Steele Law, P.C. Blog
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 »
Texans, including the Lewisville attorneys at Steele Law, P.C., are hardcore homelanders. You just won’t find people in any other state that have the same magnitude of pride Texans have in The Lone Star State, and for good reason. We have the best barbecue, the nicest people, a wide variety of beautiful terrain, and a whole lot more. We also have a unique set of knowledge and quirks in behavior that make up the Texan way – a way of life only true Texans can understand. If you’re familiar with the tidbits below, then you are most certainly a Texan.
Queso is Liquid Gold, Not Just Melted Cheese
You may find “chips and queso” on menus in restaurants outside of Texas. However, if you decide to order it, you’re most likely going to be presented with stale chips and a cup full of melted yellow cheese, the kind that coagulates after a few cold minutes. That is not chips and queso, it is an abomination. Real queso, which is an original Tex-Mex creation, involves melted cheese of various kinds, cream, and chili peppers. The combination makes an addictive, hot, and velvety smooth dipping sauce you could drink right out of a glass (not recommended for your health). Variations may include black beans, avocado, ground beef or pork, and other delicious ingredients. Read the rest »
Road construction activity always increases in spring, and this April is no different. Due to the increases in the number of construction zones in spring, the Texas Department of Transportation recognizes Work Safety Awareness Week each April in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Experienced Texas car accident attorneys encourage drivers to learn more about safety in Texas work zones. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, approximately 15,000 crashes happen in construction zones on Texas roads every year. More than 100 people lose their lives in these accidents annually, and about 3,500 are injured. While drivers and passengers make up most of these deaths, workers in construction zones are also at risk of serious injury or death. Read the rest »
Automaker Nissan recently announced a recall of approximately 1 million vehicles, stating that an air bag sensor failure might leave a passenger unprotected in the event of a crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles have been recalled because the sensors in the occupant classification system may not work correctly if there is “high engine vibration” or movement in and out of the front passenger seat. If the sensors incorrectly determine that no one is sitting in the front passenger seat, they may disable the front passenger airbag, leaving the person in the seat unprotected in an accident. Read the rest »
Many Texas families, including the families of experienced Texas personal injury lawyers, use the time changes that occur each spring and fall as a reminder to check on their household and family safety. There are many steps you can take each spring and fall to prepare your family in case of emergencies and to make your home safer.
Although the clocks have already moved forward for Daylight Saving Time, it’s not too late to perform the following safety checks in your home: Read the rest »
U.S. automaker General Motors recently recalled an additional 842,000 vehicles for problems with the ignition that may lead to accidents on the road, according to a Fox News report. The recently-added vehicles bring the total recalled vehicles to 1.6 million.
The recalled vehicles include the Saturn Ion and Sky, the Chevrolet HHR, and the Pontiac Solstice. They have been included in a recall that GM announced just two weeks ago, which affected over 700,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s. The recall affects vehicles manufactured in model years 2005 through 2007. Read the rest »
The Texas Supreme Court recently approved a set of standardized “do it yourself” divorce forms that certain couples may choose to use if they seek an uncontested divorce, meet income requirements, and have no children, according to a recent article in the Dallas Morning News.
The court ordered recently that a standardized divorce form should be made available for public comment. The purpose of the forms is to offer a standardized format, tailored to Texas divorce law, for couples with few assets and no children who wish to divorce as simply as possible. Currently, 48 other U.S. states offer similar forms tailored to their own laws. Read the rest »