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What types of auto-involved accidents are most fatal?

Motor vehicle accidents are one of many different auto-involved types of incidents that the National Safety Council (NSC) describes as causing preventable injuries. Car crashes and other motor vehicle accidents, when grouped together with falls and poisonings, are responsible for 82% of preventable deaths that occur here in Texas and across the United States each year.

Data that the NSC compiled in 2017 shows that poisonings accounted for 36% of all preventable deaths in the United States that year. Motor vehicle accidents were responsible for 25% of them. Falls resulted in 21% of the preventable deaths that same year. Suffocation followed in fourth place. That factor accounted for just 4% of all preventable fatalities in 2017.

Getting justice after your child is injured by a bully

Bullying can be physical, emotional or a combination of both. While a significant amount (28%) of all young people report that they have been bullied at some point in their schooling, this does not mean that it should just be accepted as a right of passage or simply as "character building." Bullying can have a profound effect on a child's confidence, self-esteem and academic performance that could impact them for years to come.

If your child has been suffering due to being bullied at school, you likely expected that the school will have taken this seriously and intervened to stop further physical or psychological injuries. However, if they failed to do this, you may be able to take legal action in Texas. The following are some statistics that highlight why it's so important to take action to protect your child.

A 3-year-old is discovered unresponsive in a Robinson school bus

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) has launched an investigation into a potentially life-threatening incident that occurred in Robinson, a city that lies just over six miles south of Waco, early in the morning on Oct. 4.

That fateful day, a CPS investigation team announced that a 3-year-old, one of the youngest children that attends a Robinson Independent School District (ISD) school, was found unresponsive inside one of its buses.

What are ways unattended children get hurt?

Data published by the Cooperative Extension of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) captures how the leading cause of disability or death among young children are injuries. How they become hurt varies depending on a child's age. Many of their injuries are completely preventable.

The USDA's data shows that most children's accidents occur because the kids involved were inadequately supervised by their adult caregivers. Those same statistics show that school-aged kids are at a particularly high risk of being struck by a car while crossing the street. Preschoolers are particularly susceptible to drowning. Toddlers are vulnerable to being poisoned.

How do you prove negligence in a Texas car accident case?

If a drunk, drowsy or distracted driver were to get behind the wheel of a car and crash into you, you'd want to hold them accountable for any medical costs that you amassed. You can hold a motorist financially accountable for their negligence under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 33.001 through 33.012.

Individuals who've been hurt in a car crash in Waco or elsewhere in Texas may be able to recover compensation for their injuries provided that they meet five different conditions.

In a motorcycle crash? Get an attorney's help for your case

Data shows that riders belonging to the 17 to 25-year-old demographic become involved in the majority of motorcycle crashes. There are many reasons that motorcycle accidents happen.

Motorcyclists are most vulnerable to becoming involved in a crash when traffic is heavy such as during rush hour. They also put themselves at risk of getting hurt when they engaged in reckless driving such as cutting short their turns, speeding or splitting lanes. The lack of the protection of the outer shell of their vehicle often results in motorcyclists getting seriously hurt or killed in crashes.

What happens when another driver flees the scene of a crash?

Every day, people across Texas experience motor vehicle collisions. From minor fender-benders that cause primarily cosmetic damage to fatal wrecks that total vehicles, many different kinds of crashes can impact your life, leaving you struggling to get by or even unable to work.

Most of the time, the drivers involved in these collisions will exit their vehicle if they aren't too badly hurt, exchange insurance information and wait for law enforcement to arrive to create a police report about the crash. Unfortunately, some people will flee the scene of the accident by driving off or even exiting a destroyed vehicle and fleeing on foot. If you were in a crash caused by a hit-and-run driver, you should know your rights under Texas law.

What are causes of truck rollover crashes?

If you've ever found yourself stopped in a traffic jam while trying to get off an interstate exit ramp here in Waco or elsewhere in Texas, then there's a chance that it was caused by an overturned truck. These types of incidents may leave traffic lanes closed for hours as crews try to figure out how to get a truck upright or as they clean up lost loads. Motorists may be seriously injured in these types of incidents.

The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine commissioned a study into the causes of large truck rollover crashes just over a decade ago. The National Institutes of Health published their findings in 2008.

How a severe auto crash can leave you at risk for unemployment

When people think about the consequences of a collision, they probably think about the damage to their vehicle or the potential for an injury. They may not stop to think about how a car crash could impact their career and finances for the rest of their lives.

There are several ways in which a crash could leave you particularly vulnerable to the loss of your employment afterward. Understanding these issues can make it easier for you to predict the impact of a wreck on the rest of your life.

Elevator incidents can be quite deadly

Just last week, the story of a young man who died after being crushed by a New York City apartment building elevator made national news.

Surveillance video taken at the city's Manhattan Promenade apartment building shows a 30-year-old man attempting to get off the elevator of his residential apartment building. Within seconds, the car that he'd been riding in can be seen quickly moving down the shaft with the doors wide open.

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