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As a resident of Houston, Texas, a hectic driving environment has surrounded you for as long as you’ve lived here. The city shows up in almost all of the “Top Cities With Worst Traffic” lists, most often toward the top. According to a March 2015 article published by The Houston Chronicle, drivers in the region waste 85 hours per year—more than three and a half days—plodding along the highways and streets of Houston. With the current gas prices, that can add up very quickly.
For a number of years, the car accident statistics were improving for Houston, but the improvement seemed short lived after the cause was revealed. The decrease in car accidents was directly related to the decrease in people driving. Houston residents were driving less because they were unemployed and didn’t have anywhere they needed to go daily.
This week certainly called for a celebration, as it was our 11th anniversary as a firm! Our office was quite jovial this week as we took some time to reflect on all of our past experiences and celebrate our many years as a law firm here in the great city of Houston, Texas.
The thing is, not all local businesses can say that they’ve been around for 11 years. And for our longevity, we truly thank the people of Houston, Texas.
You and your family are driving home from a friend’s house on a Sunday evening. It had been a day full of cheering on the Texans, card games, and lots of laughs.
As you pull into an intersection, an approaching pickup truck runs a red light. Seeing your brake lights too late, the driver tries to avoid your vehicle—but to no avail.
Twisting metal, shattering glass, and the jerk of your car instantly changing direction fling you and your family onto the nearby sidewalk.
Amidst the terror, confusion, pain, and shrieking bystanders, you need to act.
But what do you do?
In 2013, there were 65,539 serious injury crashes in Texas. In those crashes, 89,270 people sustained serious injuries. Based on these numbers, one person was injured in a Texas car accident every two minutes, 16 seconds. (Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation)
Art has always had a significant role in the life of Houston residents. With over 60 galleries featuring pieces from local, national, and international artists, the city has attracted art-lovers for decades.
For those looking for an evening outside downtown, consider visiting Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, a dazzling display along Brown Promenade.
The art installation will only be on display in Houston through Feb. 8, and is illuminated from 3-11 p.m. each day. For the best experience, however, visit the exhibit after dusk.
Many of us have jobs that include heavy lifting, crawling in and out of tight spaces, climbing, or bending over repeatedly. These types of actions can put you at risk for one of the most common types of workplace injuries in Houston—back injuries.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), back injuries often occur over time, rather than as a result of one particular incident. OSHA states that if you injure your back at work, be sure to report it, get the medical assistance you need, and help fix the unsafe job so that others do not suffer the same fate.
In reality, reporting a back injury at its onset doesn’t happen as easily as it should. After the initial pain sets in, you are hesitant to report the injury so you can avoid “burdening your coworkers.” Or, you may feel pressure because of your financial situation, and feel that reporting the injury could lead to job loss. Not This thought process is not right, and it’s simply not fair.