outside of its normal range of motion. Because car accidents can happen at tremendous speeds, often jolting the passengers forward and backwards, the spine is left helpless along with the rest of the body. Read the rest »
A report last year from Fox7 and Adult Protective Services has called attention to a prevalent problem in the State of Texas: elder abuse. The investigation revealed examples of financial, physical, and emotional abuse of residents of area nursing homes, crimes that often go unreported and are difficult to prosecute. Statistics indicate more than 1,000 cases a month occur in the state.
The website for the state Attorney General states, “The Office of the Attorney General and the State of Texas are committed to protecting you from verbal, emotional and physical abuse, as well as financial exploitation, whether you are living in your own home, with family or in a long-term care facility.” There are strict state laws that protect senior citizens from such abuse, and it’s important for anyone who has elders in their care to know what their rights are. Read the rest »
Neck and back injuries are common in many types of accidents and from a number of activities. Examples include all of the following: Read the rest »
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