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Blog Posts in 2012

  • A new study published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology brings to light a startling new risk for drivers behind the wheel. The study focused on the effects of drugs like Ambien, Lunesta, Imovane, and Sonata which are used to treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Previous studies have focused on the effects of diazepam, also known as Valium, which researchers first identified for ...
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  • Congratulations to Partner Joe Cammarata!

    Posted By bierachin || 21-Dec-2012

    Partner, Joseph Cammarata, was just appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Fairfax Water Board of Directors. You can read about his appointment and other news by viewing Fairfax Water's latest newsletter here.
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Speaks About Concussions

    Posted By bierachin || 20-Dec-2012

    Partner, Joseph Cammarata, was asked by Kent State University Professor Karl Idsvoog of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication to participate in a video Skype interview about concussions and school policies on protection against concussions and post-concussion management. The interview sought Mr. Cammarata's views on best-practices for school-based concussion policies, and the liability ...
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  • Hurricane Sandy

    Posted By bierachin || 19-Dec-2012

    The outskirts of Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Washington, D.C. area around Monday, October 29, 2012. Fortunately, it does not appear that the storm caused any deaths in the D.C. area, but there was extensive property damage, with thousands of people suffering power outages. We are thankful that the human toll was not greater. However, if you or your loves ones suffered injury, or property ...
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  • Breathalyzers Return to D.C.

    Posted By bierachin || 14-Nov-2012

    As of the end of September, breathalyzers returned to Washington, D.C. in full force. Their return comes after technical calibration issues called into question over 400 DUI convictions two years. The use of breathalyzers was immediately discontinued and the police force, as well as the court system, had to revamp their procedures. Many of the claims arising from those convictions, however, were ...
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  • If the answer is yes, you may be entitled to compensation. Hyundai and Kia recently admitted that they overstated the fuel economy of approximately 900,000 vehicles for model years 2011 to 2013 sold in the United States through October 31, 2012. This admission came as a result of investigation conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency due to consumer complaints about overstated mileage ...
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  • Texas Sets Highest Speed Limit In U.S.

    Posted By bierachin || 24-Oct-2012

    On August 30, Texas approved a new speed limits for its toll road between Austin and San Antonio. The 41 mile stretch of road will have a speed limit of 85 mph, which surpasses the current high of 70 mph found on the Ohio Turnpike. Safety experts fear that this will cause other states to push their speed limits up as well. As we have previously mentioned in this blog, highway traffic fatalities ...
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  • Is the D.C. Rush Hour the Worst Ever?

    Posted By bierachin || 17-Oct-2012

    The numbers have not been calculated yet, but the answer is probably yes. Our area always sees a spike in commute time as the summer ends and September hits. The kids go back to school, and millions of people start new routines. The delays that have been experienced at the beginning of this month though, have been rather outrageous. Last summer, between June and July the daily delay per traveler ...
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  • Roadcheck Results

    Posted By bierachin || 10-Oct-2012

    Operation Roadchecks is an annual program during which safety inspections are performed on any and every truck possible on the road throughout a 72 hour period. Earlier this month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance released the results of the study. This year a record 74,072 vehicles were inspected. The overall safety of the vehicles on the road, however, showed very poor statistics. One in ...
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  • New Techonology Used In Vehicle Collisions

    Posted By bierachin || 3-Oct-2012

    Some states are welcoming the newest technology in the world of mapping vehicle collisions. Missouri is leading the way by rolling out the new Sokkia SRX Robotic Total Station. This very helpful new tool, which looks a lot like a mini R2D2, allows measurements of an accident scene to be taken without the hassle of reflectors. Reflectors can be time consuming, obstruct traffic, and put police ...
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  • Better Pay System For Truck Drivers

    Posted By bierachin || 26-Sep-2012

    Truck drivers often get a bad rap because collisions with tractor trailers can cause such tragic and fatal accidents. While many truck drivers do not properly follow safety regulations regarding maximum hours, breaks, and securement of cargo, many others are honest and contentious workers trying to earn a living for their families. Even for the latter category, however, the pay structure for truck ...
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  • Will the Police Report Help You in Court?

