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Status of victim may influence outcome of premises liability case

A premises liability accident can happen practically anywhere. A Texas resident may slip and fall on a wet floor at the grocery store, may trip on an unattached rug at a friend's house, or may suffer an injury when an article falls on them at a concert or sporting event. However they happen, injuries from premises liability accidents can be painful, expensive and, at times, life-threatening. However, depending upon whether the victim had permission to be in the location of the accident, they may not be able to recover their losses.

This is because different statuses may apply to different victims in premises liability cases. For example, if a victim is an invitee, then they have been requested to come onto the premises where the incident occurred. If a person is invited onto a property, then they can generally expect that the property has been made safe for them.

Speed a factor in deadly head-on vehicle accident

Four people had to be cut out of their vehicles when a speeding driver collided head-on with another vehicle that contained three people. The damaging accident occurred in the early hours of the morning in San Antonio, near Roosevelt Avenue and East Southcross Road. The driver of the speeding vehicle lost his life and the other victims of the crash were taken to a local hospital.

Investigators believe the crash happened because the driver lost control of his vehicle. When he lost control, his vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit the other vehicle head-on. The impact was so severe that the first car ended up on its side and all of the individuals involved in the crash had to be extracted from the wreckage.

Are there regulations on how long truckers may drive?

While driving down a Texas highway, a motorist may see a variety of different vehicles. From small hybrid automobiles that barely make a sound as they pass to massive semis and 18-wheelers that take up every inch of their lanes, individuals must be prepared for whatever comes their way. While any tired driver can be a threat to a person on the road, truck drivers and their massive rigs are particularly hazardous when those drivers do not have enough sleep to stay alert.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recognized the importance of rest for truck drivers, primarily because a tired truck driver may not be able to maintain control over their vehicle. And, because trucks are so big and can cause so much devastation when they are involved in vehicle accidents, the FMCSA has promulgated rules regarding when truck drivers must take breaks to sleep.

We are here to help after a devastating car accident

The Law Offices of Christ Pettit & Associates hope that their clients have had a safe and peaceful holiday season with their loved ones. However, we know that not everyone is fortunate enough to end the year without suffering serious injuries at the hands of negligent individuals. Through 2017, too many Texas residents have suffered injuries and deaths due to the dangerous driving of other motorists.

Not long ago, this personal injury blog discussed the prevalence of drunk driving on Texas roads; we have also addressed some of the serious ways in which vehicle collisions can occur. The facts and circumstances of a car accident will dictate if and how a victim will be injured and how extensive their losses will be, and our staff at Christ Pettit and Associates encourage car accident victims to understand their rights to compensation for the harm they have been forced to endure.

How common are drunk driving car accidents?

Drunk driving is a serious problem in every state of the country. It is a particularly bad problem in Texas, where more than 13,000 people perished in alcohol-related vehicle accidents between 2003 and 2012. The Centers for Disease Control have published disturbing facts about drinking and driving in the Lonestar state and this post will offer some of the data propounded by their research.

Rates of death for all age and gender demographics in drunk driving accidents in Texas are greater than the national averages for the rest of the United States. For example, while the national average of male deaths per 100,000 is 5.2, the Texas average is 7.6. The rate of death for women in Texas is slightly closer to the national average than the rate of death for men, with 2.4 Texas women dying in drunk driving crashes per 100,000 compared to 1.5 women nationally perishing per 100,000 in similar accidents.

Shopping injuries and a retailer's liability for losses

After filling themselves with good food and good times with friends and family, some Texans may have chosen to partake in a post-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Friday shopping. Retailers throughout the nation opened their doors in the late hours of Thanksgiving Thursday or the early hours of the following Friday to offer shoppers deals on goods for the holiday season. While most shoppers escaped their retail adventures unscathed, some undoubtedly suffered injuries in the crush of holiday commerce.

Shopping injuries include personal injuries that occur while on retail properties. They may include slip and fall injuries from wet floors or icy parking lots, injuries from products falling off shelves and onto them as they pass through aisles, and even injuries caused by other customers because stores failed to provide adequate security and safety measures.

What must be proven to prevail on a wrongful death claim?

When a person dies due to the negligence of another individual, then the victim's death may be considered wrongful. Although a party who has passed away cannot pursue their losses, many jurisdictions recognize wrongful death claims that the survivors of the decedent may use to seek compensation for the losses they endured due to their loved one's demise. Readers are reminded, though, that they must seek their own legal advice as this post provides general information only.

First, a wrongful death claim must allege a death. If a person is hurt due to another individual's actions but does not die, then there are other personal injury claims that they may utilize to pursue their damages. Wrongful death claims only arise when someone has died.

Falls are a common premises liability injury

Trips, slips and falls can happen practically anywhere. In some cases, it may be the fault of a distracted Texan who steps on their own feet and causes their own quick trip to the floor. In many cases, though, it is the fault of others who fail to maintain their premises in safe order that causes innocent individuals to suffer serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries as a result of their falls. The remainder of this post will introduce some of the ways that dangerous premises can present hazards to individuals and how falls may result from peoples' encounters with those dangers.

Beginning outside a structure, a premises liability victim may suffer a fall or a trip if the owner of the premises fails to maintain their sidewalk, steps or porch in a reasonably safe manner. This can include, but is not limited to, failing to remove snow or ice from exterior pathways, failing to provide adequate lighting for individuals to safely traverse pathways and failing to remove debris from pathways that may cause individuals to slip, trip or fall.

Compensation after car accidents can get victims' back on track

In the aftermath of a vehicle collision, a Texas victim may find that many people want to help and support them as they begin the long road to recovery. They may be inundated with friends bringing them meals, family members visiting them in the hospital and at home, and co-workers supporting them as they prioritize recuperation over professional responsibilities. As the days and weeks following their accident pass, though, a victim may find that they have less and less help as more and more financial pressure builds.

After an automobile crash, a victim can be slammed with unexpected bills. Those bills can cover their accident-related emergency care and subsequent hospital and medical treatments and bills associated with replacing or repairing their property that was damaged in the crash. In addition to new and unexpected financial burdens, a victim may discover that their incomes have ceased as they have had to take time away from work to mend their injured bodies.

Deadly head-on crash kills two in Texas

Car accidents are common on Texas roads but, fortunately, not all automobile incidents involve injuries and deaths. Many collisions between cars, trucks and other personal vehicles simply involve the exchanging of the drivers' insurance and contact information and calls for tow trucks if the vehicles are unable to operate. Though it is not uncommon for individuals to walk away from auto accidents without suffering significant physical harm, serious accidents do still occur and put people's lives at risk.

Just last week, a tragic accident happened in Guadalupe County. The incident involved two vehicles that were traveling in opposite directions down FM 466. The driver of a car in the northbound lane crossed the center line of the highway and crashed head-on with a car traveling in the southbound lane. Investigators have not yet determined why the northbound driver left her lane and collided with the second car.

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