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Capping an extraordinary week for corporate crime busting, on Friday Takata plead guilty to fraud charges and agreed to pay a whopping $1 billion fine. And three Takata executives were criminally charged for their part in the deadly cover-up. The indictment accuses the three executives of falsifying test data that resulted in at least 11 deaths — two of whom were Texans — and over 100 injuries, many serious.

Takata airbags in 42 million vehicles sold in the U.S. from 2002 have exploded and sent deadly medal shards shooting into the car’s interior and into the driver’s or passenger’s face, neck, or chest.

Furthermore, on Wednesday six VW executives were indicted and the German company was fined a staggering $4.3 billion for lying about its emission ratings. This brings the total cost it will have to pay, including lawsuit settlements to consumers, to an astonishing $20 billion, the largest amount in history.

After eight years of coddling giant companies, the Obama Administration is certainly going out with a bang.

Since 2004, three enormous corporations  in particular — General Motors, Trinity Industries, and Takata — had been producing deadly vehicles or highway guardrails. And company executives knew about the defects and covered up damning evidence, even though they could have recalled their products and saved dozens of lives.

What had been the cost? Not that much. While they were fined millions of dollars and a huge verdict was taken against Trinity Industries, they continued to make excessive profits. G.M. raked in a whopping $43 billion and earned almost $3 billion — just in its most recent quarter — yet fought tooth and nail to avoid paying its victims.

All in all, the consequences for knowingly creating seriously dangerous vehicles and roadside barriers were relatively minor. Until last week.

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Photo courtesy of TMZ Sportse Won’t Need Injury Lawyer. But Will You If You Are Crashed Into?

The Cowboys just need to win two games to play in Super Bowl LI in Houston. But this Sunday’s game against the Packers and the following week’s against either Seattle or Atlanta will be tough.

That’s why we all got nervous when we heard that the rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott had wrecked his truck Wednesday morning. The star running back was involved in a very minor rear-end collision near the Cowboy’s Frisco practice facility at Dallas Parkway and Gaylord Parkway.

The vehicles showed little if any damage, as you can see. Both were driven from the scene, an ambulance was not called, and no one reported any injuries.

Of course, Elliott is in incredible physical shape, has played football almost his whole life, and is used to his body getting slammed into. As he tweeted afterwards: “I’ve been in bigger collisions. Lol.”

What About The Rest Of Us?

However the other 99.99% of the world isn’t used to being collided into and isn’t in the same kind of physical condition. Getting hit by a car or truck weighing 3,000 to 6,000 pounds sometimes at a speed of up to 70 MPH isn’t going to hurt as much if you’re the top running back in the NFL.

We all have to get into our cars and trucks and drive around our spread-out North Texas area each day and our chances of being in an automobile accident are better than you might think. There were a whopping 80,000 crashes in Dallas and Tarrant Counties in 2015, or 221 a day.

Nobody ever thinks they’re going to be in a collision or get hurt. Until they are. That’s when they call a personal injury lawyer for help.

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People who call for an Uber and get into a Honda van are sometimes making a tragic mistake.

A 24-year-old college student from University Park is now a quadriplegic due to a horrific crash in Dallas a year ago.

Sarah Milburn was home from a break from Oklahoma State University. She was about to graduate and start a new job and her future was bright. After celebrating with friends in Uptown, instead of driving, they sensibly called Uber. Sarah buckled her seat belt, even though she sat in the third row of the Honda Odyssey.

She thought that she had done the right thing. But she couldn’t possibly know that Uber had failed to vet its driver. Or that the van she sat in was defectively designed. Or that she would nearly die.

The Uber driver, Anan Yusufzai, sped through a red light at the busy intersection of McKinney and Fitzhugh Avenues and was T-boned by a Ford 150 pickup truck. The van flipped upside down and Sarah dangled precariously upside down. She was cut out and rushed to the ICU at Baylor University Medical Center. Tragically, the crash broke broke her spinal cord.  Continue reading

http://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-04-at-12.18.56-PM-300x226.pngTwo Texas-Based Lawsuits Attempt Uphill Battle

Texting from behind the wheel has reached epidemic proportions, with 53% of drivers admitting to this dangerous practice in a recent poll.

Don’t think this is a problem? More than 35,000 drivers died in 2015 in collisions, a huge 10 1/2 percent rise over the year before. And the alarming 2016 number is predicted to be 14% higher by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

Still don’t think this affects you? The chances of dying in a crash in the U.S. are 1.3% — the highest rate in the industrialized world. By comparison, this rate is over six times that in Norway and Sweden, which have snowy/icy road conditions much of the year.

We know that rampant cell phone use is often responsible for automobile “accidents” in America. Many countries ban texting while driving and fine offenders heavily.

So what about holding the companies and carriers creating this epidemic accountable? Just like other corporations, should Apple, Samsung, AT&T and Verizon be held responsible for the damages caused by their products and services?

This is the argument at least two families have made to achieve justice after losing loved ones in distracted driving accidents. Families of these victims have filed products liability lawsuits against Apple claiming the corporation was negligent in selling a product it knew would be used while driving and cause injury to others.

Two women killed and young boy paralyzed by texting driver

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dreamstime_xs_78416094-300x150The start of a new year gives us all the perfect opportunity to make conscious changes in our lives. If you’re in the process of making New Year’s resolutions, consider adding these to your list:

1. Don’t Drive Distracted. Never never pick up or use your cell phone or other device while you are driving.

2. Follow Traffic Laws.  Yes, they can be boring, but they are here for a reason — to prevent automobile and truck collisions.  So remember to use your turn signals and come to stops at signs and not run red or even yellow lights. Don’t tailgate, cut people off, weave in and out, or make illegal turns.

