Category: Personal Injury

Houston’s Drivers and Roads Are Deadliest in U.S.—a Dozen Die Every Week

The numbers are simply staggering.  Every year, on average, 640 people are killed in crashes on Houston-area highways and roadways, several years of statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration show. That breaks down to approximately 12 traffic fatalities every single week. Nearly 3,000 more people are seriously injured. While Houston trails New York, […]

Making Houston Safer for Pedestrians

Pedestrian deaths and injuries from car accidents continue to increase in cities throughout the country, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Police data confirms that Houston is no exception. As is typical in many cities, infrastructure and streets were built to prioritize cars, not walkers, bicyclists, and others. In some neighborhoods, wide […]

Houston’s Police Step up Enforcement of Safe Passing Law

Houston Police want the public to know they have ramped up their enforcement of the city’s Safe Passing Ordinance. Drivers must keep three feet away when passing cyclists, and six feet away if they drive a commercial vehicle. HPD is now conducting a media blitz to make sure all drivers get the message. Six bike […]

Are You Infotained? You Might Also Be Distracted.

In-vehicle information systems, commonly called “infotainment systems,” were designed to make the lives of motorists more convenient. These systems assist drivers with making phone calls, sending text messages, getting directions and listening to the radio and other audio. However, while they offer convenience, do they also cause distraction as drivers press buttons, touch screens and […]

Is Texas Too Easy on Reckless Drivers?

Though Texas is known far and wide as a law-and-order state, there seems a disconnect when it comes to curbing speeding and reckless drivers, according to WalletHub, a social media company which periodically offers “snapshots” of consumer, financial, and government matters on its website. Its recent study found that Texas is the most lenient among […]

The Grave Danger of Golf Carts

In many neighborhoods of Greater Houston, it’s commonplace to see golf carts combing the streets alongside the standard array of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Some municipalities have laws on the books to regulate golf carts, but these laws don’t really help when someone gets hurt. Golf carts pose a unique danger. They are open-sided vehicles—many […]

Two-Vehicle Crash in Highway 190 Leaves Two Dead

The long Labor Day weekend is approaching, and along with barbecues and beach parties, comes increased drunk driving enforcement. Throughout the country, every year more than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On Texas highways and roadways alone last year, and more than 2,000 people […]

Is Fatigue a Fact of Life for Rideshare Drivers?

The next time an Uber or Lyft rideshare driver picks you up, you might ask him or her when’s the last time they slept, and for how long. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), fatigue and sleepiness are “inherent safety risks” for ridesharing drivers and their passengers. That conclusion was the opening […]

Nursing Homes Haven't Been Forthcoming About Staffing Levels

Medicare data recently analyzed by Kaiser Health News confirms what many have suspected about the quality of care found in most nursing homes in the U.S. It seems that – for a very long time now – there have been fewer nurses and caretaking staff than facilities have reported. The records also disclose frequent and […]

Fairs, Amusement Parks, and What You Should Know About Rider Safety

As the Kansas City Schlitterbahn water slide tragedy of 2016 winds its way toward final resolution, it is again drawing the news spotlight, even if the sensationalism of the accident and upcoming criminal negligence trials tend to draw attention from the bigger picture. Here’s what we now know that we didn’t on the day 10-year-old […]