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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Companies risk lives by putting sleep-deprived port truckers on the road

We see fatigued drivers in far too many 18-wheeler wrecks in West Texas. This article does a good job laying out the problem.


Every day, port trucking companies around Los Angeles put hundreds of impaired drivers on the road, pushing them to work with little or no sleep in violation of federal safety regulations, a USA TODAY Network investigation found.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Cade Browning named to American Board of Trial Advocates

Cade Browning of Browning Law Firm, PLLC has been inducted into the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership into ABOTA is by invitation-only to trial attorneys who have successfully demonstrated excellent trial skills while maintaining the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, honor, and courtesy and is widely regarded within the legal profession as one of the most prestigious organizations for trial lawyers.

Founded in 1957, the American Board of Trial Advocates ( fosters improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Browning Paper on Underinsured Law Is Published

Cade Browning's paper, "What is This Critter? UM/UIM Causes of Action Post-Brainard" was recently published in the Spring 2015 edition of the News for Bar, by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.  The paper deals with the Post-Brainard world of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage litigation in Texas and the correct causes of action available.  The paper stems from years of litigating and trying underinsured cases in West Texas with complexities and confusion of the law since Brainard. ''



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cade Browning / Browning Law Firm, PLLC - Top Jury Verdicts of 2014


Cade Browning and Law Firm, PLLC has been recognized for a Top Jury Verdict of 2014. No. 17 top jury verdict in Texas for Motor Vehicle Accidents in 2014.  The case was a claim for Underinsured Insurance Benefits regarding the need for future cervical spine surgeries related to a rear-end wreck.  The case was tried in the 259th District Court for Anson, Jones County, Texas.  The jury returned every dollar we requested, $500,000.00, which was the insurance limits available under Texas case law.  The pre-trial offer was $50,000.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tragic Trucking Wreck Reminds of Need for Fast Response

The horrible tractor-trailer wreck in Merkel this week reminds me of the need to fully investigate tragic wrecks such as these immediately.  The trucking company has a rapid response investigation team who comes to scenes such as these hours after the wreck and so should the victim's families.  This will help in preserving the evidence necessary and communicating with the Texas Department of Public Safety reconstructionists.  The Browning Law Firm has the knowledge and available experts and engineers to properly protect the scene and preserve the evidence to ensure the truth is told.  If you or a loved one is ever involved in a major 18-wheeler wreck, do not hesitate to contact an attorney, as time is of the essence is ensuring you are protected.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Family awarded $16 million in wrongful-death suit against Southlake firm and a drunk-driver

A Hamilton family has been awarded more than $16 million in a lawsuit against a Southlake nursing home company accused of allowing a worker to drive home drunk, causing a wreck that killed a father and injured three family members in Coryell County in 2013.

A Tarrant County jury gave $16.7 million to the family of Sam Graham, including $5 million in punitive damages, in a wrongful-death lawsuit against Southlake-based Senior Living Properties and employee Alisa Prueitt.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Presidents Day Reminds Us Of The Importance of Jury System

In honor of Presidents Day (2-16-15).

GEORGE WASHINGTON (First President of the United States):
“There was not a member of the Constitutional Convention who had the least objection to what is contended for by the advocates for a Bill of Rights and trial by jury.”

JOHN ADAMS (Second President of the United States):
“Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.”

THOMAS JEFFERSON (Third President of the United States):
“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

“Trial by jury is part of that bright constellation which leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”

JAMES MADISON (Fourth President of the United States):
“Trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.”

Friday, January 9, 2015

Allstate Denies Uninsured Motorist Claim for Impaled Driver

Holly Dunn was on her commute to work near the Fort Worth Stockyards. She was driving north on I35W when an 11-pound piece of metal ricocheted through her windshield. The police investigation concluded the metal piece that shot through Holly’s windshield was a leaf spring that likely came loose from a semi-truck on I-35. Her husband, Tim, began filing claims with Allstate requesting uninsured motorist benefits from Allstate. “Allstate refused and said they would not pay,” said Tim. Allstate denied the bodily injury payment writing, "…there had been no physical contact with an unidentified motor vehicle." The TX insurance code said to qualify for uninsured motorist benefits there has to be "physical contact" with the vehicle. But it makes no provision for a part of a vehicle and leaves room for interpretation. That's where the Texas Supreme Court comes in. In similar cases, the court concluded you have to be hit by the whole vehicle to get bodily injury benefits.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lower Speed Limits Coming in Drilling Areas

With accident rates soaring on some roads in the state's bustling oil fields, the TxDOT is stepping up efforts to lower speed limits on particularly dangerous routes. Under a recently adopted emergency rule change, the agency can decide in four weeks to reduce speed limits by up to 12 miles per hour on some roads, bypassing its normal review process that typically takes months. The change only covers rural two-lane, two-way roads that are less than 24 feet wide and are part of the state highway system. Traffic spawned by the state's drilling boom has made small roads in oil areas increasingly hazardous.

Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 12/02/2014
Read Article: Texas Tribune    


Monday, September 22, 2014

Chairman of Texas Transportation Commission request Inquiry into Surging Traffic Wrecks

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Ted Houghton, chairman of the state Transportation Commission, has called on Texas officials to address motor vehicle deaths and multiple-fatality crashes involving trucks and other commercial vehicles that have accompanied the state's oil and natural gas boom since 2008. His remarks came in response to an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and Houston Public Media that documented significant increases in traffic deaths in shale drilling areas and urban hubs across Texas. Between 2009 and 2013, Texas traffic fatalities climbed 8 percent from 3,122 to 3,378, even as traffic fatalities in most other states continued to decline. Traffic deaths linked to commercial vehicle crashes in Texas have risen by 51 percent, from 352 in 2009 to 532 in 2013, the investigation found.


Read Article: Houston Chronicle    

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fracking & Hydraulic Drilling Have Brought a Spike in Fatal Trucking Accidents in Texas

For six decades, highway deaths have dropped steadily all across the US, but in Texas all motor vehicle fatalities - and accidents involving commercial trucks - have turned back upward since the state's oil drilling and fracking boom began in 2008. In fact, consistently since then, Texas has led all states in motor vehicle deaths, surpassing California as the previous national leader, U.S. Department of Transportation records show.

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