car-safety-gear-cuts-deaths-in-dallas-300x200Driving regulations, such as no texting and driving, are good measures to ensure drivers are safer on the road, but are not the only actions in place to keep roads safer. A new study shows that safety gear and equipment being installed in new model cars has proven to decrease the amount of deaths resulting from auto accidents.

According to the Wall Street Journal, federal data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December 2014 shows that safety features being built into cars in recent years have allowed for a drop in auto fatalities. In the study, it shows that in the past decade the number of fatalities from accidents has dropped by nearly two-thirds with each new model car released. In 2013, the number of fatalities dropped by 3.1% over the previous year, while the number of those injured fell 2.1%.

Traction And Stability Systems Lead To Safer Vehicles

One of the biggest causes for the drop in fatalities is tied to electronic stability systems. These systems make vehicles less likely to flip in an accident, which keeps drivers and passengers safe. Stability control is one of the biggest advancements in car safety since the seat belt in regards to its effectiveness at keeping those in the car safe.

With all the recent auto defects that have come to light, it sparked interest in drivers and traffic safety administrations alike in what about our cars is being made to keep us safe. In 2014, auto manufacturers recalled more than 52.5 million vehicles in the United States. However, the recent study shows that even with the added fatalities caused by automobile defects, the annual number of traffic deaths has been falling since 2006.

According to researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cars in general are just being built safer. Car structures are being built more sturdy, airbags are becoming more effective, and other safety features are ensuring that drivers and passengers alike are being kept safe. There is proof that drivers becoming more cautious on the road, but overall experts believe the cars themselves are the biggest cause for the drop in fatalities.

In 2013 the fatality rate in brand new cars was 2.4 per 100,000 cars on the road. That number is about one third lower than the previous, causing for a small celebration for drivers of newer cars. Drivers always have new fears and worries on the road. With advances in safety by auto makers, it is easier for drivers to rest assured that their car is looking out for them.

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 2012, 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 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 reports that distracted driving causes thousands of accident each year. In fact, in 2012, 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, 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 2010 to 2012 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 2012. 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 car accident attorneys can help you. Call us today at 214-526-7900.

nodrugs-300x225Prescription drugs aren’t always safe. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled a number of prescription drugs and many drugs are under review because research has linked the drugs to dangerous side effects. Here’s a list of 10 potentially dangerous prescription drugs on the U.S. market today.

Low Testosterone Drugs

Research has linked low testosterone drugs to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers published their results in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as in PLOS One in 2014.


The FDA warns that after taking this drug, patients may get out of bed while not fully awake. The patient may then do an activity without being aware of doing it such as sleep driving or sleepwalking.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

One of the major potential side effects of SSRIs is reduced blood clotting abililty. These are the most prescribed SSRIs.

  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Paxil
  • Lexapro



Methotrexate has some severe potential side effects. While rare, cirrhosis of the liver is a possible side effect, though this is more likely in patients who already have existing liver problems or who are taking other drugs that may be toxic to the liver, reports the American College of Rheumatology. The drug may also increase the risk of serious birth defects if women take the drug while pregnant.

Avandia & Actos

Avandia and Actos are diabetes drugs. Avandia may present an increased risk of heart attack and Actos may present an increased risk of heart failure and bladder cancer. In fact, the FDA restricts doctors from prescribing Avandia unless other diabetes medications have failed to be effective.


Prednisone and other corticosteroid medications can be effective in treating a variety of medical conditions. But there are certain side effects of which patients should be aware. There are different delivery methods for these drugs (oral, inhaled, injected, etc.) and the side effects depend on the type of delivery.

Some examples of side effects of oral corticosteroids include the following.

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • High blood pressure



Pradaxa is a blood-thinning drug that doctors prescribe for its anti-clotting benefits. But there is no antidote to the drug like there is for Warfarin, where doctors may administer vitamin K to reverse the effects if necessary. This can put some patients at risk of bleeding-related deaths.


