There are times when the bare elements of a case make it abundantly clear that a viable personal injury or wrongful death claim exists. As an example, consider the horrible Amtrak derailment that happened in May up in the northeast part of the country.
We've dedicated a fair amount of blog space to the issue of faulty airbags made by Japanese part-maker Takata. In one post we focused on the fact that an environment of confusion has apparently made this bad situation worse.
Sometimes companies do the right thing and take responsibility when tragedies occur. At least, sometimes they try to. We saw it happen recently when the airline Germanwings announced it is offering 25,000 euros in compensation to relatives of passengers who died in March when a pilot decided to fly their plane into a mountainside. The amount is in addition to 50,000-euro payments issued as part of financial assistance required by German law.
There can be little doubt that driving while intoxicated continues to be a significant problem in Texas and the rest of the country. Our state consistently receives the dubious distinction of having the highest number of fatalities due to drunk driving. The latest numbers for 2013 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show Texas in the top spot again with 1,337 deaths. California follows with 867.
Federal transportation statistics show that a disproportionate number of large trucks are involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes. Just 4 percent of all registered vehicles nationwide in 2012 were large trucks. However, the largest, heaviest vehicles on the road were involved in 8 percent of all fatalities.