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A good helmet is the number one priority for bicycle riders

Whether you use it for work or play, riding a bicycle may feel very freeing. Pedaling down the street at your own pace is a lot more fun than sitting in traffic in your car—especially in these warm spring and summer months.

Despite your bicycle making you feel free, there should be one restriction: a helmet. You need to know exactly how risky it is to ride without head protection and what kind you should have.

Personal injury: Sisters killed, 3 others injured in hit-and-run

Police in Texas arrested the driver suspected of causing a hit-and-run accident that left two sisters dead and another three people injured. Police are awaiting the results of a toxicology report before determining whether DWI charges would be appropriate in addition to his current charges for accidents involving death and accidents involving injury. However, even as police continue the investigation, the victims and surviving family members of the deceased can begin to explore their options regarding compensation for personal injury and wrongful death.

A family of four -- a father and his three daughters -- plus a friend were in the vehicle at the time of the wreck. Although authorities did not specify the exact details of the wreck, they did say that the victim's vehicle was passing through an intersection. The 61-year-old driver who allegedly caused the wreck hit the other vehicle in the intersection and then promptly fled from the scene.

Veteran widower deported despite immigration protection

Living as an undocumented immigrant in Texas does not necessarily mean that a person can be deported. Depending on an individual's situation there may be several different options for relief. For those who have lost spouses during military service, immigration judges may choose to grant "parole in place," a temporary form of relief that can help individuals remain in the United States. Unfortunately, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement do not always respect these vital protections.

On April 8, 2019, ICE agents arrested a widower who had lost his wife in 2010 while she was deployed in Afghanistan. Before her death the couple had a daughter, who is now 12 years old. After his wife's death he was granted parole in place, giving him the legal right to stay in the United States with his daughter.

Personal injury: 4 killed, 1 injured by distracted driver

One person was injured and another four were killed in a recent wreck. Three of those who died were minors and still in school, while the other had only recently graduated less than a year ago. As Texas police continue to investigate the accident, it is possible that the surviving victim and the families of the other victims may choose to seek recovery of monetary damages through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 p.m., when a mother was driving her three children and one other person to watch one of her other children's school drill team performance. The woman was stopped at an intersection to make a left turn when the car behind her failed to stop. The impact of the collision was so severe that all of the children in the car were killed and the mother had to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

Bicycle accidents: Bus driver charged with manslaughter

Police in Texas arrested a bus driver who they believe caused a deadly accident that left one bicyclist dead. The bus driver is facing a second-degree felony charge for manslaughter and was still in police custody at last report. A judge set her bond at $80,000. Based on the details provided by authorities and witnesses, this accident -- like many other bicycle accidents -- might have been avoidable.

On Jan. 28, 2019, a 39-year-old man was traveling by bicycle in what police described as a well-lit area. He was also wearing a reflective helmet and had strapped lights to both the front and rear of his bicycle. Despite doing his best to make himself visible and traveling across a line of angled parking spaces and not in the roadway, a passing bus veered out of its lane and struck the bicyclist. He was killed in the accident.

Immigration court ruling makes it easier to appeal asylum denial

Asylum is important for those who cannot return to their home countries, and many people who are approved for asylum go on to make their new homes in Texas. However, those who overcome significant barriers just to reach the border may not expect their application to be denied. This is sadly the reality for many people, but a new immigration ruling could make appealing that decision much easier.

In 2017, a man from Sri Lanka was picked up at the border between the United States and Mexico. At the time, he told an asylum officer that he could not go back to his home because officers in the Sri Lankan army had detained him, assaulted him and threatened him with death after he had supported a specific political candidate. However, the asylum officer insisted that his fears were not credible, and an immigration judge ordered that he be removed from the country.

Rapper 21 savage dealing with immigration officials

Popular rapper 21 Savage recently posted bond and was released from ICE custody. Texas fans of the musician might be surprised to learn that he faces potential removal from the United States as well as a 10-year ban on re-entry. However, he claims that he has a pending immigration application for a U Visa, which could mean that he is eligible to remain in the country.

As a 7-year-old, She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was brought to the United States legally by his family. He stayed in the country uninterrupted until 2005, at which time he returned to his home country -- the United Kingdom -- for one month. He returned in July 2005 on an H-4 visa, which expired in 2006. As a child, Abraham-Joseph was left without any legal protections regarding his status.

Immigration confusion as thousands show for fake court dates

Texas immigrants are generally eager to comply with the various requests and orders related to their status. However, dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can be frustrating and overwhelming even on the best of days. For some immigrants, this frustration might have reached a breaking point as they showed up for ICE-issued court dates that did not exist.

On a Thursday morning in Jan. 2019, courthouses around the country were filled with thousands of immigrants who had received Notices to Appear. As the lines grew longer and longer, individuals soon realized that the court dates were all fake. Many of those who had received the NTAs had spent considerable time and money traveling to the fake court hearings.

Why immigrants are less likely to seek medical attention

Mexican immigrants in Chicago rushed to the hospital after avoiding medical attention for their loved one. The man suffered from undiagnosed diabetes and unfortunately his toes were turning black. Only after the man could not take the suffering any longer, did the family take him to get help. It was discovered that his foot was infected with gangrene and required immediate amputation.

The family did not have legal papers allowing them legal permission to live in the country. Had their fears not held them back, they could have avoided the amputation and received the diagnosis earlier. However, the fears are real and strong for many immigrant families living in America.

Bicycle accidents can cause tragic injuries

Bikes are a fun, affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around. It is not necessarily uncommon to see people commuting to work by bike, and many riders simply hop on as a way to get some quick and easy exercise. Unfortunately, Texas drivers still seem to struggle with the presence of bicyclists on the roadway. Here are a few things you should know about bicycle accidents.

Like collisions between motor vehicles, accidents involving cars and bicycles can occur in a number of ways. A common cause of bicycle accidents is when a driver simply fails to yield the right of way and either turns in front of or backs into the path of a moving bicycle. Another common cause are drivers who pass bicycles without having enough clearance to do so.

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