Check For Safety Recalls With Your VIN

Check For Safety Recalls With Your VIN - RBR Law

Safety Recall Checkup

There’s a lot to consider when trying to stay safe on the roads. Traffic patterns, hazardous weather, and roadway conditions are a few of the more commonly discussed topics. But what if your own vehicle posed the biggest threat? By using your VIN, you can check if your car or motorcycle is qualified for a safety recall.

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Tornado Safety Tips

Angel Reyes III Motorcycle Safety, Safe Driving, Uncategorized

Tornado Safety Tips - Reyes Browne Reilley

   If you grew up in Texas, you are probably all too familiar with the blaring sound of tornado sirens. Springtime weather changes present a very real threat for residents of Tornado Alley. Although extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are rare, it is imperative that every tornado watch and tornado warning is taken seriously. Before a tornado is headed your way, read these tips to make sure you know exactly what to do when that siren sounds to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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The Bigger The Truck, The Worse The Wreck

The Bigger The Truck, The Worse The Wreck - Reyes Browne Reilley Accident Attorneys

In 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.

The Texas Police Chiefs Association as well as the North Texas Police Chiefs Association are joining forces to keep our roads as safe as possible. They have both opposed legislation to add larger, heavier trucks on Texas roadways.

Every driver can do their part to proactively avoid automobile accidents by minimizing distractions and staying observant of their surroundings. Keep in mind that large-scale trucks have a delayed response time, and take longer to speed up and slow down. Adding extra spacial padding around your vehicle can help compensate for this potential hazard.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need the most trustworthy legal advocates on your side.

After more than 25 years representing injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced team of professional accident attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley have seen the consequences of negligence first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of a car wreck which was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting Legal in Dallas?

Angel Reyes III Motorcycle Safety

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Lane Splitting – the practice of going between cars moving slowly or at a standstill while riding a motorcycle – has been a common technique used by motorcyclists for years. Motorcycle rider advocates in Texas cite studies that show that lane splitting contributes to a significant reduction of rear-end rider fatalities. They also say that it can reduce rider fatalities, improve rider safety, and reduce traffic congestion.

But what does Texas law say about lane splitting?

Well, not much – at least not yet.

There are no statements made about lane splitting in Texas law, but some Texas legislators are talking about changing that. Lane splitting bills have been introduced in the Texas Senate this session, but it isn’t the first time.

According to Houston Chronicle, two separate bills were filed on both sides of the Texas legislature in 2015. Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr., D-Palmview, and Texas state Senator Kirk Watson, D- Austin each filed lane-splitting bills on designated roads where traffic is moving at 20 mph or less.

Neither bill made it past transportation committees as the Texas legislative session closed in 2015. However, motorcycle lane splitting advocates who looked forward to the 2017 Texas legislative session will have to wait until 2019. A bill was filed in the Texas Senate Transportation Committee again by Kirk Watson, a Democrat from Austin. It was not voted on by the Transportation Committee. SB 288 died in the Texas Senate Transportation Committee.

Until then, riders will need to be aware of how Texas law treats lane splitting to avoid breaking the law.

Is Lane Splitting Legal?

If you split lanes in Texas, a police officer can technically pull you over and issue a citation. According to current Texas law, a vehicle must use a defined lane to pass another vehicle, and no exceptions are made for motorcycles.

The Importance of Addressing Lane Splitting Laws 

The lack of specific laws related to lane splitting make it difficult for law enforcement, motorcyclists and everyday motorists to know how to approach lane splitting. The lack of clarity means that everyone could benefit from laws recognizing and regulating lane splitting. Law enforcement and motorists can get valuable information and instructions on the practice, while motorcyclists can make sure they are not breaking the law when they ride.

Motorcycle accidents are very serious and can have life threatening injuries for victims. Negligent motor vehicle operators that don’t check their mirrors before changing lanes or fail to control their speed can easily swipe a motorcycle off the road, leaving the rider injured in a hospital or sometimes worse. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident because of a careless driver, contact Reyes Browne Reilley today to speak with a legal assistant about your personal injury claim.

Motorcycles Are Dangerously Fun

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Motorcycle Safety

shutterstock_106818497-300x202I’m sure it comes as no surprise that motorcycle accidents are far more deadly than other types of vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles are 35 times more likely to be deadly than car accidents. Think about that for a second – 35 times more likely to cause death. That fact is simply staggering.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents are bad road and weather conditions, neglecting to use turn signals, speeding, driving while under the influence, poor visibility and other drivers not noticing “smaller” vehicles.

