U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40,000 for the Third Year in a Row

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.

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The Bigger The Truck, The Worse The Wreck

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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.

Nerve Damage After a Car Crash

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.

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Car Accident Fatalities Drop Significantly in 2017 and 2018

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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%.

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New York Limo Crash: Owner’s Son Arrested for Criminally Negligent Homicide

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The 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.

“The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain,” – State Police Superintendent George Beach

Officials are working on a cease-and-desist order to stop Prestige Limousine from operating until the investigation is concluded. Police have seized three of their vehicles, in addition to the modified limo that was involved in the wreck.

Scott Lisinicchia, the driver who also was killed in the crash, was pulled over in the same limo on August 25 on Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, where state police determined he did not have the proper license to drive it. Prestige Limousine was also notified of their employee’s inept licensing and was instructed he could not operate the vehicle until he obtained the correct license. Prestige Limousine’s lawyer insists that Lisinicchia was properly licensed.

Major Patnaude also stated, “That company and that vehicle have been under scrutiny of [Department of Transportation] in the past.” Inspection records show that one month prior to the crash, the modified Ford Excursion involved in the wreck received a violation for ABS malfunction indicators for hydraulic brake system. The state DOT had ordered the vehicle be taken out of service.

However, Hussain’s lawyer suggests that the state of New York could potentially be liable in this case. He questions the safety of the intersection where the crash took place.

So, who is to blame for the deaths of 20 people?

Was Hussein negligent of the safety of his vehicles? Was Lisinicchia unfit to drive the limousine? Is the state at fault for its hazardous roadways, or perhaps its law that does not require the use of seatbelts in limos?

The investigation is still underway, and the official cause of the wreck has not been identified.

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We are prepared to fight for justice and compensation for the pain you have suffered. Contact our injury lawyers today for a confidential, no-cost evaluation of your case. Though legal action cannot bring your loved one back, it can get you the compensation you need to begin putting your life back together after a sudden loss. Take action today – our injury attorneys are ready to help.

Trucking Company Involved in Deadly New Mexico Collision Has History of Crashes

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new-mexico-bus-sedmi-crash-august-30-2018-300x225A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers are being accused of negligence after eight people were killed in a crash. The collision happened Thursday on a busy New Mexico highway. Two surviving passengers are suing.

Lawsuits show the trucking company has a history of crashes.

Federal investigators worked for a second day at the scene of the deadly New Mexico crash. They’re trying to determine what led to the violent collision between a Greyhound bus and a tractor trailer Thursday.

State police believe a tire failure caused the truck and trailer to jack-knife on I-40, cross over the median and slam head-on into a Greyhound bus.

Now law suits are accusing the driver and trucking company of negligence.

In a pair of lawsuits, filed one day after the crash, attorneys are citing federal safety data showing three crashes in the last two years involving Jag Transportation Inc, a California-based trucking company.

The complaint raises concerns about proper maintenance and inspection of the truck’s tires.

“It just happened like that — it was just out of nowhere, you have no control over it,” said Elisara Taito, driver of the 18-wheeler involved in the crash.

“One minute, I’m driving normal and then split second it just goes to hell,” Taito said.

The lawsuits claim the truck driver was negligent. At last check, 15 people are still being treated.

We are here to provide help to the families of those effected by tragic accidents. Reyes Browne Reilley has experience in matters such as these, one being the Cardinal Coach Line / Choctaw Casino fatal bus crash back in 2013. The Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm attorney Spencer Browne represented the family of Paula Hahn in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the casino charter bus wreck on the George Bush Turnpike, which a Dallas County jury later ordered Choctaw Nation to pay Ms. Hahn’s family $6M.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a bus accident, please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. Just complete the contact form on this page, or call us at 214-612-7577.

8 Deaths in New Mexico Bus Crash; Deaths Caused by Negligence

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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.

“It was horrifying. Like, I’ve never actually seen in my life a bus look like a ripped open sardine can,” Cunningham said.

Forty-nine people were on board when the crash happened near Thoreau, New Mexico.

Debris from the wreckage littered the stretch of Interstate 40, with the semi-trailer spilt open, the truck’s cab upside down, and in the middle, the front end of the shredded shell of the Greyhound bus completely ripped off.

The bus, headed from St. Louis to Los Angeles, left Albuquerque Thursday and was on the road for about two hours when, police say, the semi-truck blew one of its tires and swerved across the median – right into oncoming traffic.

