Category Archives: Personal Injury

The Dangers Of Texting While Driving

With nearly 70% of the adult population owning a cell phone in the U.S. alone, the instances of texting while driving have increased dramatically over the course of the past two decades. While many people think teenagers are the only ones that exhibit reckless driving behavior, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that drivers in their 20s account for 38% of the distracted drivers who were using cell phones in fatal crashes in 2015.

Why Is Texting While Driving So Dangerous?

While many people think that they can handle picking up their cell phone to check a text message while driving a car, on average, a driver takes their eyes off the road for five whole seconds when texting. This might not seem like much, but it’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 mph blindfolded.

The dangers of texting while driving extend beyond the driver taking their eyes off the road. The driver also takes one hand off the wheel, making it more difficult to control their vehicle in an emergency situation.

When a driver engages in texting while driving, they are also facing cognitive distraction. It’s crucial for drivers to keep their minds on the task of driving. A recent study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that drivers are 10 times more likely to get in an accident if they are emotionally agitated.

To drive safely, a driver must keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and their mind on the task of driving at all times.

How Often Does Texting While Driving Happen?

At any given daylight moment, over 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones while driving. Despite the extreme risks of injury or death, drivers continue to text while driving.

Historic 2010 Texas Distracted Driving Wrongful Death Verdict

Although texting while driving has been causing accidents for years, many lawyers refused to take on personal injury or wrongful death claims against texting drivers. Understanding the threat texting drivers pose to their own passengers and to other motorists, Texas distracted driving attorney Hunter Craft achieved a landmark verdict for a family whose daughter was killed by a driver distracted by texting.

The victim, Megan Small, was hit head on by truck that drifted into her lane on Highway 6. While the driver of the truck claimed he was not using his cell phone at the time of the accident, phone records later revealed that the truck driver sent and/or received 15 text messages and placed seven phone calls in the hour leading up to the crash.

The jury found the driver of the truck responsible for the wrongful death after only two and a half hours of deliberation. The verdict established a precedent for distracted driving accident victims across Texas and throughout the country, and continues to help hold reckless drivers responsible.

Houston Texting and Driving Accident Attorneys

People of all ages admit to using their cell phones while driving. If a distracted driver who was texting while driving injured you in a car accident, you can hold them responsible for their carelessness. Call the experienced Houston car accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm today for a free consultation to review your case.

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Long Term Effects Of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and while the many only suffer temporary symptoms, the effects of a traumatic brain injury can and often do last much longer than a brief hospital stay.

Understanding the effects of a traumatic brain injury, both in the short term and the long term, can be challenging because there is no one typical experience for those who suffer from TBIs. Because TBIs can occur in different parts of the brain and have differing rates of healing, victims can experience a wide array of symptoms.

In the short term, people who have sustained a TBI can suffer from amnesia, mental confusion, nausea, slurred speech, headaches, and a host of other symptoms. However, these symptoms can subside after medical treatment within days or weeks after the injury. While the long-term effects of a TBI can vary as greatly as the short-term effects, they will often last for years after the injury, some even permanently.

Long Term Effects Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Include:

  • Memory Loss
  • Post-traumatic amnesia
  • Concentration and attention problems
  • Communication and language issues
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of coordination

TBIs can affect the cognitive and sensory functions of the brain as well as the emotional and physical functions. While some of these long-term effects can be reduced or managed by prescription medications and/or different types of therapy, many who suffer long-term effects from TBIs struggle with their everyday activities.

Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Whether you sustained your traumatic brain injury on the job, in a car accident, or during any other catastrophic injury incident, the road to recovery can seem long and never-ending. TBIs come with an extreme financial burden that could last a lifetime, and these brain injuries could have you out of work for weeks or even indefinitely.

If your TBI was caused by the negligence of another individual or company, you may have the legal right to seek compensation. The experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys at Craft Law Firm have helped victims and their families across the country begin the road to recovery by holding negligent parties responsible. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Advancements in Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury can be devastating for an individual and their family.  The injured often depend on family members to care for them during potentially excruciating rehabilitation, and possibly for the rest of their lives.

Scientists are working hard to discover new treatments for spinal cord injuries, and a few of the most exciting advancements involve hardware that can make life for the injured more pleasant.  [READ MORE]

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Oilfield Workers Most Likely to Die on the Job

Across Texas, workplace injuries and deaths decreased have decreased over the past few years, except in one industry: oil and gas.  Between 2007 and 2011, 197 individuals lost their lives working in Texas oilfields, reports the Houston Chronicle. Nabors Drilling USA LLC and its sister company Nabors Well Services, both based in Houston, were connected with the most oilfield deaths, according to the same report.  [READ MORE]

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$8.5 Million Settlement for Officer Killed by Tired Truck Driver

Last week the widow and daughter of slain Oakdale police officer Paul Katuszonek, received an $8.5 million dollar settlement from Gold Star Foods, Inc.  One year ago, Officer Katuszonek was killed after Jose Santos Hermosillo, a tired and overworked truck driver for Gold Star Foods, Inc., rear-ended Officer Katuszonek’s car going 55 mph.

During the course of the lawsuit, it was determined that Mr. Hermosillo had [READ MORE]

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Number of ATV Accidents Fall, but Still High

Every year more than 100,000 people are treated in emergency rooms as a result of ATV accidents, reports the Center for Disease Control and  Between 2001 and 2010, more than 360,000 of those injured in ATV accidents were children.

The good news is that accident rates are down.  The CDC believes that this is due to the recession and decreased purchases of ATV and off-road vehicles. [READ MORE]

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