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Couple sues after discovering insurance negligence

Imagine finding out that the insurance company that was supposed to have your vehicle repaired properly did so poorly that it resulted in you being trapped in your vehicle. That's what happened to a couple who was trapped inside a burning vehicle in Dallas.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. now faces a lawsuit from an attorney for the couple. The lawsuit claims the company directed a Dallas-based collision center to repair the vehicle the couple was driving but to do so in a way that would save the company money. The couple had no idea that the company had done this with the vehicle when they purchased it, since the repair was performed for the previous owner.

Find help familiar with maritime laws for offshore crane injuries

Crane accidents represent a significant risk to deckhands and others who work on offshore platforms. In the rush to meet the ever-increasing demands of the offshore oil industry, inexperienced crane operators are being set to tasks that exceed their level of skill -- and others are suffering injuries as a result. On top of that, inexperienced crews are sometimes put on tasks with minimal training and poor supervision -- which compounds the problem.

Consider the following facts:

  • Nine out of 10 accidents involving a crane are due entirely to human error. If the crane operator isn't at fault, it could be the deck boss or some other person directing the action that causes the accident.
  • Eight out of 10 accidents involve someone trying to use a crane to lift something that's beyond it's capacity.
  • In a study done in 2009, one-half of all crane accidents resulted in someone's death.
  • Crane operators are just as likely to be injured in an accident as anyone else -- electrocutions are common when the crane hits a power source.

What are some common accidents on boats?

If you're working in a shipyard or on a ship, there are many different things that could happen to put your life at risk. You need to know that you're protected in case of an injury, that you have a right to pursue compensation and that your environment is supposed to be as safe as possible.

When an employer doesn't keep your environment safe, you are at a higher risk of injury. What kinds of injuries do you face? Here are a few.

Trucker fatigue endangers everyone

Traveling around trucks can prove difficult for many motorists, and if you are among those who try and avoid doing so whenever possible, you are not alone. Trucks are large and heavy, which makes it hard to see around them and hard for them to stop, and such problems may intensify if the driver at the wheel of the truck is also experiencing fatigue.

Truck driver fatigue is quite common, and Unsafetrucks.org reports that it contributes to 40 percent of all trucker-involved accidents. Driving fatigued is also largely avoidable, but it is the responsibility of the truck driver and his or her employer to work to maintain safe driving practices while on the job.

Offshore oil rig and natural gas rig workers and compensation

Offshore oil rig and natural gas rig workers are vital to the national economy, but they're also doing some of the most hazardous jobs in the world.

These offshore workers face hostile weather conditions on a daily basis and run the constant risk of injury due to unsafe equipment and ships. They also have to constantly be on guard for the accidental negligence of their own co-workers -- an inexperienced move by a fellow employee can easily lead to disaster.

The Jones Act is important for Merchant Marine safety

The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is an act that protects people who are hurt at sea while working. These individuals may not be qualified for workers' compensation under maritime law, so the Jones Act is there to make sure they're covered if something goes wrong. It gives them the right to pursue a lawsuit against an employer in the case of injury.

The people covered by the Jones Act include masters, officers, captains and crew members who work on a vessel at least 30 percent of their work time. The vessel must be in navigation to fall under the requirements of the law.

Woman hit by 2 cars struggles to survive in Texas

When you're walking in the morning hours, it's very important to watch out for drivers. Some people might be driving when they should be at home sleeping off a late night, while others might be starting off on a day of work. Drivers who are negligent, distracted or tired may cause an accident.

That could have been a factor in this case involving a vehicle-versus-pedestrian crash. A woman from west Houston is fighting to stay alive after a pedestrian accident. According to the July 19 news report, the woman was crossing the road on a marked crosswalk at around 5:45 a.m. when she was struck by a red Toyota Tacoma that was heading east on Westheimer. She was then hit a second time by another vehicle.

3 causes of rollover accidents

Rollover accidents are particularly grave and dangerous. Rolling over in your SUV or truck can cause significant injuries or even fatalities. While any car is subject to a rollover accident under the right circumstances, these larger vehicles are more at risk due to their higher center of gravity.

If you drive a truck or SUV, it is important for you to know about the risk of rollovers and what causes them. Continue reading to learn about the top causes of rollover crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Scaffolding accidents can be avoided with the right safety rules

When you go to work on a scaffold, you know that you're immediately taking a risk. High off the ground, you're more likely to hurt yourself if you fall. You have protective gear and have attached yourself to the scaffolding, but if the scaffolding collapses or tips over, you could be seriously hurt.

Problems like these are why it's important for those who work on scaffolds to understand the equipment and know how to use it correctly. All scaffolding should be maintained and checked before each use. Only those who know how to put it together correctly should be in charge of assembly.

Was your auto accident caused by a binge drinker?

Binge drinking is a popular activity among both high school and college students. Many see nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately, many also see nothing wrong with getting behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking heavily.

Drunk driving is a big problem in Texas. If you have been injured in a vehicle crash caused by an intoxicated adolescent driver, it is possible that binge drinking was involved.

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