Southwest Airlines Plane Blows Engine; 1 Dead

Angel Reyes III In The News, Personal Injury

PHILADELPHIA –A Southwest Airlines jet reportedly blew an engine at about 30,000 feet, producing shrapnel that broke a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. The NTSB confirmed one person has died after the emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday.

“We do have information there was one fatality,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said. No further details were provided.

Another 12 people were assessed by medics, officials reported, and seven of those people were treated for minor injuries.

A Southwest spokesman said there were 143 passengers and five crew members on board the Boeing 737, which was headed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas’ Love Field. Most passengers walked off the plane onto the tarmac at the airport after landing around 11:20 a.m.

Photos taken by passengers from inside the cabin and posted on social media showed what appeared to be significant damage to the jet, with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged.

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FAA said that the plane landed after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, along with the fuselage and at least one window.

The Philadelphia airport tweeted that Flight 1380 “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.” No other details were given.

Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”

John Goglia, a former NTSB member, told the AP that investigators will take the Southwest engine apart to understand what happened and will look at maintenance records for the engine.

“There’s a ring around the engine that’s meant to contain the engine pieces when this happens,” Goglia said. “In this case it didn’t. That’s going to be a big focal point for the NTSB – why didn’t (the ring) do its job?”

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Asbestos-Related Cancer Lawsuit Verdict: Johnson & Johnson to Pay $37M

Angel Reyes III In The News, Personal Injury

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A jury in Middlesex County Superior court found New Brunswick-based J&J responsible for 70% of the damages in a Thursday decision after more than two months of trial. The panel found Imerys SA, the company’s the France-based talc supplier, responsible for the remaining 30% of damages.

Stephen Lanzo, now in his mid-40s, said he was exposed to asbestos by inhaling dust from J&J baby powder from approximately 1972 to roughly 2003, according to the court complaint in the civil case. He was diagnosed in 2016 with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart as the result of asbestos fibers.

The jury delivered a verdict relatively quickly — on its first full day of deliberations. The panel’s decision awarded Lanzo $30 million and his wife $7 million.

The jurors are scheduled to return to court on Tuesday to decide whether to award punitive damages. Judge Ana Viscomi told the panel that further proceedings would take a day or two.

J&J denied Lanzo’s allegations and said Johson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer. In a corporate statement, the company said it was “disappointed” with the verdict and would reserve further comment until the jury finishes all deliberations and “the case is fully completed.”

The New Jersey verdict marks the first trial loss for J&J in a lawsuit over claims that talc products contain cancer-causing asbestos, Reuters reported. Separately, the company has battled other court cases that charge its talc-containing products can cause ovarian cancer, allegations that J&J has similarly denied.

6 Shocking Car Accident Facts

car-wreck-dangers-dallas-300x200A car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries and well as long-term emotional troubles. Here are six things that might shock you about car accidents.

1. Thirty-One Percent of Fatal Accidents Involve Alcohol

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involved an alcohol-impaired driver. There were 10,322 fatalities in the U.S. that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

2. Most Car Accidents Occur Close to Home

The majority of car accidents occur very close to a driver’s place of residence, according to Esurance. While Esurance.com states that most accidents occur within 25 miles of a person’s home, a Progressive Insurance survey of people in accidents in 2001 found that about half were within five miles of home and about a third were within 15 miles from home.

3. Distracted Driving Causes Thousands of Accidents Each Year

Distraction.gov reports that distracted driving causes thousands of accident each year. In fact, in 2017, 3,328 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted driver. One of the most common types of distracted driving is texting while driving, or using any other type of handheld mobile device.

4. Rollovers among the Most Deadly Accident Types

According to SafeRoads.org, rollover crashes are one of the most dangerous types of accidents because of the high number of occupant ejections and head injuries in rollover crashes. According to the website, rollover accidents only account for three percent of all collisions, yet are responsible for more than 30 percent of all motor vehicle occupant fatalities.

5. Men More Likely to Cause an Accident Than Women

Men have a higher number of car accidents than do women, according to multiple data sources. A report by Howard University that studied car accidents in Washington D.C. from 2015 to 2017 found that men were the drivers in 65 percent of the accidents.

