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  • Common Causes Of Injury In Austin Construction Zones
    Injury In Austin Construction Zones
    Austin, Texas is one of the quickest-growing cities in the United States. As more and more new residents move to Austin, the city has to update its infrastructure to keep up with the ever-increasing demand on its roadways. Updates to infrastructure means lots of construction zones, which can be dangerous for drivers and construction workers.

    Understanding what causes car accidents and injuries in construction zones can make it easier to prevent them.

    REAR-END CRASHES

    In construction zones, rear-end crashes are one of the most common types of fatal car accident to occur. These happen when a vehicle cannot stop or slow down in time to avoid hitting the stopped or drastically slowed vehicle it is behind. Many different types of negligence can put a driver at risk of causing a rear-end collision, such as using a phone while driving or failing
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  • Driving While Texting [Things to Know]
    Driving While Texting
    Texting while driving has become a pervasive problem in the United States. Motorists who use cell phones while operating a motor vehicle have a higher risk of involvement in an accident than drivers who don’t, whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device. Texas law enforcement authorities reported that as many as 1/5 of the 3,700+  deaths on Texas roads in 2016 were caused by distracted driving.

    On September 1, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas House Bill 62 which made it illegal in Texas to read, write, or send electronic messages while driving. Drivers may text if the vehicle is stopped or if an emergency exists. The bill defines an electronic message as "data that is read from or entered into a wireless communication device for the purpose of communicating with another person."

    Prior efforts to enact similar
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  • Safety Belts And Texas School Buses
    Safety Belts And Texas School Buses
    The safety of children when they are on their way to and from school is always a vital concern among parents, teachers, and school administrators. Every day in Texas, roughly 1.5 million children use a bus as their primary transportation for getting to school or another related activity.

    The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that “every child on every school bus should have a three-point seatbelt.” Many school bus accidents in Texas have included fatalities and injuries that could have been prevented if the buses had been equipped with three-point seat belts. For example, in April of 2017, 23 fourth-graders in Lumberton were hospitalized after a collision involving their school bus, a pickup truck and an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig.

    The Texas Education Agency features a bus accident reporting system to track the
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  • Why Does Texas Have So Many Fatal Truck Accidents?
    Fatal Truck Accidents
    For the most part, fatal motor vehicle accidents have declined over the past decade. Vehicles come with more safety equipment and when crashes do occur, occupants tend to survive without suffering life-threatening injuries.

    There is one state that is actually seeing increases in truck accidents. Texas leads the way in semi truck accident deaths. In fact, the number of fatalities is more than double of those in the second place state, California.

    Between 2015 and 2016, overall fatalities from motor vehicles rose by 5.45 percent—from 3,578 to 3,773. This was the highest number since 2003, when 3,822 traffic fatalities occurred.

    Between 2009 and 2013, semi truck accidents rose by 51 percent—from 352 to 532. In West Texas, truck crashes rose by 50 percent. They went up by 11 percent in Eagle Ford County and a whopping 47 percent in Midland
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  • Certificate of written discovery
    written discovery
    I have been traveling and practicing in various jurisdictions throughout Texas. I had recently encountered local rules I was unfamiliar with that I wanted to pass along…

    That rule being a Certificate of Written Discovery. Although TRCP 191.4 contains no such requirement, Some local rules are permitted and do require parties to file a Certificate of Written Discovery with the court when serving discovery requests or responses…

    Moral of the story: Local rules, local rules, local rules…
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