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Nobody hops in their car expecting that a serious defect could endanger their life. The truth is that there are thousands of moving parts in a vehicle, and defects or malfunctions can cause accidents and injuries in many different ways. At Williams Hart, some of the most common car defect/malfunction cases we handle include:
Defective airbags: Airbags may fail to deploy during a car accident, resulting in severe injuries to the driver and passengers.
Defective seat belts: Faulty or poorly designed seat belts may fail to work as intended, causing preventable injuries.
Roof crush: Poor vehicle designs in roof structures may fail after a rollover accident and crush the victims inside.
Fuel system defects: Defective fuel systems may stall vehicles on the road, leaving them vulnerable to being struck by other cars or trucks.
Defective brakes: When brakes fail to work, they may result in rear-end collisions that leave victims injured.
Defective headlights: If a driver is on the road at night and the headlights on his or her vehicle go out, it can be hazardous for the driver and other vehicles on the road.
Loss of power steering: A sudden loss of power steering poses a serious risk to drivers as they are not able to properly operate and steer the vehicle.
Fire Hazards: Leaking gas tanks or faulty electrical wires in your vehicle can pose fire hazards to you and your family.
Unsafe vehicle design: A poorly designed vehicle may cause injuries or death to drivers in the event of an accident. There is an industry safety standard in the United States, and when manufacturers fall short of this standard, they need to be held accountable.
Highway defects are a significant cause of car accidents. A defective highway can result from poor design, bad construction, or faulty maintenance. It is estimated that 20% of all fatal road accidents involve a single car that runs off a road or highway, often causing other accidents. While government officials argue that these accidents result from negligent drivers, defective highways may also be a part of the cause of these types of accidents. Highway defect accidents are complex and rather expensive to litigate. Local, state and federal government bodies that control roads and highways have strong defenses put in place to protect their interests. Therefore, litigating a highway defect case can be quite challenging.
Our Houston highway defect attorneys can assess whether a highway defect may have contributed to your motor vehicle accident that resulted in injuries to you or someone close to you. If so, they can help you bring legal action against the responsible party, usually a government body. A lawsuit can help you recover significant monetary compensation to pay for your accident-related expenses. Lawyers who successfully win cases on behalf of their client can also sometimes force government bodies to change the laws surrounding highway and road design and construction, making roads safer in the future. To learn more about your legal options, contact the lawyers at Williams Hart today.
Traffic in Houston is a well-publicized issue, even on sunny days. When dangerous driving conditions such as rain or ice are present, traffic becomes even worse. Under these riskier conditions, reckless driving becomes even more of an issue. Even the smallest amount of rain mixed with oils can make for a slick roadway, so operating a vehicle with caution is important. Unfortunately, there are some drivers that fail to do so.
The Houston dangerous driving conditions lawyers at Williams Hart understand the physical and economical suffering caused by reckless drivers in dangerous conditions. We feel that those drivers should be held accountable for their actions and our attorneys strive to legally protect the victims of accidents caused by these reckless drivers.
When mistakes are made behind the wheel, they can have serious and often deadly consequences. This is one reason automobile manufacturers have been trying to minimize human error in a vehicle with everything from screens that assist in backing up to driverless cars. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supports the need for such technology, reporting that in 2016, approximately 94% of car accidents were caused by driver error.
Reading these statistics are sobering enough, but becoming one of the statistics is a life-altering experience. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of another driver’s error, you understand the magnitude of these mistakes. If you are trying to piece your life back together a serious injury, contact an experienced Houston driver error car accident attorney who can fight your legal battles while you focus on recovery. The legal team at Williams Hart is ready to help you get the compensation you are owed for your injury claim.Causes of Car Accidents: Driver Error
Drivers who engage in other activities while driving take a portion of the attention they should afford to the road and exhaust it on something else. The effects of distracted driving can be disastrous and result in serious injury or even death.
The legal team at the Williams Hart recognizes that drivers who partake in this reckless behavior deserve to be held responsible for the consequences of their actions. Our Houston distracted driver victim attorneys are devoted to helping the victims of distracted drivers develop a strong case and secure any compensation for which they may be eligible. We have recovered billions of dollars for our clients and we can do the same for you.
