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Jasmine Washington of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience and level of satisfaction with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck in Dallas.

“Around April, a guy ran a stop light, and hit me, and totaled my car.

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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

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shutterstock_106818497-300x202I’m sure it comes as no surprise that motorcycle accidents are far more deadly than other types of vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles are 35 times more likely to be deadly than car accidents. Think about that for a second – 35 times more likely to cause death. That fact is simply staggering.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents are bad road and weather conditions, neglecting to use turn signals, speeding, driving while under the influence, poor visibility and other drivers not noticing “smaller” vehicles.

Motorcyclists also often lane-split, i.e. drive between two lanes. Most of us have experienced this craziness. Not only is the cyclist being reckless, he or she is literally asking for trouble. Other drivers get angry, and lane-splitting can often result in wrecks. But obviously the primary reason that fatalities are so high on motorcycles is that they simply don’t offer the protection of cars, trucks, vans, etc. Although helmets can help save lives, there is little else a cyclist can rely on for protection should an accident occur.

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distraced-driving-leading-crash-cause-300x2202.5 million people end up in the emergency room for car accident injuries each year. There are millions of accidents on roads each year in the United States. While most of these accidents result in minor car damage and minimal injury, there is still a large number of people who end up in the emergency room with serious injuries resulting from a car accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency rooms in the United States see more than 2.5 million car accident victims each year. Of those 2.5 million, approximately 200,000 result in extended stays. Lifetime medical expenses from United States car crashes total $18 million for victims recovering. The CDC marks traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury in the United States.

Distracted Driving Among Top Causes of Wrecks

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When you are injured, your choice of a lawyer can make a huge difference in your financial recovery. Many lawyers handle personal injuries, but choosing the right one can be difficult. When you are trying to decide who to hire, ask these five questions first.

  1. What Kind of Personal Injury Experience Do You Have?

Some lawyers may bill themselves as personal injury lawyers, but their practice may also handle family law, estate law, and a handful of other types. If they handle more cases of family or estate law than they handle personal injuries, they might not have enough experience.

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032114-accident-in-a-company-car_151794464-300x200Most people recognize their rights when it comes to being involved in an accident in their own cars, but what if the accident were to happen in a company car? Who is required to pay for the damages? Can you be held personally liable or is it your boss’s responsibility? Unfortunately company car liability is a very complicated legal issue that involves a number of factors in determining who pays for damages. If your job involves driving a company car, it would behoove you to be aware of what rights and liabilities you have in the event of an accident.

Car accidents happen on a daily basis, and if your job involves driving around in a company car regularly your chance of being involved in a collision unfortunately increases. . Whether driving a taxi, delivering items in a company truck or van, or any other such activity that requires you to drive around in a company car each day, it is important to arm yourself with the right knowledge in the event an accident occurs while you are on the job.

In the law, there is a concept called the “respondent superior doctrine”. According to this doctrine an employer may be held liable for the actions of employees during their employment – the employer may be held vicariously liable if in fact you have an accident while working on the job. What does vicarious liability mean for an employee? It simply means that if you have a car accident in your company car, your employer might be held liable if you were performing work duties within the scope of your job when the accident occurred. Sounds simple enough, however,it isn’t always clear if the incident happened during the course of employment, at which point, the courts get to decide who is responsible. How does a court make this determination? It does so by determining if a the time the accident occurs you were doing job duties or were what the law has coined taking a “detour” or “frolic”.

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Car crashes are mysteries. Even though roughly 6 million of them happen each year in the United States alone, we seldom learn much. When we do drive by a crash in Dallas, we often slow down to have a look. But there’s never much to see. Two crumpled cars. Maybe one upside down. An ambulance closing its doors.

Without the details of how crashes happen, we tend to dismiss them as the work of “idiots”—drivers who occupy the lower echelons of driving skill and common sense. But while humankind’s measured intelligence is increasing, so is the number of deadly car crashes. After a lifetime of improvement, we saw an 8 percent jump in crash fatalities during 2015, the largest in 50 years. That number rose again in 2016, when more than 40,000 people died in collisions.

In a landmark study published in 2008, researchers at the University of Michigan combed the scene of 6,950 crashes to give us a more detailed analysis of what happened during each crash. Naturalistic driving studies are now equipping cars with accelerometers, sonar, sensors that track driver inputs, and lots of video cameras. Drivers sign up to participate in these studies, and they sometimes crash, leaving researchers with valuable data. We’re also benefiting from the rise of road cams—dashboard-mounted video cameras owned by everyday drivers, aka cammers, who cruise around, record crashes, and then post them on websites like Reddit.
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shutterstock_542928041-300x200We all know the dangers of texting and driving. With so many public service campaigns warning us, how could we not? But knowing and acting are two different things.

You’re behind the wheel of your car, paying close attention to the road. Then you suddenly hear the tune of your choice for your text message alert. Hey, it could be your boss, your spouse, your child – someone and something important. What do you do? Chances are, you do what most people do – read the text. And if the message is important enough, what’s the next thing you do? You respond, of course. Texting has become so popular in our culture, it often replaces phone conversation, even for those of us middle-aged and over.

But the facts remain. Driver distraction is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents each year, with texting taking the lead for that statistic. To date, fourteen states plus the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving. Numerous U.S. Senators are currently attempting to pass a bill to ban texting nationwide. In spite of these measures, drivers still text away, causing wrecks, injuries and countless deaths.

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Bryan of Dallas, Texas, shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience and level of satisfaction with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck in Dallas.

“My name’s Bryan Smith. About three years ago, I was injured in a car accident, and I was rear-ended and was very confused. When you’re in an accident, you don’t really know which way to go. And a very good friend of mine recommended Reyes Law Firm to help handle my case. They took over the case. They dealt with all the insurance companies and the situations I needed. And Kate brought the case to a very good conclusion. And I would highly recommend Reyes in the future.”

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bigstock-Pain-In-The-Hips-1676038-1024x768A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopedics unit to pay $247 million to six patients who said they were injured by defective Pinnacle hip implants.

Delivering a third straight win to patients, the jury found that the metal-on-metal hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks.

Six New York residents implanted with the devices said they experienced tissue death, bone erosion and other injuries they blamed on design flaws.

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