Motorcyclists also often lane-split, i.e. drive between two lanes. Most of us have experienced this craziness. Not only is the cyclist being reckless, he or she is literally asking for trouble. Other drivers get angry, and lane-splitting can often result in wrecks. But obviously the primary reason that fatalities are so high on motorcycles is that they simply don’t offer the protection of cars, trucks, vans, etc. Although helmets can help save lives, there is little else a cyclist can rely on for protection should an accident occur.

Laws require helmets but many cyclists ignore them, despite the fact that they are 40% more likely to die from head injuries without helmets. It is estimated that wearing a helmet is 37% more likely to prevent a crash fatality in general.

When driving a motorcycle, obey traffic laws which are put in place for your own safety. Also don’t get cocky. Just because you’re on two wheels, it doesn’t mean you own the road. Be respectful of other drivers, always wear a helmet, never lane-split, don’t pull stunts and stay keenly aware of road conditions.

Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety; Always Wear a Helmet

Angel Reyes III Motorcycle Safety

bigstock-200291962-300x171Motorcycles and bicycles, when operated correctly, can be an absolutely safe, healthy, and fun form of transportation. However, in case of accident, they can leave the rider completely devastated with injuries, as they are far less protective than a vehicle with four wheels.

This is why it is so absolutely vital  to wear a helmet at all times. Even if you are one of the most careful riders on the road, you cannot ensure everyone else on the road is following these rules as adamantly as you are. Therefore, the risks of accident or injury are high.

In fact, being involved a bicycle or motorcycle accident without the protection of a helmet can not only result in devastating brain, facial, or head injuries, and these injuries can absolutely be fatal. Victims of head injuries who are lucky enough to survive are often left bereft of much of the quality of their life. Now more than ever, laws are governing for motorcyclists and bicyclists to wear a helmet the same way a driver is asked to wear a seatbelt – it is just as, if not more, important.

Remember to drive defensively, as though other drivers “are out to kill you,” according to one experienced rider. Many automobile drivers don’t pay as much attention to their driving as they should; they especially aren’t looking out for motorcycles or bicyclists. A good many accidents happen when auto drivers follow motorcycles too closely, pass them inappropriately or make a left turn in front of them. A good motorcyclist always pays attention to what other drivers are doing. No matter the cause of an accident, motorcyclists are going to be hurt worse than a car’s driver and passengers. They’re not surrounded by a box of metal that will deflect some of the impact and keep them from flying through the air.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle or motorcycle accident due to no fault of your own, allow our Dallas Metroplex lawyers of Reyes Browne Reilley to fight for your rights. We know you are facing a number of serious issues, whether it be the loss of wages or ability to work, expensive medical bills, or the overwhelming emotional distress accompanying an accident or injury. This is why our legal team is so utterly dedicated to pursuing justice on your behalf–we refuse to back down from a challenge.

Motorcycle Fatalities Trending Upward

Angel Reyes III Motorcycle Safety

motorcycle fatalities increasingMore than 5,000 people were killed riding motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2015, close to an all-time high, and a 10 percent increase over 2014’s figure.

Even though motorcyclists accounted for less than one percent of total miles driven, they accounted for a staggering 14 percent of all traffic deaths in 2015.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) there were a total of 35,092 people killed on U.S. roads in 2015; a 7.2 percent increase over 2014

Key reasons for the 5,010 fatalities were increased permissiveness from states for riding without a helmet, demographic surges in motorcycle ownership in the 20 to 29-year-old and 50 to 59-year-old age groups, and an increase in riding while impaired.

Only 19 states and Washington D.C. require all riders wear a helmet. Another 28 states mandate helmet use only for riders younger than age 18 or 21, and three states have no helmet requirement. The use rate of helmets in universal-law states was 89 percent, compared with 48 percent in all other states, according to a 2014 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In Michigan, which saw a 23 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities, state highway safety officials cited the repeal of Michigan’s all-rider helmet law in 2012 as a factor in the increase in fatalities, the report said.

Texas used to require all riders to wear a helmet, but the law was repealed in September of 1997. That same month, there was a “sudden upward trend” in motorcycle fatalities in the state. One study even showed that a few years later, the number of motorcycle deaths had increased by 30 percent.

According to NHTSA, wearing a helmet decreases the risk of dying in a motorcycle crash by 37 percent. In 2013 – the more recent year data was collected – an estimated 1,630 lives were saved in the U.S. by motorcycle helmets; an estimated 715 additional fatalities could have been prevented if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. In addition, the CDC mentions how a universal helmet law is the most-effective method for not only saving lives, but also money. In 2013, $1.1 billion could have been saved in 2013 if every motorcycle rider had chosen to wear a helmet.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help if you have found yourself involved in a motorcycle accident, or to set up a free consultation.

Reyes Browne Reilley is a Dallas, Texas, based Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated personal injury law firm. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers have a nearly combined 100 years experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury, business, and dangerous prescription drug & device litigation.