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Early morning head-on collision causes 4 deaths

Driving the wrong way on a highway or otherwise ending up in the path of an oncoming car greatly increases the risk of being involved in a devastating crash. In Texas and elsewhere, a head\-on collision all too often results in fatalities. The damage done to the victims always inevitably extends to their families as well.

The families of four people changed forever on a recent Tuesday morning. Around 5:19 a.m., a 45-year-old man and his 38-year-old passenger were traveling north on U.S. 287. At the same time, a 69-year-old man and his 57-year-old passenger were traveling south on the same roadway. Unfortunately, the southbound driver was in the northbound lanes of the highway at the time.

How do common birth injuries happen?

A new birth should be an exciting time, but unfortunately sometimes things can go wrong. Birth injuries happen in many ways and affect one or multiple areas: the baby's nervous system, face or brain, for example. In these cases, pinpointing an injury's exact cause can be tricky. They may be the result of high risk factors, in which trained doctors and nurses did everything correctly. Other times, however, they result from medical mistakes that can be costly.

Should a failure to see a motorcycle be a car accident defense?

Every Texas driver is responsible for paying close attention to the road and any other vehicles. Motorcycles tend to be more of a challenge to see because of their size, but that does not excuse a driver in a car accident. Knowing that some vehicles are more difficult to see should only increase the awareness of other drivers. Remaining vigilant of these smaller vehicles, as well as bicycles and pedestrians, should be a priority for every driver, especially in an urban area.

If one driver here in Texas had paid closer attention to the road and the traffic, a motorcycle rider might still be alive. According to reports, the 20-year-old motorcyclist was traveling west on RR 12. At the same time, a vehicle was pulling out onto the roadway from an apartment complex.

Key signs to watch for if you suspect nursing home neglect or abuse

As parents and other loved ones age and it becomes difficult for you or other family members to care for them, it is often easier to entrust them to a nursing home or assisted living facility. These facilities are designed to care for the elderly with everything from basic tasks like grooming and bathing, to medical treatment for serious diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. But when leaving family members in the care of others, the possibility of nursing home abuse or neglect may weigh heavily on your mind. If you fear that the facility is mistreating your loved one, here are several signs to watch out for.

Mental health issues plague mother facing capital murder charge

Thousands of people here in Texas and across the country suffer from a variety of mental health issues. Those issues make their lives challenging, and some of them might even become violent. The question is whether they should be incarcerated or given the help they need. This question could play a significant role in a case involving a mother facing a capital murder charge.

Reports indicate that the woman's father-in-law watched her take a knife from the kitchen and head toward the bedrooms. He then heard the screams of his 5-year-old granddaughter. When the mother returned to the kitchen, he claims she began stabbing him as he attempted to disarm her.

Steer clear of construction zone accidents

Construction zones are dangerous for both workers and motorists. When on foot, both workers and visitors to such a jobsite are at risk of being struck by moving equipment. Motorists driving through the area are at risk of having an auto accident. Everyone should be aware of the kind of work that goes on in a construction zone and make every effort to stay safe.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death

According to a study done by patient safety researchers, medical errors have climbed into third place, after cancer and heart disease, as a leading cause of death in the United States. The findings, which were published in the BMJ, or British Medical Journal, underscore the prevalence of serious medical mistakes that include everything from giving a patient drugs that were meant for someone else to removing the wrong body part during surgery.

Accident investigation contines in truck vs. bus accident on I-10

Even after Texas officials clear the scene of a crash, that does not necessarily mean that the investigation is closed. An accident investigation can take several weeks or months to complete, depending on the circumstances involved and the extent of any outstanding evidence. This is especially true in crashes involving fatalities in which crucial witnesses failed to survive.

For instance, officials continue to investigate a fatal crash took place at approximately 4:20 a.m. on a recent Saturday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Cibolo. The preliminary investigation determined that a pickup truck traveling eastbound crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a commercial passenger bus. Fortunately, the bus was not carrying any passengers at the time of the crash.

After 21 years in prison, officer found innocent of rape charges

Even with all of the safeguards built into the criminal justice system, innocent people are still sent to prison. This possibility is why prosecutors -- and not the accused individuals -- must prove guilt in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. A case in point involves a former Texas police officer who spent 21 years in prison for a rape he says he never committed.

In 1994, a then 13-year-old girl accused the officer of raping her. Ten years later, the girl's stepbrother told officials that she admitted to him that the story she told about the officer was untrue. When questioned about it, the woman told authorities that she lied about being abused by her stepfather. Even so, she maintained that the officer raped her.

How antipsychotics are used unnecessarily in nursing homes

When you make the decision that it is best for your parent or loved one to live in a nursing home, you trust the staff will provide the care and compassion she or he needs. Unfortunately, there are a shocking number of instances of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Some cases take the form of physical harm while others involve medical errors. The latter often involves unnecessary prescription of drugs such as antipsychotics. You can better understand this issue by reading the following reasons it has become a problem.

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