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Who can you hold liable after a bus crash?

Bus accidents can result in severe injuries. These accidents may involve dozens of victims, and they can be disastrous.

As someone who was on a bus when it crashed, you may be unsure of how to pursue compensation. Do you seek it from the bus driver? What about their employer? Is it the driver who was at fault in another automobile that you should turn to for aid?

Oil rig workers face serious head injury risks

Oil rig workers face a lot of hazards at work, many of which are frightening. The risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury has to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible to eliminate the risks that something will happen, but it is imperative that all employers in this industry take the time to reduce them as much as possible.

One way to minimize risk is to require workers to wear a hard hat when on the rig. This provides a level of cushion and some shock absorption that can protect the brain. Still, they might suffer a brain injury on the rig in a fall or if something strikes them on the head. Explosions are another risk on an oil rig that can lead to a traumatic brain injury.

Are you working in one of these dangerous oilfield jobs?

If you work in the oil and gas industry in Texas, you probably already know that you face danger every time you set foot in the oilfield. While this industry does carry significant risk, it also typically pays wages that make the risk worth it. However, not every oilfield job carries the same amount of risk. For instance, a geographic information system (GIS) specialist may not face the same kind of dangers as someone that does maintenance on the derrick.

Where does your oilfield stand compared to other positions? Are you at a greater risk of an on-the-job injury than other workers? You could be if you work in one the most dangerous oilfield jobs described below.

4 common dangers motorcycle riders face

There is no question about it, riding a motorcycle is exhilarating. The wind in your face, the open road stretched out in front of you and the promise of adventure around the next bend are some of the reasons why riding a motorcycle is so thrilling for many people. However, part of the thrill that comes with riding a motorcycle is the danger that is also involved which is why safety should always be a priority.

One of the best ways to stay safe when you are riding your motorcycle in Texas is to know the most common causes of accidents. Being aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you identify a threat and avoid it.

Child deaths: Understanding the possible outcomes

It's heartbreaking to imagine a child being killed, especially when the accident was preventable. Whether it's a child who was struck by a stranger's vehicle backing out of a driveway or one who was involved in a serious collision with their parents, the loss is something that will take time to recover from.

One thing parents can do after losing a child is file a wrongful death claim. Understandably, there is no amount of money that can bring back your loved one, and there's no amount that can assuage the monumental grief. However, families can seek compensation to help cover their financial losses related to the death of their loved ones.

The risks associated with oil and gas industries

While the government has many initiatives in place to try and keep all employees safe at work, some industries inherently have more risk than others. The oil and gas extraction and support industries tend to include high-risk activities and environments.

In 2011, more than 450,000 people were employed in these industries, and between 2003 and 2010, 823 workers were killed while at work. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found that workers in these industries had a fatality rate of seven times the national average.

Defective products include HP laptop battery packs

Consumers in Texas who use laptops may be impacted by a recent recall of these devices' batteries by the company HP. According to officials, HP recently discovered that tens of thousands of its laptop batteries are, in fact, defective products that may cause harm to consumers. Specifically, more than 78,000 batteries are being recalled.

However, this is not the first time that HP has recalled laptop batteries. The company previously recalled around 50,000 lithium-ion batteries back in January for the same reason. According to the company, the batteries can easily overheat and thus catch fire.

Wrong-way car accidents can lead to serious injuries, death

Two individuals recently lost their lives in a tragic head-on crash in Texas. A third person was also injured in the collision. The accident took place along Highway 183 during the early morning hours on a Monday. Sometimes these types of car accidents happen as a result of negligent driving, which is grounds for a civil lawsuit in the Lone Star State.

The recent Texas collision took place close to 3 a.m. Police reported that an SUV driver was going east in the highway's westbound lanes. The SUV ended up striking a car head on as a result.

When can an estate administrator bring a wrongful death suit?

Most people know that surviving dependents can file a lawsuit against someone who causes a death. These lawsuits, called wrongful death actions, give surviving spouses, children and parents some form of compensation for a tragic and unnecessary loss in their lives.

A wrongful death lawsuit can help family members recoup medical and funeral costs related to a wrongful death. They also offset other forms of impact related to their loss, such as lost wages, loss of household services or even the loss of the love and companionship from their deceased family member.

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