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2015 Texas motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Texas Department of Transportation released their annual motor vehicle traffic crash statistics for 2015. We put a few of the statistics into an infographic below!

2015 Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

Traffic Crash Statistics 2015 Mukerji Law Firm

You can see the full list of crash statistics by clicking the sources listed at the bottom of this post.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.

 

Sources:

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/01.pdf

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/a.pdf

Improperly Secured Bounce House
(Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

The Dangers of An Improperly Secured Bounce House

Last week a young girl from the United Kingdom died while playing in a bounce house. The death occurred when a strong gust of wind lifted the bounce house, with the girl inside, into the air sending it soaring a mile away from its original location. Atmospheric science professor John Knox states in a Washington Post article, there are a “documented 64 bounce house accidents due to wind worldwide since 2000” which include 271 injuries and 10 deaths.

Improperly Secured Bounce House Dangers

The importance of bounce house safety is something that cannot be overlooked. This is difficult in the state of Texas because bounce house safety regulation is very weak. Owning and operating regulations are very specific, but the safety portion does not specify how to safely anchor a bounce house to the ground.

Knox’s research shows these accidents occur when a sudden gust of wind lifts a improperly secured bounce house. Knox says “accidents typically occur away from big storms” and wind gust “seemingly come out of the blue.” The unpredictability of these strong wind gusts only further highlight the importance of securing a bounce house safely.  Small whirlwinds and waterspouts have also lifted up bounce house structures.

There are other risks involved when children play in bounce houses. The Academy of Pediatrics published a study in 2012 citing almost 65,000 injuries were reported from 1995 to 2010 in the U.S. That means roughly one injury every 46 minutes nationally. A majority of these injuries were fractures and sprains and 3.4% of injured children were hospitalized. The number of injuries increased 15-fold within the studied time period and the increase was similar to trampoline related injuries.

Bounce house-related child injuries are rising at an alarming rate. It is important to make sure you are using a reputable company with a good history to avoid any accidents that may occur. Be mindful of the weather conditions and never leave children unsupervised when playing in a bounce house.

NCAA Final Four Basketball - NRG Stadium
A banner hangs over NRG Stadium in preparation of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NCAA Final Four Weekend, Drunk Driving, and Being Safe

Drunk driving accidents have been on the rise in the city of Houston. KHOU stated in a recent news article, the number of drunk driving accidents in Harris County has increased dramatically in the past week. In the last seven days, there have been five motor vehicle fatalities where a drunk driver was involved. With the NCAA Final Four coming to Houston this weekend, it’s not crazy to expect the number of drunk driving related incidents to increase.

Alcohol Consumption Increase During Sporting Events

A study published in 2011 by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER) found that 40% of attendees at sporting events had a blood alcohol content (BAC) ranging from 0.005 to 0.217. People who tailgated before the game have 14 times the odds of having a BAC greater than 0.08 and separately those who were under the age of 35 had eight times the odds of being over the legal limit. Adversely people who attended Monday night football games were more likely to have BACs below 0.08.

Drunk Driving and Super Bowl Sunday

In 2013, the LA Times stated “Alcohol-related car crashes are 75% greater” during Super Bowl Sunday. This not only includes attendees, but related events like viewing parties at home or at bars, pregame parties, tailgating, and after parties. Between 2002-2011, there were 642 alcohol-related fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday.

How to be Safe this NCAA Final Four Weekend

Large sporting events naturally lead to an increase of alcohol consumption. The NCAA Final Four is in town this weekend and the parties have already begun. While no alcohol will be sold at the actual event due to the  NCAA’s strict alcohol policy, this does not extend to private businesses like bars and restaurants that will be showing the games and having viewing parties. If you are attending these events, there are ways to have a good time and still be safe.

Designate a Sober Driver

Everyone at one point has been the Designated Driver. If you are the “DD” be responsible and politely turn down any drinks that may come your way. Your friends are counting on you to get them home safely.

Pay For a Ride

Living in Houston means you have a number of options to pay for a ride home. Uber, Lyft, and Cab services are always waiting to pick you up.  At Mukerji Law Firm we are a huge fan of Uber. We use them to get clients to and from the office all the time. If you’ve never used Uber before, use the code: mukerjilue to get $20 off your first ride this NCAA Final Four Weekend.

Use Public Transportation

If you live inside the loop, public transportation like the Houston Metro Rail is a great option. Besides being safe, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or paying for parking. Your car stays safely at home and you don’t have to worry about someone accidently damaging your car because of the increase in traffic.

