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Bill-Berenson-delivering-Meals-on-WheelsWhy Berenson Injury Law has focused on food banks

Among the overlooked crises caused by COVID-19 is how many people do not have enough food to eat. An inconceivable 50 million Americans are now food-insecure. Too many people are struggling.

This has been a serious problem for many years. Texas had the fourth highest number of elderly people who went to bed hungry each night — and that was before the virus hit. Now that number is twice as high.

charmin An 18-wheeler carrying boxes of now valuable toilet paper crashed outside of Dallas last week and caught on fire. Much of the precious cargo burned up.

We are surprised that drivers didn’t stop to try to grab rolls of it, the way you see after an armored truck crashes and money is flying everywhere.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

I attended the board of directors meeting of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association yesterday and am proud that TTLA’s annual convention is here in Fort Worth. This is in honor of the organization being founded here 70 years ago. It is always good to go to these state lawyers meetings and the national meeting of the American Association for Justice every few years to stay abreast of legal changes and catch up with trial attorneys.

In a fascinating historical aside, the convention headquarters are in the landmark Hilton Hotel, where TTLA was organized and where President Kennedy spent his last night before his tragic visit to Dallas in November 1963. Here is a photo of him giving an impromptu speech that morning to a crowd of thousands of people who had waited in the rain. I was in the fourth grade in Nashville and remember my teacher crying when she told us the sad news. JFK-Fort-Worth-day-before-assassination

I am at the educational seminar today and tomorrow to learn the latest developments in personal injury law and trial procedures.

Honoring my father-in-law and all veterans

Memorial Day ushers in our summer with BBQ’s, the Colonial golf tournament down the street from my office, and a relaxing 3-day weekend. Most of us may not stop to think about what it cost to obtain our care-free summer days. But we should never take them for granted.

Millions of soldiers fought and hundreds of thousands died so that we could live in the greatest country in the history of the world. You may forget this until you watch gut-wrenching movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” “Dunkirk,” or others that show you the incredible sacrifices they made.

I am proud that my father-in-law, Samuel Rubinton, served four years in World War II as a Lieutenant Colonel. And incredibly, he worked his way up from a private! He was awarded several military honors for valor for his work behind enemy lines and is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. I never had the privilege to meet this fine man, as he died many years before I married my wonderful wife 30 years ago this August, but wish that I had.

Despite our differing beliefs and opinions, we can still rally together as families, friends, and as a single nation on Memorial Day in remembrance and gratitude.

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One of the reasons I love living in Texas is how nice people are. And I grew up in Nashville where folks were just as friendly.

Most of us drive responsibly and even go out of our way to help others get around.

But should there be a limit to our Southern hospitality if it endangers others?

What if a driver is slowing down for a red light and another driver signals to turn left. After Driver 1 waves Driver 2 across and he darts across, Driver 3 crashes into 2’s car. Which of the three people caused the collision to happen?

Multi-vehicle cases can be difficult. I just settled a lawsuit when my client was driving on a busy road at night in the rain. A young woman claimed that she was waved through and was therefore not responsible for causing the collision. I took her deposition, made her admit that she was in fact responsible, and successfully resolved the lawsuit.

This tactic of blaming other drivers is often raised in-car accident cases.

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