Car Accident Fatalities Drop Significantly in 2017 and 2018

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According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic casualties fell by 1.8% for all of 2017. This came as a welcome relief after the sharp rise in deaths in the past several years. The National Safety Council states that from 2014 to 2015, traffic fatalities rose 7%, which marked the steepest two-year increase in over 50 years. 2016 brought an additional increase of 7%.

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“I will make it my business to refer them to him because the outcome was… It was fantastic.”

Raishundria S. of Dallas, TX shares her experience with our professional DFW car accident lawyers while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck.

“I will make it my business to refer them to him because the outcome was… It was fantastic.”

“My name is Raishundria, and I came into the attorney’s office after I was in a car wreck, a car accident about two years ago, and they referred me to the lawyer that I have, and he was great in helping me. He walked me through everything. He stayed in touch with me. They was very sincere, and for anyone else in my family or friends, I will make it my business to refer them to him because the outcome was … It was fantastic. It was great. I just want to tell everyone that was on my side thank you and I appreciate you very much.”

Do what Raishundria did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas Texas. We are the highest rated car accident lawyer firm in Dallas. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900 for your FREE consultation – we will get you on the road to recovery.

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“I am very happy with my results.”

Audrey T. of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck involving the Dallas DART.

“Hi, I’m Audrey and I’m here to talk about Reyes, Reilley, and Browne. I was in a car accident on DART back in November 2015. Um, where a young lady hit DART and um, made us slam on brakes and I fell forward and got hurt. I contacted Reyes, Browne, and Reilley and they took my case. And they worked really really hard and really really good on my case. Uh, it took a little minute because, you know, the people was, was giving us a little hard time. Tim Reyes was awesome. (laughing) He did a good job. And I am very happy with my results. Thank you Reyes, Browne, and Reilley.”

Do what Audrey did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the skilled DFW auto accident attorneys of the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900 for your FREE consultation – we will get you on the road to recovery.

New York Limo Crash: Owner’s Son Arrested for Criminally Negligent Homicide

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The investigation continues in the Upstate New York limo crash, which resulted in 20 fatalities. On October 10, New York Police arrested Nauman Hussain, son of the owner of Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.

The owner of the Chauffeur Service has been contacted by State Police Major Patnaude and is currently in Pakistan. His son, Nauman, is the operator for Prestige, according to authorities.

Nauman Hussain has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The lawyer representing Hussain claims he is innocent and plead not guilty in Schoharie Town Court. He posted bond at $150,000.

“The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain,” – State Police Superintendent George Beach

Officials are working on a cease-and-desist order to stop Prestige Limousine from operating until the investigation is concluded. Police have seized three of their vehicles, in addition to the modified limo that was involved in the wreck.

Scott Lisinicchia, the driver who also was killed in the crash, was pulled over in the same limo on August 25 on Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, where state police determined he did not have the proper license to drive it. Prestige Limousine was also notified of their employee’s inept licensing and was instructed he could not operate the vehicle until he obtained the correct license. Prestige Limousine’s lawyer insists that Lisinicchia was properly licensed.

Major Patnaude also stated, “That company and that vehicle have been under scrutiny of [Department of Transportation] in the past.” Inspection records show that one month prior to the crash, the modified Ford Excursion involved in the wreck received a violation for ABS malfunction indicators for hydraulic brake system. The state DOT had ordered the vehicle be taken out of service.

However, Hussain’s lawyer suggests that the state of New York could potentially be liable in this case. He questions the safety of the intersection where the crash took place.

So, who is to blame for the deaths of 20 people?

Was Hussein negligent of the safety of his vehicles? Was Lisinicchia unfit to drive the limousine? Is the state at fault for its hazardous roadways, or perhaps its law that does not require the use of seatbelts in limos?

The investigation is still underway, and the official cause of the wreck has not been identified.

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We are prepared to fight for justice and compensation for the pain you have suffered. Contact our injury lawyers today for a confidential, no-cost evaluation of your case. Though legal action cannot bring your loved one back, it can get you the compensation you need to begin putting your life back together after a sudden loss. Take action today – our injury attorneys are ready to help.

Tragic Limo Crash Claims 20 Lives

Officials are calling it the deadliest transportation crash in the United States in nearly a decade.

Saturday afternoon in upstate New York, a stretch limousine ran through a stop sign and struck two pedestrians, killing both. The limo crashed into a vacant parked SUV, killing everyone inside.