6. Someone Dies in an Accident Every 16 Minutes

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone died in an accident in the United States every 16 minutes in 2017. Ninety-two people died every day.

Were you in an accident? Get legal help at Reyes, Browne, & Reilley

An attorney can be a key aspect of getting a fair settlement following an accident. And a lawyer can help you pursue a lawsuit if an insurance company does not offer a sufficient settlement. At Reyes, Brown & Reilley, our Dallas car accident attorneys can help you. Call us today at 214-526-7900.

Should Undocumented Immigrants be Issued Driver’s Licenses?

Angel Reyes III Immigration, Personal Injury

should-undocumented-immigrants-be-issued-drivers-licenses_21899401-200x299The Federal REAL ID Act requires localities verify the “lawful status” of people who are issued a driver’s license or ID card in the US. Several states, including California, Illinois, and Maryland are legalizing, or have legalized, a sort of second-class driver’s license for people who cannot prove legal residency in the U.S. This license certifies drivers but can’t be used for federal purposes like social security applications, or any public benefits. The decision to issue such licenses has been politically contentious from both sides of the immigration reform debate – with immigration rights groups concerned about it being used as an aid in racial profiling, and social conservatives worried about it granting any level of legitimacy to illegal immigrants.

Irrespective of political leanings, issuing some form of driver certification to people who would otherwise be driving without any documentation has some major practical advantages for American citizens, such as, the following:

Training For All Drivers

Every driver on the road is operating a machine which could be fatal if it’s used improperly. Making a pathway for undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license will take untested and untrained drivers off the road and ensure they have the necessary skills to safely operate a vehicle. Cutting down on the number of unlicensed drivers on the road will make the streets safer for everyone and reduce accidents that result from driver error.

It Saves Americans Money

An EAD (Employment Authorization Document), Social Security number, and established residency are necessary to get this special type of driver’s license. Allowing immigrants to get a license when otherwise they could not, gives them a huge incentive to come out of the woodwork and get registered for official work permits and social security numbers. This incentive in turn means that the same people will be paying the taxes that fund the schools, roads, and law enforcement officials that they rely on each day. This fact reduces the tax burden placed on citizens.

More Insured Drivers

Lacking a driver’s license, social security number and other documentation make it both more difficult, more expensive, and much more intimidating to acquire car insurance. Since a large percentage of legal drivers purchase only the minimum coverage required by their state (often liability-only coverage), they’ll find themselves in hot water when they’re involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist. Even if you can legally determine they were at fault and are responsible for your injuries, they may not be able to afford your care.

At the end of the day, allowing undocumented residents to acquire a driver’s license will make our roads safer. Encourage undocumented people to become documented, and make the entire system more transparent.

Car Accidents Caused by Right Lane Passing

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Safe Driving

Car Accident - Reyes Browne Reilley - Dallas TexasThere are basically two types of drivers in the world: there are people who get really upset at the drivers traveling slowly in the left lane, and then there are a lot of drivers who are unaware this is even a problem and don’t realize they are actually more likely to cause a car accident.

The fact of the matter is when drivers hang out in the left lane it makes traffic worse and more dangerous for everybody involved.

If you have relatively slow drivers scattered amongst the left and right lanes, faster drivers have to repeatedly slow down and weave back and forth, changing lanes many times to pass all of them.

If a driver is moving at speeds five miles per hour slower than everyone else and traveling in the left lane, it forces faster drivers to make dangerous moves trying to pass them on the right – which is more likely to cause a car accident in Dallas.

There is a better way for traffic to flow – that is if we only use the left lane for passing.

If all of the slower drivers are in the right lane, a faster driver can pass several at once, then get back over to the right. This cuts down on the total number of lane changes and eliminates the slow downs.

Some people argue that as long as they are going the speed limit they shouldn’t have to move over, but there is evidence that shows slowing down and changing lanes is actually more dangerous than speeding.

Research has shown the strongest predictor of an accident is variance from the average speed of traffic. A car traveling five miles per hour slower than the surrounding traffic has a greater chance of causing an accident than one going five miles per hour faster.

For this reason, every state has some law on record that restricts the use of the left lane.