Xanax is a type of tranquilizer drug used to treat anxiety. Unfortunately, such drugs are widely abused and linked to serious dependency issues. It is also an FDA category D drug, meaning that it can cause harm to an unborn baby so pregnant women should not take it.

Statins for Cholesterol Reduction

Statins help patients lower their cholesterol, but some may come with potentially serious side effects. Some may suffer muscle pain and in rare cases, rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis is muscle damage that may also cause the following.

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Death (in the most severe cases)


Beta Blockers

Researchers publishing in the European Heart Journal found that beta blockers may be responsible for 800,000 deaths in Europe over a five-year time period. However, the journal retracted the article because it did not undergo a peer review.

Contact an Attorney if You Suffered Harm from a Dangerous Drug

If you suffered harm because of a dangerous drug, talk to an attorney to review your legal options for recovering damages. Contact the team at Reyes, Browne & Reilley today at 214-526-7900.

Obama-immigration-offer-300x195In an effort to solve the recent immigration crisis in the country, President Barrack Obama has offered deportation reprieves to a number of immigrants who fit within a set criteria. This immigration offer allows some immigrants to continue pursuing American citizenship, and helps many more with valuable time to figure out their next steps.

The immigration offer has strict parameters. For instance, an immigrant mother who gave birth to a child before Thursday, November 20 is eligible for the offer – but a mother who gave birth after that date is not. These types of qualifications may serve to deter more immigrants from entering the country illegally or under any questionable circumstances. In addition, it may dissuade some women already in the U.S. from attempting to give birth, just to receive a deferral.

In order for mothers to take advantage of Obama’s immigration reprieve, they must have given birth to a child before November 21. The child must be a legal, permanent resident of the United States. The mother must have lived in the United States continuously since before January 1, 2010 – and must have been in the United States on/before November 20, 2014.

For other immigrants to receive a reprieve, they must have been brought to the United States as a child before Jan 1, 2010, and have been younger than 16 years of age at the time they entered the country. They must be a student, have received a GED or diploma, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces.

Any immigrants who have committed a significant crime are not eligible to utilize the immigration offer. Any who have posed a significant threat to national security are also ineligible.

Obama’s current immigration plan is likely to help discourage some from entering the country and help a few of those who can use it to figure out how they can become permanent, legal residents. However, the immigration crisis in the country is far from solved. This is only a temporary fix which only covers a small portion of those who have already immigrated to this country.

car_crash-300x199With its large population, Texas unsurprisingly sits at the top of the list in total number of traffic accident fatalities. It saw 3,398 traffic fatalities in 2012, topping the list. Here are some of the top causes of accidents in Texas.

It was in the top ten in fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below are some statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation that highlight the most common causes of accidents in Texas.

Failing to Control Speed

In 2013, failing to control speed was the biggest factor in car accidents in the state of Texas. It accounted for 115,889 accidents that year. Out of those, 427 were fatal, while 12,061 resulted in serious injuries.

Distracted Driving

Driver inattention or distracted driving also contributed to a lot of vehicle accidents in 2013. Distraction inside the vehicle contributed to 10,890 accidents, while driver inattention contributed to 86,628 accidents.

Failure to Yield

There were several types of failure to yield-related accidents in 2013. In total, failure to yield was a contributing factor in 78,427 accidents. Of these, 27,199 involved a vehicle that failed to yield while turning left and 22,618 involved failure to yield at a stop sign.

Failure to Maintain Lanes

Failure to maintain lanes was another factor contributing to accidents in 2013. Failure to drive in a single lane contributed to 29,572 accidents that year.

Changed Lane When Unsafe

There were 26,057 accidents related to changing lanes when it was unsafe to do so in 2013. This caused 2,284 serious injury crashes.


Tailgating or following another vehicle too closely was a contributing factor in 23,776 accidents, 2,699 of which caused serious injuries.

