Posts Tagged ‘Austin American Statesman’

Austin Dog Bites Are Increasing

Last week, the Austin American Statesman reported that dog attacks are increasing in Austin.  The number of dog attacks has increased every year since 2007.  This year is no exception.  Austin has experienced over 1,000 attacks so far, on pace to break last year’s record. These are not good statistics.  I’ve represented a number of…

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VA Misses Mark In Brain Injury Research

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping a number of clients who have suffered from brain injuries.  And as I’ve written before, I hoped that one small benefit of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was that the Veterans Administration and others would use the opportunity to conduct meaningful research on brain injuries…

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Kids Safety: Kids and Sports – How much is too much?

This morning’s Austin American Statesman ran a great story entitled Kids and Sports: How much is too much? The premise of the article, which was written by a Dallas doctor,  is that kids and parents’ increasing focus on some sports is dangerous for our kids. There are a number of issues.  Kids now are much…

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Austin Car Wrecks: Let's Reduce Traffic Fatalities This New Year

2012 is finally winding down, and sadly, it has been the deadliest year for Austin car wrecks in over a decade.  As of December 27, Austin had 77 traffic fatalities, the most since 2000.  Fortunately, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is looking to do something about it. In a December 29 Austin American Statesman story,…

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Austin Pedestrian & Bike Accidents An Increasing Problem

According to this morning’s Austin American Statesman, Austin has seen a record number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities despite the fact that there are still six weeks to go in the year. About half of the pedestrian fatalities were caused in large part by the pedestrians not being careful.  For example, a number of the…

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New Car Wreck Danger: Distracted Pedestrians

I’ve often written of the problems of distracted driving, but today’s Austin American Statesman had an Associated Press article highlighting an increasing problem, distracted pedestrians. We’ve all seen them (and admittedly, probably been them) — the person walking down the street while texting, checking email, or listening to music oblivious to the rest of the…

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Austin Auto-Pedestrian Collisions, Part II

Last week, I wrote about the Austin American Statesman’s feature on the increasing problem of auto-pedestrian accidents.  I noted that this was a reflection of the increasing number of auto-pedestrian accidents we’re seeing in our practice.  Today, I saw that Drew Finke, a University of Texas architecture student, had his own interpretation of the issue in…

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The Heroic Story of Roger Chan — and What We Can Learn

Earlier this week, the Austin American Statesman ran a heart-breaking story about Roger Chan.  I can’t do the story justice, but Mr. Chan was riding his motorcycle  to help cook Thanksgiving meals for those in need when he was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash.  Despite the injuries Mr. Chan endured, there are a number of things…

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Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Sued — When Can A Person Be Sued For Providing Alcohol To Others? (An Important Question For Footall Game-Watching Parties)

  In yesterday’s Austin American Statesman, Chuck Lindell wrote an article describing a lawsuit filed against former Texas Supreme Court Justice Tom Phillips.  The lawsuit alleges that Phillips and his wife allowed a party to go on at their home where minors were served alcohol and that one of the minors was killed in a…

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