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A video showing a Dallas man flying off a waterslide has gone viral, and has over a million views. The video was taken with a cell phone, and shows the man at a home overlooking Lake Travis. He is sliding down a waterslide when it suddenly takes a quick turn. His body rode up the slide and went airborne, flipping him backward over the edge.

The man landed about 10 feet down on a rocky hillside and broke his left arm and several ribs. His lower back, shoulders, and side were covered in scrapes and bruises. He is currently recuperating at home.

A large group of friends had rented the house for a long weekend. They were taking turns on the private backyard slide when the man had the accident. He is focused now on his recovery, and refused to answer questions about the house, its owners or any potential legal case.

In situations involving rental homes, landlords have a duty to provide a safe property for tenants. If there are any dangers the landlord knows about or should know about, the landlord has a duty to correct the situation, as well as warning tenants of any potential dangers. If a landlord in Dallas fails to keep his or her property safe, the landlord can be held legally liable for damages.

If you have been injured in an accident in Dallas involving a dangerous condition on a rental property, call the Dallas premises liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. They can help. If they choose to accept your case, you pay nothing in legal fees unless they obtain compensation for you. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation



Boating is a very fun and relaxing way to spend the summer and escape the Texas heat. However, typically there is a flurry of boating accidents during the summer months. In fact, earlier this month a tragic accident occurred involving the toddler son of a Lewisville firefighter. The boy fell off a boat and into Lake Ray Hubbard and was struck by the boat’s propeller. The toddler is expected to survive, but it’s likely the injuries he suffered to his leg and abdomen will affect him the remainder of his life.

The causes of boating accidents vary, but many are due to inexperienced boat drivers taking to the water without much regard for the safety of themselves or their passengers. Operators of boats and personal watercraft, such as jet skis, have a legal responsibility under Texas law to safely operate their watercraft for the benefit of their passengers as well as other individuals sharing the waterways with them. If they fail to do so, they can be held legally responsible.

Tragically, every year people in Texas are killed in boating accidents because of the negligence of others. Some of these deaths are because of direct collisions, while others involve passengers who have been ejected from boats because of the careless actions of another. If you have been the victim of a boating accident, you have the legal right to compensation, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Call the Plano boating accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm if you have been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another party. Our attorneys can help. Call us today at 972-231-5800 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

 

 

 



Homeowners install smoke and fire alarms to protect their property and to save their lives. When smoke alarms function properly, they can be invaluable resources to help protect lives and property in the event of a fire. However, they frequently malfunction and when they do, tragedy can result.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, home fires are the second leading cause of accidental deaths at home. It is also estimated that three out of every five deaths from a house fire occurs because of a smoke alarm failure. It’s critical that smoke and fire alarms are properly installed and maintained.
In many cases, fire alarm failures and smoke detector failures are due to improper installation or defective devices that are not properly working. If a device is not properly installed or if it does not function properly, that can cause the home’s occupants to lose valuable time that would allow them to evacuate and avoid smoke inhalation or risk burning.
If a smoke alarm failed and you or a loved one was harmed as a result, the victims can file a lawsuit against the alarm’s manufacturer or retailer. In some cases, the contractor, landlord, or builder can also be held legally liable. Damages can include compensation for your damaged home, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have been involved in a house fire that occurred because of the failure of a smoke or fire alarm, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.



A new government rule, in addition to a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, would attempt to keep dangerous, unrecalled cars out of the hands of consumers. The rule, which will soon be announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, requires automakers to allow searches for active recalls on their websites. The searches would use a vehicle’s identification number, and the websites must be updated weekly.

The purpose of the new rule is at allow the public to know if a vehicle that they are considering purchasing has been repaired after being recalled. Although 70 percent of vehicles that are recalled are repaired, that still leaves a large amount of vehicles that are subject to recalls that aren’t repaired.

The bill introduced in the Senate also deals with recalled vehicles. The Senate bill, introduced this summer, bans rental car companies from renting out vehicles that are under recall but haven’t been repaired. The bill was inspired by the deaths of two sisters who were killed when their rental PT Cruiser, which was under a recall but hadn’t been repaired, caught fire and caused a head-on collision with a truck.

If you rent a car, it’s important that you check out the vehicle’s safety before renting it. Before leaving in the vehicle, check out whether it’s been recalled for major safety defects on recalls.gov. If the model has been recalled, ask the rental company whether the vehicle has been repaired.

 



Keeping kids safe around pools.