Driving Under the Speed Limit

There were 23,577 accidents in 2013 caused by driving at an unsafe speed that was under the speed limit. There were 5,198 fatal accidents in this category.

Faulty Evasive Action

In 22,541 accidents, faulty evasive action was a contributing factor to the wreck. In 4,572 of these accidents, somebody suffered serious injuries.

Disregarding a Stop Sign or Light

A driver disregarded a stop sign or a stop light in 18,200 car accidents in 2013. In 3,542 cases, this resulted in serious injuries to the negligent driver or another occupant or individual.

Drinking and Driving

There were 14,967 cases where an individual was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a car accident. In 3,131 cases, an individual was under the influence of drugs.

Road Rage a Big Problem in Dallas

Road rage is a problem for some drivers in Dallas. In 2013, road rage contributed to 1,069 accidents in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. This has been a problem in Dallas in the last several years, as illustrated by a 2012 article in the Dallas Morning News. There were five fatal road rage accidents in the five years prior to the article.

If injured in an accident caused by any of these negligent actions, you may be eligible for compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call 214-526-7900 to discuss filing your claim with a car accident lawyer at Reyes, Browne, Reilley. You can also fill out our online contact form.

hidden-dangers-of-generic-prescription-drugs-300x300When brand name prescription drug manufacturers learn that their product has caused harm to a customer, they are required to notify doctors and potential consumers by sending letters or by adding an additional warning to their product label. However, the same rule does not apply to the manufacturers of generic drugs.

Currently, brand name drug manufacturers face liabilities under the “failure to warn” legal theory that says if they do not act quickly enough to keep others safe, they are held responsible. Generic drug manufacturers don’t have to worry about that. Instead, generic drug manufacturers are not allowed to change the labels on their products until the brand name equivalent has done the same. Once a brand name manufacturer has developed a new label resulting from potential harm to consumers, the FDA must approve it before it can be put into place.

Does the 2013 Generic Drug Supreme Court Ruling Place Consumers In Danger?

In a case from 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that patients who claim to be harmed or injured by generic drugs cannot file failure-to-warn lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers who use the FDA-mandated labels. This means that generic drug companies are free from legal risk if their product causes any type of harm or injury to consumers.

The FDA is currently in the process of proposing a rule that will allow the makers of generic drugs to update their warning labels once they learn of the risks of their products. The FDA believes this new rule will allow both generic and brand name manufacturers to be held to the same legal obligations, as well as allow generic manufacturers to act ahead of brand names to keep their consumers safe.

If the new proposed rule is adopted without changes, generic drug makers will be required to update their labels and be liable against failure-to-warn lawsuits. The FDA hopes this new rule will cause generic drug makers to be more proactive in finding out when drugs are harming consumers and work to better warn those at risk.

The generic drug market makes up more than 80% of the prescriptions market in the United States. Currently, these manufacturers are opposed to the new rule proposed by the FDA. They believe the current system has worked well for the past thirty years and will continue to do so. Generic manufacturers warn that adopting the proposed rule will cause generic drug costs to increase by up to $4 billion a year and lead to confusion regarding warning labels for the same drugs. Generic drug makers believe the FDA should be the ones who decide whether or not warning labels need to be changed and to notify who needs to make the changes.

Both sides of the House warn of different risks involved with updating the rule. However, when it comes to the FDA, their sole purpose is to keep consumers safe. If a proposed rule aims to help protect consumers both physically and legally, it is the responsibility of the FDA to push for that to become a rule that all drug manufacturers need to follow.

08152014The construction industry employs workers all over Texas. But safety conditions for workers have stagnated over the years, and workers are at risk of injuries that are often catastrophic.

1 in 5 American Workplace Fatalities Occurs in the Construction Industry

Every day, somewhere in the United States, at least two construction workers die from fatal injuries sustained in workplace accidents, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As many as one in five work-related fatalities in the country occur in the construction industry.

