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Suicide: A wrongful death after a crash?

There are many times when people get into crashes and end up with serious injuries and then struggle with mental health issues as a result. Some may suffer from head injuries that cause anxiety or depression, and others may develop these conditions as a result of changes that occur because of injuries or the impact of the accident.

Even something as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder can suddenly begin to impact a victim's life days or weeks following a collision. It's important to get victims psychological support, because if not, they could end up in a dark place. If they commit suicide, it may create a question about whether or not this was a wrongful death linked to the collision.

Learn about your rights to file a wrongful death claim

After an accident claims your loved one's life, you may be so paralyzed by grief that you don't realize that you have avenues to potential justice for your loss. When the event that killed your spouse or other family member was the result of someone's negligence or other wrongdoing, there may be a criminal prosecution.

However, many -- if not most -- accidental deaths do not rise to the criminal level. It is those instances where justice must be sought through the Texas civil court system.

Dallas police shooting spawns many questions

An almost unfathomable incident recently occurred in Dallas. A young man was lawfully occupying his apartment on the fourth floor of his apartment complex when an off-duty Dallas policewoman shot and killed him.

Her defense? She thought that she was in her own apartment located on the floor beneath her victim's nearly identical apartment. She claimed to have mistakenly parked on the wrong floor, thus setting off the fatal chain of events.

A distracted truck driver can wreck your life

The life of a long-haul trucker is often a lonely one. They are separated from family and loved ones for extended periods of time and only able to communicate sporadically with them via electronic devices.

Those devices can be their lifelines, but can also prove deadly — and not just to the truck drivers themselves. Use of these devices behind the wheel exposes all motorists and passengers in close proximity to them to great risk of accidents.

Bus accident claims 8 lives

In most cases, riding a Greyhound bus to your destination is a relatively stress-free way to travel. Not having to concentrate on driving, you can nap, or using the bus WiFi, surf the web on your phone or tablet.

But is it safe? That's one question being asked in the wake of the recent deadly bus accident in New Mexico.

Can semitrucks travel in the left lane in Texas?

You're headed down I-10 and wind up stuck behind a semitruck riding in the left lane. With nothing to see but the rear of the big rig's bumper, your drive quickly becomes monotonous.

You want to pass, but there's no room. You wonder whether the trucker will ever move over into the right lane.

3 tips to avoid distractions while driving

Whether you are sitting in traffic in downtown Houston or heading out of town for a long weekend, driving can often seem like a boring task. During the commute to work or a day-long drive across the state, it can become tempting to engage in other tasks in order to alleviate the boredom.

For example, you might think that your morning drive to work is a good time to catch up on emails. Unfortunately, this behavior qualifies as distracted driving and can lead to an accident. Even paying too much attention the scenery instead of the road is a form of distracted driving and can be dangerous.

Play it safe on the roads this Labor Day weekend

Houston residents love a good time, and there's lots of fun to be had over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. It's traditionally a time to gather with friends and family to honor the contributions of American workers and give them a day off.

However, many view Labor Day as the last gasp of summer and head out onto the highways to pack as much fun in as possible over the three-day holiday. Millions of motorists and passengers will clog the roads this Labor Day weekend, as it remains one of the year's busiest periods for traveling.

Some days are more dangerous than others for driving

You might think that every time you get behind the wheel and drive through Houston, you have an almost equal chance of becoming involved in a wreck. Unfortunately, there are certain times and days when the risk increases.

Some people might assume that these more dangerous times occur during rush hour of the work week. According to Avvo, an online review site that conducted a study reported be the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most dangerous day to be on the road is Saturday. Furthermore, the safest day to be on the road is Tuesday.

Be safe swimming in pools and soaking in spas

While the kids may already be back in school, the heat of the Houston summer continues unabated. That means that adults and children alike are still seeking relief from the high temps and humidity by taking cool dips in pools and relaxing in spas.

But there are hidden dangers in these favorite pastimes of Houstonians, and a major risk is that of entrapment in uncovered drains.

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