SUV rollover cases have become so common in recent years that vehicle manufacturers have had to institute several recalls. These vehicles are built with narrow track widths and higher bodies, giving them a much higher center of gravity. This combination is deadly when making sharp turns, as a slight bump or pothole can send the vehicle flipping end over end. Making the problem worse is poor vehicle construction, as these autos have a tendency to cave in when flipping.
Attorneys that take on SUV rollover cases often assist people who have been grievously hurt in a crash. As the cabin tumbles, it is common for passengers to collide with the ceiling, causing traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, fractures, or other serious complications. Every year, thousands of deaths are caused by this design oversight, and manufacturers regularly have to pay out settlements.
These claims are considered product liability cases. So the victim will need to show that their injuries were caused by an inherent flaw in the vehicle’s design or manufacturing and that they were operating the vehicle safely at the time. An attorney specialized in vehicle accident claims will be able to demonstrate this to the court or during the settlement phase, attaining the compensation deserved for the victim or surviving family members.
A Transocean worker could once take pride in their company as it boasted an excellent safety and workplace satisfaction level until recent years. Since the turn of the millenium, though, the company has been involved in a number of fatal accidents that have called into question the company’s practices. This skepticism reached its apex in 2010 with the Deepwater Horizon platform explosion, which also resulted in a massive oil spill. The company’s efforts to avoid liability in the wake of previous accidents have not helped its reputation, either.
Since 2002, a Transocean worker has been at increased risk of suffering a major accident, and dozens have died while on the job, while many more have been injured. These fatal accidents have grabbed headlines as they were generally due to major lapses in safety standards. This was especially true during the Deepwater Horizon explosion, where the company ignored emerging safety issues and took unreasonable risks along with the platform’s operator, British Petroleum.
What’s worse, the company has attempted to push its injured employees into signing non-liability clauses. This was of particular note following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, when the company approached injured employees right after the accident and attempted to coerce them into signing away their right to file an injury claim. It’s these aggressive anti-employee tactics that often force employees to turn to personal injury attorneys for representation.
A third industrial accident this week fatally injured a contract worker for Group, Inc. earlier today at an ExxonMobil construction site in Baytown, TX. Emergency responders were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. to the Baytown Olefins Plant located on Decker Drive near Shady Hill Drive. While the exact details are not disclosed as of yet in relation to how the victim died, local authorities and ExxonMobil are investigating the cause of this loss. With as many industrial incidents this week alone, one has to consider the dangers associated with a chemical plant job. In this line of work, you never know when the sudden concussion of an explosion will ring out sending flames in all directions, you will fall to your death, a heavy object will fall crushing you, or a sudden temperature change will result in a chemical leak from a faulty valve .
For the second time this week, an industrial accident claims a life at a Texas plant. A 42-year-old contract worker died earlier today at the Alcoa World Alumina plant in Point Comfort, TX. According to local investigators, a crane was installing a door on a tank when it struck the victim resulting in the tragic loss. Similar to the earlier industrial accident of the week at the DuPont Chemical Plant in La Porte, Alcoa launched an internal investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Also, federal investigators are in route to conduct their own investigation. It is unknown at this point if a co-worker was in control of the crane or if mechanical failure is a factor
A Life Flight helicopter responded to an auto-pedestrian accident in north Houston last night. The 35-year-old victim reportedly was leaving the Waffle House attempting to cross FM 1960 near East Gatewick Lane when the incident occurred. The Life Flight helicopter transported the victim to the Texas Medical Center where he is fighting for his life. The authorities continue to investigate the incident.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, an Edinburg school bus driver caused a serious collision at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Road and Alberta Road. The school bus driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign striking a Chrysler. Emergency personnel transported a student from the school bus and six people from the Chrysler to several local hospitals.
Over the weekend, a simple trip to see a college football game turned tragic over the weekend. John Nguyen, a 22-year-old, and his sister Jenny Nguyen, a 16-year-old, of Longview died in a motor vehicle collision near southeastern Oklahoma. According to authorities, the Nguyen vehicle traveled northbound on Highway 259 when it veered into oncoming lane of traffic striking vehicle approaching the opposite direction and then a spinning into a second vehicle. While the Nguyens died at the scene of the incident, emergency personnel were able to transport the two 16-year-old passengers, Savannah Wulbrecht and Hannah Grubb, in the Nguyen vehicle via helicopter to a local hospital.
The Celtic band Dropkick Murphys canceled a show in Oklahoma after their tour bus struck a pedestrian north of Austin resulting in a fatality. The incident occurred on Interstate 35 in Round Rock according to the Round Rock Police Department. The victim’s injuries were such that he died at the scene of the incident. Their tour bus sustained sufficient damage forcing a delay in travel to their next destination.
