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Man seeks compensation after slip-and-fall injury

A Texas man who slipped and fell while attending an event at the University of Houston is pursuing legal action for his damages. He is suing a number of companies involved with maintaining the Cullen Performance Hall at the university, including ACS Flooring Group, ACS Maintenance Solutions, Aramark Solutions and Aramark Confection Corp. The man said that he was injured two years before on October 31, 2016, when he fell after slipping on a substance in the performance hall's lobby. He says that the companies involved were performing maintenance and renovations in the area when the incident occurred.

In the lawsuit, the man said that the substance he slipped on appeared to be floor stripper being used by the companies as part of maintenance work. He also said that despite the work being done, the companies did not post any signs or put up any barricades directing pedestrians away from the area, which are actions that could have prevented the slip-and-fall accident. He is seeking unspecified monetary damages as well as a jury trial on the claim.

How workers can prevent slip-and-fall injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur on almost any property, so workers in Texas will want to consider the following tips for reducing the risk. Slip and falls occur most often between December and February, and they can result in a range of injuries from sprains, strain and bruises to broken bones and concussions.

Falls from the same level are especially prevalent. People can also fall on ice and snow, from ladders and scaffolding, on stairs and into openings. Slips usually occur on liquids or grease. OSHA does require fall protection for workers in general industries who are 4 feet off the ground and for construction workers at 6 feet off the ground.

Bike safety tips for all cyclists

Cycling in and around Austin is one of the greatest joys that comes with living in the city. Cruising by the Texas State Capitol or taking in the views while riding around Lake Travis is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially during the cooler autumn months. And, while Austin does have a strong cycling community, people driving cars do not necessarily take the care they should when they share the road with cyclists.

Whether you are a beginner cyclist or have years of experience, it is vital to not only know the techniques to stay comfortable on your bike but ways you can increase your safety while on the road. Here are a few tips to help you have a safe cycling experience the next time you go for a ride.

Brake safety campaign kicking off in September

Texas readers may be interested in knowing that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be kicking off "Brake Safety Week" in mid-September. During this initiative, technicians will perform roadside inspections on the brake systems of commercial trucks across North America.

"Brake Safety Week" is a follow-up to CVSA's International Roadcheck, which was held June 5-7. Just over 67,500 roadside inspections were held during that campaign. Of those, 45,400 were Level I inspections, which are the most detailed inspections CVSA technicians perform. Nearly 22 percent of all trucks that underwent Level I inspections were pulled from service while nearly 4 percent of drivers who underwent Level I, II or II inspections were taken off the road. In total, 11,897 trucks and buses and 2,664 drivers were pulled from service during the initiative.

Feds make new recommendations for motorcycle equipment

Motorcyclists face numerous challenges on the roads that automobile drivers don’t. Motorcycles do not have a protective metal barrier, they are much less visible than other vehicles and their bikes are more vulnerable to weather and terrain. As a result, motorcycle safety recommendations are crucial to keep riders safe.

Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued new guidelines regarding motorcycle equipment. When a federal agency makes new safety recommendations, it is crucial that the motorcycle industry heeds these guidelines.

Steps to help protect yourself and your kids from dog bites

People tend to think of dogs as sources of companionship, entertainment and protection. However, dogs can also be the source of serious injury and trauma for people. Certain dogs don't know how to behave properly around small children or unfamiliar adults. Other dogs receive training from a young age that increases the risk that they pose to the public.

When a dog attacks a person, it can cause severe damage to the body. Major scarring is also a concern, as is psychological trauma resulting from the attack. The best option is usually to do anything in your power to avoid a dog bite attack. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of a dog bite for you and the children in your family.

What are your rights as a pedestrian in Texas?

There are many legalities that prove to be complex and confusing, especially when they are state-specific. If you are traveling on the streets of Texas, there are pedestrian laws you’ll want to know. Pedestrians laws are intended to help enforce safety on Texas roadways. We can all help avoid pedestrian accidents by obeying these laws.

Texas has specific laws that not only apply to drivers, but also pedestrians regarding marked and unmarked crosswalks.

Staying safe when sharing the road with trucks

When driving on the highways, you are at an unfortunate disadvantage if involved in a crash with a larger vehicle. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial trucks have large blind spots, long stopping distances and limited maneuverability when operating.

Being a truck driver is not an easy job, as it takes a lot of skill to navigate an 80,000-pound rig through various driving conditions. As a small vehicle driver, it can be scary sharing the road with big commercial vehicles. You may benefit from educating yourself on how to safely share the road with trucks.

What Are My Rights as a Passenger in a Car Accident?

If you are injured while a passenger in a car involved in an accident in Texas, you should know your legal rights. More than 80,000 people are injured each year in crashes in Texas. Passengers in car accidents have important rights, but many people do not take advantage of the rights provided by law and are left with medical debt.

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