Survivors and bystanders turned into first responders, climbing ladders with emergency crews to reach passengers still trapped inside.

“It was nonstop,” said Chris Jones, who stopped to help with the rescue. “There weren’t enough ambulances there to get everybody out. … There’s people that were stuck in the bus trying to get out, screams from inside there.”

This is the second deadly crash involving a bus and a semi-truck in New Mexico this summer. In July, three people were killed when a passenger bus rolled into oncoming traffic. Thursday’s incident shut down part of Interstate 40 for nearly eight hours, as crews worked into the night to clear the wreck.

Officials said the truck driver from Thursday’s collision is expected to recover.

The OMI has determined that the eight victims died from accidental blunt-force trauma, according to the news release. The crash also left 25 others injured, including three young children.

“We know there are other families who are still waiting for word of their loved ones and we are using several identification methods to make those identifications,” Nolte said.

Also Friday, California-based trucking company JAG Transportation Inc. and one of its drivers were accused of negligence in a pair of lawsuits filed in connection with the crash as investigators continued to sort through the wreckage.

The Greyhound bus carrying nearly 50 people was headed west along Interstate 40 in Thoreau, New Mexico, on Thursday when a semitrailer going in the opposite direction lost the tread on its left front tire and veered across a median and smashed into the bus, police said.

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The front of the bus was mangled, the cab of the semi was flipped and the trailer was on its side as debris was scattered across the highway. Passing motorists stopped to help passengers climb out of the wreckage before authorities arrived.

The crash happened after the semi-trailer going in the opposite direction lost the tread on its left front tire, authorities said.

The medical records and toxicology reports about the driver of the semi-trailer have been requested. The electronic data recorders for the semi-trailer and bus have been recovered.

Victims of the bus wreck have already begun seeking legal representation and may be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries due to negligence.

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We are here to provide help to the families of those effected by tragic accidents. Reyes Browne Reilley has experience in matters such as these, one being the Cardinal Coach Line / Choctaw Casino fatal bus crash back in 2013. The Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm attorney Spencer Browne represented the family of Paula Hahn in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the casino charter bus wreck on the George Bush Turnpike, which a Dallas County jury later ordered Choctaw Nation to pay Ms. Hahn’s family $6M.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a bus accident, please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. Just complete the contact form on this page, or call us at 214-612-7577.

18-Wheeler Blind Spot Safety

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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.

18-wheeler trucks bring a certain extra level of danger to the roads and the patrons surrounding them. These big rig trucks have blind spots in front, on both sides and behind the large rig. Since the driver may not be able to see you, you may experience a time when the 18-wheeler will move over in to your lane without seeing you – in turn, forcing you out of the way!

It is important for you to be knowledgeable about the “danger zones” when driving next to, or even close to, an 18-wheeler truck on any road or highway. Staying out of the blind spots will drastically reduce your odds of an accident with a large semi-truck.

“Danger Zones”:

  • 20 feet in front
  • On both sides
  • 30 feet behind

Although the length of the danger zones on both sides of a truck can be unknown, it is important to use extreme caution when passing one of these large rigs on the highway. Riding alongside a large truck for any length of time can cause you to ride in their blind spot, putting you in danger.

If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable near an 18-wheeler truck, consider changing lanes if you can do so safely to avoid their blind spots. The size difference between a typical tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds and a standard passenger car weighing 5,000 pounds is an obvious reason to give the tractor trailer adequate road space.

“On My Way to Work, I Was T-Boned by An 18-Wheeler”

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Ms. Akula of Dallas, Texas, shares her experience working with our semi truck lawyers in Dallas while helping her recover from damages.

“My name is Cathy Akula and I was injured last year, November.

On my way to work, I was t-boned by an 18-wheeler and I sustained injuries of the lower back and my neck.

I immediately called the attorneys, the Reyes group, and they did not waste time. They immediately started getting my information, trying to get me help, as far as seeing a doctor is concerned. I was able to get all the medical care that I needed and because I am a working mom, I needed to get back to my work mode, as soon as possible.

So I did do all that through the firm. They kept in contact with me, making sure I was seeing the doctor, making sure I was seeing the chiropractor. They made sure nothing was left unturned. So I’m very, very happy with them.

I would recommend them to anybody. They are fast, they are efficient, and they never leave you in the dark. And I’m very happy with the work that they have done, for me and my family. They have put us at ease every step of the way.”

Do what Cathy did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas Texas – call 214-526-7900 so we can get you on the road to recovery.