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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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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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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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While Walking in a Winter Wonderland Make Sure Not to Slip and Fall
The Lone Star State might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a “Winter Wonderland,” but Texans are no stranger to ice and snow. Although winter storms might be rare, they pose a very real threat. Because Texas sees snow and sleet less often than our northern neighbors, we are often inadequately prepared with the proper equipment to deal with these conditions, such as ice pics, snow shovels, tire chains, etc. This can lead to dangerous, and even deadly slip and fall injuries and automobile crashes.

When temperatures drop below freezing, car batteries require more energy than normal to perform the same tasks. This can decrease battery life by 20-35% according to AAA. Consider replacing your battery if you hear clicking, popping, or cranking noises when starting, interior or exterior lights dimming when the engine is revved, or if the battery is over 3 years old.

Black ice is very difficult to see, and even more difficult to avoid. While black ice is not technically black, it can appear black because it is completely transparent showing the pavement beneath. Lack of sun exposure allows black ice to form, most often posing a threat in the early hours of the morning or after dark.

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Darrel S. of Dallas, Texas, shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our staff and customer service while helping him recover from damages stemming from a rear-end car wreck on Hwy 75.

“I believe [they] did their jobs up and beyond the call of duty.”

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George C. of Grand Prairie, Texas, shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our staff and customer service while helping him recover from damages stemming from a car truck crash.

“My name is George Louis Cruit III. I was, on July the 1st, 2016, heading west on Main Street in Grand Prairie. They had construction, and the right hand lane was blocked, so I was in the left hand lane. The truck driver of the truck that hit me was in the median, in the middle of the, uh, of the … on the left hand side. He at the last minute, after I passed him going through a green light, he turned right into me. Uh, we pulled over into the parking lot of, um, a business and we called the police, and they came out and filled out an accident report, and all that, and took the damage down. And then, at that time, I had went home … I mean, I had went to work and then I went back home. And then a few days later I started having really severe pain in my left knee, and I went and, uh … went to an emergency room to be checked out. And then after I did that, I called, uh, Reyes, Browne and Reilley, uh, lawyers office and I got set up for an appointment. And I went there, and they got me started in my medical care to, uh, take care of my injuries and everything that were accentuated by the accident. I’m very pleased with how they handled my case. And, um … I just want to thank them for everything that they’ve done for me and my family.”

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limo crash - Dallas, TX - Reyes Browne Reilley
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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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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