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Prestige Limo Employee Faces 40 Criminal Counts After Tragic Crash Kills 20 - Reyes Browne ReilleyNauman Hussain, son of the Prestige Limousine Chauffer Service owner, has been indicted in connection to the upstate New York limo crash that took the lives of 20 people in October of 2018. Hussain is now facing 40 criminal counts, including 20 counts of second-degree manslaughter and 2o counts of negligent homicide.

The felony complaint states the Hussain hired the limo’s driver, Scott Lisinicchia, and was aware that he did not hold a CDL, or commercial driver’s license. State Police Superintendent George Beach told reporters that Hussain received “written violations” from State Police and the New York State Department of Transportation informing him that Lisinicchia “shouldn’t have been operating the type of vehicle involved in the crash”.

The criminal complaint states that the negligence also extended to the limousine’s safety, which was actually a modified Ford Excursion. According to the NTSB’s Preliminary Report, the original wheelbase of the Ford Excursion had been lengthened by 180 inches to increase the seating occupancy to 18 occupants. These after-market modifications most likely caused the mechanical and safety deficiencies of the vehicle, and lead to the vehicle being deemed unsafe. According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the vehicle had been inspected by the New York State Department of Transportation a month prior to the crash and had failed. Although it had been ordered to be taken out of service, it remained in use by Hussain’s company, Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.

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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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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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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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Car Accident Lawyers RBR Law - Car Accident Fatalities Drop Significantly in 2017 and 2018
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic casualties fell by 1.8% for all of 2017. This came as a welcome relief after the sharp rise in deaths in the past several years. The National Safety Council states that from 2014 to 2015, traffic fatalities rose 7%, which marked the steepest two-year increase in over 50 years. 2016 brought an additional increase of 7%.

These new reduced statistics could be attributed to a variety of factors, one of which is automobile technology. Vehicle manufacturers are making cars safer than ever before by adding more crash avoidance features. These new safety components will help warn motorists of a potential crash, or automatically slow down the vehicle. “We’re very hopeful that will continue to be part of a trend,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King tells us.

https://www.reyeslaw.com/blog/self-driving-vehicles-eliminate-traffic-fatalities/

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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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180830185511-01-new-mexico-bus-crash-super-tease-300x169UPDATE – Authorities on Saturday identified five of the eight people who died in this week’s crash involving a Greyhound bus and a semitrailer on Interstate 40 in New Mexico.

The victims were identified as Sadie Thomas, 50; Charla Bahe, 34; Terry Mason, 45; Luis Alvarez, 50; and Veronica Jean Williams, 49, the Office of the Medical Investigator in New Mexico announced in a news release. Alvarez was the bus driver.

At least eight people were killed and more than 40 injured after a semi-truck and Greyhound bus collided on a busy New Mexico highway Thursday. One survivor, Rachel Cunningham, who said she was asleep on the Greyhound when the crash happened, woke up to a gaping hole in the bus’ passenger side.

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Have you ever been forced into another lane, or off the road, by an 18-wheeler?

It’s a common occurrence and is one of the biggest reasons people contact the 18-wheeler accident attorneys at Reyes Browne & Reilley.

Big rig drivers have such large blind spots it’s not surprising that so many accidents involve tractor trailers.

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Perry of Dallas, Texas, shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience and level of satisfaction with our staff and customer service while helping him recover from damages stemming from a side swipe car wreck in Dallas.

“My name is Perry Mitchell. I was sideswiped by a gentleman that decided he wanted to run. And when the accident actually happened, it had– I sustained injury to my wrist and once calling 911 to get the officers there, I really didn’t know what to do. So I called Angel Reyes and Associates and they took on my case, sent me to my doctor, said I needed to go to. And it’s been I don’t know, probably been about two and a half years, but here I am today. The case has been won on my behalf I’m guessing. And it’s pretty much– without them I wouldn’t be sitting here today winning what I did win. Other than that, that’s pretty much basic story.”

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