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U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board probe Houston-area chemical plants

On January 30, 2020, a gas well fire at The Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Burleson County triggered a massive explosion and killed three workers. This marked the seventh Houston-area incident since mid-2018 to catch the attention of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Prior to that, the board only conducted investigations in the Houston area once...

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Chemical plant explosions in Houston are becoming a growing threat to public safety

Multiple chemical plant explosions and fires have occurred throughout Texas within the past few years, resulting in several injuries and fatalities. In March of 2019, an explosion and fire at Intercontinental Terminals Co.'s Deer Park facility burned for three days and pumped copious amounts of black smoke into the air (which could be seen as...

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How safe are pedestrians on Houston roads?

According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were 4,414 pedestrian fatalities across the United States in 2008 — accounting for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities. By 2017, that number rose to 5,977 or 16 percent. Overall, the rate of pedestrian deaths has risen by 35 percent, while other traffic fatalities...

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Preventing Child Fatalities Caused by Crashes

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among children, underscoring the life-saving importance of child car seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the seats reduce the chance of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. NHTSA also reports that an alarming 46 percent of seats are...

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Houston attorneys offer best ideas to avoid bicycle crashes in protected bike lanes

Cycling has become increasingly popular in Houston. With this growing popularity comes the good and the bad. Infrastructural improvements around the city have become more accommodating for bicyclists, as Houston continues to expand its on-street bikeways and off-street trails. On the other hand, bicycle fatalities have increased by 25 percent since their lowest point in...

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Houston Attorneys Weigh in on the Dangers City Intersections Pose to Disabled Pedestrians

Statewide data asserts that Houston leads Texas as the most dangerous city for road users. According to a 2017 Texas Department of Transportation report, approximately 226 people died on Houston roads. Across the state of Texas, pedestrians are especially at risk. A 2018 report by the Governors' Association for Highway Safety concluded that Texas ranks...

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New Texas Law Cracks Down on Unsafe Tires

Texas legislators are protecting drivers by passing a bill prohibiting the installation of unsafe, used tires. The bill, which was adopted with the bipartisan support of state lawmakers and sent to Governor Gregg Abbott for his signature: Defines the characteristics of unsafe tires Forbids businesses from knowingly installing unsafe tires on any vehicle traveling on...

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