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Christopher A. shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional car accident lawyers while helping him recover damages after being injured in a car accident.

“Hi, my name is Chris. I had an accident in 2016. I was t-boned at a stop sign. My two younger sons and I experienced some difficulties following the accident. We contacted Reyes Browne Reilley, and we were taken care of. We walked through what we needed to do next. We got the help we needed to help our bodies recover. They took care of our case from that point on, and everything went really well. I’d have to say if I would recommend a law firm to help you guys out, if you’ve had an accident, or injury, just give these guys a call. Spencer Browne, great lawyer.”

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For the third year in a row, there have been more than 40,000 traffic deaths throughout the United States. Although this number is startlingly high, there has been a slight downward trend over the past two years.

In 2017, the traffic death toll of 40,231 decreased by slightly less than 1% compared to 2016’s count of 40,327. The National Safety Council reports that 2018 is down another 1% with an estimated 40,000 traffic fatalities.

Annual Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates - NSC
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths began dropping in 2008 and reached their lowest point in six decades in 2011 at 32,000. Experts suggest that this low point was a result of the recession, and as the economy started to bounce back, so did the number of cars on the road. Not only were American adults driving more, but so were the unexperienced teens. Additionally, more people were engaging in riskier behavior such as going out on weekends and taking lengthier road trips to new places.

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E-Scooters Crash Leaves Woman in a Coma - Reyes Browne ReilleyWe recently discussed the dangers e-scooters have been posing to riders and pedestrians across the country, but there is a new lawsuit coming out of Florida that may pave the way for safer regulations across the country.

In late December, Ashanti Jordan ended her shift at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, and started her 4-mile ride home on a Lime scooter. Following Lime’s instructions of staying off sidewalks, she stayed on the main road where she unfortunately collided with a Toyota Corolla. Flying more than 100 feet, Ashanti, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, suffered broken bones, fractured ribs, and a catastrophic brain injury that has left her in a vegetative state ever since.

Ashanti’s mother, Tracy Jordan announced her plan to sue Lime on behalf of her daughter for negligence. While the state of Florida doesn’t allow e-scooters to be ridden in the streets, Lime’s instruction uses language that specifically instructs riders to stay on main roads, therefore putting them in very dangerous situations. This violates its operating agreement with the city, which requires them to inform riders of the legally and safely ride the scooters. Riders are getting hit by cars, hitting pedestrians, and having accidents that shouldn’t be occurring.

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Kiersten K. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional auto accident lawyers while helping her after being severely injured in a rear-end crash.

“My name is Kiersten and four days after I graduated from college in 2017, I was in a fairly bad car accident, where the car in front of me stopped short and I tried to then stop. The car behind me slammed into my car at a high speed. I have injuries in my neck and my back. At the age of 23, I can’t go a single day without pain. So I found Reyes Browne Reilley and they helped me rectify a little bit of that situation. Being at such a young age and trying to operate in the professional world after college was and is incredibly difficult with the injuries I sustained from the accident. So I’m eternally grateful to my attorney Spencer and to the entire Reyes Browne Reilley team for their help and being able to put me on a good path now and being available to answer all of my questions and help whenever I needed it. The staff was effective and communicative and competent in their work. So I just can’t thank Reyes Browne Reilley enough for helping me in my young age move forward from this. “

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Increasing Popularity of E-Scooters Leads to More Accidents - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm
Whether you’re driving or walking through the city, you are sure to pass by a row of Bird or Lime Scooters parked on the sidewalk. While they offer convenience to the everyday commuter, they are also responsible for an increase in rider and pedestrian accidents across the country. The Journal of the American Medical Association has released their study on e-scooters in the Southern California area, and their findings are shocking.

UCLA researchers found that more than 249 people had been treated for these accidents at both Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Barbara between August 2017 and September 2018. Only 10 of these patients had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Just last year, California Governor Jerry Brown passed legislation that loosened safety regulations and removed the helmet requirement for riders over the age of 18. Though wearing helmets can offer protection for the rider, it may not be enough. According to Dr. Fredrick Rivara, injury control researcher, “there are no data on whether bicycle helmets would provide adequate protection against serious (traumatic brain injury) for these motorized devices, which can attain higher speeds that would be achieved by most bicyclists on flat roads.”

We are also seeing an increase in scooter-caused pedestrian accidents, mostly with the disabled and elderly who have a much more difficult time avoiding oncoming riders. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, has seen many of these pedestrians come in with “broken hips, multiple bone fractures, broken ribs, joint injuries, and soft tissue injuries from lacerations and deep abrasions.”

