TEXAS ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS: Day of August 19, 2014

A fiery car crash closed three main lanes of the North Sam Houston Tollway westbound near Gessner this morning involving five vehicles. The impact caused at least two of the vehicle to catch on fire resulting in a large black smoke trail. The clean-up crew took several hours to make the lanes operational.

Seven families are reported homeless after a fire swept through the Mar Del Sol Apartments located on Woodfair near the Sam Houston Tollway and Bissonnet in southwest Houston. The Houston Fire Department responded immediately to combat the fire and assist the dozens of victims. Arson investigators believe this might be the work of a Molotov cocktail and arrested a twenty-two-year-old male.

A man lost his life this past Saturday afternoon while being chased by the Houston Police Department after allegedly fleeing the scene of a robbery in a stolen vehicle. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree in the 6400 block of Calhoun Road in southeast Houston. Two passengers in the same vehicle were transported to a local hospital to treat their injuries.

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TEXAS ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS: Day of August 18, 2014

A house fire started over the weekend with a unique story.  On Saturday afternoon, a pest control worker treating a house located in the 3600 block of Oak Lane Drive near Garden Spring Gardens for terminates happen to drill in the wrong spot setting off an explosive chain reaction.  The drilling caused ammunition and other explosives to ignite resulting in a dangerous fire.  The local fire department responded and not only dealt with the fire, but the exploding ammunition simultaneously.  The worker was transported to a local hospital to treat his injuries.

A shrimping vessel named “Mr. Anthony” capsized earlier today off Cedar Bayou near the Houston Ship channel resulting in all four crewmembers to go missing momentarily.  The Baytown Fire Deparment and the U.S. Coast Guard responded immediately by deploying several assets including a helicopter and rescue vessels into the area.  Two of the four crewmembers, which included a teenage boy, were rescued early in the search, yet divers had to be deployed to locate and rescue the third crewmwmber, who became trapped in an air pocket within the ship as it lay capsized.  The U.S. Coast Guard is currently continueing the search for the fourth crewmwmber which is still missing along with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Port of Houston Fire Department, and Harris County Dive Team.  A full investigation into the cause of the incident is also in progress, and it is but a matter of time before National Transportation Safety Board joins the investigation.

An explosion ripped through a house in northwest Harris County Monday morning.  The house is located in the 15100 block of Stonewick Drive near Gladeridge Drive in Houston.   The homeowner came out to smoke early in the morning and apparently a propane tank in his garage was leaking causing a fiery blast which demolished the detached garage and damaged the main house.  According to witnesses, the homeowner’s adrenaline did not allow him to realize the magnitude of his injuries running into the main house to wake his wife who was still asleep and attempting to save his vehicle prior to emergency personnel tending to his injuries.  The homeowner was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

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Accidents Caused By Tire Defects & Filing Cases

With thousands injured every year in accidents resulting from tire defects, cases filed under the product liability laws are becoming quite common. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration works hard to place product recalls when necessary and maximize safety standards, yet oftentimes faulty products go unnoticed. In this case the traction of the vehicle is greatly impacted, which can lead to serious and even deadly car accidents and/or rollovers.

Whether there is not enough tread, the sidewall or tread has separated, or there is an unexpected release of air pressure, the driver would ultimately lose control of the vehicle threatening the safety of those in and around the vehicle. No matter what the issue may be, it can be due to manufacturing error, inadequate design, lack of safety warnings, or poor maintenance and repair by a service retailer. In addition, the age of the product is crucial as the rubber material has a limited life of up to 10 years when on a vehicle and 6 years if unused.

When an injury or fatality occurs due to tire defects, cases can be filed to prove the product was “unreasonably dangerous” and directly led to the physical result. In many cases action is taken against the manufacturer due to their strict duty for safety. A legal professional experienced in such lawsuits will determine the case’s validity as well as if it falls within any state-level time limitations. They will obtain adequate evidence, documentation on the accident, and expert guidance to prove negligence. It will need to be proven that the product had not been altered in any way prior to the incident.

Compensation is typically awarded in the form of compensatory damages to recover lost earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages to ensure the imperfection is corrected and the negligent are held accountable.

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TEXAS ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS: Day of August 17, 2014

A 60-year-old motorcyclist from Bayview lost his life in a motor vehicle collision Saturday evening in La Porte, Texas.  The deadly incident occurred as the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Highway 146 and an Acura sedan that was traveling behind it failed to control its speed striking the rear of the motorcycle.  The cyclist was sent flying into the air and slammed to the ground.  The motorcyclist died at the scene of the incident.  The local authorities were forced to shut down Highway 146 in both directions for several hours while they conducted part of their investigation.

A serious collision occurred earlier today between a tow truck and a Mercedes-Benz which resulted in multiple injuries.  The incident occurred at the intersection of the service road of Interstate 10 at Durham near the North Shepherd Drive in exit.  The local authorities are currently investigating whether the tow truck failed to yield at a red light to the Mercedes-Benz as several witness reported.  At least three people were transported to Ben Taub General Hospital to treat their injuries.

