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Texas teen suffers head injury after being struck by vehicle

Texas parents send their children off to school each morning with the expectation that they will return unharmed at the end of the day. Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time. A teenage girl in Fort Bend County never made it to school on the morning of April 11. Instead, she ended up hospitalized with injuries, including a head injury.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a vehicle struck her as she rode her bike to school at about 6:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle turned out to be a deputy constable from Fort Bend County. He was driving a sheriff's department pickup truck at the time of the incident.

Truck accident leaves Texas teen in critical condition

A 17-year-old boy on his way to school was crossing the street to catch a ride. As he was crossing, a semi-truck hit him. At last report, the Texas teen remained in critical conditions because of the injuries he suffered in the truck accident.

Authorities say the truck attempted to avoid hitting the teen but ended up running into a vehicle and then running over the boy. The truck dragged his injured body nearly 40 feet before coming to a stop. He was still under the truck when emergency medical personnel arrived. Even though he was obviously critically injured, medical personnel on the scene were able to stabilize him for transport to an area hospital.

Disobeying traffic laws causes numerous auto accidents in Texas

Texas drivers are responsible for obeying the rules of the road. When a driver fails to exercise due care and disobeys traffic laws, auto accidents are likely to happen. Recently, a driver reportedly disobeyed a stop sign, and the results were disastrous for one family.

The family was in a pickup truck, on their way back from burying a loved one, when another pickup truck ran a stop sign and plowed into their vehicle. Another family member reports that one of her daughters, her brother and her mother died because of the injuries they suffered in the crash. Her sister-in-law and another daughter are in the hospital.

Will families of driver's victims consider wrongful death suits?

Most everyone in Texas knows about the massacre that occurred at the South by Southwest Festival in the state capital. As people were leaving the festival, an apparently drunk driver plowed into the crowd. At least 23 people were killed and two suffered injuries. In addition to any personal injury claims that may be filed, the families of the two deceased victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims.

Authorities report that the police attempted to pull over a suspected drunk driver. Instead, the driver fled, supposedly because he had outstanding warrants. As the pursuit of the driver progressed, he ended up smashing through the barrier blocking the street. The vehicle finally came to a stop after smashing into a couple of vehicles. The driver attempted to flee, but police caught up with him and used a stun gun to subdue him.

Fatal accident is believed to be caused by tire recalled in 2012

Texas residents may remember that, in July 2012, BF Goodrich recalled somewhere in the neighborhood of 800,000 tires. The tires that were the subject of the recall were the company's Commercial T/A A/S, which were on many heavy duty, full size vans and light commercial trucks. The tires were recalled because the tread could separate and cause the tire to lose air or tread suddenly while the vehicle is in motion. This could obviously lead to a serious or even fatal accident.

Nearly two years after that recall was supposed to have removed the tires from the market, a deadly accident is being blamed on one of them. On Feb. 21, the driver of a church van in the Sunshine State lost control of the vehicle. The van rolled and threw two children and two adults out of it. Seven children and one other adult remained inside the van during the crash. The two ejected adults died, and everyone else suffered unspecified injuries.

Prescription drug recalled after bottling mishap discovered

Texas patients prescribed Effexor XR by their doctors are urged to contact their doctors immediately if they have taken any of the medication. Pfizer is recalling the prescription drug because a diligent pharmacist discovered a different medication in a bottle of Effexor XR. Ingesting the medication found in the bottle could prove fatal or otherwise cause serious injury.

The medication found in the bottle is 0.25 mcg of Tikosyn, which is an antiarrhythmic medication. Effexor XR is an antidepressant medication that is distributed across the country, including here in Texas. Pharmacists nationwide have been told to stop dispensing the medication effective immediately.

Navy veteran testifies after death from mesothelioma

Texas soldiers in the United States Armed Forces understand the risks when they are deployed in the service of their country. However, one out-of-state Navy veteran never anticipated that his military service would take his life long after he left the Navy. Doctors diagnosed the former soldier with mesothelioma, and he was convinced the asbestos containing products with which he worked on board ship those many years ago are responsible.

The man served in the Navy as a machinist mate two times -- once between 1959 and 1962 and a second time between 1965 and 1969. During that time, he says he was exposed to asbestos on a regular basis in the performance of his duties on board the USS Forrestal, USS Hollister and the USS Tallahatchie County. He claims in a lawsuit that the manufacturers of the parts and equipment he maintained, repaired and replaced failed to provide any warnings regarding the use of respiratory protection while working with their products.

Several arrested in connection with nursing home abuse

Texas residents may not be aware that on Feb. 11, authorities arrested two administrators and five employees of a nursing home on the east coast. The arrests were in connection with alleged nursing home abuse that resulted in the death of a 72-year-old resident. Not only did the woman die while in the care of the staff, reports suggest that an attempt was made to cover it up.

On the night in question, a doctor ordered the resident to be hooked up to a ventilator. A worker at the facility, who has been charged with negligent homicide, apparently failed to follow the doctor's order. Moreover, the alarm indicating that the woman stopped breathing went unchecked for approximately two hours. It is believed that by the time someone checked on the woman, she was already dead.

Counseling after auto accidents may help Texas students with loss

It can be difficult for teens with their whole lives ahead of them to deal with the loss of a friend. Schools around the country, including in Texas, provide counseling after events such as auto accidents when a student dies. This was necessary recently when a 16-year-old died in a car crash on Monday, Feb. 10.

The teen and her 16-year-old passenger were traveling south on FM 156. A northbound pickup truck crossed into the girl's path. The southbound driver was unable to avoid colliding with the pickup. That young driver never got the chance to get to a hospital -- emergency personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

Affluenza victims file wrongful death and personal injury suits

It would be difficult to find anyone in Texas who is not aware of the "affluenza" teen. The young man was recently not ordered to serve any time in prison for the accident he caused that killed four people and injured others. Because of the crash, the victims and the victims' families filed six wrongful death and personal injury suits.

Spurring them on could be a sense of outrage at the fact that the teen did not receive a harsher sentence for his actions. Instead, he was ordered into a rehabilitation program for which his parents are to pay. If he attempts to leave the program or violates the conditions of his 10 years of probation, he could go to prison.

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