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Summer is almost at an end, and school has started back up, leaving many of us trying to get in one last trip by ground and air.

Typically, personal injuries in regard to transportation accidents are focused on those that involve pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, or automobiles; however, despite the relative safety of air flights, accidents while aboard a plane do occur.

The most serious injuries during flights are due to

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DALLAS – D CEO Magazine, of D Magazine, has awarded the 2017 Outstanding Latino Business (small business) award to noted attorney Angel Reyes III, founder of the Dallas-based Reyes Browne Reilley law firm.

For the second straight year, D CEO is honored to present the Latino Business Awards, a partnership between D CEO magazine and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos. The awards recognize outstanding Latino leaders and companies and organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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garmin-black-copy-300x160The editorial board of the New York Times recently published a piece exposing the absurdity of the necessity for states to educate African-American drivers on how to survive being pulled over by police officers.

“For generations, African-American parents have borne a special burden in mentoring their teenage children as they begin driving, having to say, be calm and extra polite when stopped by the police, and do nothing unexpected that could get you killed.

It’s horrifying that any parent has to have that conversation. But racial profiling by the police is a reality, and in these days of repeated and sometimes fatal highway confrontations, captured by cellphone videos, such warnings can be a matter of life and death.

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A recent article in USA Today featured the states in the US where you are most likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident. Montana topped the list, followed by North Dakota and Mississippi. Other states making the top ten most dangerous are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina and South Dakota. Rounding out the list was Tennessee. Texas had the most motor vehicle fatalities but did not make the top ten due to the fact that it is more populous thus the rate of deaths per 100,000 residents was lower. The study was based on data provided by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration.

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Arbitration clauses are becoming an effective tool for employers and certain litigation-prone professions like medical doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and automobile manufacturers to bypass the legal system. The vast majority of people who sign an employment contract, service agreement, or purchase contract have no idea that they are signing away their right to take the company or person to court should a dispute arise.

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Angel Reyes Blog - Can Religious Scriptures Supplant The Law

Arbitration clauses in employment contracts are an increasingly powerful tool, forcing an alternative system of justice upon people when they believe they have been damaged by the negligence of others. Doctors, hospitals, drug treatment centers and other lawsuit-prone professions and businesses are increasingly forcing their patients and customers to sign documents restricting their right to sue them in a public court of law should a dispute arise, or an injury or a wrongful death occur. Instead, arbitration clauses contained in legally binding contracts signed by patients and customers are forcing them to settle their dispute by arbitration. The twist is that in addition to signing away their first amendment rights to a fair and speedy trial, these “arbitration hearings” sometimes resemble more of a tribunal of religious elders than a judge and jury of one’s piers. Arbitrators are relying on their interpretation of Bible Scriptures and not Federal or State Laws to determine a persons guilt or innocence. And time and time again it’s the religious organization that comes out the winner.

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The state of Texas requires all drivers to purchase some form automobile insurance to help keep themselves and other drivers safe in the event of an accident. However, most people don’t understand what different types of auto insurance mean, what they cover, and how to figure out what kind of plan to purchase. Thankfully, the people at the insurance information institute put together this handy infographic to help drivers figure out what their plan really means, and what level of insurance is right for them.

 

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shutterstock_868999661-300x199In an effort to enforce immigration control where federal statues are failing, more and more states are moving to pass legislation that will allow them to manage immigration control in their own way in the face of federal control challenges. California is joining the ranks of other southwestern states such as Arizona and Texas in creating their own immigration reform legislation designed to provide controls where federal laws have shown weaknesses. Earlier this week, San Francisco officials moved to sever ties with U.S. Immigration authorities and end the practice of enabling deportations by extending the detention of illegal immigrants who have been arrested for crimes.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors moved to enable this legislation, which will garner San Francisco mayor Ed Lee’s signature within the next ten days and would exclude specific violent offenses, ultimately would no longer require local law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours beyond their release dates, a practice that has been commonplace since 2008 that allowed the extra time in detention for immigration agents to arrive and take custody of immigrants for possible deportation.

The partnership between San Francisco and U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement, known as the Secure Communities partnership, has drawn criticism over the past few years from civil rights groups who believe that non-violent immigrants should not face the fear of deportation when reporting crime.

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shutterstock_1396169241-300x200The Catholic Church, their bishops and priests, have taken to the task of putting pressure on Congress to pass legislative measures and changes in immigration policy, which could open a path for undocumented immigrants to receive citizenship.

Catholic priests throughout the country are embracing political involvement and will be preaching a unified message on September 8, during mass, urging their parishioners to support President Obama’s drive for new immigration laws. This broader effort on the part of the Roman Catholic Church and other religious groups would include putting pressure by public demand on their lawmakers.

Educators also have joined in this unified effort. Presidents of 93 Catholic universities and colleges have sent a letter to the House Speaker and to the minority leader urging them to pass a comprehensive bill on immigration. This is the first time that college presidents have taken an active part in this issue.

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shutterstock_132973421-200x299Debates over how native workforce is affected by employing undocumented workers is once again a hot subject filled with questions, shedding some light on the impact of immigrant workers in some sectors.

If Congress were to legalize low skilled immigrant labor , how would this affect native workers?

Would they receive lower salaries? Should the less skilled workers occupy empty jobs and in that way assist those with more qualifications? Which of the two would come out benefitted?

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