Personal Injury

Bridge City is a city in the county of Orange, Texas. Ninety nine miles northeast of Houston, Bridge borders the Neches River and Cow Bayou. Bridge City is considered part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Referred to as the “Golden Link to the Triangle”, to enter or leave Bridge City, one must cross one of three historic bridges.

The population of Bridge City was 7,840 at the time of the 2010 census. Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in Bridge City despite a small of information concerning these accidents in 2016. Several fires have already occurred in Bridge City this year with one particular fire occurring earlier in July that fully engulfed the house in flame and which authorities are calling suspicious. While generally a very quiet neighborhood, several years ago there was even a vehicle explosion in Bridge City. While there are generally very few fires or explosions in Bridge City, this article will examine one of these events.

Vehicle Explosions

When automobiles explode, there is often little warning and even less that parties can do to prepare for the event. Furthermore, when car explosions occur, parties also must be aware whether the explosion of the vehicle will set off other objects in the area to explode in a domino-like chain reaction. While rare, cars exploding are highly dangerous and certainly something that should be avoided, individuals should be aware of situations in which a car explosion might occur.  There are two types of situations individuals need to be aware of concerning car explosions: while the vehicle is being driven and when the vehicle is being parked. Noticing a fire while driving can be terrifying, but individuals can minimize damages by following certain steps. First, keep a cool head. Then, pull off onto a shoulder or service lane. Use your hand, the horn, or any other method to get other drivers to stay away from your vehicle. Once in the service lane, turn off the vehicle’s engine and get everyone out of the vehicle. Move quickly to get a safe distance away from the automobile. If the vehicle catches on fire while parked, follow the same directions about getting away from the vehicle as soon as possible. Vehicle explosions are certainly frightening but with the proper precautions, these events can be minimized so as to avoid a significant amount of harm.

Vehicle Accidents

Roads and Interstates in Bridge City

State Highway 73 runs through the center of Bridge City. At the south end of Bridge City is Rainbow Bridge, the south’s tallest bridge. At the north end of Bridge City are double bridges crossing Cow Bayou on State Highway 87. At the east entrance of Bridge City, there is a smaller steel swing bridge,

Automobile Accident Statistics in Bridge City

There were numerous accidents in the Orange County area in 2015. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2015 in Orange County there was 1 fatality due to driving under the influence, 2 fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes in work zones, 3 fatalities due to distracted driving, 1 fatality due to a commercial motor vehicle crash forming 19 fatalities in Orange County. There have been several reported accidents Bridge City since January 2016 which include:

  • A truck that was struck by another truck while making a U-turn. Several substantial injuries appear to have resulted from the accident.
  • A rear end collision between two motor vehicles that resulted in no injuries.
  • A one vehicle crash after the driver lost control of the vehicle, travelled off the road, and rolled over several times killing the driver.
  • A vehicle left the roadway and rolled over over several times killing the driver.

U-Turn Collisions

Though it might seem like an ordinary driving maneuver, executing a U-turn while driving one’s vehicle may be one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers that one can make. To successfully execute a U-turn, a vehicle driver must be aware of oncoming traffic, traffic that might be making a right turn at an opposite corner, and the traffic behind the vehicle. Because a U-turn takes a significantly longer amount of time to complete than a standard turn, a driver also requires a longer break in time than is required to make a simple turn. When collisions do occur involving U-turns, the circumstances surrounding the automobile crash determines the liability. There are also several rules in the Texas Vehicle Code related to u-turns which include the following: drivers are not permitted to make U-turns at most intersections controlled by official traffic signals, no person in a business district shall make a U-turn except at an intersection or on a divided highway with a permitted opening, no person in a residence district shall make a U-turn where another vehicle is approaching from either direction within an established number of feet, and no person shall make a U-turn in front of the driveway entrance or approaches to a fire station. If you are involved in an accident involving a U-turn, do not hesitate to contact skilled and experienced legal representation.

Rollover Accidents

Given that two very similar rollover accidents have already occurred this year in Orange County that killed the driver, this article will examine how this type of unfortunate event happens. Taller and narrower vehicles are more susceptible to rollovers, which often result in substantial injuries and sometimes even fatalities. In fact, it is estimated that 35% of fatal accidents include a rollover. While there is a range in specific causes, all rollover accidents are related to the stability of the vehicle. Some of the causes include overcorrection by the driver of the steering wheel and drivers encountering ramps that result in an uneven axis for the vehicle. Because rollover accidents are some of the most deadly types of vehicle events, automobile drivers must understand how these events occur and know how to take steps to prevent these types of accidents from happening.

