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Bill-Berenson-running-near-US-CapitolNew federal legislation will curb giant injury and death toll on roads

Hurray! The U. S. House of Representatives has just passed the Moving Forward Act. It allots one-half trillion dollars for transportation initiatives that will make our roads safer. It now moves to the Senate, where hopefully it will be passed and then signed into law. This legislation is urgent.

(The photo was taken during the Marine Corp Marathon when Mr. Berenson was running a marathon in every state.)

That is because, forgotten in the grim daily news about the pandemic, is that each year over 36,000 Americans die and two million others are injured in motor vehicle collisions. They happen 24/7. They can happen to anyone who is driving. Here in Texas, we have not had a day without at least one death on our highways for almost 20 years. That’s disgraceful.

Virtually all of these car and truck crashes are caused by human error and are clearly preventable. But we need to crack down on them since relying on drivers to follow the traffic laws and simply keep their eyes on the road has clearly been unsuccessful.

The Moving Forward Act (H.R.2) includes a grab bag of badly needed safety measures. These will make our highways and vehicles safer by doing the following things:

  • Requiring driver assistance systems like lane drift warnings, blind spot monitors, and emergency automatic braking to be standard (not expensive package price options as they are now) features in new vehicles. They can stop collisions before they happen.
  • Implementing technology to curb DWIs and DUIs by detecting intoxicated or impaired driver behavior, leading causes of crashes in our highways; a
  • Enhancing commercial truck safety by improving under ride and side guards and keeping tired 18-wheeler drivers off of our roads.

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The team at Berenson Injury Law has been working harder than ever during the pandemic. This has to be the worst time to be in a car accident in Fort Worth, Dallas, or anywhere. But far too many people are still driving far too recklessly and causing far too many crashes and way too many people were already injured in March.

Many people have lost their jobs and have lost their health insurance or had hours cut back. It is difficult and scary to go to an emergency room or just see our doctor to get the medical treatment we need. Children may be at home. Insurance companies are harder to work with than ever before – and they were difficult before. The courts cannot conduct jury trials. The things we used to take for granted have vanished. These are scary times and most of us are just trying to survive.

So it’s a double whammy being crashed into during these challenging times. We know that injured victims need a strong legal advocate now more than ever.

This blog is written only for those people searching for the best personal injury lawyer in Fort Worth to help them, as we want to help you make a good decision. One way is by showing you our latest reviews.

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Drunk driving is a huge problem here, even during the pandemic

Drunk driving wrecks are the number one cause of fatalities on our Texas roads. They are usually high speed collisions often caused by immature men driving huge pickup trucks. Like almost every vehicle collision, they are 100% preventable.

As a personal injury lawyer who has specialized in motor vehicle collisions for over 40 years, Bill Berenson has represented far too many victims of drunk driving wrecks, including the horrific “affluenza teen” case where his client was tragically paralyzed for life and four people tragically died.

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Car accident police report is essential for a personal injury claim

If you have been injured in a car or truck crash, Berenson Injury Law will get the Texas car accident police report for you at no charge or obligation. Call us at 817-885-8000 (toll-free at 1-885-801-8585) or fill out this contact form.

The car accident police report is critical. How police report can make or break your case.

Terrifying crash has a happy ending

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We are pleased that we were able to get the maximum amount of $80,000.00 paid to the young woman driving this car in Fort Worth only five weeks ago. We will also get her another $2,500.00 from her Personal Injury Protection policy.

Unfortunately, a young man in a pick-up truck failed to stop at a stop sign and t-boned her car. The impact pushed the car off the road where it plunged head-first into this drainage canal. Needless to say, she was seriously injured. 

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Child deaths are incredibly devastating. Why is Texas number one in this horrible statistic and why aren’t we doing more to stop them?

Today the Star Telegram sadly reported that Texas has ranked #1 in the country over the past 30 years for child deaths in hot cars and trucks. We have lost 135 of our youngest Texans during that time and the country has lost almost 1,000 small children due to the criminal negligence of their drivers.

Here’s another terrible fact: Texas somehow suffers twice as many of these tragedies as California, but they have 10 million more people than we do.

Ambulance-injured-clientWith people staying home and driving less, you would hope that an unexpected benefit of the terrible pandemic is that car accidents decreased. They have — but not as much as you would have expected.

That’s because drunk and reckless drivers never take a break. They even seem to be out in even greater numbers, possibly now that the roads are emptier and they can drive faster.

Vehicle crashes are 100% preventable. If drivers followed basic traffic laws, they wouldn’t happen and people wouldn’t be rushed to ERs.

TAFBBill Berenson donated 2,500 meals yesterday to the Tarrant Area Food Bank to help support its largest-ever distribution.

TAFB served 1,500 families which had lined up at Dickies Arena. Members of the Texas Air National Guard loaded dairy products, meat, and dried food into each vehicle.

And as if that were not great enough, TAFB was also providing food at four other locations around Fort Worth.

https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2020/06/Intersection-collision.jpg.jpegAs you drive around our DFW area, you never think you are going to be in an intersection crash. But the reality is that 50% of auto and truck collisions happen in or around them. Here’s a photo from a case we just concluded. And tragically, over 20,000 Americans lose their lives in an intersection crash each year. Heads up: here are the five most dangerous intersections in Fort Worth.

Why are intersections so dangerous?

They aren’t, it’s just that there are too many reckless and even hateful drivers on our roads. Many times the negligent driver is a young man in an over sized pickup truck who spots a smaller vehicle and thinks (or doesn’t bother to think) that he can barge his way through. And if there is an intersection crash, they don’t think they are going to get hurt.

Last summer our client injured his foot at a recreational facility outside of Fort Worth. We went to work immediately and

  • investigated the scene and obtained critical evidence including witness statements and photographs;
  • worked with his doctors, health insurance carrier, and employer to make sure he got the medical treatment he needed;Client-on-crutches
  • located a secondary health insurance policy;
  • gave our client a large loan since he could not perform his physical job. And we never charge interest, not wanting to add to our clients’ financial burden (and it is outlawed in the Bible);
  • researched similar cases across the country and contacted attorneys who had handled them to get more information;
  • contested his health insurance company’s attempt to be repaid for the medical bills it had paid;
  • kept our client and the insurance companies updated with case developments; and
  • sent a lawsuit petition and discovery documents we were about to file in court to the business’s insurance company.

For confidentiality reasons, we are not permitted to disclose further information.

The excellent results

Mr. Berenson entered into lengthy negotiations and was able to make the insurance company pay $180,000.00.

Then he cut down medical bills that had to be repaid due to subrogation from $33,000.00 to $21,000.00.

He also cut his legal fee and expenses so his client would get more money.

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