Now that school kids across Dallas are starting their summer vacations, it’s time to start planning summer activities. While you are planning some fun summer activities,  It’s also time to think about keeping kids safe around pools.  About 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths occur between May and August. In order to keep your kids safe, here are a few easy tips to follow:

  • Be vigilant about water safety.    Never leave kids alone near around a pool or other body of water.      Every year in the U.S., thousands of kids are injured in near-drowning accidents, and hundreds of kids drown. Take precautions around home pools, and never leave the kids alone, even for a minute or two. Pool gates and alarms should be used.

 

  • Wear helmets.  If your children are biking or riding a scooter or a go kart, make them wear a helmet. Head injuries can cause death or brain damage. Make sure to choose a helmet that has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

  • Avoid heatstroke. Many people think of heatstroke as a minor issue involving becoming overheated. However, heatstroke is deadly serious. It can result in organ failure and death. To avoid heatstroke, stay hydrated when you are in the heat, and try to stay inside or in the shade during the hottest parts of the day. Children are more susceptible to heatstroke than adults,      because it is harder for their bodies to regulate changes in temperature.

 

  • Avoid sunburns. Getting severely sunburned as a child makes developing skin cancer as an adult much more likely.  Be vigilant with applying sunscreen that has a minimum of 30 SPF.

Summers can be a great time for children and families, but while you are having fun make sure you take steps to protect your family.



In the Dallas area, road construction seems like a constant. Although the construction may just seem like an annoyance to most drivers, statistics show that the road construction in the Dallas – Fort Worth area is actually dangerous. In 2012, Dallas County had 2,446 accidents that were construction-related. Those accidents resulted in nine deaths. Tarrant County had even more – 3,048 accidents in 2012 in which road construction played a role. Among those crashes, 13 were killed.

The director of TXDOT admitted that there has been an increase in work zone crashes and said they are trying to fix the problem by both educational programs and through law enforcement. Although having safeguards in place will help fix part of the problem, another part of the problem relates to drivers. In about half of the construction-related accidents, drivers were either speeding, driving while distracted, or in some cases both.

How do you stay safe in Dallas construction zones?

When you are driving through construction zones, here are a few safety tips you can follow to make sure you don’t end up as a statistic:

–          Don’t speed through construction zones! Drive slower than usual!

–          Keep your eyes on the road. Although sitting in construction traffic can be boring, don’t use that time to send emails or texts. Instead, pay attention to what’s going on around you.

–          Be alert for highway workers. Road construction workers are killed every year in the U.S., and if you pay attention you can avoid accidents.

–          Follow the signs. If the signs tell you to slow down to 30 miles per hour, do so even if that seems too slow.

–          If possible, avoid highway construction altogether. Not only does it slow you down, it can be dangerous and frustrating. If possible, change your routes if you know a road will be under construction.

If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and you have been involved in a road construction accident, call the Dallas work zone accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will provide the help you need.



Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Along with Super Bowl Sunday come parties at which alcohol is served. Although you may not be planning on drinking much, or you think you will be fine to make it the short distance home, that is a deadly mistake. Over 35 percent of fatalities in Texas involve drivers who are under the influence.

Drinking and driving is an especially big problem on football game days in Texas. Football is a Texas tradition, and it’s natural to drink while watching the big game. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a significant percentage of crashes involving alcohol occurred on football game days when a Texas team was playing.

If you plan on celebrating on Super Bowl Sunday, follow a few simple steps to make sure that you don’t injure yourself or anyone else by driving while intoxicated. Don’t drink alcohol too quickly. Make sure you snack while you are drinking. Before you even leave for the party, line up your ride home. If you can’t find someone who won’t be drinking, call a cab or a family member, or make plans to crash on someone’s couch – anything to avoid drinking and driving. Also, don’t let your friends drive drunk.

If you’re hosting a party on Super Bowl Sunday, you should make it your priority to see that all guests get home safely. Serve lots of food at the party. Make sure all of your guests have a plan on how to get home when they arrive. Stop serving alcohol near the end of the game, and keep cab companies’ numbers on hand. You should also make sure that no minors are drinking. Don’t forget, if anyone is involved in a drunk driving accident because they were drinking at your party, you could potentially be held liable.

Stay safe this Super Bowl Sunday, and have a lot of fun. If you’ve been involved in a crash in Dallas in which the other party is at fault, call the Dallas car accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.



Tragically, earlier this week a pedestrian in Plano was struck and killed while attempting to cross the freeway. The victim was a 56 year old man from Dallas. He was killed by a woman who had just entered the freeway and may not have been driving highway speed yet. The woman was not injured. The area in which the man was struck wasn’t far from a bridge that he could have used to walk over the freeway.

