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When approaching a stop sign, all drivers know they are required to come to a full stop before proceeding through the intersection. Drivers may feel a sense of safety at a stop sign, as they trust all other drivers to follow the rules, stop at their stop sign, and yield the right of way to the appropriate vehicle at the intersection. Sadly, not all drivers stop at stop signs; and, even if you do everything right – you may be in an auto accident caused by a stop sign runner. Each year there are thousands of car accidents in Texas…
Houston is known for being one of the most dangerous places to drive in Texas. With an average of 640 people dying on Houston-area roads each year, it makes the region by far the deadliest in the country to drive in. The Houston Chronicle recently analyzed fatal car accidents to identify any common factors causing these tragedies. The results turned out to be devastating, as car crash victims died from accidents caused by distracted driving, commuter traffic complications, collisions with tow trucks, and more. The locations of these fatal car accidents were indiscriminate, as crashes occurred on city streets, highways,…
Buying a new car can be an exciting and fun experience. You want to drive it all around town and show it off to friends and family. But that excitement may be dampened when you find out something may already be wrong with your brand new car.  Before cars are sent out into car dealership lots, many companies run tests to ensure the cars are safe for the roads. Recently, the engineering team at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center found that multiple 2021 vehicles have issues that must be repaired for the brand new cars to operate safely on…
We all know the feeling – you just drove over a pothole that was deeper than you expected and your tires made that tell-tale noise that makes you cringe and panic wondering if you now have a flat. With non-stop traffic on old roads, crazy weather, and a city foundation built on clay sediment, it is no wonder Houston is plagued with potholes that cause tire damage every day. Drivers in Houston are, unfortunately, used to seeing a new crop of potholes in the roads pop up after every rainstorm or winter freeze. While the Mayor’s office has promised to…
When most people think of Houston, they immediately think of the oil and gas industry but that is not all that Houston has to offer. As the nation’s fourth largest city, it comes as no surprise that our city also has a thriving and diverse manufacturing trade. From steel, textiles, and digital tech to medical technology, machinery, food, and beverage, the greater Houston area offers incredible opportunities for companies to operate their factories in a city with global access to those markets. There are more than 6,400 manufacturers in 11-county regions that produce more than $80 billion of products…
Large commercial trucks are a common site on all Texas highways as cargo is shipped across the state. While a major contribution to the economy, they are also some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Truck accidents are some of the deadliest in the country. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, the number of fatalities from accidents involving trucks has been increasing every year since 2014. One of the easiest ways to prevent truck accidents is for truck owners and operators to ensure the big rigs in their fleet are part of a thorough preventative…
While COVID-19 continues to spread and evolve, with new strains appearing in Texas over the past few months, data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services has revealed that some communities are being disproportionately affected by the virus. Hispanic Texans have been seeing a higher number of infections, as well as hospitalizations and fatalities. Many Hispanic Texans work on the front lines as essential workers and health care professionals. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to take preventative measures to keep all workers from contracting the coronavirus, many Hispanic workers are still falling ill…
Working as a professional mover is a very physically demanding job that requires lifting and moving objects of all sizes. Some of these objects can be incredibly heavy or oddly shaped and require special lifting techniques. Professional movers are, for the most part, trained to lift and carry large and oddly shaped objects safely; but even the best training cannot always prevent devastating injuries from occurring. Many movers are injured while lifting heavy objects on the job or know a coworker who has been severely injured. Some of the most common injuries from lifting heavy objects include back injuries, broken…
Texas highways seem to be perpetually under construction, which means Texas road workers are constantly putting their lives in danger while trying to improve our highway infrastructure. There may be as many as 3,000 active work zones in Texas on any given day, with many located in the greater Houston area. Texas drivers are being trusted to follow all safety and warning signs for these work zones, to ensure the safety of our road workers. Unfortunately, many drivers do not pay attention and those working in construction zones can be devastatingly injured or killed in work zone accidents. According to…
The oil and gas industry is booming in Texas, but with the success of this industry comes a high risk of devastating work accidents. Working in the oil and gas industry is considered one of the most hazardous careers in Texas. Being in contact with powerful machinery and hazardous chemicals every day can lead to catastrophic and deadly accidents that can leave workers injured or even killed. However, the oil and gas industry is also known to have some of the most thorough and widely used safety programs in the country. Company managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring oil…