Archive for January 2011

Roll-over Accidents — Recognizing Product Defect Claims

Last week, I wrote about the tragic story of Alex Brown, a teenager who was killed in a one-car collision when she was texting while driving.  She lost control of her car, and it eventually rolled over.  She was killed when she was ejected from the vehicle.  When I was watching the news story about…

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Austin Scaffold Collapse — A Case Study

Yesterday, one worker was killed and another injured when the scaffold they were using collapsed.  The workers were maintenane workers for the Retreat at North Bluff apartment complex.  They were apparently using a make-shift wooden scaffold for their work.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating the incident. If you’re involved in such…

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A Harsh Reminder About The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Jeanne and Johnny Brown visited Dripping Springs High School yesterday to help make sure that their daughter’s life wasn’t lost in vain. In 2009, Alex, the Browns’ honor student daughter, was killed in a rollover accident as she was driving to school.  Alex was texting and driving at the time. Now, the Browns are driving…

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Rick Springfield Suffers A Torn Rotator Cuff In A Motorcycle Accident

There was big entertainment news this week when pop-rocker Rick Springfield announced on a talk show that he had to suspend his current performances because he suffered a torn rotator cuff in a recent motorcycle wreck. Why am I writing about this?  Two reasons. First, I don’t think we do a good enough job educating…

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How Might The Texas Budget Crisis Help Reduce Texas Car Wrecks?

If you haven’t been paying attention, the Texas legislature is in session and facing a huge budget shortfall — with most estimates predicting a shortfall between $15 and 27 Billion.  Because the Republican leadership is pledging not to raise taxes or tap into the state’s rainy day fund, the balanced budget will only be achieved…

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More Austin/I35 Hit And Run Accidents

I’ve written about hit and run accidents before, but the problem just seems to be getting worse.  The Austin American Statesman is reporting on two more hit and run accidents from last week. In the first accident, Lacey Marie Seljos was charged with intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid after she allegedly…

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When Is A Car Wreck More Than A Car Wreck?

There was a horrific car wreck yesterday morning on Highway 290.   A pickup truck driven by Rudy Cruz had a collision with an electricity truck driver.  Both Cruz and the electricity truck briefly pulled over.  But then Cruz took off again and ended up driving on the wrong side of 290.  He hit a an Acura driven…

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Austin Street Racing Car Wreck Claims A Life

Earlier this week, Jose Guadalupe Diaz-Hernandez, a passenger, tragically lost his life in a car wreck that appears to have been the result of street racing.  While this death was tragic, it is not uncommon.  Last year, two women were killed when they sat at a bus stop and a vehicle that was street racing lost…

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