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Nauman 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.
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.
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 special 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 30 years representing injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced team of Dallas truck 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.
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 DFW truck accident 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.
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%.
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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A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers are being accused of negligence after. 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 our Dallas-Fort Worth truck accident attorneys today for a free and confidential consultation. Just complete the contact form on this page, or call us at 214-612-7577.
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