Recent Car Accidents in Dallas, TX

No matter how carefully you drive each day, you must watch out for other motorists who fail to obey basic Dallas traffic laws. Many of these people are distracted by their cell phones, food or other objects.

To increase your safety & avoid sustaining a personal injury, be sure to always practice defensive driving, avoid all forms of road rage, and yield the road to speeding drivers. 

Here’s a quick review of some excellent defensive driving tips, followed by a look at some of the most recent car accidents in Dallas, TX.

What Good Driving Habits Help with Defensive Driving?

According to SafeMotorist.comand other sources, a defensive driver must regularly:

  • look for and avoid all types of road hazards;
  • wait and only pass others when it’s safe to do so;
  • Share the road with others — yet avoid those who may be driving carelessly;
  • Watch for vehicle emergencies;
  • Keep in mind his/her own vehicle’s stopping distance (tailgating is never wise);
  • Yield the right of way when it may help avoid an accident;
  • Obey all Dallas traffic laws, never speed, and never use a phone while driving;
  • Drive with extra caution when nearing railroad crossings or school zones.

Recent Car Accidents in Dallas, TX

  • June 4, 2016

    hit-and-run accident.Police continue to search for a hit-and-run driver who stuck a pedestrian crossing a road in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses claimthat the suspect’s windshield is broken. Updated news reports indicate that the man killed Mark Anthony Lewis, was apparently blind;
  • May 6th, 2016

    motorcyclist killed.While riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle inGrand Prairie, DeWayne McCraney of Arlington hit a slower moving vehicle. He was thrown from his bike and killed. Police think speed was probably a factor in this accident;
  • May 7th, 2016

    vehicle accident. Three Dallas Baptist University students died after their pickup “lost control on a southwest Dallas parkway.” The vehicle flew into a wooden utility pole after hitting a piece of equipment. According to the police, the driver and both passengers died at the scene of the accident. The university said the three students killed were: Will Smith of Bullard, Justin Schubert of Cleburne and Djordje “DJ” Sarenac of Belgrade, Serbia;
  • April 4, 2016

     According to investigators, Xavier Taylor hit a car with a woman and her four children inside it on Monday. Three of the children died. Police say that Mr. Taylor was speeding at the time of impact. He will be charged with three counts of criminally negligent homicide All of the children killed were wearing their seatbelts. Pamela Mendoza is the mother who was driving a Dodge Stratus when she was hit by Mr. Taylor’s “speeding Nissan Sentra
  • March 10, 2016

    .Jonathan Robert Neal was allegedly driving while intoxicated when he hit a man in a wheelchair in a crosswalk in far north Dallas. The victim was hit on Preston Road. A later report indicated that the victim was in stable condition in a local hospital.

All of these accidents must remind us to be extra careful when crossing any street as a pedestrian and to always keep an eye out for speeding motorists. If you have been injuried in a recent car accident, call Dallas car accident attorney, Carlos G. Galliani, at(214) 301-3400 to get a free consultation.

Mesothelioma

Are You Seriously Ill Due to Asbestos Exposure?

Although most older Americans are familiar with the substance known as “asbestos,” many younger people have heard far less about it. That’s because asbestos was first widely used back between the years of 1930 and 1950 when people were building homes and other structures.

However, asbestos continued to be well known during the 1970s because it was still being mixed in then with some textured paints and patching compounds “used on wall and ceiling joints.” Fortunately for everyone, all new uses of asbestos were banned in 1977. Yet that still meant numerous products and structures still contained the mineral.

Furthermore, the 20th century was the time when our country outfitted numerous military ships and submarines with asbestos insulation due to its strong fire retardant properties. Although the mere presence of asbestos isn’t always a risk, once this fiber becomes damaged or exposed in any major way, people can develop serious health problems, including mesothelioma.

The following definitions should help clarify additional information about where asbestos is still most likely to be found in your daily environment.

Definition of Asbestos Provided by the Merriam Webster Dictionary Website

Asbestos is a “soft gray mineral that does not burn, that was used especially as a building material in the past . . . [it] can cause serious diseases of the lungs when people breathe its dust.” One of the most serious conditions or illnesses caused by asbestos exposure is mesothelioma.