It’s sad that thousands of Americans are killed each year in pedestrian accidents when the vast majority of them are very preventable. If you follow a few basic safety tips, you can stay safe as a pedestrian:

–          Be aware of traffic. It’s easy to become engrossed in a smart phone or other distractions while walking. However, if you’re walking beside a busy road, that’s the time to pay attention. Be aware of your surroundings, especially when it’s dark.

–          Stick to routes that are properly marked. If you are walking through an area with a lot of traffic, stick to the areas in which routes are marked. Use crosswalks when possible. If you do have to cross the road at an area other than a crosswalk, pay attention. Don’t cross the freeway at all on foot.

–          Minimize the amount of time walking in the dark. If you do have to walk in the dark, wear light colored clothing and if possible wear something reflective. You may also wish to carry a flashlight. Stay well out of the way of cars in poorly-lit areas.

–          If you see a car slowing down, don’t assume it’s going to let you cross. Just because a car is slowing down, and you want to cross the road, doesn’t mean it’s going to let you cross. The driver may not have even seen you. Instead, wait until there aren’t any cars.

–          Don’t drink and walk.  Although you may think walking around while drinking is a much better form of transportation than driving, walking while drunk can be dangerous too. Instead, find someone to drive you or take a cab.

Here at the Barber Law Firm, we hope you stay safe as a pedestrian. If you ever are injured in a pedestrian accident in the Dallas area, call our Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys at 866-986-1529. We will help you obtain compensation for your accident.



Driving on Icy Roads

January 9, 2013

The Dallas area was in for a nice treat on Christmas Day – the Dallas area was blanketed with a layer of snow between two and four inches. The storm moved fast and resulted in a lot of slippery roads that road crews couldn’t clear fast enough.  Unfortunately, although the crews tried to quickly clear the roads and to prevent snow and ice from sticking, by Christmas night hundreds of accidents had been reported. Some roads and entrance and exit ramps were closed in order to prevent more accidents.

Many Dallas-area drivers aren’t used to driving in ice and snow. The best thing you can do if it’s snowing or there are icy roads is to avoid driving at all. If you have to drive in it, here are some tips you can follow:

–          Try to wait until the snow plows have had a chance to do their work before you drive.

–          Leave yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.

–          If you anticipate driving in icy or snowy weather, and you have little or no experience driving in those conditions, practice in a snowy, open parking lot. This will prepare you for how your vehicle will react.

–          Leave plenty of room between yourself and the next vehicle – experts recommend leaving three times the amount of space that you normally allow.

–          Brake very gently.

–          Turn on your lights, even during the day.

–          Make sure your windshield is clean and that your windshield wipers are operational.

–          Be very careful on bridges and overpasses, as well as on less-traveled roads.

–          Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.

–          Make sure your tires are in good condition before driving – bald tires plus icy roads equals an accident waiting to happen.

We hope you stay safe out there! If you have been involved in an accident due to ice, snow, or other winter weather in the Dallas area, call the Dallas automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will help you obtain compensation for your accident.

 



Parents of small children have enough to worry about over the holidays without worrying about toy safety. A consumer watchdog group in California recently issued a report warning consumers about which toys are potentially hazardous. The group identified four types of risks in toys: choking hazards, toxic toys, magnetic toys and very loud toys.

The group found that a lot of dangers still exist of which consumers aren’t properly warned. Many toys contain levels of lead, cadmium and phthalates that aren’t high enough to violate federal law, but are high enough to be of concern. Most of these toys are manufactured overseas.

A large number of toys contain small parts, but aren’t identified property on the packaging or are marketed to very young children. Those small parts can become a choking hazard for young children. Between 1990 and 2011, 200 children died from choking. Other toys which are excessively loud also can cause hearing loss in children.

Magnetic toys can also pose a risk. Some magnetic toys are made with extremely strong magnets that can pinch fingers or can cause severe damage if swallowed. Some experts estimate that over a three year period recently, 1,700 ER visits were caused from swallowing high powered magnets, most of which involved young children.

Experts recommend that before buying a toy, parents do their research. Unfortunately, there is not a comprehensive nationwide list of potentially dangerous toys. Parents should look for issues like the amount of lead or the number of small parts a toy has before buying the toy. If a toy appears to be unsafe, the toy should be reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.

If your child has been injured by an unsafe toy, you can take legal action against the manufacturer or retailer. If you’re in the Dallas area, contact the Dallas unsafe toy attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us today.





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