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While it is not mandatory for Texans to have uninsured motorist coverage, it is highly recommended. About 1 in 7 cars on the road in Texas are uninsured drivers, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

What is Texas Law?

Texas law requires people who drive in Texas to pay for the accidents they cause. The current minimum liability limits are $30,000 for each injured person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. This basic coverage is called 30/60/25 coverage. However, if you’ve been hit by an uninsured driver, the minimum amounts might not be enough to cover the entire cost of the car damage and medical bills. Purchasing more than the minimum requirement can help alleviate these costs.

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Limousine Crash Investigation - Dallas, TX - Reyes Browne ReilleyThe 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.

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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.

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asbestos in crayons - Dallas, TX - Reyes Browne ReilleyThe US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund has found asbestos in crayons. The agency conducted tests on six brands of crayons sold at Dollar Tree. Five of the six brands passed, with the exception of Playskool. Dangerous amounts of Tremoline were detected inside of their green crayon. Tremoline is a type of Asbestos, and exposure to this harmful chemical can cause life threatening complications such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and others.

The US PIRG has asked retailers of Playskool crayons to stop selling them immediately remove them from their inventory. This affected retailers such as Dollar Tree, Amazon, eBay, and DollarDays.com.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation into these claims, including working with Leap Year, the licensee of the product,” Katy Hendrickson Director, Hasbro’s director of global communications said.

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Electric Scooter Accident - Dallas, TX - Reyes Browne ReilleyIt’s hard to miss the colorful bikes and scooters that have been popping up throughout Dallas. It would appear to be a great concept: accessible, affordable, ‘greener’ urban transportation. But what happens when things take a turn for the worse? No one plans on having an accident, but they inevitably do. Who is liable in a scooter accident – the corporation or the consumer?

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.

Cases like Mitchum’s are bound to become more frequent in Dallas’ busy urban landscape, as was the case of a local Dallas musician in early August.

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surfer-300x174According to an article in the Waco Tribune-Herald, BSR Surf Resort voluntarily closed its wave pool on Friday while the Center for Disease Control tested for Naegleria fowleri, an extremely rare and deadly single-celled organism known as the “brain-eating amoeba.” The investigation follows the tragic death of New Jersey surfer Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile, who passed away from an infection caused by the amoeba shortly after surfing BSR’s wave pool.

Under premises liability laws, all property that is open to the public must be safe and reasonably free of hazards. To this degree, every public swimming pool and water park, including BSR surf resort accidents, are required to maintain a residual chlorine level of one-two parts per million to protect their guests from amoebic infection. If they fail in this basic safety obligation, owners and operators could be held liable for the wrongful death of an amoeba victim.

The CDC states that the brain-eating amoeba is found in warm freshwater, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. In rare cases, the amoeba has been found in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools and even tap water. The amoeba is only contracted through the nose, once it enters the nose it travels to the brain where it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is usually fatal. According to the CDC’s website, symptoms usually start one to nine days after swimming, and those infected typically die one to 18 days after the symptoms begin to show.

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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.

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35UEZZ4RG5HVFIMUNSGR5KNSYU-1024x576A powerful storm has dumped 10 inches of rain on parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the past few days, causing widespread flooding. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States — most flood fatalities happen because people try to drive through deadly waters rather than avoid them.

The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

With more rain on the way, follow these tips to stay safe in your car during a flood.

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For most counties in Texas, students went back to school in August. Teachers, parents, and kids of all ages likely geared up for the summer to fall transition for weeks.

Returning to school not only means getting back in the classroom, but also the return to playgrounds, gymnasiums, forms of travel, and sports. While recess and extracurricular activities are often referred to as the “fun” part of school for many, they are also the setting for the potential of numerous accidents and injuries.

According to research conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign (NSKC), an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and younger sustain school related injuries each year.

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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.

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