Mayo Clinic Definition of Mesothelioma

“Malignant mesothelioma is a type of [lung] cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs (mesothelium).” This type of cancer is both highly aggressive and deadly. The U. S. Navy began warning its service members about the dangers tied to this mineral back in the late 1930s.

In general, it’s nearly always necessary to make a microscopic examination of material thought to contain asbestos to confirm its presence. Long before its health risks were known, asbestos was added to many products to “strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.”

Here’s a brief look at some of the places you might still find asbestos in your home or elsewhere.

Common Locations for Asbestos

Asbestos may still be present today in:

  • Vinyl floor tiles – and “in the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives;”
  • The insulation used in homes built between 1930 and 1950;
  • The walls and floors surrounding wood-burning stoves;
  • Some “store-bought” ashes and embers made for fireplaces;
  • Much older stovetop pads;
  • Many other older products, including oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets.

If you live in a much older home that hasn’t been recently rebuilt – or work in any structure built many decades ago — it’s often wise to have a fully licensed safety inspector come out and evaluate the asbestos still in use on the premises.

More Information About the Disease of Mesothelioma (Caused by Asbestos Exposure)

Although there are a number of different types of treatment for this disease, the Mayo Clinic says that a cure cannot be provided to many people.

Should doctors decide to test you for mesothelioma, they’ll first try to learn which organs the disease may be covering. While it’s most commonly found around a person’s lungs, in some rare cases, mesothelioma may be located in tissues surrounding an individual’s heart, abdomen or testicles.

Symptoms for this often painful disease may varyaccording to its primary location. An afflicted person may experience:

  • Unexplained and unintended weight loss (check with your doctor since there are many reasons why people lose weight – don’t just assume you know the correct answer);
  • Painful coughing, shortness of breath and/or pain right under the rib cage;
  • Lumps of skin in abdominal tissue;
  • Swelling in the abdomen;
  • Unusual lumps under your chest skin.

If you have any strong reason to believe that your physical pain is due to asbestos exposure, contact your doctor right away — and then get in touch with your Texas personal injury attorney.

Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas personal injury attorney who fights hard to protect the rights of every client. He’s fully prepared to handle your negligent asbestos exposure lawsuit. Please call to discuss your case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Perhaps one of the saddest accidents a person can survive is one that leaves behind a serious brain injury. After all, the brain is a miraculous powerhouse, constantly coordinating how we physically exist and move through this world – while also helping us develop intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

When the brain is impaired due to a moderate or major head concussion, our lives can be irreparably damaged.

Here’s additional information about brain injuries that nearly always require immediate medical treatment.

A General Definition of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

According to the Mayo Clinic website, a traumatic brain injury occurs “when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.” People often suffer this type of injury following a serious car accident, while playing contact sports, being shot in the head, or falling down a flight of stairs. Many others incur TBIs while handling construction work duties.

A large percentage of brain traumas greatly alter people’s lives – even if only for relatively short time periods. As the Mayo Clinic points out, “Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. [However], more serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.”

How Common Are Traumatic Brain Injuries – What Are the Numbers?

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that accurate records cannot really be maintained regarding every “non-fatal” traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered in this country each year. After all, many people don’t even realize that they may have incurred a TBI. Therefore, they don’t seek out any type of medical help.

