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The Road Out of West Texas–Big Rigs and the Perilous Path of Oil

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 3:36 pm    

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003-2013 the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced unprecedented growth leading to a doubling of its workforce and an increase in the number of drilling rigs by 71%. 

Despite the eruption of the energy industry in the last two decades, numerous American oil companies went under in the wake of the oil price collapse in 2014. Only one withstood the assault, and even thrived–the Permian Basin, wedged between Texas and New Mexico.

The combination of technological advancement and aggressive investment transformed the dusty stretches of West Texas into the second-most-productive oil field in the world, boasting a record four-million barrels of oil produced a day. 

But with the oil production boom there comes a familiar price: the safety and lives of the workforce pouring into the area, determined to secure steady work and financial stability, and the local population already settled in the Midland-Odessa metropolitan areas. 

As oil production climbs, the problem of efficiently transporting that product out of the Permian Basin is becoming more and more apparent. 

The countless lives affected by commercial motor vehicle accidents, specifically in the rural areas of West Texas, are a reflection of an issue that has not received adequate attention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2013 nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving 18-wheelers. Texas leads the nation in large truck road fatalities at 536, almost double the number of the next closest state. That’s an increase of 52% from 352 fatalities in 2009. 

Is the spike in big rig accidents related to the oil boom that took place in the energy-rich lands of West Texas? 

The study clearly and concretely supports the notion that the amount of drilling activity in an area, such as the Permian Basin or Eagle Ford Shale, is strongly correlated with the number of rural commercial vehicle crashes. When oil production activity increases, the number of reported road accidents involving big rigs increases as well. Conversely, when drilling activity diminishes, so does the number of road accidents.

Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents

  • Driver fatigue

According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and that number is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B. Simply put, drivers cannot keep up with oil production and thus are suffering immense fatigue.

  • Drug and alcohol use

Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.

  • Texting and driving

The likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t. 

Other common causes: 

  • Overweight freight loads
  • Improper vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Cargo security
  • Poor road conditions and infrastructure, especially in rural West Texas

Road Fatality Prevention Measures

Road accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are likely to increase as oil production continues to rise in the areas of West Texas. While it can be difficult to prevent human errors that cause 18-wheeler accidents, there are measures that can be taken to subdue the number of fatalities that are expected to occur in the future:

  • Drivers must adhere to limited work hours regulations, such as the 11-hour driving limit and 60-hour weekly duty limit. If the demand for new truck drivers is to be met, life on the road must be improved with shorter work hours and more time to rest.
  • Practice safe driving, for both truckers and passenger vehicles. No tailgating, use turn signals, minimize lane changing, stay out of blind spots, use caution in work zones and in inclement weather, apply breaks early.
  • Logistics professionals must be cognizant of safety measures such as land transportation safety policies, routine commercial vehicle inspections, and proper freight load management that would further reduce drivers’ exposure to fatal road hazards.

Get the Justice You Deserve

Road fatalities and injuries involving 18-wheelers are serious realities for both big rig operators and regular vehicle passengers, especially on the treacherous, oil-rich roads of West Texas. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


San Antonio — 28-Year-Old Man Confesses to Breaking Baby’s Arm

Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 9:09 pm    

On Friday, April 5, 2019, a 28-year-old man was arrested after he confessed to injuring a baby in San Antonio, Texas.

According to reports, authorities were called to University Hospital on Thursday, March 28, 2019, for a report of a child with a broken arm. Medical staff reported to the authorities that aside from the broken arm, the baby also had old, healing fractures to his leg.

Because of this, Kenneth Robert Chidester confessed during an interview with investigators that he had hurt the baby. He was then booked on a charge of causing injury to a child and was arrested. He was released on a $75,000 bail on Saturday, April 6.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the baby in this scenario. Alas, there are other countless victims who suffered the same fate. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — Young Girl Dead After Mother Beats Her

Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 12:12 am    

A 5-year-old girl was found dead at their apartment in the 8500 block of Broadway Street, near Hobby Airport, in Houston, Texas on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

According to Houston Police, Andrea Webb, 21, attempted to discipline her daughter by forcing her to sit against a wall without support of a seat. When the child did not do so, Webb then struck her with a belt. The child then sustained visible injuries to her face, chest, abdomen, arms, and back. In panic, Webb called 911 at around 10:55 p.m. and reported that her daughter had fallen from the second story of their apartment. However, upon the arrival of the police, officers discovered that the child’s injuries were not consistent with a fall. Webb eventually admitted to fabricating the fall story.

