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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2019The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to promoting equality and hope. He was a cornerstone in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, inspiring peaceful protests and non-violent civil disobedience. Some of his efforts include leading the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1963 March on Washington, and becoming the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His words of tolerance and love resound through the ages. We’ve selected some of our favorite quotes from the man with a Dream.

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Patricia L. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional personal injury lawyers while helping her recover damages after being severely injured in a high-speed car wreck on Hwy 380.

“The accident happened on 380. We were traveling the speed limit and there was a girl in the fast lane. She decided to turn right. She clipped us because I think she was on her phone. We went spinning and we split two light poles into about an eight, ten foot ditch. I was injured. At the time, I didn’t know I was hurt. I always understood that if there’s not blood and guts, I’m okay. But I was injured, and I do have heart trouble. And it has caused more problems, medically.

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Bird Box Challenge Gone Wrong - Reyes Browne ReilleyEveryone is talking about the latest Netflix original movie, Bird Box. (For those who have not seen it yet, don’t worry, we won’t release any spoilers.) In the film, the characters must navigate through the world while remaining blindfolded. The internet took this idea and ran with it, thus giving birth to “The Bird Box Challenge.” This meme is centered around performing everyday tasks all the while, you guessed it, remaining blindfolded. Unfortunately, one risky individual took this challenge to the streets.

Last week, a 17-year-old girl from Layton, Utah decided to try this challenge while driving. According to Layton police officer Lt. Travis Lyman, the young driver pulled her hat over her eyes to replicate the blindfold used in the movie. She then drifted into oncoming traffic where she hit another car. Thankfully, no one was injured in the crash.

One of the first things every driver should learn is to keep your eyes on the road. By throwing common sense to the wayside for the sake of “going viral,” she put herself, as well as everyone around her, at risk. Earning likes, comments, or shares should never threaten another person’s life. After this incident was made public, Netflix turned to Twitter with a message to their viewers:

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The Bigger The Truck, The Worse The Wreck - Reyes Browne Reilley Accident AttorneysIn the state of Texas, getting your drivers license when you turn 16 is a typical milestone on your journey to adulthood. In northern states and denser metropolitan areas, obtaining a drivers license immediately may not be such a household tradition, as many families rely heavily on public transportation. The wide open plains of Texas are filled with drivers bustling to and from work, home, and travel. However, smaller personal vehicles sharing the road with commercial-grade trucks can pose a very real threat to your daily routine.

Over the last two decades, the number of vehicles on Texas highways increased by 23%, which was 7 points higher than the national average of 16%. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 there were more than 16,000 large-truck crashes in Texas. There were also 7% more of these crashes than the previous year.

The larger, longer, and heavier the truck, the more severe the car wreck. Massive commercial-grade trucks are difficult to pass in heavy traffic, and they also take a longer time and distance to come to a complete stop. This additional force wears through their brakes, tires, and other safety features at a faster rate.

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Adonnica A. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional accident attorneys while helping her recover damages after being injured in a car wreck.

Hi. I’m Adonnica A. and I’ve been with the firm for about a year. I had a car accident last November. End up losing the car. Me and my husband had a couple of injuries. My mom end up finding this company for me. I called right off the bat. They got me and my husband signed up for physical therapy. They started instantly sending us to get our MRIs, our X-rays.

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Two Young Sisters Killed by Texting and Driving - Reyes Browne Reilley
We’ve all seen those “It Can Wait” billboards and bumperstickers, but just how pervasive is the No Texting While Driving movement?

Smart phones are so deeply integrated in today’s society, it almost seems second nature to check that little red notification bubble as soon as it pops up, even while behind the wheel. However, texting (or being on your phone at all) while driving is extremely dangerous. Every second you take your eyes off the road is a gamble, and when lives are at risk, the stakes could not be higher.

Earlier this month, 33 year old was charged with 8 felonies, all caused by using her phone while driving. The official forensic examination from the Stephenville Police Department found that “Litwin was engaged in multiple iMessage exchanges and electronic communications through one or more smart phone applications in the minutes leading up to the [crash].”

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Ms. Sadie G. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional personal injury lawyers while helping her recover damages after being injured at a beauty salon.

Hi my name is Sadie Garner. About a year or so I ago, I was involved in this accident at this school and they was giving me a service and they had put me on this table, like a massage table. And the table fell. And I fell off of the table. I fell on my left arm. It was kinda bad. So as you can see, I’m a kinda heavy set lady. And the lady that was giving me the service she was small in stature, so they had to call about three or four people to help me up off of the floor. And I knew immediately that I had hurt my arm. So they sent me to urgent care. And then they told me at urgent care that I had a real bad sprain. But in the meantime, when I went there, they told me I needed to see my doctor.

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Sharron W. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional personal injury lawyers while helping her recover damages stemming from a rear end car crash.

“I was rear-ended in October. I experienced shoulder pain, back pain, and neck pain. I received a referral to Reyes Browne & Riley pretty much the next day. And that referral was the greatest thing that happened to me because Joanne immediately got me the medical attention that I needed so that I was able to go to therapy and work out some of the kinks and things that I was experiencing. They didn’t take a long time and the communication, guys, is excellent. When I say I got texts all the time, just checking on me as a person, not really so much as a case, just looking at Sharron, just saying, “How are you today? Are you feeling okay? How’s therapy going? Are you satisfied with therapy?” It was something I never experienced in all my years of driving and having accidents. Nobody plans for it to happen, but when it happens, you want somebody there that really cares. And I can honestly say they did that. And it didn’t take long to get a settlement. They went to work on my behalf. So I am highly pleased with my service, and I recommend it to anyone who might have to … you don’t want it, but when you do need it, hey, they’re there for you. Thank you.”

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While Walking in a Winter Wonderland Make Sure Not to Slip and Fall
The Lone Star State might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a “Winter Wonderland,” but Texans are no stranger to ice and snow. Although winter storms might be rare, they pose a very real threat. Because Texas sees snow and sleet less often than our northern neighbors, we are often inadequately prepared with the proper equipment to deal with these conditions, such as ice pics, snow shovels, tire chains, etc. This can lead to dangerous, and even deadly slip and fall injuries and automobile crashes.

When temperatures drop below freezing, car batteries require more energy than normal to perform the same tasks. This can decrease battery life by 20-35% according to AAA. Consider replacing your battery if you hear clicking, popping, or cranking noises when starting, interior or exterior lights dimming when the engine is revved, or if the battery is over 3 years old.

Black ice is very difficult to see, and even more difficult to avoid. While black ice is not technically black, it can appear black because it is completely transparent showing the pavement beneath. Lack of sun exposure allows black ice to form, most often posing a threat in the early hours of the morning or after dark.

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