When fatigued, driving a vehicle can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Lack of sleep and other factors that cause fatigue should keep drivers off the road, as they may cause serious car accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers do not address the severity of their fatigue and cause accidents that can injure and kill those involved. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a tired driver, the Houston driver fatigue lawyers at Williams Hart may be able to help you seek compensation for the injuries you have sustained.
Behind the wheel, impatience leads to reckless driving, and it is unequivocally true that reckless driving puts others in danger. Unfortunately, society shows no signs of slowing down. To protect yourself and your loved ones, defensive driving is more important than ever to combat the rise of reckless driving.
Even the most cautious drivers can suddenly find themselves as victims of reckless driving. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to another driver’s reckless behavior, you are probably still reeling from the shock, pain, and disbelief. Car accidents can cause a host of problems, from property damage to serious bodily harm or even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 35,092 car accident fatalities in 2015. 9,557 of those fatalities involved speeding, which accounts for 27% of the total car accident deaths. From 2014 to 2015, there was a 3% increase in speeding-related fatalities. In 2015, 32% of males aged 15–24 years old who were involved in a fatal crash were speeding. In the same year, 45% of all drivers who were speeding had been drinking.
Texas was ranked by the NHTSA as the state with the most speeding-related traffic fatalities in 2015, with a total of 1,105 deaths. Those speeding-related deaths accounted for 31% of the total traffic fatalities in Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County ranks second in the state for the highest number of speed-involved fatal crashes next to Dallas County. In 2016, Harris County experienced 83 fatal, 91 fatalities, 128 incapacitating injuries, and a total of 1,573 speed-related crashes.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 915 drivers under the influence of alcohol who were involved in an accident that led to a fatality in 2016. In Texas, there were 884 fatal DUI crashes, 1,682 incapacitating DUI crashes, 987 DUI fatalities, and 2,302 incapacitating DUI injuries. In 2016, Harris County saw 149 fatal crashes and 159 fatalities that were the result of drivers driving under the influence. In total there were 2,941 total crashes from those driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2016, 26% of all people killed in car accidents in Texas were involved in a crash where a driver was under the influence of alcohol.
The Department of Transportation also reported that in 2016 there were more DUI/alcohol crashes reported between 2:00 am–2:59 am than any other time of day, and the crashes took place most frequently on Saturday. This lines up with the time that bars close, and it is a good reason to exercise extreme caution if you have to drive late on the weekends.
Asbestos is a natural mineral and extremely strong, fire-resistant material that was commonly used in construction work--particularly in plumbing and flooring materials--prior to the 1980s. While its toxicity has been widely scrutinized in recent years, many people remain unaware of its hazardous properties. Asbestos in its complete form is not dangerous, but when its fibers are broken and inhaled, they can attach themselves to a person’s lungs and cause a number of damaging complications.
Asbestos exposure can lead to long term suffering and, in some cases, death. Those who were wrongfully exposed might qualify for financial compensation. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos and is now suffering from an asbestos-related condition, contact an experienced Houston asbestos attorney of Williams Hart today.
Anyone who worked with or around asbestos could develop one of the harmful forms of mesothelioma cancer, however, the following workers are more likely to have encountered asbestos in their careers:
Prior to 1979, construction workers were frequently required to work in close proximity to asbestos if not to be involved in its direct handling. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a number of severe health concerns, including the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Many construction workers have developed and continue to develop mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure in the workplace.
Asbestos is known to be a harmful substance, and it can cause several very serious physical conditions that can affect the rest of a person’s life. Most of these conditions gradually worsen over time, but won’t show signs of their presence until years after a person was initially exposed. The development of an asbestos-related condition usually follows these steps:
Inhalation of broken asbestos fibers.
Attachment of the fibers to a person’s lungs.
Gradual irritation of lungs and development of scar tissue.
Deepening of scar tissue into cancerous tumor.
Spread of cancer or other harmful conditions.