  • Roughly 10 Years Ago – A statistical snapshot. About 1.7 million people were suffering TBIs in this country each year. Out of that number, about:
    • 52,000 people died
    • 275,000 were hospitalized, and
    • About “1.365 million were treated and released from an emergency department”
  • Today – based on January 2016 statistics posted on the CDC website, we know that the following TBI information is true (current through 2010):
    • Emergency room visits. “Rates of TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits increased [greatly] for all age groups from the period of 2001–2002 through 2009–2010. The rates of TBI-related ED visits increased the most for youths four years of age and younger;”
    • Comparing statistics for men and women. Back in 2001, the CDC reported that roughly 27.8 men and 9.6 women, per 100,000 of the U. S. population (respectively), were suffering TBIs annually. As of 2010, those numbers had decreased to roughly 25.4 for men and 9.0 for women. However, in 2010, men were still suffering almost triple the number of annual TBIs as women;
    • Annual deaths. There was a small decrease in annual deaths due to TBIs during this time period ending in 2010 (from 18.5 per 100,000 to about 17.1 per 100,000 of U. S. population);
    • Comparison regarding injury mechanism and age. Both young children (age four and under) and older Americans (age 65 and over) continue to suffer the vast majority of their brain injuries due to falls;
    • Motor vehicle injuries. Americans between the ages of 15 and 44 incur traumatic brain injuries most commonly due to motor vehicle-related traffic accidents.
    • Texas Brain Injury Alliance information and data. You can learn even more about your traumatic brain injury by visiting this user-friendly website.

It’s been estimated that at least once every 18 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a traumatic brain injury.  Should this happen to you, a loved one or friend, please contact our office so we can help you recover financial damages owed to you due to the negligence of someone else.

Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas brain injury attorney who fights hard to protect the rights of every client. He’s fully prepared to handle your traumatic brain injury lawsuit. Please call to discuss your case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400.

Simple Investing Strategies

“Shark Tank” Investing Advice –

Since poor investments often lead to serious debt, we all need to seek out general investment advice from highly experienced financial advisors. Here are some useful tips shared by the entrepreneurs who regularly appear on ABC’s Shark Tank series.

Published in the March 2016 issue of AARP magazine, this advice was specifically provided by “Sharks” Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavec. It should prove helpful to both new and more experienced investors. Of course, always start out by determining if you really can afford to make a new investment – while still meeting all of your current monthly bills (and building up a savings account).

Tips Shared by “Shark” Kevin O’Leary (Known to fans as “Mr. Wonderful”)

  • Always be prepared for negative events to happen – because they’re a certainty. As Mr. O’Leary put it, “There’s a 100 percent certainty [that] the unexpected will happen.” A good way to stay prepared is to “keep 10 percent of your total assets in cash;”
  • “Never put more than five percent (5%) of your money in any one stock.” This will prevent you from taking any huge losses;
  • “Do put more than 20 percent of your investments in dividend-paying stocks and 50 percent in interest-bearing bonds.” O’Leary also says that he never lets his fund managers “buy a stock that doesn’t pay a dividend.”

Mark Cuban Shares Some Investing Advice – Along with Several Other Sharks

  • Cuban likes to say “follow the green, not the dream.” This means that you should never get so tied up in your dreams for your company that you forget to make enough money to cover your ongoing living expenses and savings needs;
  • “Never underestimate your competitors.” Many of them are constantly plotting to take your customers away from you and outperform your product or delivery of services;
  • Cuban and others remind all investors to observe experienced investors so you can learn to easily spot a bad deal – and walk away from it unscathed. This is often best achieved by:v
    • Doing your research so you can fully understand each investment. Too many people were easily “hoodwinked” by con man Bernie Madoff because he promised an unreasonably high profit return – that many didn’t fully investigate;
    • Keep your emotions out of your investments. You have to learn to live within your means – and only make major purchases and investments when you actually have the cash to pay for them;
    • When trying to negotiate a deal, speak the truth – and treat others with respect. (Note: Kevin O’Leary might not endorse that second part of the sentence – but he clearly believes in bluntly telling the truth (as he sees it);
    • If you’re going to take a risk – make sure it’s a calculated risk. One of the “sharks” says that a calculated risk is “based on knowing the outcomes of similar investments over a long period of time;”
    • Robert Herjavec recommends that investors should constantly ask themselves “what they’ve learned each time they look into actually investing in any stock or project;”
    • As you grow older, says Barbara Corcoran, realize that your age helps, “you gain more knowledge and wisdom.” She then adds that aging shouldn’t be viewed negatively since it provides a chance to put your extra wisdom to good use by locating the best opportunities before others;
    • Robert Herjevac also tells us to deal ethically with others. He reminds everyone to avoid just trying to “pull the wool over someone’s eyes.” Since life is long and you might need or want to do business with some of the same people again in the future, try to make a deal where “both [or all] sides walk away feeling like they’ve gotten value.”

