Rising Car Crash Deaths Puts Spotlight on Seatbelt Use

Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

Though the roads were less crowded, the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic led more drivers to engage in risky behaviors while driving, such as speeding, driving under the influence, and failing to buckle up. More than half of all crash fatalities in 2020 involved unbelted drivers and passengers– the highest level since 2012. 

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New I-35 Lane and Ramp Opens in Downtown Dallas

Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

In an effort to combat highway congestion in Dallas, I-35 East near downtown has been expanded. The expansion includes a new onramp as well as an additional eastbound lane. This is just one part of a $72 million project to improve mobility, aid with traffic flow, and address congestion in Dallas.

Dallas is notorious for its traffic which frequently leads to devastating accidents. There is optimism that the new ramp and lane on I-35 East will improve both the quality of life and the safety of Dallas motorists.

The Texas Clear Lane Project

This renovation and expansion is only part of the Texas Clear Lane Project. The rapid growth within Texas has led to a surge in motor vehicles on the road. This congestion is problematic, as it leads to longer commutes and more accidents. The cost of this congestion has grown rapidly in recent years. According to the State’s Congestion Task Force:

  • The number of hours each commuter loses to traffic delay has tripled, climbing to 54 hours each year,
  • The yearly cost of that delay per commuter is up to $1,080,
  • The cost of gridlock nationwide has risen to $179 billion annually, and
  • More than 3.3 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year.

To combat these rising challenges, the Texas Department of Transportation has implemented the Texas Clear Lane Project. This statewide effort has set aside $72 million for expansion projects designed to reduce congestion. The bulk of these projects are in and around Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

The plan is to drastically increase the state’s capacity for vehicle traffic over the next 10 years. The hope is that these efforts will reduce the financial cost of congestion and reduce the number of vehicle accidents.

While the effort to expand Texas’ highway system and to reduce traffic congestion is important, there is no doubt these efforts will not eliminate accidents. What’s more, this plan will take 10 years to come to fruition, at which time the state could be facing even more congestion issues due to population growth.

Contact us at Angel Reyes & Associates for a free consultation

If you are involved in a highway accident on I-35, Angel Reyes & Associates is here to help. A car accident lawyer in Dallas could allow you to secure financial compensation for your injuries. To learn more, contact us right away for a free consultation.

10 Dead After Van Carrying Migrants Crashes in South Texas

Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

In early August, Texans learned the horrible news that an overloaded van carrying 29 migrant workers had crashed in South Texas. Ten of those migrants died in the crash, and the others suffered serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The car accident lawyers at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas extend their most sincere condolences to the victims and families affected by this accident. We believe that understanding how these accidents happen is the key to preventing similar tragedies in the future.

What caused the South Texas migrant accident?

Investigators have not yet finalized their analysis of the accident, but a few facts have been established. The 15-passenger van was carrying twice that many occupants. The extra load made the van top-heavy. Extra weight in any vehicle can alter a vehicle’s performance and handling, particularly if that weight is not distributed properly. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the van was speeding when it crashed into a utility pole and stop sign.

How do investigators establish the causes of a single-vehicle accident?

When investigating the causes of a single-vehicle accident to establish fault and liability, a car accident lawyer might consider the following factors:

  • Who was driving the vehicle, and did that operator have a clean driving record?
  • Were there any reports of flaws or problems with the roads where the accident happened?
  • Did the owner of the vehicle maintain it properly, and was the vehicle subject to any safety recalls from its manufacturer?
  • Were any other drivers near the accident scene operating their vehicle erratically such that the driver in the single-car accident had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid another car?

Experienced car crash lawyers know that the driver of the wrecked vehicle might not always be responsible for the crash. Reckless drivers of other vehicles, manufacturing defects, or poor maintenance work could all potentially be responsible for a single-vehicle accident. When this is the case, these negligent parties could be held liable for any damages incurred by anyone who was harmed in the crash.

Call the Car Accident Attorneys at Angel Reyes & Associates

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a car accident that may have been caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. At Angel Reyes & Associates, we always put our clients first and work tirelessly for your best interests. Please contact us through our easy website form or call us directly for a no-fee consultation. Our track record speaks for itself, as we have recovered over $1 billion in settlements and jury awards for personal injury victims in Texas.

Texas Talk Text Crash campaign

Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

In January of 2021, Texas launched the Talk, Text, Crash campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to fight the dangers of distracted driving. It is a frequent cause of car accidents which can lead to devastating injuries.

The Talk, Text, Crash campaign is a call to action for all Texas drivers. The campaign highlights the dangers of texting and driving and urges all motorists to put down their phones and keep their eyes on the road at all times.

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Dallas Named Most Dangerous City for Driving in the U.S.

Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

There is a lot to love about living in Dallas. From its close-knit neighborhoods to its beautiful skyline to the affordable cost of living, Dallas is an attractive place to call home. Yet, it has its downsides, most notably its recent sharp spike in traffic accidents. If you’re getting back into your daily commute after the pandemic, be careful out there and practice defensive driving.

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Fort Worth Curbing Crashes Better Than Dallas

Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

Fort Worth Curbing Car Accidents Better than Dallas

Over the course of the last three years, Texas has taken the number one spot for traffic accident fatalities. Certainly, this is not an award any state would want to hold. With many metro areas in the state of Texas, it’s no wonder there are so many traffic accidents each year. Contrarily to the rise in accidents across the entire state, one metropolitan county is actually seeing a steady decline in accidents occurring.

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