Webb was then arrested, with her charges being upgraded to murder, and her bond is set at $50,000.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the young girl in this scenario. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Katy — Father Charged After 2-Week-Old Son Suffers Skull Injuries

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 10:14 pm    

On Monday, February 25, 2019, a man from Katy, Texas was charged after his 2-week-old son suffered multiple head injuries.

According to deputies, Luis Pacheco, 27, was charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury after his son was brought to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Pacheco claimed that he dropped his crying son on the concrete floor while he was trying to change his diaper, and he noticed an injury to the child’s head but did not call 911 until the child had difficulty breathing a few hours later. Doctors noted that the story was inconsistent with the injuries they found, and as a result, Pacheco was arrested and held in Harris County Jail with a $25,000 bond.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the child just because of the father’s negligence. Alas, this kind of negligence that results to injury is not that uncommon. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person by criminal negligence or omission can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Newark — Parents Arrested After Their Starving Children Found Locked in Dog Kennel Cage

Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 12:43 am    

At around 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, officers found four malnourished children under the age of 6, two of which were locked in a dog kennel cage, in a home in Wise County.

According to Sheriff Lane Akin, officers were called to investigate a family-violence incident at a home off County Road 4930 between Newark and Rhome. The officers were talking with Paige Harkings and Andrew Fabila when they heard children inside a barn on the property. They found four children inside the barn, and the oldest two children were locked in a dog kennel measuring about 3 feet by 3 feet. The other two were found practically naked on the floor of the barn and covered in urine and feces.

Harkings and Fabila were then both charged with four counts of endangering a child and were arrested. Harkings was also charged with aggravated assault.

The children were all brought to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. They were released from the hospital on Tuesday evening and have now been placed in foster care.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the children in this scenario. Alas, there are other countless victims who suffered the same fate. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person by criminal negligence or omission can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Eustace — Texas Teen Nearly Paralyzed After Freak Gym Class Accident

Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 5:50 am    

A seemingly harmless task in gym class left a Texan teen almost paralyzed after the rope she was using broke, causing her to crash to the ground where she landed on her neck in December 2018.

Katie Bivins was told by the doctors that she had shattered her C6 vertebrae and moved her C7 in the fall. The injury has a massive impact to an area of the spine, considered the low-cervical nerves, which corresponds with arms and hands control. An injury to the C6 vertebrae can affect wrist extension, cause paralysis in hands, trunk, and legs, and may impact bowel and bladder control. An injury to the C7 vertebrae, moreover, can impact nerve control in elbow extension and some finger extension.

Doctors initially believed that she possibly was not going to be able to be helped, but Bivins was determined to master walking again after she showed doctors that she could move her big toe. She has spent over 60 days recovering, and though she will likely have lasting health issues because of the accident, she is committed to at least try to live a better life.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Katie Bivins. Alas, she is not the only one who is a victim of personal injury. Personal injury is simply described as an injury to the body, mind, or emotions, and a personal injury lawsuit is filed against the person or entity that caused the harm through negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct, intentional misconduct, and in some cases on the basis of strict liability. Some of the common damages (also known as the things for which the injured person may be compensated) usually include the injured person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality life.

Getting injured as a direct or indirect result of someone else’s actions can be as complicated as it is devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this. That is why, if you think you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — University of Houston Strength Coach Fired After Report of “Rhabdo” Cases

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 7:23 am    

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, a strength coach from University of Houston was fired after a report of several “rhabdo” cases in the women’s soccer team.