McCormick voluntarily recalls 1,032 cases of ground oregano due to fears of salmonella contamination.  The cases are the 0.75 ounce bottle size bearing UPC 0-523561-1 and sale dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16H.  The bottles were distributed to 41 states, which does not include Texas and ten different countries.  Despite no injuries being reported yet, the Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA) notified McCormick of a potential contamination risk during routine testing.  Salmonella is known to cause fatal infection to the young and old and those with weak immune systems and fevers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

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TEXAS ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS: Day of August 16, 2014

Three people were transported to the hospital after a ten-vehicle pile-up occurs over the span of two hours on the North Freeway earlier this morning.  It all started with a vehicle losing control and crashing near the Cypresswood Drive exit resulting in the driver being transported to a local hospital.  As this scene was clearing up, a Camaro reportedly became inoperable, and the driver attempted to push it off to the side shoulder.  Without a reason, a maroon vehicle came and struck this stranded motorist injuring him.  After the Spring Fire Department had responded for these new injuries, a drunk driver struck the rear of several Spring Fire Department vehicles.  While this last collision was being tended to, two other collisions occurred.  Seriously, flashing light means slow down and pay attention, not rubbernecking and ignoring your surroundings.

Several victims in a Fort Worth area plane crash are from Manvel, Texas.  Lawrence Liptack, 51, and his son Landon Liptack, 10, were in a twin-engine Cessna plane approaching an airport when it went down near Bowie, Texas.  The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are actively investigating the crash.  Lawrence and Landon are survived by Charlotte Liptack, the principal of Manvel High School in the Alvin Independent School District.

A hit-and-run has claimed the life of a Houston-area female overnight.  The incident occurred last night after 9 p.m. on the 1500 block of Telephone Drive when a Houston Police Department officer happened to be in the area investigating an unrelated matter and heard a loud crash.  A pick-up was seen fleeing the scene.  The female passed away at the scene from her injuries.

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How To Handle Trucking Accident Cases Properly

Trucking accident cases can quickly spiral into a complicated mess if not handled properly. Commercial vehicles are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries every year, and the companies responsible for these vehicles often do everything possible to avoid liability. As a result, victims are usually tasked with combating aggressive defense lawyers and conflicting accounts of the wreck. This is why so many victims turn to personal injury lawyers in the aftermath of a wreck. With their expertise, the legal process can be made much easier.

When a passenger vehicle is involved in a wreck with a commercial vehicle, the effects can be disastrous. Trucking accident cases typically involve severe and permanent injuries and complete destruction of the victim’s vehicle. One of the first people a victim will have to deal with is an investigator from the commercial vehicle’s leasing or owning company. The investigator will try to protect their interests, so they may try to twist the information so the victim appears liable. An investigator may take incriminating photos, lead witnesses with deceptive questioning, and intentionally ignore evidence detrimental to the company’s prospects. Fighting the investigator’s account of the events will be a challenge for the victim.

There are several ways an attorney can help a victim even the playing field. Police reports and witness accounts are two reliable options for building trucking accident cases. Another important element to the claim is the state investigator’s report. When a commercial vehicle is part of an accident, an investigator with the state will also attend the crash site and check the vehicle for any mechanical problems. This inspection can be useful in the courtroom. Most commercial vehicles have recording devices that keep a log of the vehicle’s acceleration, speed and braking, which can be used to demonstrate driver error or negligence.

A personal injury attorney will assess the information and help the victim through the claim filing, deposition, trial phase and settlement process.

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How To Get Help From A Houston Explosion Lawyer

With so many oil and chemical processing facilities in the area, it’s no surprise that workers caught in a Houston area explosion often need lawyer assistance to help address their medical expenses. Plant fires and blasts are rare, but they cause some of the most grievous injuries sustained by workers each year. Often, these injuries are preventable with better adherence to safety regulations. Unfortunately, several high-risk industries have major safety problems, allowing equipment to deteriorate, failing to train workers properly, and not addressing workplace hazards when they first appear. This level of negligence is unconscionable and results in severe and permanent injuries every year.

Many things can cause a disastrous blast, but when a Houston plant explosion occurs, negligence is often present. A lawyer experienced in fire and blast injuries may be able to help victims of this negligence get the compensation they need to pay for medical assistance. Medical assistance is extremely important for workers caught in a fire or blast, because severe burns, brain and spine injuries, and enduring pain are all common complications experienced in the aftermath. These injuries are often severe enough to disfigure the victim or make it impossible for them to continue working.

While personal injury attorneys are a valuable ally in any injury claim, they are especially helpful with claims involving long term or severe injuries, or injuries caused by exposure to toxic materials. These factors can add a great deal of variance to a settlement, so a victim may not get anywhere near enough if they do not receive counsel from an experienced legal professional. Toxic exposure injuries also complicate cases because the injury is not always readily apparent. An attorney can help a victim of toxic exposure gather the medical information they need to prove their case in court.

