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Recent Study Finds Fatal Crashes More Likely at Intersections with Traffic Lights

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A recent study by Rice University's Kinder Institute found that intersections with stop lights are nine times more likely to have a fatal crash with pedestrians and bicyclists than those without stop lights. The study was prompted by the death of Rice University Professor Marjorie Corcoran who was hit and killed by a METRO light rail train near the Houston Medical Center in February. During the study, researchers examined records of all traffic crashes within the city of Houston from January 2010 to September 2016. Throughout this six-year period, there were 3,952 intersection-related automobile accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Of those accidents, 90 resulted in a fatality, 1,802 resulted in an injury, and 2,060 were no-injury crashes. From 2012 to 2015, researchers noted a 42 percent increase in intersection-related collisions in Houston.

Turbulence Injuries Aboard Commercial Flights

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Although commercial airline travel is the safest form of transportation, injuries aboard a plane can still occur. Most of these in-flight injuries are caused by sudden turbulence and even though turbulence is a common occurrence during any flight, serious turbulence can be dangerous. On June 20, 2017, 10 people were injured on a United Airlines flight from Panama City, Panama to Houston, Texas due to severe turbulence near Cancun, Mexico. Although the plane landed safely in Houston, all 10 people were taken to local hospitals.

Prominent Houston Doctor Sues Methodist Hospital for Secret Recordings

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Earlier this month, Dr. Eric Haufrect sued Houston Methodist Hospital alleging the hospital recorded conversations between patients and nurses without their knowledge or consent. The lawsuit alleges this was Methodist's policy possibly for as long as eight years. Additionally, Dr. Haufrect alleges retaliation from the hospital for speaking out against the recordings.

Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Nursing Home

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The family of Bessie Shealey, a 73-year-old woman who died last year is suing a nursing home in Deep Creek, alleging the staff there didn't properly monitor and care for a bedsore, leading to her death.

The Safest States: Where Does Texas Rank?

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How safe are residents of Texas compared to residents of other states in the nation?

As it turns out, Texas is not among the safest states, according to data compiled by WalletHub. The popular personal finance website analyzed data and ranked the 50 states in order from safest to most dangerous. Data from 37 key safety indicators in five different categories was analyzed:

Flying Object Kills Another Texas Motorist

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For the second time in one week, a flying object has killed a Texas motorist. On June 10th, a 69-year-old woman was killed when a trailer hitch ball crashed through the windshield of her car and struck her in the head. The woman was immediately taken to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The Houston Police Department is conducting an investigation surrounding the details of the accident. It is currently unclear where the trailer hitch ball came from and how it got loose.

Six Flags Great America Responsible for Mother's Injury

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In the U.S., millions of people of all ages visit theme parks each year. The initial fear of a ride usually stems from a possibility of accidents or the feeling of being out of control. Most people overcome their fears by assuring themselves that the rides offer a "safe" thrill. This unfortunately was not the case for Shatoya Meeks, who visited Six Flags Great America in July 2011, one of the nation's largest theme parks. Meeks was taken to the hospital after she sustained injuries to her wrist and hands while riding Wahoo Racer at the Gurnee at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. Meeks' attorneys claimed that Six Flags personnel failed to operate the slide properly, failed to inspect the ride prior to opening, and failed to warn park customers of the present dangers.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency Withdraws Jones Act Proposal

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Last month the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) announced that it will suspend and reconsider a set of regulatory amendments to the Jones Act that were proposed by the Obama administration.

10-Year-Old Boy Killed When Crushed Between Driveway Gate and Wall

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In February of this year, a 10-year-old boy, Aiden Rodriguez, was killed when a driveway security gate crushed him and caused fatal injuries. Aiden's parents have filed a lawsuit against the gate's manufacturer and the homeowner, seeking damages in excess of $1 million.

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