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Firefighter files suit over defective product

Injuries that occur from products consumers expect to work but do not happen too frequently. Someone who has been injured by a defective product often suffers emotionally as well as physically, with recovery taking months or years, if at all. A Texas firefighter was injured by a defective product and has filed a lawsuit seeking financial compensation.

One year ago, the first responder had finished mowing his yard and drove the riding mower into the shed where it was stored when not being used. He closed the shed doors and started to walk away when he smelled smoke. When he opened the doors to the shed, flames shot out and consumed over half his body. His fiancé was able to put out the fire with a garden hose. They both say the fuel system on the mower was defective, causing it to catch fire.

Police say lighting conditions had part in fatal accident

Although many states have a Share the Road policy, designating roadways that give bicyclists and walkers the same rights as motor vehicles, some drivers never actually acknowledge others on the road. Sometimes, however, it is not an unwillingness to recognize cyclists and walkers, but an inability to see them that could result in a harmful or fatal accident. A Texas man was killed in a fatal accident with a pickup truck in the early morning hours of a recent work day.

Police say the 5:30 a.m. accident took place on a dark stretch of the road where the cyclist may not have been seen. The man on the bicycle and a Silverado pickup truck were traveling in the same direction when the truck stopped, hitting the cyclist. The bicycle did have a blinking light, but it may not have been enough to get the rider noticed. Police say he was wearing a work uniform.

Defective product lawsuit filed by woman injured in accident

Consumers use products every day, and they expect them to work as marketed. When something goes wrong and someone is injured by a defective product, there are usually options for legal recourse. One Texas woman is filing a defective product lawsuit after being injured by an elevator at her place of employment.

The nurse was at her job in a hospital when she entered an elevator she rode every day. As she was boarding the elevator it did not stop, pinning her against the wall. Emergency personnel rescued her but discovered that several vertebrae in her back had been broken. She suffered brain damage and had no pulse. She was in a coma in ICU for a month, and she was able to be transferred to a step-down facility, where she remains nearly six month later.

Three men are killed in fatal accident with semi

Most car drivers can tell stories of near-misses with semi trucks. While many truck drivers show responsibility while on the Texas highways, some are careless in their mission. This negligence can often result in a collision and, sometimes, a fatal accident. Three men recently died in a fatal accident due to the inattentiveness of a semi-truck driver.

The pre-dawn accident occurred as the driver of the semi-truck was headed south. As he approached an intersection where he should have stopped, he drove through it. The 47-year-old driver of a pickup truck was traveling west and was hit by the semi when he was going through the intersection. He and his two passengers, both males in their twenties, were killed by the impact of the collision.

Provisions in law may protect some makers of dangerous products

Consumers understandably assume that the items they purchase are tested and approved for the intended use. However, in spite of the efforts of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is a little-known provision that protects makers of potentially dangerous products from public disclosure. Texas residents who have been harmed by a defective product may be unaware that similar incidents may be linked to that item.

Parents are cautious about the types of products they use when caring for their children, especially helpless infants. Sadly, before Fisher Price recalled its line of inclined sleepers referred to as the Rock 'N Play, several children died through suffocation. Though the CPSC is charged with ensuring public safety, there is a section of the Consumer Product Safety Act that works to ensure the privacy of manufacturers -- possibly for years. When Consumer Reports conducted its own investigation into these types of inclined infant sleepers, it discovered that approximately 30 children had died. 

Fatal accident involving 4 vehicles takes lives of 2

It is sad that a Texas resident risks his or her own life just to get in a car for a ride. Whether the driver of another vehicle has impaired senses from drug or alcohol use or is distracted from a cellphone or passengers in the car, his or her actions have the potential to negatively impact the lives of many others should they cause a serious accident. A recent fatal accident caused the deaths of two people.

The man and woman, both with the same last name, were said to have been passengers in the back seat of a compact vehicle when another sedan crashed into the rear of their car, which was stopped at a traffic light. Eyewitnesses told police the second car was speeding at the time of the crash. Responding firefighters had to pull the couple from the car for transport them to a nearby medical center, where they both died upon arrival.

Every year, thousands are affected by medical malpractice

Every day in Texas and across the country, thousands of people undergo surgical procedures. Thanks to modern technology and skilled doctors, the vast majority of surgeries are successful and often save lives. However, any time humans are involved, there will always be a chance for errors. Unfortunately, when doctors and other medical professionals make mistakes, patients and families suffer the consequences. Medical malpractice continues to be one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States.

In another state, a couple filed a lawsuit after alleged negligence led to the husband contracting a severe infection. According to the lawsuit, the man was experiencing dizziness so he sought treatment. The lawsuit claimed that the man's doctor recommended that he have a pacemaker put in.

Truck accident claims life of 1 in Texas

A collision can take place at any given moment, and the fallout of a crash could have a significant impact on the safety of everyone involved. The situation could be even more dire when commercial vehicles are present, as these incidents run a higher risk of leaving those involved with serious or life-altering injuries. A recent truck accident in Texas has reportedly claimed the life of a 43-year-old man.

According to reports, the accident occurred as the man was entering an intersection while traveling northbound on a recent Thursday. Upon entering the intersection, his vehicle suddenly collided with the trailer of a nearby commercial vehicle. Law enforcement agents have advised that an investigation into the crash indicated that the driver of the tractor-trailer failed to adhere to a stop sign prior to entering the intersection.

Teen driving stolen car causes fatal accident

Some people just do not consider how their actions will affect not just themselves, but others as well. When people choose to be reckless while driving, it can end at great personal cost, perhaps including a fatal accident or one with serious injuries to others. One example is a recent accident in which an 18-year-old Texas driver killed one person as he was trying to evade police.

Police received notification of a stolen vehicle via On-Star. Once they discovered the location of the car, they attempted to pull it over, but the driver sped away and hit from behind a sedan that was waiting to make a left turn. The driver of the sedan was killed instantly, and his passenger was still in critical condition at the time of a report on the incident.

Truck accident claims two lives, leaves one seriously injured

Though semi-trucks are a vital part of our modern economy, they also pose certain risks. Since they are so much larger and heavier than a basic passenger vehicle, a car involved in a crash with one will likely sustain severe damage. This lesson was apparent in a recent truck accident on a Texas highway that took two lives and left one more with significant injuries.

Police say that the crash happened on a recent afternoon. A semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer was headed east on a U.S. Highway. The trailer apparently became disengaged from the semi and veered into the oncoming lane of traffic. A westbound passenger car was hit head-on by the flatbed.

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