According to Channel 2 Investigates, about a dozen of the members of the women’s soccer team were being treated for the serious medical condition known as rhabdomyolysis, or “rhabdo” for short, a condition characterized by the destruction of striated muscle cells. In extreme cases, it can lead to kidney failure.

When the university received reports that a number of the players tested positive for rhabdo, Minor Bowens, the strength coach, was terminated immediately, and his professional profile has since been removed from the University of Houston site.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the student-athletes in this scenario. Sadly, they are not the only ones who have experienced personal injury. Personal injury is simply described as an injury to the body, mind, or emotions, and a personal injury lawsuit is filed against the person or entity that caused the harm through negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct, intentional misconduct, and in some cases on the basis of strict liability. Some of the common damages (also known as the things for which the injured person may be compensated) usually include the injured person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality life.

Getting injured as a direct or indirect result of someone else’s actions can be as complicated as it is devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this. That is why, if you think you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — Man, Woman Face Charges for the Death of Their Child

Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 10:45 pm    

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, a man and a woman were charged and taken into custody following the death of their infant child.

The Houston Police Department reports that the infant was found dead in her crib on June 5, 2018 at the family’s home in the 2300 block of Bay Area Boulevard. According to an autopsy provided by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, she had suffered multiple blunt trauma injuries to her head and various parts of her body. Additionally, an initial investigation showed that there had been at least three incidents resulting in a variety of injuries that were in different states of healing.

The father, 23-year-old Dylan Christian Daugherty, and the mother, 26-year-old Aeriel Louise Spivey, are both charged with murder and injury to a child-serious bodily injury, respectively. They were taken into custody on Wednesday without incident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the child. Alas, this kind of negligence that results to injury is not that uncommon. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person by criminal negligence or omission can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Tomball — Woman Charged After Refusing to Treat Child’s Second-Degree Burns

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 1:43 am    

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, a mother from Tomball was charged with injury to a child by omission after refusing to treat her child’s second degree burns.

A witness reported to the deputies who arrived at a home off Northpointe Ridge Lane for a welfare check on Saturday that a child living in the house had second-degree burns that were left untreated for days. When asked, Cybil Menard, the child’s mother, admitted that the child had received cigarette burns previously and that she chose not to treat it as she always refused medical treatment. Because of this, Menard was charged with injury to a child by omission.

She was given a bond of $15,000, which she made, and as a result, she is now out of jail.

The child was released to a guardian at the home.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the child just because of the mother’s negligence. Alas, this kind of negligence that results to injury is not that uncommon. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person by criminal negligence or omission can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Spring — Man Injured After Burglary Turned Assault at Spring Apartments

Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 5:45 am    

At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, one man was injured and two were detained after a burglary that turned into an assault at a Spring apartment complex.

According to reports, the incident occurred at the ARIUM Spring Crossing Apartments in the 21500 block of Spring Plaza Drive near Spring Stuebner Road. Two men, 23-year-old Patrick Griffin and 22-year-old Marcus Moffett, broke into an apartment and attempted to rob the place, but then the resident caught them when he returned home after receiving an alert on his phone from his home alarm system. The moment the resident got inside, Griffin and Moffett physically assaulted him. The homeowner may have possible broken ribs because of this assault.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the homeowner. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is affected by an assault, especially one that is a result to a robbery. According to the statistics provided by the Bureau of Justice, the rate of robbery victimizations rose from 1.7% per 1,000 residents (age 12 or older) to 2.3% per 1,000 in 2017. Additionally, the portion of American residents who had been a victim of violent crime increased from 0.98% in 2015 to 1.14% in 2017. This increase is said to be primarily driven by an increase in simple assault, which is defined as an attack without a weapon resulting in either no injury, minor injury (i.e. bruises, black eyes, etc.), or in undetermined injury requiring less than 2 days of hospitalization.

Furthermore, the number of victims of violent crime is reported to have increased as well. In 2015, 2.7 million people (age 12 or older) had been victims to violent crime, and this increased to 2.9 million in 2016 and to 3.1 million in 2017.

Getting assaulted can be traumatic to the victims and their their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in cases like these. So, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

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