Industrial Accidents

Bridge City is considered a “bedroom community” where residents work in another city or county but reside in Bridge City. There are several businesses, however, that operate in Bridge City including:

  • PineyWoods Sanitation and Allied Waste/Republic Services which are waste disposal companies.
  • Sabine Northern Railroad, Southeastern Freight Lines, and Moreaux Transportation Services Incorporated which are transportation companies.
  • S&S Scrap Metal, Hogan Steel & Erectors Incorporated, Metal Depot Incorporated, and Stout Builders LLC which sell metal.

These companies use many electric tools and forklifts to do business. Workers engaged in positions at these companies face a variety of potential injuries including spinal damage, brain injury, lacerations, limb amputations, and various other damages. This page will specifically examine the risks faced by sanitation works and scrap metal sellers.

Disposal Companies

Waste disposal workers face various risks on the job. While it is true that every profession faces its share of risks, sanitation workers are placed in much more dangerous conditions than many other workers. For private sanitation workers who are employed by private waste disposal companies and travel throughout Bridge City picking up waste, work injuries can occur almost anywhere and should be covered by adequate benefits. There are several categories of hazards that disposal workers face routinely while on the job: biological, chemical, ergonomic, physical, stress, and general safety. Due to the combination of these substantial risks, sanitation workers are ten times more likely than other employees to be killed while performing job related tasks. Not to mention, private companies often fail to adequately train, equip and manage sanitation workers to ensure that the job is done safely. Another danger faced by sanitation employers is exposure to dangerous chemicals. If a sanitation worker is injured while on the job, it is essential to hire the services of a skilled lawyer who knows how the sanitation industry works.

Transportation Companies Risk

Railroad workers are so often exposed to the dangers of the railroad industry that workers can become desensitized to the various dangers. Railroad workers must remind themselves constantly to examine the various threats that exist in the area. Some of the risks inherent to the railroad profession that can injure railroad workers are areas without light where workers can fall and get hurt, workers who try to climb on and off moving equipment, unnecessary tripping and walking hazards, and unexpectedly electrically charged rails that can lead to electrocution, The first step for railroad workers to protect themselves is to know that all railroad workers have the right to work in a safe environment. The second step is to understand that workers have the right to sue the railroad if the company’s negligent actions lead to an individual’s injuries. The third step is for workers to know that workers have the right to report safety hazards without fear of retaliation.

Defective or Broken Equipment

In Bridge City, while there is much fishing done, there is not much farming done so this page will not discuss defective or broken farm equipment. There are numerous types of products that employees use on a daily basis, however, that can injure them. Heavy machinery makes jobs go easier and faster but can also put workers in danger for workplace injuries or death. Fortunately, products liability lawsuits exist to hold manufacturers liable for the injuries that occur due to products. Defective or broken equipment can injure works in a variety of ways by crushing body parts, incurring head trauma, affecting vision. Generally injuries due to defective equipment occur in one of several ways: defective shut-off switches, poor electrical wiring, inadequate safety information, and defective machinery. If workers are injured by defective or broken work equipment, workers should not hesitate to contact knowledgeable attorneys.

Medical Malpractice

The closest hospitals to Bridge City, Texas are Christus Hospital – St. Mary, Baptist Orange  Hospital, and Mid Jefferson Extended Care Hospital. The truth is, however, that medical malpractice can occur wherever anyone goes to receive medical treatment. Medical malpractice can take many sizes and shapes which include the following: failure to diagnose a condition which prevents the patient from receiving adequate medical treatment, an unexpected outcome or injury that is the result of a medical mistake, failure to treat a condition by failing to follow up on tests or correctly interpret test results. Other negligent actions that lead to medical malpractice lawsuits include medication errors, failure to obtain informed consent, and the inability to follow proper safety protocols.

Toxic Substances

Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that was used for decades as insulation material. It has been known since the 1920’s that asbestos is a carcinogen but asbestos stopped being used as an insulator in the mid 1970’s. Some of the professions that were exposed to mesothelioma include bricklayers, carpenters, drywall workers, electricians, engineers, laborers, mechanics, painters, and plumbers. A unique quality of asbestos is that the fiber causes a long latency period between exposure and the onset of a disease. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause several types of cancer including mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly lung cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. For mesothelioma, the latency period is between 15 and 50 years or great. Some of the signs of mesothelioma include a cough, difficulty sleeping, pain in the chest, and weight loss.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a colorless and sweet smelling chemical that is used in a variety of products including industrial solvent, degreaser, detergent, paint stripping, and many other uses. Exposure to Benzene causes a variety of medical conditions and the chemical is linked to leukemia in addition to several other cancers. The best option for dealing with Benzene is to protect one’s self through education about the drug and reducing exposure.