Legal News from Lufkin Personal Injury Lawyers

How Do Injured Workers File Lawsuits in Texas?

Employers in Texas are not required to carry workers’ compensation. Some may use occupational accident insurance and others may not carry any type of coverage. For employers that use workers’ compensation, there are some important nuances to understand before discussing third party lawsuits in Texas. In the event you suffer an on-the-job injury and your employer uses workers’ compensation, you will most likely be unable to file a lawsuit. Injured employees use workers’ compensation to pay for medical bills and lost income. Workers’ compensation benefits do not allow for a pain and suffering damages. There are still scenarios where injured workers can file lawsuits, even if their employers are using workers’ compensation. These are called third party lawsuits. As the name implies, third parties may be responsible for on-the-job injuries. This can include the manufacturers of equipment used on job sites, contractors, subcontractors and other motorists. Third party lawsuits allow…
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Why Does Angelina County’s Most Dangerous Intersection Continue Causing Accidents?

Angelina County’s most dangerous intersection recently caused another serious car accident, this time involving a 22-year-old woman and a 2-year-old child. The intersection at U.S. Highway 69 and FM 326 is well known in our county for causing accidents. Nearby residents interviewed by KTRE claim they frequently see serious wrecks occur. One of the residents claimed they had seen four car accidents occur at the intersection in the last month-and-a-half. Why is the intersection a major cause of accidents? Motorists turning onto Highway 69 from FM 326 cannot see oncoming traffic coming from over a hill to the left. Some vehicles travelling on Highway 69 may be speeding, which makes this intersection even more dangerous. Fortunately, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is taking complaints about the intersection seriously. TxDOT will be conducting a signal analysis study at the intersection this week. Data collected from the study will determine whether…
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Are You at Risk for Drowsy Driving?

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study that discovered drowsy drivers cause one in six fatal car accidents. Another study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association claims drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. The study claims that driving after you have been awake for 21 hours is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent, which is considered legally drunk. This number climbs to .10 percent after 24 hours of no sleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has even classified drowsy drivers as “impaired drivers”. It should be obvious that driving without sleep is a major risk factor for drowsy driving. There are other risk factors that people may overlook. What are Other Risk Factors for Drowsy Driving Accidents? If you are planning a road trip in the near future, you should be aware of these risk factors. Sleep…
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