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Higher Car Wreck Risk Predicted for Memorial Day and Throughout Summer 2015

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 4, 2015

Researchers at the National Safety Council and the American Automobile Association (AAA) are predicting a higher rate of fatal and injury-causing car crashes during the summer of 2015 than were seen last year.

At least seven deadly auto crashes have already been reported in Texas for the recent Memorial Day weekend, according to a news report from Fox 6. With about 34 million drivers on the roads over the holiday weekend, the risk for serious crashes was elevated all over the country, according to AAA.

Experts expect this risk to remain higher than it was last year. Why? There are two main reasons, according to researchers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

How Big Is the Problem of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 1, 2015

TX Nursing Home AbuseNearly every Texas family has at least one elderly or aging family member. Many families are already making plans for the long-term care of elderly family members or are putting those plans into place with nursing home care and other services.

Part of the hard work of finding the right nursing home for an elderly loved one is finding a nursing home that uses standards and practices to guard against nursing home neglect or abuse. When families seek a good nursing home, they may wonder: How likely is abuse or neglect? How worried should we be? Read the rest »

Studies Find Distracted Drivers Also Impede Emergency Vehicles

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 28, 2015

Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), dating back to at least 2008, have consistently shown the dangers posed by distracted driving. Drivers who are busy texting, making phone calls, eating, or performing other tasks behind the wheel are more likely to cause serious injuries to other motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

Now, studies are showing that distracted drivers risk the lives of others in another way: by being less likely to notice an oncoming emergency vehicle or to get out of the way quickly. Read the rest »

Posted in: Distracted Driving

Four Ways to Improve Your Texas Lemon Law Case

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 26, 2015

Texas Lemon LawYou’ve recently purchase a new car and after multiple trips to the dealership and repeated repairs, your vehicle simply does not work like it should. If you suspect you have a lemon law claim, talk to an experienced Texas lemon law lawyer for specific advice. Texas’s lemon law allows vehicle owners to seek compensation if they’ve purchased a new vehicle that is defective in some manner that renders it dangerous to drive or inoperable. Gather the following information to help bolster your claim:

  1. Write down every problem in detail. Describe the problem to the mechanics in detail: when it happens, what sounds or smells are associated with it, and what you do when it happens. If it’s the same problem, use the same words to describe it each time – and write down, with the date, each description you give. Read the rest »

Posted in: Lemon Law

May is National Bike Month. Are You Ready to Ride?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 22, 2015

May is National Bike Month. The weather in Texas is beautiful, and bicyclists all over the state are taking advantage of it by heading outdoors for a ride.

Experienced Texas bicycle accident lawyers encourage riders to stay safe as they enjoy their favorite sport. One of the easiest ways to prevent a bicycle wreck is to make sure your bicycle is in top condition before you head out. Here are some tips to help you ensure your bicycle is ready to go:

  • Check the frame. While cleaning your bicycle’s frame, look for cracks, dents, and paint chips. Have a mechanic check any cracks or dents to ensure they don’t negatively affect the bike’s performance. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

How to Share the Road Safely With Bicycles

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 19, 2015

Bike Crash LawyerTexas motorists have probably noticed an increase in bicyclists on our state’s roads. As the weather warms up, riders of all ages are cleaning off their bikes and hitting the streets.

Although bicyclists have the same legal right as motorists to use the roads as long as they follow all traffic laws, experienced Texas car accident lawyers know that sharing the road safely with bicyclists poses some challenges for drivers. Here are some ways to prevent a wreck and keep both yourself and local bicyclists safe:

  • Don’t tolerate distractions. Most car-bicycle crashes occur when a driver doesn’t see a bicyclist until it is too late to avoid a crash. By cutting down on distractions, you can stay more alert and avoid accidents more easily. Put away your cell phone, turn down the radio, and ask a passenger to help you navigate. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

May is National Electrical Safety Month

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 11, 2015

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that over 400 people suffer electrocution in U.S. households each year. Nearly half of these accidents occur when a common household item either has an electrical defect or is used improperly because its owners did not have the information they needed to protect themselves against electrocution. In the workplace, about 4,000 people are electrocuted annually, often for the same reasons: because tools contain a hidden defect or did not come with adequate warnings or instructions.

Defective electrical products also cause as many as 140,000 household and workplace fires each year, which can cause serious injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Liability

Why Are Takata Air Bags Causing Accidents and Injuries? The Answer is Still Unclear

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 5, 2015

Auto Product LiabilityDrivers with vehicles containing defective Takata air bags are wondering why the air bags are causing harm, after several cases in which the air bags were triggered in a non-accident scenario. But even after months of testing and investigation by an independent group of engineers, no one has a clear answer, according to a recent article in USA Today.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently stated that there may not be “one root cause,” but instead a number of factors that combine to turn the air bags from a life-saving tool to an injury risk. Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Liability

Bankruptcy Court Rules GM Cannot Be Sued for Many Ignition Switch Defects

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 29, 2015

Currently, about 140 class-action lawsuits have been filed against General Motors for damages resulting from the company’s sales of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Although the defect has caused over 200 deaths, dozens of serious injuries, and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles, a U.S. bankruptcy court ruled in mid-April that the company will not have to face any lawsuits filed before its 2009 bankruptcy.Texas Product LiabilityInstead, the bankruptcy court explained, claims based on GM’s behavior before its 2009 bankruptcy will have to be filed against the “Old GM,” or the company as it existed before the bankruptcy. This company held assets worth about $9.25 billion and had debts of about $32 billion as of last fall, according to Reuters. Any plaintiff who succeeds in a claim against “Old GM” will have to join the company’s other creditors in line as these remaining assets are distributed. Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Liability

Five Things to Know About Distracted Driving

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 27, 2015

Distracted driving causes thousands of car wrecks in Texas and nationwide each year, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and experienced Texas car accident lawyers are determined to inform the public and reduce risks.
Texas Distracted DrivingThe NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Cell phone use and texting are well-known distractions, but eating and drinking, changing the radio station, having conversations, or watching things other than what is outside the vehicle can also cause distraction.

Here are five key facts and statistics to know about distracted driving:

  • Distracted driving crash deaths dropped 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, but about 3,000 more injuries were reported in 2013 than in 2012. Read the rest »

Posted in: Distracted Driving

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