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February 2013 Archives

Texas Ranger hurt in motorcycle crash

If Hollywood portrayals of a Texas Ranger were accurate, the Wild West might still be alive in Texas. A 2001 movie named after the enforcement officials portrayed their history as originating with a few brave men who banded together to bring justice to a land of outlaws.

Ford may face product liability lawsuits

In times of economic recession, many Texas readers might assert that it is more important than ever to support American industries and products. Yet many consumers may be surprised to discover just how many products in their household were not made in the United States.

Houston man dies in construction accident

Construction sites in Texas often utilize big equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, cement trucks, transport trucks or bulldozers. That type of massive equipment is often needed due to the grandiose scale of many construction projects. Yet even smaller construction projects often require scaffolding, ladders, and excavation.

New city tax may deter distracted Texas drivers

Texas readers may know that the state's speed limits are among the highest in the nation. There might be some justification for those high speeds, as many of Texas' highways are expansive, flat and very easy to drive. However, higher speeds also increase the potential damage that may occur in car accidents.

Carnival operator will pay thousands to girl injured on ride

What probably began as a fun trip to a Houston rodeo became a frightful experience that one mother will probably never forget. This mother took her two children to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last year. While at the rodeo, the mother watched both of her children board a carnival ride called the Techno Jump.

Truck accident takes the life of mother and 3 children

Everyday families make the choice to pile into the car accepting the risks of the Texas roadways. Although the majority of drivers and their passengers make it to their destination safely, everyday accidents occur. These accidents often lead to serious consequences including severe injuries, permanent disability, and even wrongful death.

Texas may pass new laws against distracted driving

In this second post dedicated to distracted driving, a statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should quickly convince Texas readers of the importance of this issue: The NHTSA estimates that 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, and another 387,000 people were injured.

Texas lawmakers turn attention to texting while driving

In a recent press statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed its commitment to fighting distracted driving caused by smartphone usage in 2013. Ultimately, the NHTSA hopes for a national program dedicated to this issue, comparable to its existing initiatives against impaired driving and driving without a seatbelt.

Texas ranks low among states for road safety

Texas has some of the most relaxed highway safety laws in the country, according to a recent report released by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Records from the Texas Department of Transportation show that there has been at least one fatality on a Texas roadway every day for more than a decade. The last time that Texas had a fatality-free day was November 7, 2000.

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