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Blog Posts in May, 2015

  • Takata Finally Expands Recall Nationwide

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel After fighting with the Department of Transportation for the last year, Takata has finally agreed to expand its recall of airbag inflators to all 50 states. It is also going to expand its recall to include more vehicles, recalling defective airbags in almost 34 million vehicles. Takata and the 10 affected automakers have yet to find a definitive cause for the defect that causes ...
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  • Lawsuits Filed As Amtrak Investigations Continue

    Posted By Allan M. Siegel || 22-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing to explore why Amtrak Train 188 derailed and crashed off a stretch of track in Philadelphia last week, killing 8 passengers and injuring numerous others. According to recent statements, investigators are currently trying to determine whether the engineer was using his cellphone while ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Becomes President of the DC Trial Lawyers Association

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-May-2015

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to congratulate Partner Joseph Cammarata on becoming President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (TLA-DC) - the local affiliate of the American Association for Justice. This is a prestigious honor that speaks volumes about his stature and success in the legal community, and his passion for improving the lives ...
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  • Federal Law Limits Compensation for Amtrak Accident Victims

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-May-2015

    By: Joseph Cammarata As victims and families affected by last Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia begin to put their lives back together, legal experts are raising concerns about a little-known federal law that limits compensation Amtrak will pay to cover their damages. According to the law, damages for all plaintiffs in a “single accident or incident” cannot exceed $200 ...
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  • First Lawsuit Filed in Amtrak Crash

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The first lawsuit has been filed in a Philadelphia federal court relating to the Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia. The plaintiff is an Amtrak employee who was riding up to New York’s Penn Station to work. Because he is an employee of Amtrak, he is covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which allows railroaders injured on the job to seek compensation. ...
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  • Amtrak Accident: Investigators Puzzled Over Recent Developments

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Local and federal officials have been working around the clock since Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak accident to determine why the incident occurred. Since the crash - which killed 8 victims and caused numerous passenger injuries - new developments have come to light showing the train traveling at excessive speeds before reaching the curve where it derailed. The latest round of ...
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  • UPDATE: Investigators Say Amtrak Train Was Going Over 100 MPH Before Crash, 8th Death Confirmed

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel After reviewing preliminary data, Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have stated that Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling over 100 mph before it derailed on a stretch of track in Philadelphia - roughly twice the 50 mph speed limit for the curve it was on. In addition to initial information about the train’s speed - ...
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  • 7 Killed, Dozens Injured in Philadelphia Amtrak Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last evening - Tuesday May 12 th - an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, DC to New York derailed and overturned in northeast Philadelphia. At the time of the incident, Train 188 was carrying over 240 passengers. Tragically, several passengers have been pronounced dead and dozens more have suffered injuries. Here is what is known about the Amtrak crash so far: 7 people have ...
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  • Metro Delays Are Unfortunate Reminder that WMATA Still Has Long Way to Go After January Incident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel An electrical malfunction in a Metro tunnel that resulted in suspension of service on three different rail lines was an unfortunate reminder that WMATA still faces the same issues that resulted in dozens of injured people and one person dead in January. During the morning rush hour on May 11, electricity began to escape from the third rail on the Metro tracks that run between ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Five nursing students from Georgia Southern University were killed in a serious tractor-trailer accident in Southeast Georgia last month. According to officials, the 18-wheeler failed to slow down, smashed into several cars and a tanker truck, and caused a significant fire. Three victims were also injured in the crash, and road crews took more than six hours to clear the ...
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  • Federal Officials Consider Raising Minimum Trucking Insurance Limits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers are among the most devastating accidents on the road. Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, trucking accidents frequently result in injuries, especially when the accidents involve motorcycles or passenger cars. Often, these injuries are catastrophic or even fatal. In an effort to ensure that victims injured in ...
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