Four workers died, and a fifth injured in a chemical leak in the early morning hours of Saturday at the DuPont Chemical Plant located on Strang Road in La Porte, Texas. Authorities are investigating the cause of the methyl mercaptan chemical spill in the Crop Protection Unit. Specifically, they are examining a possible valve malfunction or failure that might have led to the fatal chemical exposure. Ironically, methyl mercaptan is used to give natural gas a rotten eggs smell for safety purposes. The strong odor carried as far away as Fort Bend County and west Houston.
Two of the fatally injured workers are brothers Robert Tisnado and Gilbert Tisnado, who had six years of experience working at the DuPont Chemical Plant. It is reported Gilbert ran into the unit with a gas mask to rescue those injured and unfortunately perished. Another of the fatally injured is a supervisor with over forty years at the same plant. All four fatalities occurred within the same unit while emergency personnel transported the fifth chemical exposure victim to Bayshore Hospital.
According to Randall Clements, the plant manager of the Du Pont plant, an internal investigation is under-way into the incident. A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is due to arrive tomorrow morning to broaden the investigation.
A Life Flight helicopter responded to a single-vehicle collision in Crosby in the early morning hours of Thursday. According to local authorities, a Toyota sedan left the roadway at the intersection of FM 2100 and Hare Road striking a telephone pole. Two minors, a 10-year-old and 7-year-old, sustained injuries in the incident.
The Houston Fire Department responded to the Phoenix Tower located in the Greenway plaza area yesterday afternoon to rescue a window washer from the side of the 34-story building. The man who works for Jobs Building Service was trapped on the scaffold almost 400 feet up in the air after a mechanical failure resulted in the tilting sideways of the scaffolding unit. The man luckily was tied off with ropes so that he would have been hanging by a rope should the scaffold have fallen to the ground.
Two Ball High School students are dead after a serious collision with a garbage truck in Galveston. According to the Galveston Police Department, Christopher Ragle and Gabriella Giles, both 16-years-old, were traveling on Stewart Road near 85th Street when their pick-up veered into on-coming lane of traffic striking the garbage truck. The incident is still under investigation.
Whenever train collisions occur, the results can be tragic. There is little that can stop a locomotive, and small passenger vehicles can be pushed for hundreds of yards by a locomotive before they come to a halt. Statistics say that a locomotive accident occurs nearly every three hours around the country. These cases are often marked by their complexity, as several parties may be considered responsible when an accident does occur.
The engineer and crew may share some of the liability if they fail to perform their duties as assigned. This includes sounding the whistle, paying attention to any dangers on the track, and maintaining a safe speed as they pass through a crossing.
Train collisions may also be the fault of a flawed locomotive design or build, including brakes or warning lights that do not engage correctly. This can mean the manufacturer or designer is at fault for the accident.
Several companies are responsible for maintaining the railroad tracks, and if an accident is caused by a flaw in the track, the maintenance company may be liable for any injuries. Finally, the city or municipality may own some liability if the road around the crossing is poorly maintained or organized.
On the other side, a vehicle driver has a responsibility to maneuver through the crossing safely. This includes observing warning sides and gates, approaching the crossing at safe speeds, and keeping their vehicle in good condition so that it doesn’t break down on the tracks.
The family of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan reached an agreement with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to avoid further litigation regarding the type of medical care or lack thereof, Duncan received on September 20, 2014. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has agreed to pay an unrevealed sum to the relatives, who include Duncan’s parents and his four kids, write off all of Duncan’s medical bills, and to create a foundation to combat Ebola in Liberia and West Africa. Presbyterian also acknowledged it was a mistake to turn Duncan away from the emergency room with antibiotics on September 20, 2014, just to so that he could return two days later with further Ebola symptoms. Duncan died October 8, 2014.
Several days ago, an SUV drove into the Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffett in south Houston injuring a multitude of unsuspecting patrons. Joanne Jones, a 72-year-old, was the driver of the SUV. Unfortunately, this would not be her first brush with the law. According to Harris County records, Ms. Jones was also involved in a three-car pile-up back in December of 2013, which resulted in a lawsuit.
An industrial accident resulted in a fire that engulfed several buildings at American Materials, an asphalt manufacturer, earlier today in Fort Bend County. The incident occurred at the 2100 block of Highway 90A. The flames and black smoke filled the skies for several hours and forced Highway 90A to close for several hours. Unfortunately, several injuries have been reported. LifeFlight transported at least one employee with burn injuries, and a second victim sustained undisclosed injuries.