Though uncommon, there are few disasters as deadly as a Houston plant explosion. A lawyer knowledgeable in these cases will be able to transition a victim away from the disaster and back to normalcy.

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The Link Between Mesothelioma And Drilling Mud

Only in recent years has the link between mesothelioma and drilling mud become a primary focus. Isolated offshore, oil platforms often operate outside of close scrutiny, engaging in safety risks that would be quickly branded unacceptable on land. What’s becoming clearer, though, is that the now well-known threat of asbestos lingered on these platforms far longer than it should have.

While an offshore well is in operation, fluids have to regularly be pumped into the well to cool the equipment, loosen up sediment, and keep the operation area free of other fluids or debris. There are many fluids appropriate for this task, but oil and gas companies agreed that asbestos was perfect for the task. With its extremely high tolerance for heat and its ability to increase a fluid’s viscosity, asbestos appeared to be tailor made for offshore wells. Unfortunately, this universal acceptance of asbestos during the 1960s set the foundation for mesothelioma and drilling mud cases.

Several companies manufactured asbestos fluid additives for the oil and gas industry, including a division of Conoco Phillips. Marketed under the trade name Flosal, this additive was 85 to 95 percent asbestos by weight and was shipped in unsafe 50 pound bags. During fluid mixing, workers would tear open the bags and pour the asbestos directly into the fluid. This process would naturally kick up clouds of asbestos dust, covering unprotected workers in the material. This was the industry standard through the 80s, though some industry experts believe asbestos products were still being used through the 90s as well.

Now that the link between mesothelioma and drilling mud is clear, many lawsuits have been filed against product manufacturers. Oil platform workers are able to use the Jones Act to their advantage during these cases and have the option to file a claim of negligence against former employers.

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TEXAS ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS: Day of August 14, 2014

Six workers suffered burns to their hands and legs yesterday in an East Texas coal mine owned by Luminant. Hot ashes and embers suddenly showered the workers while they were near a storage silo in the inactive mine located in Thermo, Texas. The local Hopkins County Fire Department treated the injuries at the scene and transported the workers to a Sulphur Springs medical facility. Five of the six employees were later transferred to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to address their burn injuries further. Federal authorities have been alerted to investigate the incident.

A gas leak claims the lives of three people and injures a fourth person yesterday in northwest Harris County. The incident occurred in a mobile home on Scotch Pine Place and Pinewood Place. Although the investigation is still on-going, it is believed the mobile home contained approximately seven times the safe level of carbon monoxide allowed. It is believed a small fire burned long enough to yield the carbon monoxide levels. It has not been reported if the mobile home contained any carbon monoxide detectors.

Another high-speed chase involving a local Houston area police department ends in a horrific crash. Earlier today the Harris County Sherriff’s Department attempted to stop a suspected stolen vehicle from a local dealership which resulted in a head-on collision on Northpark Drive and Highway 59. The alleged stolen Ford F-350 impacted a Saturn Ion at the intersection causing the death of the Saturn’s female driver. The occupants of the Ford F-350 were transported to Ben Taub Hospital. With this senseless loss of life, people will again wonder if the benefit of the chase if worth the risk to the innocent bystanders.

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TEXAS ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS: Day of August 12, 2014

More details have been released into the high-speed chase involving the Dickinson Police Department over the weekend which resulted in the death of six people. Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, attempted to flee from the Dickinson Police Department due to an open felony DWI warrant and caused a severe collision with a Honda Accord at the intersection of Ohio Street and FM 646 in League City. Both Ahuezoteco, the driver of a Dodge Durango, and his passenger/cousin Alejandro Molina died that scene. The four occupants of the Honda Accord, Rafael Guerrero, 41, Alejandra Guerrero, 38, Luis Angel Guerrero, 13, Gilberto Ortega, 25, also died at the scene. Unfortunately, the Guerrero family leaves behind two young sons named Sebastian Yanez, 19, & Daniel Guerrero, 16, to fend for themselves. With catastrophic results like these as a possibility to innocent bystanders, one must wonder if the chase is worth the risk.

Terry Lynn Stewart, a 60-year-old man from Houston, died over the weekend in a plane crash near Steamboat Springs, in Colorado. According to several reports, Stewart was on his way back to Boulder from Steamboat Springs along with his flight instructor, William Earl Allen, 62, of Journey’s Aviation. They were flying in a Piper PA-28 Cherokee when their plane was lost near Rabbit Ears Pass. Local Authorities continue their investigation into the cause of the loss. Three previous planes have been lost in the area due to elevation misjudgments.

The Leander Police Department has identified several people who died in a fiery crash Monday afternoon as James Hurtado, 19, of Bertam, and Marshall Whiteley, 17, of Liberty Hill. According the several witnesses, Hurtado was driving a green Porsche northbound on the feeder road of the 183A Toll road, and he failed the yield the right of way at the intersection of FM 2243 and the 183A Toll road. The Porsche caused a severe collision with an SUV and 18 wheeler causing injuries in the occupants of those vehicles. The local authorities are continuing the investigation into this incident.

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