3. Buckle Up.   Not just you, but everyone inside the vehicle. Make sure that small children are properly secured in car seats and boosters.

4. Drive “defensively.” Assume the worst and you won’t be surprised. Expect the unexpected. We were just hired today after an elderly man made a u-turn on an interstate in Fort Worth and crashed into my client’s vehicle. Keep a three second cushion between your vehicle and the one in front of you, four if it’s dark, raining or the conditions are bad.

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PD-pic-1-300x147The number of people driving in the Dallas – Fort Worth area has exploded and of course there are many more car wrecks here. Most of them are caused by drivers running lights, speeding, and texting while driving.

But certain intersections and roads are literally accidents waiting to happen.

Many Of The Most Dangerous Intersections in Texas are in Dallas

A lawyer analyzed crash data from the Texas Department of Public Safety and identified about 300 of the places you are most likely to get into a collision over three recent years.

Fort Worth and Arlington fared pretty well. Only six Fort Worth intersections made the list, including Henderson/Weatherford on the west side of downtown pictured here which had 119 collisions. My office has represented people injured in crashes at all of the locations, including the man who was broadsided in the red car and is about to have back surgery as a result.

Arlington had four of the worst intersections, all of them along Watson Road/Highway 360.

But Dallas had 39 of the most dangerous intersections in Texas.

See the full list of the worst intersections in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and other cities below.

Hopefully if this list is publicized, it will encourage drivers to use extra caution and cities to act and thus reduce the number of automobile collisions in the Metroplex.

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winter_driving_infographic_500-300x232The forecast calls for freezing temperatures here in the next few days. It’s time to pull out the warm clothes and prepare for driving on possibly treacherous roads, if not this week in the next month or two.

Every year 6,253 people tragically die and more than 480,000 are injured in weather-related accidents. Of course, the weather is not always the reason for the crash — it’s often the way people drive in it.

Driving on wet, icy roads with poor visibility is very different than in our usually good North Texas weather conditions. Yet many drivers make no changes to their typical driving patterns, even on interstates. Add that to the fact that Texans usually have little experience driving in winter conditions and you can expect a lot of crashes.

Reckless and inexperienced drivers may not adjust their speed, braking, steering and vehicular distance to the slick roads. And they don’t know how to react when they come upon an accident or their wheels start to slide and crash into other vehicles. No one can drive safely on poor roads. Continue reading

As this crazy 2016 draws to a close,  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of my wonderful clients who have given me the privilege of representing them.

It’s been a very successful year for us at Berenson Injury Law. I am proud that we have resolved several cases for more than one million dollars and successfully achieved good recoveries of money for well over 100 other people.

We have helped thousands of injured car and truck wreck victims over the past 36 years. We have fought to get our clients the compensation they deserve.

Since we have many good injury lawyers with good credentials and experience in Fort Worth and Dallas, how do you know who is the best one for your case?

How To Decide

That’s easy. Google him or her. And look at other rating sites like Better Business Bureau, Lawyers.com, AVVO, Yellow Pages, and Yelp to see what his past clients have said about his service, ability, and results achieved.

It’s a mistake to rely on deceptive TV commercials or one random friend for a referral. Last year, I sued and took a judgment against a Fort Worth attorney who had been recommended to my young clients and then stole their entire $60,000 in settlement funds.

You should meet (or at least call) the attorney. Ask questions and see if the lawyers answers them and if you are comfortable with his style. Meet or call others. The first visit or telephone call will be free so you’ve got nothing to lose.

I am honored that my law firm has received over 400 five star reviews from past clients and fellow attorneys.

In one, where we recently settled a contested car accident case for the entire $250,000.00 available from the insurance company for the negligent driver and then obtained the full $32,500.00 available from my client’s insurance policy, my client graciously wrote this:

Five Star Review Lawyer.jpg I can’t thank Bill Berenson enough for his help on my case. His experience in the field and caring personality is what you should look for as someone representing you on the case to help you get what you deserve from an accident.

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imagesThis weekend far too many drunk partiers will get behind the wheel and crash into another vehicle in North Texas.

I blog about DWI crashes frequently because they injure so many residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Intoxicated drivers are driving around on our streets every day and night.  But your chances of being in an auto accident are much higher during the Christmas holidays — especially this year since New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday night and our economy is booming.

Last year there were 2,336 wrecks on New Year’s Eve in Texas — twice the usual daily number — which tragically took the lives of 14 people on January 1st alone.

The collision rate caused by DWIs starts spiking before Thanksgiving and continues past New Year’s Day, depending on football bowls and playoffs (Go Cowboys — but get ready for even more crashes in DFW on game days).

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I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hannukah. Now that you are getting ready to celebrate the New Year, here’s another reason to be joyful.

It was just announced that more highways will be built and existing ones will be expanded.

This news came after the media reported that that one-third of the fastest growing U.S. cities were again in Texas, including our Dallas and Fort Worth. Since our Texas population exploded by over 20%, 27%, 19%, and 23% each of the last four decades and we have no real public transportation, our roads are often gridlocked.

The huge influx of new drivers means more cars, congested roadways, and accidents causing deaths, injuries, and huge expenses and misery.

At least there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. Hallelujah. Continue reading

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