Stay Where You Are

If you’re at a friend or family member’s house for a viewing party you can ask beforehand if it’s alright for you to stay the night. If spending the night is not an option one of the many alternatives above are still on the table.

We want you to be safe this weekend and have a good time at the NCAA Final Four Tournament. We want to congratulate all four teams and their fans who have made it this far and we are excited to see who wins on to the NCAA Championship.

If you are in an accident this weekend caused by a drunk driver, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.

Amy's Kitchen

Amy’s Kitchen Recalled 70,000 Frozen Meals That May Contain Contaminated Spinach

Amy's Kitchen

 

On March 22nd, Amy’s Kitchen Inc., the California based company, notified its distributors and retailers that 73,897 frozen meals that contain spinach may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism could be fatal to children, the elderly, the frail, pregnant women and others with a weakened immune system. Getting an infection could cause a person to experience nausea, stiffness, headaches, abdominal pain, diarrhea and more.

Up to this point, there aren’t any confirmed cases of consumers getting infected. The food warnings are for lasagnas, pizzas, and other meals that contain the alleged contaminated spinach. Check out the FDA for a complete list of all the potentially contaminated foods.

If you or a loved one purchased a product that harmed you, then you should reach out to a personal injury attorney. Schedule your free appointment today by calling 713-222-1222.

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Bridge Collapse: Truck Crashes into Overpass in Salado, TX

Bridge Collapse

A semi-truck driver crashed into a bridge beam on I-35 bridge north of Austin. The accident caused the overpass to collapse and resulted in several injuries and one death.

The highway was under construction before the incident occurred and both lanes were shut down afterwards.  TxDOT did not give an estimate of when the lanes would be opened again. Jodi Wheatley, from the Department of Public Safety, said that the truck was too tall and crashed into a beam.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney who can assess your case. Just call 713-222-1222 today.

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Incredible Hulk Coaster: 32 Passengers Rescued

The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster broke down at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, leaving 32 people stranded on the ride for several hours. The ride stalled 50 feet from the platform due to a glitch, and the passengers were alerted of the situation 10 minutes later.

Some of the riders were able to escape onto a platform, and the rest were eventually rescued by firefighters using a ladder truck.

If you or a loved one was injured at an amusement park, then you should reach out to a personal injury attorney by calling 713-222-1222.

Pasadena Daycare Employee in Trouble after Shocking Video Footage was Released

An investigation is taking place after an employee at a Pasadena daycare was caught on video yanking a 6 month old baby around twice. The first time, she grabbed the baby’s head when it tried to sit up and forced it back into a lying position. The second time, she grabbed the baby’s arm and pulled it back down again.

The mother is upset by this behavior and has found a new daycare center. Over the last 2 years, Texans Learning Center has received 14 deficiencies from inspector Gwen Carter, with 5 of them being high-risk.

If you suspect that your daycare may be mistreating your child, it’s important to take immediate action. Call a qualified child injury attorney by dialing 713-222-1222.

Family Dollar Store Recalls 254,000 Toys

Family Dollar Recall Tupungato / Shutterstock.com

 

The Family Dollar Store decided to recall 254,000 toy trucks after it was discovered that the Tough Treadz Auto Carrier product posed a risk of lacerations. This is a proactive measure as up to this point, there have been no incidents of injury.

The package is labeled “Tough Treadz Auto Carrie,” has a white $5 sticker in the upper-right corner and “SKU 1004247” is printed in red.

Anyone with this product should take it back to The Family Dollar Store to get a refund.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact Mukerji Law at 713-322-6116 and protect your rights.

2.59 Million Small Cars Recalled after 57 Deaths

Fiat Recall

Fiat Chrysler is now being named in a 2008-2010 class-action lawsuit, which covers the Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Journey. The Fiat Chrysler is accused of having defective ignition switches, which has been linked to 57 deaths. Chrysler is now recalling 2.59 million small cars. Congress has also added a $35 million fine for delaying the recall announcement.

The defective switch causes the vehicles to stall, lose power and it disables the airbags. The company is now advising consumers to remove all items except the keys from the key ring.

You can read more about the Fiat recall here.

Faulty Air Bag Software: 61,793 Land Rovers Recalled

Land Rover Recall TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock.com

 

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 61,793 Land Rovers because some of the passenger-side air bags don’t deploy due to faulty air bag software. The recall is expected to take place on April 17th and consumers can take their vehicles to their dealers for a free software update.

One of their company spokesmen has responded by saying ““Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out.”

This recall is the latest in a string of air bag recalls. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have all recalled vehicles earlier this year due to issues with air bags.