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When you are hit by a car, you probably expect to receive compensation for your damages in a timely manner. Unfortunately for some Houstonians, legal representation may be needed as the vehicles involved in car wrecks are not always privately owned. In fact, the City of Houston tries not to pay for the damages that result from their covered drivers hitting other vehicles. The City of Houston is a self-insured entity and that leaves some residents waiting months if not years for payment due to losses caused by city vehicles damaging property or injuring Houstonians in car accidents. The city…
Many industries require their workers to use heavy equipment and machinery every day as part of their regular job duties. Cranes, loaders, backhoes, compactors, forklifts, mixers, plows, haul trucks, and more are all used in warehouses, manufacturing plants, construction sites, metalworking plants, and in oil and gas extraction and on processing sites. This equipment helps workers complete tasks that would be otherwise impossible due to heavy load, heights, high heat, and other dangerous conditions. When properly maintained and operated by trained personnel, heavy equipment can be incredibly safe. If the equipment malfunctions or is used by a worker that has…
Car crashes happen at a variety of speeds and cause a wide range of injuries. High impact car accidents are often the result of vehicles crashing at high speeds. When two vehicles collide at high speed, or a stopped vehicle is hit by a vehicle traveling at high speed, the injuries are often incredibly severe or fatal.  The human body is not meant to handle a high impact crash, as kinetic energy does not dissipate through the body easily. Because your body does not have brakes like a car does, the kinetic energy of a crash will keep your body…
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…
One of the most common types of vehicle crashes to occur in the United States is rear-end collisions. Each year there are around 1.7 million rear-end collisions across the country that range from minor bumper taps to fatal crashes. Rear-end collisions can happen in a variety of ways, including while actively driving on the road, driving at higher speeds on the highway, or while stopped at a traffic light. Rear-end collisions can be tricky because there may only be a small amount of damage to your vehicle, and you may not feel that you have been injured after being hit.…
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…