There are times when state or local governments fail to protect their residents from disaster. The results may include deaths or permanent, life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Passing laws to protect Texas residents now is necessary to prevent a similar disaster in the future.
Carbon monoxide disaster led to changes in law
In February 2021, Texas experienced a catastrophic winter storm that resulted in a deadly release of carbon monoxide gas. Since then, local governments have passed laws to protect Texas residents due to the lack of action from state lawmakers. More cities are requiring that certain buildings have carbon monoxide detectors installed.
Determining liability during catastrophes
Governments often pass laws to provide further protection against manmade or natural disasters. Cases of catastrophic injury and death are mostly preventable but can occur often during unpredictable catastrophes. When this happens, the first step in pursuing compensation for losses is to determine who is at fault.
Determining liability is more difficult during a large-scale event. A wide range of individuals, governments, businesses or organizations can be held liable for a catastrophic injury or death. During a carbon monoxide disaster, the building manager can be at fault for not installing detectors, workers can be at fault for not evacuating the building on time, and the residents can be guilty of misusing gas-powered equipment.
Avoiding big problems in the future
When the state government fails, a local agency can step in and compensate for their shortcomings. This may occur after a natural disaster, such as the Texas winter storm that left several people dead and seriously injured after a carbon monoxide accident. In addition to laws being passed, individuals and companies can attempt lawsuits to hold organizations responsible and make sure that justice is served.