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car-accident-statistics-1Although automobile manufactures are always coming out with new and improved safety features, car accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in Dallas and in the United States.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration), the amount of traffic accidents has slowly decreased in Texas, but on average there are still about 3,300 fatalities a year in the Lone Star State alone. Surprisingly, at least 10% of those accidents involve drivers who are 16-20 years of age.

The main causes of most automobile accidents are drunk or distracted drivers. Despite all the public service announcements and growing awareness of the dangers of using cellular phones while driving, recent surveys show that most drivers are willing to risk others’ lives and their own to answer a call or text while behind the wheel. Texting increases the risk of having a car crash by a whopping 23 percent! For more information about distracted driving visit www.Distraction.gov.

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Reyes Law - Texting while driving - Dallas TexasDistracted driving in the U.S. is a widespread and dangerous habit, practiced both brazenly and surreptitiously by so many motorists that police are being forced to get creative, but still can’t seem to make much headway.

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In Bethesda, Maryland, a police officer disguised himself as a homeless man, stood near a busy intersection and radioed ahead to officers down the road about texting drivers. In two hours, police gave out 56 tickets.

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Angel Reyes Blog - Falling Profits Affect Industry's Safety Policies

According to the Wall Street Journal, the number of workplace fatalities, those who died as a result of a job-related accident, is rising and at it’s highest level since 2008. The data shows that approximately 4700 people died from work-related accidents in 2014, the most recent year statistics were gathered, up from the 4500 or so deaths a year earlier. The largest increase in the fatality rate in terms of demographic was the death rate for female workers which almost doubled from 8% to 13% of all workplace accidents. This trend toward increasing workplace fatalities is troubling for OSHA officials who fear that increases in their safety enforcement efforts money are not having the desired effect of reducing work-related fatalities.

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Angel Reyes Blog - Companies in Texas and Oklahoma are opting out of their state's worker's compensation plans

Companies in Texas and Oklahoma are opting out of their state’s worker’s compensation plans in record numbers in an attempt to save money on insurance premiums. Rewriting the worker’s compensation policies for large companies like Walmart and Costco has afforded companies lower premiums, but in some cases it’s the injured workers themselves who are paying the price for all that savings.

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car-wreck-dangers-dallas-300x200A car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries and well as long-term emotional troubles. Here are six things that might shock you about car accidents.

1. Thirty-One Percent of Fatal Accidents Involve Alcohol

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involved an alcohol-impaired driver. There were 10,322 fatalities in the U.S. that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

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nodrugs-300x225Prescription drugs aren’t always safe. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled a number of prescription drugs and many drugs are under review because research has linked the drugs to dangerous side effects. Here’s a list of 10 potentially dangerous prescription drugs on the U.S. market today.

Low Testosterone Drugs

Research has linked low testosterone drugs to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers published their results in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as in PLOS One in 2014.

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car_crash-300x199With its large population, Texas unsurprisingly sits at the top of the list in total number of traffic accident fatalities. It saw 3,398 traffic fatalities in 2012, topping the list. Here are some of the top causes of accidents in Texas.

It was in the top ten in fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below are some statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation that highlight the most common causes of accidents in Texas.

Failing to Control Speed

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08152014The construction industry employs workers all over Texas. But safety conditions for workers have stagnated over the years, and workers are at risk of injuries that are often catastrophic.

1 in 5 American Workplace Fatalities Occurs in the Construction Industry

Every day, somewhere in the United States, at least two construction workers die from fatal injuries sustained in workplace accidents, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As many as one in five work-related fatalities in the country occur in the construction industry.

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Business man with the text Product RecallManufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

  1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on ConsumerReports.org.

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Five fitness trackers with different interfaces and colorsIn a recent personal injury case in Calgary, Alberta, Canada the victim’s attorney used Fitbit data to support her claim. Prior to her accident, she was a fitness trainer who exercised on a regular basis. After her accident, her injuries limited her activity to a much lower level; her attorneys say that the victim’s Fitbit data will substantiate this.

Fitbit and other wearable electronics that record movement and exercise data may be admissible in court as evidence to show changes in victims’ activity levels post-injury. This may be of great benefit for victims who have lost the capability to work out, walk or move around in the same capacity as they were once able.

Evolving Rules for Wearables as Evidence

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