In 29 states, any car that is moving slower than the surrounding speed of traffic should be in the right lane and in 11 states the laws are stricter where the left lane is only for turning or passing.

Historically police have not paid much attention to slower left lane drivers, but recently there have been campaigns in states such as Washington, Texas and Ohio where police have been issuing tickets to people they spot traveling slowly in the left lane.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

A great example of this is the German Autobahn, which is Germany’s highway network that has long stretches of road without speed limits and has surprisingly low car accident rates.

One reason for the lower accident rate, some researchers think, is that German drivers are more likely to stay in the right lane for traveling and only use the left lane for passing. This shared norm helps keep them safe.

If more people understand how this works, together we can have fewer traffic jams and decrease the accident rate making our Dallas Metroplex roads much safer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident due to another’s reckless driving, contact the attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley for a free case review today!

Drowsy Driving: The Hidden Costs of Driving While Fatigued

bigstock-214125700-300x200Everyone knows the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, but many people aren’t aware of risks of drowsy driving. Considering that nearly 328,000 car accidents can be linked to drowsy driving each year, it’s time to take a closer look at this growing problem and take action.

The Sleep-Deprived Brain

When the heavy blinks and frequent yawns start, most people push through the fatigue in favor of getting to their destination on time. As you begin to understand what happens to your brain when you’re tired, you might reconsider.

Sleep is a necessary biological function that the body cannot do without. The brain reacts by slowing down the messages it sends. Individual neurons that send the message to interpret information and cause the body to react and move in response slow down in an attempt to bring the body to a resting state.

When driving, these effects of this sleep deprivation may look like:

  • Drifting in and out of the traffic lane

  • Missing turns or exits

  • Forgetting the last few miles driven (due to short-term memory loss)

  • Mood swings, including increased aggression

  • Slow reaction times

  • Lack of reasoning skills

Sleep deprivation removes the ability to make the split-second decisions needed to prevent accidents. The brain tries to keep up, but without enough sleep, it falls behind enough to open the door to potential accidents.

Costs That Are Too High

The effects of drowsy driving cannot be ignored considering the serious nature of the kinds of injuries sustained during car accidents. Car accidents easily strain the ligaments and muscles in the neck and back.The force of the accident is often absorbed by the spine causing injuries like whiplash, herniated disks, and compression fractures. Even low-speed accidents can cause life-altering injuries.

Accidents and injuries bring an incredible $109 billion in societal costs. When you take into account the medical and insurance bills, first responder expenses, wages lost over the lifetime of the injured, and potential loss of life, the costs are simply too high.

Making a Change

Many drowsy driving accidents could be avoided by taking action while driving and getting better sleep. If you find yourself nodding off on the road:

  • Pull over in a safe area like a parking lot or rest area and take a short 15-30 minute nap.

  • Turn on upbeat music to wake your senses.

  • Start chewing gum. The combination of your jaw muscles moving and the flavors of the gum can give you an awakening jolt.

  • Switch drivers and take a nap in the passenger seat.

You can prevent drowsy driving before it starts by getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep:

  • Check Your Mattress: A lumpy mattress or one that’s too hard or soft can keep you tossing and turning through the night.

  • Develop a Bedtime Routine: A warm bath, reading a book, or gentle meditation can help your brain shut down for the day by helping establish healthy circadian rhythms.

  • Cutback on Screen Time: The light from televisions, e-readers, and smartphones can be enough to send your brain the ‘awake’ signal. Try to shut things down an hour before bedtime to allow your brain to adjust.

  • Eat Right: Avoid stimulants like caffeine for at least four hours before bed. Add sleep-inducing foods to your diet like fish, chickpeas, and bananas which promote the making of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident due to someone driving while drowsy, contact the DFW car wreck attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley for a free case review today!

8 Life Saving Tips After a Car Accident

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Safe Driving

An unexpected car accident can leave you feeling a bit scattered. That’s why it’s important to brush up on post-accident procedures now, when you’re good and levelheaded. This 8-step guide can help make the moments after an accident less stressful.

