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April 2013 Archives

Feds to make guidelines for car electronics

Over the last decade, the amount of technology put into new cars has been steadily increasing. With increasing technology comes an increase in the number of things that can distract a person in their car. Whether it is air conditioning controls, the radio, music players, GPS or voice activated devices, the devices and technologies in our vehicles all have one thing in common, distracting drivers.

Drunk driving accidents: the need for a cultural shift

This has been a week marked by tragedy. Naturally, national attention has turned to the traumatic events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Yet other areas of the country, including San Antonio, have been struck by their own tragedies.

Fertilizer plant in Texas explodes with force of earthquake

At around 8 p.m. last night the explosion blew out windows and made roofs collapse. After it was over, a senior-living facility, an apartment complex, and a significant number of single-family homes suffered extensive damage from the blast and debris - and the occupants inside their homes suffered worse: burns and broken bones and other injuries that sent at least 160 people to the hospital.

Major helmet maker loses brain injury lawsuit

When people play sports, they assume there is some risk level of being injured. Players often take measures to minimize injuries based on their knowledge of what equipment and safety guidelines might minimize their risk. If a person doesn't know about all of the risks because a company or person fails to warn them, certain parties might be negligent.

Commercial drivers and highway safety: too many tour bus accidents

Truckers are of course not the only commercial drivers on the road. Bus drivers require commercial licenses as well. And they too often engage in behavior behind the wheel that causes serious or even fatal accidents.

Commercial drivers and highway safety: too many tour bus accidents

Truckers are of course not the only commercial drivers on the road. Bus drivers require commercial licenses as well. And they too often engage in behavior behind the wheel that causes serious or even fatal accidents.

Electronic trucking logs, part 2: status of process for issuing mandatory rule

As we discussed in our previous post, the use of electronic trucking logs is increasing. This is occurring even though there is not yet a federal rule in place requiring truckers to use elogs. These logs are also known as black boxes (a term associated with airplanes) or electronic on-board recorders, a term usually abbreviated as EOBRs.

Electronic trucking logs, part 2: status of process for issuing mandatory rule

As we discussed in our previous post, the use of electronic trucking logs is increasing. This is occurring even though there is not yet a federal rule in place requiring truckers to use elogs. These logs are also known as black boxes (a term associated with airplanes) or electronic on-board recorders, a term usually abbreviated as EOBRs.

Defective drugs can cause years of pain

People across the world depend on pharmaceutical companies to manufacture high quality, effective medications to help treat disease, prevent symptoms and for many other medical purposes. BayerAG, the makers of Yasmin and Yaz, have agreed to settle a lawsuit for $24 million dollars for claims that the oral contraceptives cause gallbladder injuries to woman that used the drugs.

Electronic trucking logs, part 1: elog use increasing

For years, safety advocates have argued that trucking companies should use electronic logs rather than paper records. The reasoning is pretty straightforward: electronic logs are more accurate. They are more difficult to alter - which is tempting for a trucker to do after possible hours-of-service rules violations.

Electronic trucking logs, part 1: elog use increasing

For years, safety advocates have argued that trucking companies should use electronic logs rather than paper records. The reasoning is pretty straightforward: electronic logs are more accurate. They are more difficult to alter - which is tempting for a trucker to do after possible hours-of-service rules violations.

High Speed Dangers: Crossing Wildlife

A Texas family is taking advantage of their lucky escape from a high-speed crash to warn other drivers about a big danger on the state's roads. When driving at high speeds, drivers are often unable to avoid obstacles in the road. In Texas, crossing wildlife is one such potential obstacle.

High Speed Dangers: Crossing Wildlife

A Texas family is taking advantage of their lucky escape from a high-speed crash to warn other drivers about a big danger on the state's roads. When driving at high speeds, drivers are often unable to avoid obstacles in the road. In Texas, crossing wildlife is one such potential obstacle.

Proposed law makes leaving scene of accident in Texas a second-degree felony

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Texas lawmakers are considering whether or not to make leaving the scene of a car wreck a second-degree felony, rather than what it is now, a third-degree felony.

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