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Tragically, a former NASA astronaut was killed in Florida last week while jet skiing. His son was jet skiing with him and accidentally struck the back of the jet ski on which the astronaut was riding. He was thrown into the water, later lost consciousness, and passed away later at a hospital.

Unfortunately, accidents like this one are not uncommon. Every summer in the United States, thousands of people head to the water to ride on jet skis. Some of the most popular jet skis are manufactured by Honda, Sea-Doo, and Yamaha.

Jet skis are fun and provide family recreation. When something goes wrong, like someone does not follow the rules or is unprepared, accidents can happen. Some injuries to riders could include chest or head trauma, drowning, burns, hypothermia, spinal cord damage, carbon monoxide poisoning, and broken bones. A study from the Coast Guard in 2002 found that the user of a jet ski was 7.2 times more likely to get hurt than a person in a motor boat, and 31.6 times more likely to get hurt than a canoer or a kayaker.

Jet skis are propelled by jets of water and can only steer when the power is on. When you let go of the throttle the personal watercraft will coast in the direction it was going. Turning the handlebars when there is no power will have little or no effect on the direction of the personal watercraft. Inexperienced riders are often shocked when this happens. Some newer jet skis have systems that will allow quicker stops and more effective turning under low power conditions.

If you have been injured by another person while jet skiing, or if the jet ski malfunctioned, causing an accident, you are entitled to file a lawsuit against the individual or the manufacturer of the personal watercraft. If you’re in Dallas, call the jet ski accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.

A tragic accident claimed the life of one teen and left another teen in critical condition early Saturday morning. The accident occurred at 5:40 a.m. Saturday, when a Lexus sedan that was traveling west on Interstate 20 drifted off the road. The vehicle then crashed into Fish Creek under the interstate.

An 18 year old high school senior was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died. Another 19 year old high school senior was transporter in critical condition to Baylor University. The driver, who is 19, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

This tragic accident altered the lives of two families forever. What’s especially tragic is that the accident could have been avoided. Although it’s not clear what caused the accident, there were likely several factors at play. First, statistics show that teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident when there are other teens in the car. Other teens can be extremely distracting to inexperienced teen drivers. In addition, the accident occurred when it was still dark outside – poor visibility often contributes to serious accidents. Finally, fatigue also can play a huge role in serious accidents – the accident occurred at 5:40 a.m., and the teens may have been up most of the night.

It’s important to warn teen drivers in your family of the hazards of inexperienced drivers riding with other teens. If you are the parent of a new teen driver, you may want to set strict limits about who the teen can drive with, and what times the teen is allowed to be on the road.

Have you been involved in a serious accident involving a teen? Do you believe you may be entitled to compensation as a result of the accident? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will analyze your case to determine whether you may have a claim for damages. Call us today.

Tragically, a catering service employee was killed at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport on Sunday morning. The victim, who was in his 50s, was on the loading dock and was struck by a truck. The victim died on the scene. No details of how the accident occurred are being released. The airport’s Department of Public Safety is investigating. The accident did not affect flight operations at DFW, but did affect the catering services to some flights.

The loved ones of accident victims such as this man, who die in on-the-job accidents, are entitled to fair compensation. By law, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Employees that are injured on the job are entitled to receive money for medical expenses as well as any wages they lost because of time off from work due to an injury. In addition, if an employee is permanently injured, the employee is entitled to receive extra compensation which varies depending on the injury.

Some employees may choose not to accept workers’ compensation, or their employers may not have workers’ compensation insurance. In that case, the employee may choose to sue the employer for injuries.

Workers’ compensation cases can be complication and expensive. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Dallas workers’ compensation attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today.

Tragedy struck a Dallas area family the other day when a mother accidentally ran over her son with her vehicle. The mother was dropping off her two children at their grandmother’s house before heading to work. She saw her daughter get out and head towards the house, but didn’t see her four year old son. She started backing up to look for her son, but didn’t realize he was bent over behind her vehicle until it was too late. The boy suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately he passed away.

Unfortunately, backing accidents are common – they cause about 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. Backing accidents are especially common with SUVs and children under the age of five. However, if you follow a few simple rules, the majority of backing accidents can be avoided.

First, know where your vehicle’s blind spots are. For larger vehicles, blind spots can be significant. Remember that your mirrors cannot show you everything while you are backing. Before you back up, consider doing a walk-around or use a spotter who can tell you if it’s clear. When you are choosing a parking space, think ahead – choose a space with an easy exit if possible. If it’s possible to avoid backing up, and if you are in an area where backing up could be dangerous, park so backing up won’t be required. Finally, if you are in an area with small children, either visually locate the children before backing up, do a walk around, or ask a spotter if it’s clear before backing up.

If you have small children, consider a long term solution. You may wish to install rear vision camera systems, which can help you see the rear of your vehicle with no blind spots. If you have a new vehicle, practice backing it up so you get used to the way it reverses before you are in a situation where you have to reverse.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a backing up accident? If so, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will help you get compensation for your injuries.



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