1. Move to a safe area (if you can)

If it’s safe to do so and you aren’t seriously injured, move your car out of further harm’s way, like to the shoulder of the road. If moving your car just isn’t possible, flip on your hazards to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

2. Stop your vehicle and get out

Make sure your car is no longer moving, turn off the engine, shift into park, or set the hand brake if you drive a manual. Take a moment to catch your breath. Check to make sure it’s safe to get out of your car before opening the door. If you have flares or similar road safety items, consider using them.

3. Check on others involved

Check on all the other parties involved, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, to make sure no one is hurt. Call 911 if anyone may be injured. Even a seemingly minor symptom like dizziness should be checked out by a health care professional.

4. Call the police to the scene

Even in minor accidents, a police accident report can prove invaluable when dealing with your car insurance company and other drivers. Cooperate fully, but avoid admitting fault or blaming others while at the scene. Let the police objectively judge events and determine who, if anyone, is at fault in the crash.

If the police can’t make it to the scene (which is more likely if there are no injuries), you can file an accident report through your state’s DMV.

5. Gather info

Try to write down as much info as possible in the accident aftermath, including:

  • Driver and passenger names
  • License plate numbers
  • Insurance info
  • Makes and models of all vehicles involved
  • Contact info for any eyewitnesses
  • Location of the accident
  • The name and badge number of any responding police officers

6. Document the scene

If you have a smartphone with a camera, snap some photos of the accident scene. They’ll come in handy during the claim process.

7. File your insurance claim

Make sure you let your insurance know what exactly happened and the extent of your injuries. Some insurance companies allow you to file a claim online, but it’s generally easier to call and talk to someone who can guide you through the process – especially after something as emotionally taxing as a car accident. Be as honest as you can and keep your information short and simple.

8. Call a Personal Injury Attorney

At the first sign of trouble – or even if you simply want peace of mind – call or text the expert DFW car accident lawyers at Reyes Browne Reilley for a free case review. We can provide you with further guidance in protecting your rights and health while also advising you if someone involved in the crash is wronging you. Car accidents are stressful enough; a lawyer can help clarify the details and defend you throughout the process as well as get you the compensation you deserve.

What you can do before the accident

If you haven’t been in a car accident, after patting yourself on the back (while the car’s stopped, of course), use these handy tips to make sure you’re ready for the unpredictable:

  • Pack a safety kit
  • Keep important documents at the ready (ID, additional insurance company contact information, vehicle registration, health plan info, etc.)
  • Have your phone on you and charged whenever you hit the road
  • Keep loose items in the center console or glove box, and not on the seats, where they can get lost or fly around in an accident

No one wants to be in a car accident, but they happen more frequently than you might think. It’s always a jarring experience that can skew a person’s judgement. But, by starting with your own health and taking it one step at a time, you can protect your health, your property, and your money.

Top Tips Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

Angel Reyes III Insurance, Personal Injury

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More than six million car accidents occur in the United States every year. Many of them only involve superficial property damage, but it is still a jarring, emotionally taxing experience to go through.

But what if you suffer an injury? Do you know how to protect yourself and receive the medical attention you need? If you happen to get injured in a crash, the key is to remain calm and follow a few simple steps to ensure your own safety.

Seek Medical Help

In case of an accident, your most important priority should be your own health. Self-diagnosing injuries is a difficult thing to do as well after an accident; when you combine whiplash with the adrenaline and emotional strain that can come from a crash, it can be difficult to even tell what’s hurting. The easiest route is by dialing 911. The operator has access to all the resources you might need and is trained to help you through the situation.

In many accidents, the passengers refuse medical attention. They might believe the injuries they suffered are minor. However, it’s common for injuries suffered in jarring collisions to become more severe in a short time frame. It’s almost a shock to the system – your body isn’t even sure what’s wrong yet.

From a legal perspective, getting medical attention early is an advantage. The earlier your injuries are documented, the better it is for any claims you might need to make.

Take Notes and Photos

If you’re able, taking notes and collecting visual evidence of the collision is extremely helpful. You’ll want photos of the damage to your car, the scene of the collision, as well as the damage to any other vehicles in a collision.

As for information you ought to record, you’ll want names and contact information of all people involved in the collision, the make, model, and year of the vehicles involved, driver’s license and license plate details, and insurance company names and policy numbers for all individuals involved. Getting the name and badge number of the policemen involved is a good idea as well.

