Austin Personal Injury Attorneys' Blog

Fatal Motorcycle Crashes in Austin Signal a Need for Improved Highway Safety

Several recent motorcycle accidents in Austin involved motorcyclists who fell to their deaths from US 183 or US 290. Additional motorcyclists have suffered critical injuries after falling from these overpasses. Most recently, a 50-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured after falling 25 feet from the US 183 overpass. In April, a 28-year-old motorcyclist fell 100 feet to her death after being blown off the US 183 overpass by a strong gust of wind. Another motorcyclist died in early 2017 after falling from US 290. The friend of a motorcyclist who was killed in a fatal flyover accident has urged Texas Department of Transportation officials (TxDOT) to improve the safety of overpass barriers. She is also seeking the help of a state legislator to champion this cause. According to a study published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, 7 percent of severe motorcycle crashes occur on ramps and flyovers. The recent deaths…
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Construction Workers Injured in South Austin Crane Accident

Last Wednesday, two workers were injured after a crane toppled over at a South Austin construction site. Dramatic video of the incident shows the crane falling over as it attempted to pick up a heavy concrete wall panel. Multiple workers were seen dashing out of the way as the massive crane tumbled over. One of the workers was later taken to St. David’s South Austin Hospital to be evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries. The video shows how this accident could have resulted in multiple fatalities. Last August, a construction worker was crushed by a 30,000-pound concrete slab, similar to the one that was being hoisted by the crane in last week’s accident. Cranes used at construction sites can also weigh thousands of pounds. Statistics published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that 21.4 percent of the fatal work accidents during 2015 involved construction workers. Motor vehicles are responsible…
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Why Have Texas Workers’ Compensation Costs Significantly Dropped?

Texas has many unique and successful businesses, and they all rely on their employees to work hard and stay safe in a protected environment. Workers’ compensation is tool for businesses to provide coverage for their employees in case of injuries on the job. However, workers’ comp can be expensive, and many businesses struggle with keeping up with it financially. Fortunately, the cost of coverage for these workers’ comp premiums has dropped exponentially. Why is Texas Workers’ Comp Cheaper?  Since 2005, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has been working at reducing premium costs and overall improving workplace care. These premiums have dropped 63 percent, and the average premium for each $100 of payroll has decreased from $2.32 in 2003 to 86 cents in 2015 (and they are still dropping today). More Texas businesses are providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage because of this cost reduction. Also, fewer employees are filing workers’ compensation…
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