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Yolanda C. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional car crash lawyers while helping her after being rear-ended on Lemon Avenue.

“I’m Yolanda C, and I was in a car accident in September 2018. I was traveling along Lemon Avenue. There was a little bit of traffic, but I was rear-ended by someone. And I wasn’t sure what to do. I got the insurance information from the person that hit me, but I didn’t really know what to do. I knew that I needed to seek medical treatment, but I didn’t … everything happened so fast that I really didn’t know the proper steps, but I was able to contact the Reyes Law Firm. They took my case immediately. I was so surprised at how quickly they responded, and how compassionate they were. They really treated me … they took my case seriously. They took my injuries seriously. They did not brush me aside, or just, you know, treat me like I was a nobody.

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Desperate people will do desperate things for money. However, if you think attempting to fool insurance companies with a fake claim sounds like a good idea, think again. Apparently, 57 year old Alexander Goldinsky from New Jersey thought this was a wise idea when he allegedly staged a slip-and-fall incident at a local business.

Security cameras captured the entire scene on camera. Take a look:

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At Least 8 Casualties and Counting as Polar Vortex Hits Midwest - RBR Law
The upper midwest and eastern states are experiencing the coldest winter storm they’ve seen in years. Not only are these subzero temperatures astounding, but they are incredibly deadly.

At least eight fatalities have been reported as a direct result of the polar vortex. An elderly Illinois man was discovered several hours after he had fallen trying to get into his home. A University of Iowa student was also found dead just hours before dawn behind an academic building.

Chicago’s temperature plummeted to 21° below freezing Wednesday morning, only 6° away from The Windy City’s all-time record of -27° in 1985. As the storm continues, meteorologists predict this record could be broken this week. Norris Camp, Minnesota, almost made it there without allowing for wind, recording an actual air temperature of 48 degrees below zero.

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The Fyre Festival Fiasco Continues - Kendall Jenner and Modeling Agencies Face Subpoenas - Reyes Browne ReilleyThe Fyre Festival meltdown continues — As seen in documentaries by Netflix and Hulu, the music festival fantasy-turned-frankenstein of rapper Ja Rule and young entrepreneur Billy McFarland has left scorching legal repercussions. Founder, fraud, and convicted felon Billy McFarland kept no accounting records regarding the millions of dollars spent in the months prior to the tropical catastrophe. So where exactly did all this money go?

In an effort to track down the $11.3 million paid out by McFarland, a bankruptcy judge has granted subpoenas for two modeling agencies which were involved in paid advertisement for the festival. The agencies in question, DNA Models and IMG Models, supplied the talent for the festival’s 2017 promotional video in the Bahamas. The supermodel cast included the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin, and others. Kendall Jenner personally faces her own subpoena after allegedly accepting a payment of $250,000 for one instagram post about Fyre Festival. According to BillboardMesser has also asked to subpoena 16 companies involved with travel, staging, food, and beverage for the event, totaling $4.7 million in payments.

According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) influencers and marketers are required by law to clearly disclose any “material connection” regarding their social media posts. Monetary payment, business or family relationships, and gift of free product all fall under the umbrella of material connection.

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fyre festival fiasco - Reyes Browne Reilley
Flying to the Bahamas for what was advertised as an “experience of a lifetime” quickly became a disastrous and potentially dangerous situation — one that would be known as one of the greatest scams of the decade. The biggest takeaway from this PR nightmare? Things are not always as they seem.

The Fyre Festival, created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja-Rule, had been heavily marketed through numerous social media channels and captivated millennials with lofty promises of famous attendees, gourmet food, unforgettable musical performances, top of the line accommodations- all taking place on a private island previously owned by Pablo Escobar. After paying upwards of $200,000 for tickets, guests flew out to Great Exuma, Bahamas to find a “refugee-like” environment filled with half-built hurricane tents, rain-soaked mattresses, no medical personnel, and barely any food to share amongst the guests. Even after Fyre Festival was cancelled, guests were left stranded at the airport without nourishment or even a way to get home.

Through documentaries like Netflix’s Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, we are seeing first hand how aware the event’s organizers were of the poor and unsafe conditions on the island well before the attendees arrived. Their alleged negligence and fraud has lead to more than nine different lawsuits against the Fyre Festival organizers and promoters. This past July, Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson were these first to be awarded a settlement of $1.5 million each in compensatory damages, and $1 million in punitive damages for not only the tickets ($13,000) but for the mental anguish they suffered as well. With more class action lawsuits making their way through the justice system, this will not be last we hear of Fyre Festival.

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