Make sure you take note of any medical treatment you receive so that you may receive reimbursement from your insurance company. Keep any receipts or documents that you might receive and store them in a safe place.

File an Insurance Claim

Make sure you let your insurance know what exactly happened and the extent of your injuries. Some insurance companies allow you to file a claim online, but it’s generally easier to call and talk to someone who can guide you through the process – especially after something as emotionally taxing as a car accident. Be as honest as you can and keep your information short and simple.

When in Doubt, Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer

Ideally, a personal injury lawyer is never even necessary. But when it comes to property damage, insurance, and personal injury, a lot can go wrong.

At the first sign of trouble – or even if you simply want peace of mind – talk to a lawyer. They can provide you with further guidance in protecting your rights and health while also advising you if someone involved in the crash is wronging you. Car accidents are stressful enough; a skilled car accident lawyer can help clarify the details and defend you throughout the process.

No one wants to be in a car accident, but they happen more frequently than you might think. It’s always a jarring experience that can skew a person’s judgement. But by starting with your own health and taking it one step at a time, you can protect your health, your property, and your money.

Alex Briggs is a contributing author for ‘Maggio Thompson Personal Injury Attorneys.

Common Auto Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit Mistakes

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

031814-5-common-ways-to-lose-a-pi-lawsuit_173305826-300x214If you have been injured, you may have grounds to bring a personal injury action against those you believe may be responsible. And while you may have grounds to bring action, there are a number of things you can do that will sabotage your chances of winning your personal injury claim.

From contributing to the accident itself, to ignoring your obligation to take vital legal steps – there are steps you must take in order to preserve the integrity of your case.

Here are five important things you need to make sure you DO NOT do that could put your case at risk from the start.

1. Not hiring a personal injury lawyer. While it may not be required by law to be represented by an attorney when you file your personal injury claim stemming from a car wreck with the courts, trying to go it alone, without consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney, will most likely reduce your chances of receiving a favorable result. A lawyer can help you organize your information and present your case in the most effective manner possible. In addition, attorneys can provide useful guidance in the analysis and direction of your case.

2. Assumption of risk/contributory negligence. If you played a part in the accident which caused your injuries or placed yourself in an unnecessarily risky position that resulted in your injuries, odds are that you will not recover 100% of your damages. Many defendants utilize this defense when faced with a personal injury lawsuit, and if there is proof that possible fault exists on your end, your case will be more difficult to win.

3. Not having solid proof. Personal injury lawsuits are rarely settled in favor of the plaintiff without proof of fault by the defendant. During and after the accident, it is vital to your case for you to gather evidence that supports your position and your case. Take pictures of the scene and your injuries. Write down descriptions of the events that led up to the accident while they are still fresh in your mind. File a police report as soon as possible. Seek immediate medical attention and ensure that you get the names, phone numbers and addresses of potential witnesses.

4. Lacking credibility. Your character will be an important element to your case. Any information you provide to police, insurance companies, medical personnel, attorneys and the court should be honest and accurate. One of the easiest ways to destroy your credibility in your case is to attempt to inflate the seriousness of your injuries. Any discrepancies will be noted between the police report and your medical charts, and these discrepancies will destroy a personal injury claim. Do not speak to the defendant’s insurance company; your attorney should handle those conversations to ensure the information imparted is accurate and non-damaging to you in any way.

5. Not having expert witnesses. Expert witness testimony is vital to any personal injury case. Courts place a lot of emphasis and importance on the testimony of expert witnesses. It is because these witnesses can provide specifics that add color to the case. For instance, expert witnesses can explain the exact cause of the accident, as well as provide expert testimony regarding the part each participant played in the accident. Additionally, expert witness testimony assumes an unbiased opinion about the events surrounding the accident. Having someone that does not have a vested interest in the outcome of the case is invaluable. By having an expert witness representing your interests, the deck is stacked on your side. Typically, your attorney will be in the best position to help your case through the use of expert witness testimony.

Each personal injury case is different and will require a unique perspective in order to be successful. By hiring an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney, you will ensure that your case will receive its day in court and will have the best chances of success.