Steele Law, P.C. Blog
The joy and excitement of the holiday season and the prospect of having out-of-town visitors can be exciting. However, out-of-towners can face traffic hazards such as congested roads. Knowing the hazards and providing alternatives can make the holiday season safer for you and your guests.
Nearly one year ago, automaker Chrysler reached an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall 1.56 million Jeeps. The goal of the recall is to fix a problem with the rear-mounted fuel tank, which can cause a fire in a rear-end crash. Because the recall affects so many vehicles owned by Texas families, experienced Texas car accident lawyers have followed it closely.
However, the recall is still proceeding at a snail’s pace, according to industry analysts. The recall, which is meant to include Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles in model years 1993 to 1998 and Jeep Liberty vehicles in model years 2002 through 2007, has not yet been announced. Nor has Chrysler been willing to admit to the NHTSA that the vehicles are in fact defective, although the automaker is taking steps that it says will reduce the risk of a fiery crash. Read the rest »
Infants and toddlers are safest when riding in a rear-facing car seat – but as every Texas parent knows, children grow quickly. A car seat that fits your little one today may not fit in a few weeks or months. When your child outgrows a rear-facing seat, what should you do?
Here are some tips for how to decide what car seat to buy when your child gets too big for his or her rear-facing seat, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and your experienced Texas car accident attorney: Read the rest »
Although the rate of passenger vehicle rollover deaths in the U.S. has dropped steadily in recent years, the rate of bus passenger rollover deaths has not, vexing experienced Texas bus accident lawyers and other professionals who seek to help those who have been injured in crashes.
Since over 700 million commercial bus trips happen every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently proposed a new regulation that would improve the safety requirements for commercial buses when it comes to surviving a rollover crash. The proposed regulation takes aim at three crucial elements to surviving a rollover. Read the rest »
Slip and fall accidents cause hundreds of injuries and deaths in Texas each year, making prevention a key concern for experienced Texas slip and fall injury attorneys. According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall injuries account for 8.9 million emergency room visits and claim more than 25,000 lives nationwide on an annual basis. While most of those who die as a result of a slip and fall accident are elderly individuals, a slip and fall can claim a life at any age.
Here are a few easy ways to help reduce slip and fall risks in your own home and protect those you love: Read the rest »
Fireworks are often one of the most enjoyable parts of summer in Texas, even after the Fourth of July holiday. When an accident occurs, however, serious injuries can result. Experienced Texas personal injury lawyers were particularly dismayed to hear that over 11,400 people in the U.S. were injured by fireworks last summer – nearly 2,000 more injuries than in 2012! Eight people lost their lives last summer to fireworks injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and thousands more suffered serious, life-altering burns, amputations, and other harm.
You can help make 2014 a safer summer than 2013 by keeping in mind these fireworks safety tips from the CPSC: Read the rest »
Large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and stand over fourteen feet tall – and as a vital part of the Texas economy, they’re regularly seen on Texas roads. By contrast, most passenger vehicles weigh only about 2,500 pounds and may stand only five or six feet high. In a collision between a large truck and a family car, the passengers in the car may not stand a chance.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), passenger vehicle drivers cause more accidents than large truck drivers. These accidents often occur because passenger vehicle drivers don’t know how to maneuver safely around large trucks. Experienced Texas truck accident attorneys recommend that drivers learn how to travel safely around large trucks, keeping in mind tips like these:
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Drownings in swimming pools and hot tubs claim the lives of more than 400 children every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The majority of these deaths, as well as 50 percent of all swimming-related injuries, take place in backyard swimming pools and hot tubs. As many dedicated Texas swimming pool injury attorneys have realized, it takes the commitment of all the caring adults to help prevent these serious and deadly injuries to children.
According to the CPSC report “Pool and Spa Submersions: Estimated Injuries and Reported Fatalities,” the risks children face in swimming areas are high: Read the rest »
May is National Bike Month, and as a commemoration of the occasion, the Texas Department of Transportation is offering bicycle safety tips to keep bicyclists all across the nation safe from harm.
Although bicyclists have the right to share the road with cars as long as they follow all traffic laws, bicycling on busy streets can be dangerous. Talk to an experienced Texas bicycle accident attorney if you are injured while riding.
You can help yourself and those you love stay safer when bicycling with these tips:
- Inspect your bicycle before riding. Make sure tires are properly inflated, the brakes work properly, and the seat and handlebars are adjusted for safe, comfortable riding. Your bicycle should also be equipped with reflectors. Add lights if you are traveling in dawn, dusk, or nighttime hours. Read the rest »
Every year, experienced Texas dog bite injury lawyers and other professionals recognize National Dog Bite Prevention Week as a key time to help families avoid the pain and fear a dog bite can inflict. Although deaths from dog bites are rare, severe injury can easily result from a bite.
Consider these facts about dog bites from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
- Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year.
- Over 800,000 people who are bitten require medical treatment for the dog bite. At least half of those who need medical care are children.
- Children are bitten by dogs more frequently than adults. They are more likely to suffer severe injuries from dog bites and are more likely to need emergency care after a bite. Read the rest »