Falls are the Top Cause of Fatal Injuries in Construction

The main cause of fatalities in the construction industry does not necessarily involve heavy machinery, as some might assume. Falls account for more fatal injuries in the construction industry than any other factor. Of the 796 construction deaths in the U.S. in 2013, 294 involved falls. That’s more than one-third of all deaths. Next was being struck by an object (10.3 percent of deaths), followed by electrocutions (8.9 percent) and getting caught in or between something (2.6 percent). OSHA refers to these as the construction fatal four.

In fact, fall protection in the construction industry tops the list of hazards cited by OSHA.

Construction Boom Hasn’t Led to Better Safety

The construction industry once again has picked up activity after a slowdown during the economic downturn. However, even as the industry steps up operations, there has been no corresponding increase in worker safety measures. Workers suffer serious and fatal injuries in construction site accidents that are preventable.

Texas Has One of the Highest Construction Fatality Rates in the U.S.

Texas has one of the busiest construction industries in the country and a high rate of worker fatalities. According to an analysis by the Dallas Morning News, Texas workers – in any industry – are 12 percent more likely to die on the job than workers in other states. And construction sites in Texas are 22 percent more deadly than the national average.

The state has not bothered to invest much in training programs, regular inspections and oversight and more safety equipment for workers, according to the Dallas Morning News report.

Most Construction Site Accidents are Preventable

One of the most distressing facts about construction site accidents is that so many of them are entirely preventable. For instance, fall accidents on construction sites can are preventable if employers provide fall arrest systems for all workers who work at a certain elevation. Employers also could help reduce risks to workers if they invest in training programs.

Construction workers in Texas have the right to workers’ compensation benefits when they suffer an injury. They also may have the right to file a third-party claim against manufacturers of defective products and other entities responsible for the accident. Call 214-526-7900 to speak with a lawyer at Reyes, Browne, Reilley or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

distracted-driving-due-to-texting-300x213People often think that with experience comes wisdom, however in some cases the more experience we have the more stubborn we become. When it comes to the issue of texting and driving, we often associate teens and young adults as being the worst at texting and driving, given their lack of experience and addiction to their phones. However, in a recent study it was revealed that texting and driving can be worse for more experienced drivers.

The common assumption is that drivers who have been on the road longer are going to be better prepared to manage distractions and maintain safer driving habits. In the study, a group of 50 drivers between ages 18-59 were all put behind the wheel and sent text messages with simply questions by the researchers. Those who claimed to be frequent texters veered into other lanes about 25% of the time, while the older group veered into other lanes 80-100% of the time while replying to or reading texts.

Experienced drivers are often able to handle multiple distractions. These can include aggressive drivers around you, talkative passengers, and even food. But the distractions presented by texting and driving are completely unique. Older drivers may believe that a text is similar to the distractions they are used to, but texting takes a lot of our focus and takes our eyes off the road for dangerous amounts of time.

The most dangerous thing about the study is the proof that we believe we become immune to mistakes as we get older, when in actuality, we need to constantly work on improving our actions. No matter how long we have been driving, we can still make mistakes. Smartphones are a recent addition to our pockets that come with a lot of dangerous implications when we use them behind the wheel. No matter how old you are, how good of a driver you are, or how good of a texter you are, do not text while driving. The less you use your phone behind the wheel, the better chance you have to be a safe, experienced driver.

Business man with the text Product RecallManufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

  1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on

  1. Maytag Dishwashers

While it sounds unlikely that a dishwasher could cause any significant harm, Maytag recalled 1.7 million of its dishwashers in 2010. The machines may contain faulty wiring, responsible for causing multiple fires.

Other brands also fell under the recall.

  • Amana
  • Jenn-Air
  • Admiral
  • Magic Chef
  • Performa by Maytag
  • Crosley


  1. Dehumidifiers

Another product linked to causing fires is dehumidifiers. LG dehumidifiers were subject to a recall in 2009 following 11 incidents; then LG received 16 additional reports of house fires related to the dehumidifiers. There were no injuries, but significant property damage exceeding $1 million.