The limo was transporting a birthday party on their way to a brewery. Three of the victims were sisters, whose husbands were also inside the vehicle. Their children were left at home.

The cause of the limo crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). However, as of Monday (October 8th) investigators have recovered the vehicle’s event data recorder or EDR, sometimes referred to informally as an automotive “black box.”

The vehicle was once a Ford Excursion that had been modified into a limousine. This is particularly dangerous because after-market modifications often affect a vehicle’s structural integrity and safety. Last month the vehicle had its mandatory state inspection and failed. In addition, the limousine driver should have never been behind the wheel. Scott Lisinicchia did not have had a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) required to operate a limousine. Although liability is still in question, the limousine company Prestige Limousine is going to have a lot of questions to answer.

“They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn’t have to drive anywhere”

 – Barbara Douglass, Aunt of three victims

By law, only the driver and front seat passenger of the limousine are required to wear seatbelts. Seatbelt usage in limos, taxis, school buses, and other means of public transport is sparse. The question arises: why are seatbelts not required in some instances but not others?

The NTSB is concerned with the lack of usage of seatbelts in limousines. In light of this horrific crash, they are exploring ways to prevent deadly incidents like this from happening again.

Monday night, the community joined together in Schoharie, NY to honor the memory of the 20 people who died in the crash.

Need an Injury Lawyer?

We are prepared to fight for justice and compensation for the pain you have suffered. Contact our injury lawyers today for a confidential, no-cost evaluation of your case. Though legal action cannot bring your loved one back, it can get you the compensation you need to begin putting your life back together after a sudden loss. Take action today – our injury attorneys are ready to help.

Who Is Liable – Scooter Companies or Rental Riders?

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Several weeks after the e-scooters made their debut in Dallas, Uptown resident Kelley Mitchum underestimated the speed at which she was traveling and ended up in a severe crash. Upon turning a corner too quickly, she was launched headfirst into McKinney Avenue’s trolley tracks. The $1.38 rental resulted in a hefty emergency room bill, treating her two black eyes, scraped arms and knees, and a laceration in her forehead which required stitches.

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What Happens if I Get in a Wreck in a Different State?

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It’s a question most people would not ask themselves until it’s too late: “what happens if I get in a wreck in a different state?”

Car accidents can happen anywhere at any time. And while your car insurance coverage meets your state’s minimum requirements, what happens if you’re involved in a car accident outside of your state of residence? Are you still covered for injuries and damages?

Personal injury laws and regulations differ across state lines, so the location of an auto accident can make quite a difference to victims.

Though the Dallas Metroplex is fairly centered in North Texas, many of us travel outside the state occasionally. Whether it be for vacation, business or various other reasons, driving in states other than Texas is common.

The first thing you need to know is that no matter how far away from home you are, you are most likely covered by your current auto insurance policy. Most car insurance companies offer policies that cover areas within the U.S. as well as territories like Puerto Rico. Some policies may even cover Canadian provinces.

However, double check your policy’s territory limits as an extra precaution, especially if you plan on driving south of the border to Mexico, as other countries may not be covered.

While you may be covered when traveling across state lines, it could benefit you to learn a little bit about the car insurance laws in the states where you will be traveling. This can help you better plan what type of additional coverage you may need since minimum requirements vary by state.

In the unfortunate event you’re involved in an auto accident while outside the state of Texas, the state law in which the accident occurred typically must be adhered to. Specific circumstances can change the effective laws, but only an experienced injury attorney would be able to determine those facts.

Things such as accident location and at-fault party, where the claim was filed, and whether it’s state or federal all have significant impacts on an injury claim.

Even if you’ve been involved in car accident outside the state of Texas, the legal team at Reyes Browne Reilley are happy to answer your questions with a free consultation. In special circumstances, experts from outside the accident state can represent victims. If you’re not a Texas resident but need an attorney located within the state, we can assist as well.

Texans Need These 3 Types of Car Insurance

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When considering car insurance coverage in the state of Texas, there are three important types that you should bear in mind – personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, uninsured motorist coverage, and gap insurance.

By familiarizing yourself with these three types of insurance coverage, you are in a better position to make informed decisions are your automobile insurance policy.

