ITC Deer Park Chemical Fire Investigation Reveals Startling Facts

On March 17, 2019, a huge fire erupted at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. (ITC) bulk liquid storage terminal which sent a large black cloud high over Deer Park and surrounding communities east of Houston, Texas.  The fire, which ultimately was allowed largely to burn out, spawned lawsuits from thousands of residents and Harris County for […]

SMIDSY Motorcycle Crashes

Recently, a motorcycle rider and passenger en route to another motorcycle rider’s funeral never made it.  According to witnesses and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, the wreck occurred on Highway 90 not far from the Sam Houston Parkway. A tow truck pulling out of a gas station tried to merge with westbound Highway 90 traffic. But […]

Johnson & Johnson Faces Criminal Probe Over Talc-Asbestos Link

As civil claims and regulatory actions against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson continue to pick up steam, a federal grand jury may turn up the heat even more. A Waxhington, D.C. grand jury is investigating allegations that J&J knew its talcum powder was laced with asbestos, but did nothing about the problem. Company officials admit […]

Johnson & Johnson Settle Hip Implant Cases

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson promised tens of thousands of people that its cutting-edge Pinnacle artificial hips would give patients more active lives. However, for many, their lives got worse.  So, after years of litigation, J&J and its DuPuy subsidiary agreed to create a $1 billion settlement fund for victims. The settlement covers about two-thirds […]

New Texas Law Aimed at Porch Pirates Makes Stealing Mail a Felony

Stealing Packages is Now a Felony in Texas Beginning September 1, 2019, anyone convicted for stealing mail in Texas could face felony charges. Partly due to the rise of online shopping, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 37 to prevent “porch pirates” from stealing mail left out in the open. The bill defines mail as […]

Driverless Cars and the Future of Auto Accident Liability

The idea that cars could drive themselves was once though to be merely a fantasy. Today, virtually every major auto manufacturer is in a foot race to be the first to get driverless cars into production. In fact, there are 52 different companies in California alone that have been approved to test self-driving vehicles ranging […]

Liability Issues in Bikeshare and Dockless Scooter Accidents

Not too long ago, probably about the time Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies took off, someone had a really good idea. Why not do the same thing for bicycles? Shortly thereafter, bicycle sharing apps began popping up in the Apple and Google stores. The bicycles themselves began appearing as well. These systems proved quite […]

Dallas Crane Collapse Raises Several Questions

Sunday June 9, 2019. As heavy winds ripped through Dallas and other parts of Texas, a crane toppled and crashed into an apartment complex below leaving one dead, several other’s injured and hundreds of residents without a home. The apartments, known as Elan City Lights, were not even under construction. The crane was on an […]

Delivery Truck Crash Kills Elderly Woman

On, May 20th, 2019,  a pile-up crash involving a water delivery truck and passenger car resulted in the death of a 79-year-old woman. The wreck happened on the Northwest Freeway service road near the Gessner Road intersection. According to police and witnesses, a ReadyRefresh water delivery driver ran a red light and t-boned a pickup […]

The Five Kinds of Driving Impairment

Wind gusts and lightning strikes cause a few Harris County vehicle collisions every year. But most car crashes are not “accidents.” In fact, human error is directly or indirectly responsible for over 90 percent of these incidents. Driving impairment is often a major factor in these.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified five […]

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