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Stay safe in parking lots this holiday season

During the holiday season, there are more people out and about. Holiday shopping, errands and other tasks mean that more drivers are on the roads, and by default, they are more cars in parking lots. This naturally means that the chance for an accident in a parking lot increases during the holiday season.

You may not realize it, but parking lot accidents are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, statistics released by the National Safety Council state that 50,000 people suffer injuries in accidents that happen in parking lots every year. This amounts to approximately 500 deaths and as many as 60,000 injuries. It is clear that parking lot safety is a serious issue.

Auto accidents: Foster kids among those killed in head-on wreck

Three people -- including two minors -- were killed and another child was seriously injured in a recent head-on collision. According to authorities, the adult victim was an employee of Texas Child Protective Services who was transporting three siblings. Deaths from unexpected auto accidents such as this are understandably devastating for surviving family members, and many choose to turn to wrongful death claims to address the wide of range of damages they must deal with.

At the time of the wreck, the CPS worker was traveling with a 12-year-old girl and her 14 and 10-year-old brothers. While northbound in a no-passing zone, their vehicle was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Police say the other driver was trying to pass another southbound vehicle despite the presence of the double yellow line.

Party City sued for slip-and-fall accident

Shopping can be an incredibly fun experience for most people. From browsing different stores to shopping sales to finding the perfect item, there is a lot to love in an afternoon of carefree shopping. Unfortunately, this may not have been the case for one Texas woman. She recently filed a lawsuit for a slip-and-fall accident that she says caused her to suffer serious injuries.

The victim says that she was shopping at Party City back on Oct. 31, 2017 when the accident happened. While in the establishment, she stepped on some slick material that had been discarded or forgotten on the floor, and that no one had bothered to clean up. After that, she slipped and fell, hurting herself in the process.

You can avoid tragedy without avoiding holiday celebrations

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, many people in Tarrant County, Johnson County and other areas in Texas will have to manage their schedules carefully to accommodate all the social activities typical at this time of the year. Along with company parties, you might join social gatherings after work and plan get-togethers with family and friends on the weekends. The time leading up to Thanksgiving and all the way through to New Year's celebrations will abound with opportunities to consume alcohol.

Unfortunately, even if you arrange for a designated driver every time to avoid drunk driving, there will always be others who will make sure that alcohol causes the season's good cheer to turn into sadness. Highway safety data indicates an alarming increase in not only DUI arrests but also alcohol-related crashes during these weeks. Sadly, many of these accidents result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Bike accident may result from driver negligence

As you enjoy your bike ride in town one day, you mull the activities you plan to complete before your day off from work comes to a close. Suddenly, a car strikes you, and you find yourself lying on the ground in pain.

A bike accident can unfortunately lead to serious and even fatal injuries. If your accident was the result of a driver's carelessness, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your injuries.

How will I pay for medical bills from my work injuries?

You already know that workers' compensation can help you facilitate your recovery after a workplace accident, but what about when finances still fall short? Under Texas law, employers are not even necessarily required to take part in the state workers' comp system, so you need to understand your options. For instance, civil suits and third-party claims may help you get the compensation you need for your work injuries. 

Employers do not necessarily have a huge incentive to participate in Texas' workers' comp system, leaving you without a financial safety net after an injury. In most cases, bringing a lawsuit against your employer is necessary. Although it may feel uncomfortable to file a suit against a current or even former boss, failing to do so could leave your finances in a wreck and keep you from seeking the medical care you need. 

Teen suffered dog bite injuries in 3-animal attack

A teenage boy suffered multiple wounds in a recent dog attack. A Texas deputy arrived on the scene during the attack, and was also bit when he tried to intervene. Dog bite injuries tend to be severe, and can lead to both physical and emotional lifelong complications.  

It is unclear what events led to the attack, but three dogs were involved, and all three were attacking the 13-year-old boy. The responding officer reported that the dogs were extremely aggressive, and at least one turned on him as he tried to help the young teen. When he was unsuccessful at stopping the dogs, he drew his weapon and fired multiple times. At least one of the dogs was hit, and all three fled. 

Attention Texas motorists: There is no safe way to text and drive

You may have experienced a time or two while driving in Texas where a tone rings out from your cell phone, letting you know that someone has just texted you. It can be quite tempting to log in, just to see who it was, but doing so is not only illegal in most states, it also places you and all others nearby at great risk for collision.

As a licensed driver, you're responsible for knowing what the laws are and obligated to adhere to all traffic and safety regulations in Texas and any other state you travel through. The bottom line is that there is no safe way to use a hand-held electronic device while driving. It is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents. If a texting driver causes you injury, you have recourse through the legal system.

Fatal auto accidents: 9-year-old killed on way to school

A young Texas girl was apparently looking forward to her first day of being a fourth grader, but she was killed in a tragic accident before she ever got to school. Auto accidents that result in death are typically devastating, but are especially traumatizing when the victims are young children. Although the community has expressed their financial support to the family, a wrongful death claim could potentially provide more secure, just compensation. 

The 9-year-old girl posed for a picture just minutes before the accident. A 32-year-old woman was driving the vehicle, and the young girl was accompanied by her older brother and a 3-year-old child. It is not clear if the driver or younger child were related to the victim. 

5 Important Things To Do After A Car Accident

After an auto accident, your mind may race in a thousand directions. Even if the damage is minor and you do not notice any injuries, the scene may be chaotic with emergency responders, onlookers and police. You may face dozens of questions and feel uncertain of the answers to any of them.

What you may not realize in all the confusion is that what you say and do – or fail to do – may have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the situation, your insurance claim and any legal action you may decide to take afterward. It is easy to make mistakes when your adrenaline is running high, so it may be helpful to know the steps legal advisors most often recommend after a car accident.

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