Charles Gifford, 75, was killed last month in a car crash that wasn’t his fault.
He and his dog were taking a drive along State Highway 31 when a pickup truck being driven too fast slammed into him, causing Mr. Gifford’s truck to leave the road and crash into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver of the other pickup — Joseph King, 35, of Tyler — currently sits in Henderson County Jail charged with Negligent Criminal Homicide, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana.
That day … the worst day for Mr. Gifford’s family … was Tuesday, May 9.
The way lawmakers in Washington view our Constitutional rights is funny. One day they will bang the table saying we can’t allow the slightest erosion in what our forefathers gave us and the next day they will help big business blatantly steal the Constitution.
Actually, I don’t think this is funny at all. I think it is frightening because it appears our rights are for sale to the highest bidder.
Right now, Congress is trying to pass a law that would limit our ability to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for hurting people with dangerous drugs or medical devices.
More Americans died while at work in 2015 than in the previous six years, according to information released recently by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There were 4,836 workplace deaths in 2015, the most since 2008.
When CBS 19 needed an expert on distracted driving, they turned to Jeff Weinstein.
The Lone Star State marks a deadly milestone on Monday as at least one fatality has occurred each and every day on Texas roadways since Nov. 7, 2000. In an effort to end this deadly 16-year streak, the Texas Department of Transportation, through its #EndTheStreakTX campaign, reminds drivers to stay alert, obey traffic laws and take personal responsibility behind the wheel.
“Every day for the past 16 years, somebody has lost a spouse, child, friend or neighbor on Texas roadways,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “These deadly crashes are a sobering reminder that we must do everything in our power to stay focused and safe while driving. We can stop this staggering streak if every driver makes it a priority to be safe, focused and responsible. Let’s end the streak.”
Central Nervous System injuries remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for young people throughout the world. In 1998, 148,000 Americans died from various injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused 50,000 deaths. The average incidence (combined hospitalization and mortality rates) is 95 cases per 100,000 population. Twenty-two percent of people who have a TBI die from their injuries. In addition, approximately 10,000-20,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year.
The risk of incurring a TBI is especially high among adolescents, young adults, and people older than 75 years. For all ages, the risk of TBI is twice as high for males as for females. Motor vehicle crashes, violence, and falls are the leading causes of TBI. Nearly two thirds of firearm-related TBIs are classified as suicidal in intent.
It is nearly impossible to separate football and concussions these days, particularly after a $1 billion legal settlement against the NFL. According to a USA Today story, the NFL expects as many as 6,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia someday because of the hits to the head players experience.
The hitting in the NFL is often compared to being in a severe car crash.
But what if you really are in a severe car crash? Shouldn’t you be just as concerned?
Football players often try and shake off a hit and go back in the game, feeling like they can still play. The NFL now has doctors on the sidelines to specifically watch for concussion symptoms and to protect players from themselves.
The Texas Department of Transportation is focusing on child passenger safety this week.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 child seats are improperly installed. Officials encourage caregivers to make an appointment for a free inspection at TxDOT’s 25 statewide district offices.
Students are headed back to school this week across Texas and that means fleets of big, yellow buses will be back on the roads.
According to an Aug. 6 report in the Killeen Daily Herald based on information from the Texas Education Agency, there have been 122,212 students involved in bus accidents statewide over the past five years. Those accidents involved nearly 10,000 school buses.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that children are in more danger getting on or off the bus than when actually riding the bus. From 2003 to 2012, 174 school-age children died in school transportation related incidents and 119 of those were pedestrians.
No Distracted Driving, or NoDD, was created by Jeff Weinstein in 2010. As an attorney, Jeff has seen the destruction caused by distracted drivers first hand. His successful law practice in Athens was built by protecting the rights of those injured in catastrophic accidents and guiding devastated families through the legal maze that often follows.
But what Jeff would really like is for there to be no accidents in the first place.
“For more than 20 years, I have devoted my life to helping accident victims recover from their injuries, both physical and emotional,” he said. “In that time, I have seen many unfortunate events, most of which could have been avoided if not for the carelessness of another.”
“Today, my goal is to help prevent accidents from occurring by preaching safety and injury prevention. Promoting safety and protecting rights should go hand in hand,” he said.
Leaning on Jeff’s extensive experience as a lecturer, NODD offers free, multimedia Distracted Driving presentations to schools, businesses and civic groups.
The goal of NODD is to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to encourage drivers to put down their cell phones while driving; no talking, texting, web-surfing or emailing.
“Just drive with your attention focused on driving,” Jeff said. “Keep our roadways, and yourself, safe.”
If you are interested in having someone from Weinstein Law speak to your organization about distracted driving, call us at 903-677-5333.