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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.

Fatal car accidents may stem from drinking and driving

Two people's lives have sadly been cut short in a motor vehicle crash in Texas. Now, their loved ones are left wondering how these types of tragic car accidents can happen. However, a county medical examiner recently reported that the crash, which occurred in late 2018, was unfortunately the result of one of the two parties' decision to drink and drive.

According to authorities, the two individuals -- a 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman who were dating -- were traveling in a car at a little past midnight on a Sunday. However, the man, who was driving at the time, reportedly left the roadway and entered the median. Police said the car then went over a creek and struck an embankment.

Fatal injuries may result from head-on car accidents

A car collision recently claimed a woman's and a man's life in Texas. In addition, two other people suffered grave injuries in the car accident. Sometimes, these types of car accidents happen due to someone's carelessness behind the wheel, which is grounds for civil litigation in the Lone Star State.

The recent fatal Texas crash occurred at around 4 p.m. along State Highway 70. According to police, a 55-year-old woman was going north on the highway and suddenly went over the middle line. She reportedly entered the highway's southbound lane and collided head-on with another car that was going south on the highway.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents: Causes of trouble

As a pedestrian, regardless of your location, you'll typically find yourself in close proximity to motor vehicles. As a driver of a motor vehicle, it's also, obviously, common to see pedestrians on the sidewalk, crossing the street and in many other areas.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents remain a major concern, especially in large cities like San Antonio where there are a lot of people walking, jogging, running and bicycling.

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