  1. Bathrobes

Most bathrobes aren’t dangerous, but in the fall of 2009, the company Blair LLC recalled an additional 138,000 robes after 162,000 were already subject to a recall from the spring. The recall was because of the robes’ risk of flammability; nine people wearing the robes died as a result of catching fire, according to the October 2009 recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  1. Freezer Gel Pack

Anyone who frequently packs to-go lunches is probably familiar with the bright blue freezer gel pack. While the packs can be great at keeping items cold, they can also be dangerous. Some of the packs contain diethylene glycol, which can be poisonous if ingested. If the freezer pack tears and starts to leak, both children and adults may be at risk of poisoning.

  1. Minivans

Many families chose a minivan as their vehicle of choice. In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave poor safety ratings in the small overlap front crash test to these models.

  • Nissan Quest
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Grand Caravan


The Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna received Top Safety Pick+ distinctions, though.

  1. Easy Bake Ovens

Most parents are familiar with the popular childhood toy, Easy Bake Ovens. The ovens allow little ones to test their skills in the kitchen, resulting in big smiles and yummy treats. However, at least 77 children have suffered burn injuries from certain models of the ovens, reports There was a recall for the ovens in 2007.

Contact a Product Liability Attorney Today

If injured by a dangerous consumer product, you may be able to recover damages by filing a product liability lawsuit. The attorneys at Reyes, Browne & Reilley can help you get started today. Contact us now for legal help at 214-526-7900.

Five fitness trackers with different interfaces and colors

In a recent personal injury case in Calgary, Alberta, Canada the victim’s attorney used Fitbit data to support her claim. Prior to her accident, she was a fitness trainer who exercised on a regular basis. After her accident, her injuries limited her activity to a much lower level; her attorneys say that the victim’s Fitbit data will substantiate this.

Fitbit and other wearable electronics that record movement and exercise data may be admissible in court as evidence to show changes in victims’ activity levels post-injury. This may be of great benefit for victims who have lost the capability to work out, walk or move around in the same capacity as they were once able.

Evolving Rules for Wearables as Evidence

As technologies evolve, so must laws in order to accommodate the changes. For instance, when the correlation between texting while driving and crashing became evident, courts started allowing phone records as evidence in auto accident cases. When social media became mainstream, courts began allowing Facebook and Twitter data as evidence in personal injury, family law and criminal cases.

Now the same is happening with personal devices that track activity. Until now, most personal injury cases relied upon medical expert testimonies and medical records to substantiate a claim. New technologies have widened the scope of evidence. Allowing Fitbit and other wearable data as evidence can be of great benefit to injury victims who need additional ways to prove the extent and impact of their injuries to the courts.

Electronic Wearables in the Courtroom

Fitbit, created in 2007, is a wireless technology that uses sensors to track wearers’ movements. It is only one of many similar products on the market. Below are just a few others.

  • Polar Electro (various models)
  • Under Armour Armour39
  • LifeTrak Move
  • SYNC Burn
  • Nike Fuelband
  • Jawbone UP and Up24
  • Misfit Wearables Shine


In addition to wearables, there are numerous apps that collect activity information. MapMyRun, Endomondo, Nike+ and RunKeeper are just a few examples. Lawyers may begin using data from the apps as well to help support their clients’ claims.

Will people be forced to wear trackers?

It’s highly unlikely that claimants will ever be ordered by a court to wear a tracker. However, if a victim already has been using a wearable such as Fitbit, insurance companies and other interested parties might obtain the data so they can use it as evidence.

Both sides – injured victims and insurance companies – will want to use data from wearables to their benefit. If a claimant exaggerates his or her injuries after a car accident, the insurer may be able to use Fitbit data to prove this. Conversely, personal injury lawyers can use Fitbit data to show that the victim’s activity levels really have suffered because of the injuries. As long as victims are truthful with their claims, new laws that allow data from personal wearable devices in court should come as welcome news.

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