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Oil storage tank explodes, injuring two workers in Texas

Everyone knows - or should know - that smoking cigarettes near flammable materials (like oil storage tanks) might cause an explosion. That appears to be exactly what happened to two Texas oil and gas workers on Tuesday, and it didn't take long for readers to comment that these two workers deserve the "Darwin award" for their careless behavior.

Texas ranks low on highway safety laws

According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas is one of the worst states for highway safety laws. For anyone who's driven recently in South Texas, especially around the 18-wheelers and large commercial trucks from the Eagle Ford Shale, you already might've guessed that the law hasn't kept up with driving conditions.

Texas ranks low on highway safety laws

According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas is one of the worst states for highway safety laws. For anyone who's driven recently in South Texas, especially around the 18-wheelers and large commercial trucks from the Eagle Ford Shale, you already might've guessed that the law hasn't kept up with driving conditions.

Cat bites are 'nothing to trivialize'

It's not just aggressive dogs you've got to worry about. In fact, you might have more to worry about if you're bitten by a cat than if you're bitten by a dog. As Marie Joyce writes for the Washington Post, a cat named Sammy put her in the hospital for four whole days.

Obese drivers, passengers more likely to be killed in auto accidents

We've written about the problem of obesity and the health conditions that stem from it (sleep apnea). Sleep apnea causes disruptions in sleep and can lead to drowsiness during the day. This is an obvious problem for people who drive commercial trucks for a living.

Obese drivers, passengers more likely to be killed in auto accidents

We've written about the problem of obesity and the health conditions that stem from it (sleep apnea). Sleep apnea causes disruptions in sleep and can lead to drowsiness during the day. This is an obvious problem for people who drive commercial trucks for a living.

'Anti-government mood' to blame, in part, for lack of new road-safety laws

Larry Copeland, reporting for USA Today, cites the "anti-government mood" in many states when writing about how fewer and fewer state lawmakers are passing road-safety laws against such behavior as texting while driving, drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt.

'Anti-government mood' to blame, in part, for lack of new road-safety laws

Larry Copeland, reporting for USA Today, cites the "anti-government mood" in many states when writing about how fewer and fewer state lawmakers are passing road-safety laws against such behavior as texting while driving, drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt.

Federal agency to issue rule requiring seat belts on buses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to put an end to a debate that has gone on since 1977 - whether or not motor coaches (i.e. commercial buses) ought to have seat belts on them.

Federal agency to issue rule requiring seat belts on buses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to put an end to a debate that has gone on since 1977 - whether or not motor coaches (i.e. commercial buses) ought to have seat belts on them.

Flatbed trailer driver in Nov. 2012 railroad crossing accident won't face trial

A Midland County grand jury yesterday decided against charging the driver of a flatbed trailer who went onto the tracks and collided with a train in November 2012. Four veterans were killed as a result of the railroad crossing incident.

Flatbed trailer driver in Nov. 2012 railroad crossing accident won't face trial

A Midland County grand jury yesterday decided against charging the driver of a flatbed trailer who went onto the tracks and collided with a train in November 2012. Four veterans were killed as a result of the railroad crossing incident.

Fatal accident in Martin County involving MAC trailer

A run-in with a large commercial truck yesterday resulted in the death of the driver of a pickup truck in Martin County, Texas. According to a representative with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the 50-year-old pickup driver from San Antonio was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, a 22-year-old from Atascosa, was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital.

Fatal accident in Martin County involving MAC trailer

A run-in with a large commercial truck yesterday resulted in the death of the driver of a pickup truck in Martin County, Texas. According to a representative with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the 50-year-old pickup driver from San Antonio was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, a 22-year-old from Atascosa, was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital.

6.1 percent of surveyed Texans report falling asleep behind wheel

A significant percentage of fatal wrecks may be caused by drowsy driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In fact, the CDC estimates 15-33 percent of all fatal wrecks may be caused from falling asleep behind the wheel.

6.1 percent of surveyed Texans report falling asleep behind wheel

A significant percentage of fatal wrecks may be caused by drowsy driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In fact, the CDC estimates 15-33 percent of all fatal wrecks may be caused from falling asleep behind the wheel.

FDA safety alert: Pradaxa may cause blood clots on mechanical heart valves

If you have a mechanical prosthetic heart valve, the FDA is warning patients not to use Pradaxa to treat atrial fibrillation. In fact, the FDA says that Pradaxa should not be used in patients who have atrial fibrillation caused by heart valve problems.

Federal agency goes after two truck companies for safety violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a governmental agency with the primary mission of preventing injuries and deaths associated with commercial trucks, threw around its weight at the end of 2012 by shutting down two trucking companies for violating important safety regulations.

Federal agency goes after two truck companies for safety violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a governmental agency with the primary mission of preventing injuries and deaths associated with commercial trucks, threw around its weight at the end of 2012 by shutting down two trucking companies for violating important safety regulations.

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