    Posted By bierachin || 19-Sep-2012

    Imagine that you're driving your car, and another driver negligently crashes into and hurts you. A police officer arrives at the scene, talks to both of you, looks at the vehicles and the scene, and concludes you are right. He writes a police report that faults the other driver. Later, you make a claim against the other driver, who lies and denies he was at fault. You file a lawsuit to prove ...
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  • How To Protect Your Baby From Injury

    Posted By bierachin || 15-Aug-2012

    When we bring a newborn into our home, we love, care and protect the infant as best we can. Nevertheless, dangers lurk where we may least expect. Here is some food (baby) for thought: Car Safety. Verify your baby car seat is installed correctly. Rear-facing is required for small infants and remains best until age and size dictate a forward-facing installation. Never place your young child in the ...
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  • On Tuesday July 24 th, 2012, a CSX freight train struck an SUV in Prince George's County in Maryland. The impact caused the SUV to roll onto its side and come to rest 50 yards north of the train crossing. A woman in her 30s was trapped inside of the SUV. Firefighters had to cut into the SUV using heavy equipment in order to pull her out. The victim was transported to Prince George's County ...
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  • Tree Falls on Car Killing Driver

    Posted By bierachin || 1-Aug-2012

    Recently, a tree fell on a road in Great Falls Virginia crushing a car and its occupant. The tree was decayed and it was obvious that the landowner had not done a reasonable inspection of the tree. In fact, there were multiple trees on the property that were decayed, and had to be cut down after the incident. So - one might think that the driver would have a wrongful death case against the owner ...
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  • On November 20, 2009 an Allstate insured struck the rear of our client's vehicle. As a result of the collision, our client aggravated a pre-existing condition in her neck, and had neck pain and headaches. She received medical treatment for approximately 6 months, including physical therapy, trigger point injections, and cortisone shots. While she got better, she continues to have neck pain. ...
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  • Tire Remnants

    Posted By bierachin || 18-Jul-2012

    The remnants of tires that come off of a tractor trailer are a common sight on American highways. If you are lucky, the pieces are small enough to drive over or easily maneuver around. Earlier this year, however, a Florida woman lost her life in exactly this familiar situation. Rebeca Hernandez-Martinez was a passenger in a Ford Explorer that hit the remnant of a tractor trailer tire, veered out ...
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  • For years, the media, as well as our firm, have reported on safety issues within the bus industry. Now, exactly a year after a bus crash on I-95 in Virginia, involving multiple fatalities, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, has taken significant steps to protect the safety of bus passengers. Transportation officials shut down 26 bus companies on the East Coast, which pickup curbside and do ...
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  • Maryland Legislature's Reaction to Pit Bull Case

    Posted By bierachin || 20-Jun-2012

    The Maryland Legislature is threatening to pass a bill to overturn a recent Court of Appeals decision that was designed to protect victims injured by pit bull attacks. The court decision determined that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are an inherently dangerous breed, and as a result, owners of this breed will be held strictly liable if their pit bull causes injury. This decision gave victims ...
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  • DC Jury Awards CSCS client $75,000

    Posted By bierachin || 13-Jun-2012

    Partner Allan M. Siegel recently tried a case in the District of Columbia Superior Court arising out of a District of Columbia car accident. Our client was a driver of a vehicle which was proceeding down Independence Avenue, when the other driver pulled from a stop sign and struck her vehicle. Our client had a preexisting arthritis in her neck, but had not had any significant symptoms before the ...
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  • A District of Columbia jury recently awarded our client $175,000. The Defendant in the lawsuit was insured with State Farm Insurance Company. The Defendant only had $100,000 in insurance coverage. This means that the Defendant is personally responsible for payment of the verdict in excess of his policy limits. It also means that the Defendant may have a claim against his own insurance company for ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata, already board-certified in civil trial advocacy, has recently obtained a second board certification. The new certification is in civil pretrial practice advocacy. These certifications set him apart from most lawyers who do not have such certifications. This double certification reflects Mr. Cammarata's outstanding credentials in both pretrial discovery (the fact finding ...
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  • Did you know Partner Joe Cammarata has a weekly radio show?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 23-Apr-2012

    Partner Joe Cammarata began doing a weekly radio show last year. He can be heard on www.baynetradio.com every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
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  • 1. What are the available insurance coverages? Many people do not understand the insurance coverages available to them and as a result they frequently do not obtain all of the insurance they need. We will review some of the abbreviations used by insurance companies to eliminate the confusion. "BI" stands for "bodily injury." Bodily injury coverage provides insurance in the event that you are at ...
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  • The District of Columbia has a very broad and comprehensive statute permitting recovery by consumers for every consumer transaction including leases and other real estate transactions. A consumer is defined as any person who purchases leases or receives consumer goods or services including mortgages or other debts. The goods and services covered by the Consumer Protection Act include "any and all ...
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