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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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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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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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Before you buy your children’s Christmas gifts this year, it is important that you do your research.thandy-yung-489168-unsplash-200x300

According to World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H), one child is treated in U.S emergency rooms every three minutes for a toy-related injury. In 2017, thirteen of these cases resulted in death with the victims all being under the age of twelve.

To ensure you are keeping your children and family safe this Christmas, be sure to do the following:

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When Should I File My Personal Injury Claim - RBR LawMore than 30 million people a year go to emergency rooms for unintentional injuries, according to the CDC. In many cases, these injuries are due to the negligence of someone else. If you have never filed a claim before, you probably have a lot of questions. Luckily, trustworthy personal injury lawyers are there to help you.

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Personal Injury claims are lawsuits filed against either a person or an entity that has allegedly caused someone injury. These types of lawsuits are common in the United States, and cover a wide array of accidents. Some examples of personal injury lawsuits are: medical malpractice, accidents in the workplace, harm caused by defective products, and vehicle crashes.

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Nerve Damage After A Car Crash Personal Injury Lawyer
The human nervous system is incredibly sensitive, and sustaining head or neck injuries after an auto or truck accident is fairly common. Even a minor fender bender can leave you with Neuropathy, or nerve damage. After being injured in a car accident, no matter how severe, it is extremely important to contact a professional personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case. Insurance companies will try their hardest to save money on payouts, often at the victim’s expense. The road to recovery can be costly, especially with nerve damage — Combining the costs of medical bills on top of time away from work can severely hurt your bank account. It’s our job to ensure these companies pay what is owed in full.

Types of Neuropathy

The three most common types of nerve damage after a car accident are whiplash, lacerations, and blunt-force-trauma.

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Audrey T. of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck involving the Dallas DART.

“Hi, I’m Audrey and I’m here to talk about Reyes, Reilley, and Browne. I was in a car accident on DART back in November 2015. Um, where a young lady hit dart and um, made us slam on brakes and I fell forward and got hurt. I contacted Reyes, Browne, and Reilley and they took my case. And they worked really really hard and really really good on my case. Uh, it took a little minute because, you know, the people was, was giving us a little hard time. Tim Reyes was awesome. (laughing) He did a good job. And I am very happy with my results. Thank you Reyes, Browne, and Reilley.”

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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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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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Dishwasher-on-fire-300x200Manufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on ConsumerReports.org.

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