While this AARP source article is fairly short and to the point, it offers a generous breadth of information. Always remember one point made at the end of this piece that none of us should ever think we know everything about investing. Instead, we must all actively keep listening and learning from others.

Should you have currently reached a point when your finances are fully beyond your control –and if you’re wondering if you should file for bankruptcy — be sure to contact your Dallas bankruptcy lawyer.

Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas bankruptcy attorney who fights hard to protect the rights of every client. He’s fully prepared to handle your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Please call to discuss your Chapter 7 bankruptcy case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400.

Texas Speeding Accidents

Texas Speeding Accidents — Still Far Too Common

Nearly every month, most of us are tempted to exceed the speed limit while trying to reach a destination on time. While such behavior may seem innocent or harmless, we need to realize that speeding causes far too many auto accidents.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 29% of all vehicle collisions were speed-related during one recent year. That percentage is even higher (34%) for those riding motorcycles. Furthermore, only 13% of all speed-related accidents occur on interstate highways. Which Drivers Speed and Cause the Most Accidents?

  • Men speed far more often than women in all age groups. As might be expected, the numbers are especially high for young male drivers between the ages of 15-44;
  • Drivers with invalid licenses. During 2012, statistics showed that about 23% of speeding drivers who were in fatal collisions had an invalid license, compared to 11 percent of non-speeding drivers;
  • Alcohol drinkers. It’s not very surprising to learn that those who drink tend to speed more often than other drivers;
  • People who drive between 6 PM and 6 AM. You’re most likely to encounter a speeding driver if you’re out on the roads between midnight and 3 AM. However, those numbers stay high between “six and six;”
  • Drivers of certain types of vehicles are more likely to speed. People who speed the most tend to be driving (in order of vehicles causing the most accidents): motorcycles, passengers cars, light trucks, and large trucks;
  • People driving under challenging weather conditions. Speeding drivers are most likely to cause accidents when traveling upon: icy, snowy or wet roads;
  • Drivers in the following states. During 2013, drivers in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania were most likely to speed and cause traffic fatalities than drivers in other states;
  • Roughly one-third of young men between the ages of 15-24. There’s strong statistical proof supporting the practice of charging young men higher car insurance premiums. For example, in 2013, thirty-five percent (35%) of those who were speeding and caused fatal accidents fell in this age group. All drivers and passengers must carefully observe all safety regulations to minimize their chances of being hit or killed by speeding drivers. It’s especially important for all of us to wear our seatbelts. Just under half (49%) of all speeding drivers in 2013 failed to wear their seatbelts or restraints. More Important Facts About Speed-Related Car Accidents
  • During 2013, there was a seven percent (7%) decrease in speeding accidents. Hopefully, we’ll learn that this trend is continuing when new data is reported;
  • A comparison between the number of total vehicle accident victims in one recent year to those killed in speeding accidents. During 2013, approximately 32,719 people died in American traffic collisions. Of those, roughly 9,613 of those who died were killed in speeding-related accidents;
  • Drivers age 65 and older. The number of men and women who speed greatly narrows as we age. In fact, there’s roughly only about a two percent difference between the genders in regards to speeding in this age group. How Can We All Decrease Our Tendency to Speed on the Road?
  • Concentrate solely on driving. If all Americans would stop texting while driving, they would be far more inclined to drive within the posted speed limits;
  • Stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs that can alter your consciousness within an hour or two of driving. When you’re mentally or physically impaired, you’re far less likely to obey posted speed limits – and notice other critical traffic signs and lights;
  • Stop trying to multi-task while driving. Those who eat food while driving or use the rearview mirror to handle make-up or shaving needs – are much more likely to ignore the speed limits;
  • Always leave early for every destination. Nearly all of us are tempted to speed when we’re running late. Most of us need to spend the next month trying to establish a new habit of leaving on time – or even a bit early;
  • Decide on your driving route ahead of time. People get far too distracted while looking at maps or using their GPS devices (or cell phones) while driving – be ready to find an address before leaving your home;
  • Consider using your “cruise control” if out on a highway with few other cars. There’s no sense in getting a speeding ticket out on a deserted highway;
  • Learn to handle your anger appropriately – before ever getting behind the wheel of a car. Speeders are often angry people who just don’t believe that most rules – including posted speeding limits – apply to them;
  • Take a defensive driving class. Once you see how many different types of “problem drivers” are always out on the road – you’ll become much more eager to drive slowly so you can avoid the serious back and neck injuries often caused by speeding drivers.

Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas auto accident attorney who fights hard to protect the rights of every client. He’s fully prepared to handle your serious vehicle or motorcycle accident case. Please call to discuss your case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400.

Trinity Guardrails

Trinity Guardrails Can Increase Accident Injuries and Fatalities

It’s always terribly sad to learn that a friend or loved one has been seriously injured or even killed in a car accident. Yet it’s even worse when you learn that the person may have survived the collision if a poorly designed guardrail hadn’t pierced the interior of the vehicle.

According to general information referenced in a recent study, when you’re involved in a highway accident, specific parts of a properly designed guardrail should “lessen the severity of a crash.” In fact, guardrails play this important role “by allowing the striking vehicle to ride down the crash forces safely, without deflecting the vehicle back onto the roadway.”

Unfortunately, it now appears that the ET- Plus guardrails made by Trinity Industries – apparently modified back in 2005 without sufficient notice to state and federal regulators – can increase the chances of a guardrail malfunction. More specifically, a part of this ET-Plus guardrail may wind up piercing the interior of a vehicle during an accident. This can greatly increase the number of serious injuries or fatalities.

How Properly Made Guardrails Should Work

According to a report released back in 2014, the W-Beam guardrail and others like it are designed so that when impact occurs, the end terminal rail will be “deformed away from the striking vehicle, either by flattening, cutting or kinking the rail.” This is a far more desirable result of impact than having a portion of the guardrail shoved like a spear into the body of the vehicle. When the latter event occurs, guardrail manufacturers like Trinity Industries (and others) can be sued for damages, in addition to the negligent driver who hit you.

As of 2016, approximately 30 states, including Texas, have banned the use of “defective Trinity guardrails.” Virginia is one of the few states known to be actively removing these guardrails from its highways. The majority of other states have simply removed Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus (defective) guardrails from their “Qualified Products Lists and banned further installation of the system until new testing is completed.”

Lawsuits Pending Against Dallas-Based Trinity Industries

There are currently at least 15 known lawsuits pending against this company. Most of them allege that the defective design of many of the re-designed ET-Plus guardrails caused them to “slice into vehicles like a deadly spear.” This is just one of the many potential accident factors that your Texas personal injury attorney always investigates after you or a loved one has suffered a serious highway accident.

Perhaps the most critical lawsuit Trinity Industries is still fighting in the courts is United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries.  According to various news sources, Trinity is currently challenging “the $663 million False Claims Act judgment” entered against it by a Texas federal court back in 2015. In late March of 2016, Trinity Industries asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse that earlier judgment. Trinity continues to argue that its guardrails were in full compliance with federal standards when they were installed.

Per at least one 2015 New York Times article, that large amount was assessed against Trinity Industries after a 2014 “trial [was] held . . . in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Josh Harman, a competitor who discovered in 2011 that Trinity had made a critical change to the dimensions of its ET-Plus guardrail in 2005, but failed to tell federal regulators as required by law.

Conclusions

Obviously, the long-term final fate of Trinity Industries may not be known for a number of years due to all of the high-profile and other lawsuits pending against it. However, you can rest assured that every aspect of your Texas auto accident – whether it occurs on a suburban street or a major highway – will be fully investigated so that you’ll have the chance to try and recover against every defendant liable to you for your injuries.

Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas personal injury attorney who fights hard to obtain the maximum compensation available for every client. He’s fully prepared to defend all motor vehicle accident victims seriously harmed by the negligence of others. Please call to discuss your case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400. If you would like to have an Accident Information Card sent to you, please call (817) 698-9100.