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We’ve just learned that Apple has the technology to save lives — more than 3,000 lives every year.

How? Apple has the technology to shut down its cell phones while people are driving.

The iPhone Lockout invention came to light as part of a products liability case in which the family of distracted driving victims accused Apple of knowingly selling a dangerous device. The products liability claim is unlikely to succeed. But the case has brought this important new technology to the forefront and posed the question of whether tech companies can and should do more. Continue reading

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Terrorists? Immigrants? You can bet that Trump and Clinton don’t talk about this tonight in their first debate, but one of the worst problems we have in our country are the millions of car and truck collisions each year.

Did you know that a whopping 37,000 people are killed and 2.35 million are injured here each year on our roads but by comparison, 32 Americans were killed by terrorists in the five years from 2010 to 2014?

Could technology make our highways safer? Of course. But when the U.S. Department of Transportation made an announcement last week that it will allow our car manufacturers to design self-driving vehicles, but that our government will somehow regulate their safety, you have to wonder if we can trust GM and Toyota to protect us.

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MendozaIt was fun to see “my kids” at the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School this week. The school is on the north side of Fort Worth in an economically disadvantaged area of town. I picked this school wanting to make a difference.

When I went into the cafeteria, the children in the after-school program got excited, stood up, and shouted “Mr. is here!”

I walked around the room and said hello as they worked on their homework. I asked to spoke to the 80 children and told them how proud I was of them. I urged them to keep studying hard, make good grades, and graduate from high school (there is an substantial drop out rate). I told them they should also graduate from college and professional school too — that anything was possible if they really wanted it.

I encouraged them to start thinking about what job they would like to have later in life. I told them to dream big and never doubt that they could be an attorney, doctor, or anybody they wanted to be.

I also reminded them how important fitness and nutrition were if they wanted to succeed. Readers of this blog know that I am a fitness advocate.

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The race car movie star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash in 2013 that devastated his fans. His friend and business associate — also a race car driver and the owner of a Porsche dealership – was driving a 2005 Porche Carrera GT. Both men died.

The super car, which sold for $450,000 and was powered by a giant V-10, 610-hp engine, was reportedly being driven at a speed of 80 to 90 miles per hour on a suburban street outside of Los Angeles. The driver lost control, hit a curb, the car spun, hit a tree, and erupted into flames.

A lawsuit filed by representatives of Paul’s 15-year-old daughter settled for $10 million.

However a second lawsuit against Porsche claiming that the car was defective and failed to protect its occupants lost in court.

Speed is by far the leading reasons collisions happen here in Texas. We were just hired to represent the victim of one of those crashes today. Last year, over 100,000 so-called accidents were caused by drivers driving excessively fast and failing to control their speeds.

But in addition to the Porsche driver’s recklessness, what was the cause of that — and far too many other — crashes?
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Glad the Cowboys and Frogs won this weekend, but it’s always a heart-wrenching moment when an NFL or college player gets carried off the field after being sacked. Tony Romo is still out after breaking a bone in his back again. Injuries on the field are, of course, inevitable.

But what’s just as awful to watch are the guys who don’t get taken out of play despite taking repeated or heavy blows to their heads.

Sure, the player may feel just a little dazed. More likely, the adrenaline and the love of the game (not to mention the existing or potential multi-million dollar contract) drive him to continue on.

The player may feel some of the short-term symptoms of a concussion — headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion — that may not be enough for doctors to pull a star player out of the game, although they should if his brain is at risk. The real danger, however, comes later.

Concussions can cause long-term injuries to the brain that affect cognition, judgment, emotion, memory and physical health. One concussion is serious. Multiple or untreated concussions can result in permanent disabilities or death. Continue reading

Berenson Injury Law has recovered $2.75 million on behalf of the wife, adult children, and mother of a man who died in a collision in Fort Worth on Valentines Day last year.

The man was driving to work early in the morning when his car collided with highway equipment.

After conducting a detailed investigation into what caused the collision and opening an estate in probate court, we filed a lawsuit.

Shocking video shows dangers of tailgating 

I am sometimes told by insurance company attorneys and adjusters that unless my clients were in a high speed crash with major property damage to the vehicles, my clients could not have injured very seriously. I never allow them to continue arguing this when I am negotiating their cases to get them the compensation they deserve to receive for their damages.

This video from the dash board camera in the 18 wheeler shows you why.IMG_0373

The car was being driven by a young woman from Texas, Briana Disaia who was riding the tail of a pickup truck in Arizona.

As they both passed the tractor trailer, the pickup truck driver swerved to avoid hitting a mattress jutting out into traffic.

The car driver didn’t see the mattress until too late, jerked her wheel to the right, and spun her car out of control. It hit the 18 wheeler which sent her car flying into the side of a mountain at a high rate of speed.

Her car rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.

Somehow the Texan walked away without any injuries. Her seat belt saved her life.
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dreamstime_xs_53614514Federal regulations govern the amount of sleep truck drivers get. But what for people just driving  cars?

A person piloting 4,000 pounds of metal at 40+ mph needs to be fully awake. But adequate sleep often is neglected due to work, family and other obligations.

This is a serious problem since sleep-deprived drivers cause about 100,000 auto accidents every year.

Did you know that being awake for 18 hours has the same effects on your cognition, judgment, reaction time and attentiveness as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent – the legal limit to drive in Texas?

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dreamstime_xs_1324607Ten local children had an eventful second week of school. They were headed home on Wednesday when their bus collided with a pickup truck on I-35 near downtown Fort Worth. The pickup rolled over and came to rest on its roof. Miraculously, nobody was injured.

There are plenty of other bus collisions that have happened in our area recently.

  • Two weeks ago, a car hit a school bus packed with middle school students in Denton and it caught on fire. Eight of the 45 kids suffered injuries.
  • Last spring, a Fort Worth school bus carrying 32 students collided with a passenger vehicle near Loop 820 and I-20 and several children were injured.
  • Two weeks later, seven Alvarado students and the bus driver were injured when a tractor-trailer plowed into the bus.
  • Just a few days later, two bus crashes occurred in Fort Worth on the same day. A Honda ran into a school bus and two hours later an SUV ran into a different bus carrying 17 middle and high school students and caused several injuries.

And my law firm is currently representing two people seriously injured in bus-related collisions. In the first case, a man driving an 18 wheeler was hit by a loaded school bus that darted out in front of his truck. In the second, a little girl was walking across the road to catch her bus when a  speeding truck failed to stop and hit her.

This is ridiculous. School buses are huge and bright yellow, and everyone can see them. And when they stop, a long arm extends out to the side and lights flash to inform other vehicles to also stop. If their obvious appearance isn’t enough, the law is very clear.

Drivers are prohibited from passing a stopped school bus with its stop sign and lights activated. Violating this law can result in a $1,000 traffic ticket. Continue reading

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We have to stop drunk driving. It is a serious problem in Fort Worth and all over Texas. Our state sadly leads the country in the number of people killed in traffic crashes caused by drunk drivers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the only organization that is stopping this deadly menace.

Berenson Injury Law is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD every year. My firm is also participating in the walk. I am honored that I will speak. I would like for you to join us.

Check in for the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD begins at 7:30 at the Botanic Gardens, just down the street from my office. The program begins at 9:00. The uplifting morning features a remembrance ceremony, a 5K walk, a commitment celebration, food, and music. I highly recommend this event.

You can learn more about the event and register here. And let me know you’ve registered and I’ll match your registration fee in a donation to MADD.

As a personal injury lawyer, I’m all too familiar with the devastating injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving. And I’m just as aware of how preventable drunk driving is.

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