Personal Injury Protection Benefits

PIP benefits represent an extension of automobile coverage that is available in some states. Personal injury protection benefits, PIP benefits, are also known in some quarters as no-fault coverage. PIP benefits are designed to pay regardless of an allegation of fault or legal liability. PIP benefits typically arise out of an injury accident where you or the driver of the car you are in carrying PIP coverage.

A claim for PIP benefits typically is made against a person’s own insurance company. This is the case even if another party is deemed to be at fault for causing the car accident. There are some exceptions to the general process of filing against an individual’s own insurance company. For example, if the person desiring to make a claim does not own an automobile, filing a claim against his or her own company would be impossible. If you are a passenger in an accident, the driver may carry PIP on the vehicle, and if so, you may be covered.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured motorist insurance coverage is included in Texas auto policies unless rejected. The policy provision provides a person coverage in the event an uninsured driver causes an automobile accident or if you are in a serious injury accident and the responsible party does not have enough insurance to cover your damages.

If an accident occurs, an injured person files a claim for uninsured motorist coverage and compensation with his or her insurance carrier. Technically, the insurance company pays the difference between what an uninsured driver can or does pay towards compensation for damages and what the injured person would be entitled to if insurance coverage existed.

Unfortunately, Texas court rulings have given the insurance companies the upper hand by ruling carriers do not have the obligations to pay until after a verdict in a trial. The requirement of an actual verdict has led to an unconscionable situation where insurance companies routinely force an unnecessary lawsuit just because they can. Worse is that the carriers are allowed to use in-house attorneys to reduce their expenses while running up the costs to their insureds. No doubt the consumer is being taken advantage of with this unfair situation.  Many states police the insurance companies by allowing bad faith claims, Texas, however, has largely sided with insurance companies and the campaign contributions keep flowing.

GAP Insurance

Guaranteed Auto Protection insurance, or GAP insurance, is a creation of the financial industry in the United States. GAP insurance provides compensation in the event of an accident for the difference between the actual cash value of a motor vehicle and the amount of money still owed on a loan or lease.

Often, in the aftermath of an accident, a determination is made that a vehicle is underwater regarding its actual cash value and the outstanding balance on a loan or lease. GAP insurance coverage provides compensation to the lender or leasing company to cover the “gap” that exists between the cash value of the vehicle and the cash settlement associated with an accident.

A skilled, experienced automobile accident lawyer can provide you more information about available insurance coverage in the aftermath of an accident. Call a seasoned car accident professional at the Reyes Browne Reilley law firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Who’s Liable When Teen Drivers Have Car Wrecks?

liable-when-teen-drivers-have-car-wrecksStatistics show that teens are among the most dangerous drivers. This is not news to any of us. Many teens are just irresponsible, while others simply don’t have the experience necessary to be good drivers. The fact is that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are the most dangerous drivers. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, for each mile driven, teen drivers are approximately four times fore likely to be involved in an accident with another driver. They’re also involved in four times more fatal accidents than drivers between the ages of 25 and 69. Teens account for about ten percent of the population, and twelve percent of all fatal car wrecks.

So given these statistics, the question becomes, “Who is liable for these driving mistakes – the teen, the owner of the vehicle or the teen’s parents?” The following are some situations to consider when answering that question.

A Teen Crashes a Family Vehicle

Chances are, a teen is driving a vehicle that’s owned by the parents or guardian, who can be held liable for “negligent entrustment.” Further, most states will hold parents liable for damages while driving a family car under what is known as the “family car doctrine.” But even if states don’t have this doctrine, parents may be found negligent and responsible for the damages.

A Teen Crashes a Friend’s Car

If a friend owns a car and allows a teen to drive it, that person may be held liable for damages if the teen is involved in an accident. This is called “owner’s liability” in some states. A driver injured by the teen may sue both the teen and the vehicle owner. However, chances are the owner or his insurance company may end up paying for damages.

An Uninsured Teen Is in a Crash

Often insurance plans have a separate policy for uninsured motorists. This is beneficial for victims, and also means that insurance companies may make the teen pay for damages. If the teen driver is on the vehicle owner’s insurance policy, both parties’ insurance companies would work out the claims based on the owner’s policy limits and coverage of damages.

But with this scenario, injured parties and their insurance companies can sue any of the parties involved – owners, teen drivers, parents – to collect damages to themselves, their vehicle or their property.

If you live in the Dallas area and have had an accident involving an uninsured teen, your next step should be to contact a Dallas car accident attorney.