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Blog Posts in November, 2016

  • 'Surge 11' of DC Metro's SafeTrack Program Began

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Nov-2016

    ‘Surge 11’ of DC Metro’s SafeTrack Program began this past Monday, which will result in a 2/3 reduction in service on the Orange and Silver lines through December 21 st. After numerous injuries and fatalities on the DC metro system over the years, the SafeTrack Plan was implemented by WMATA. The goal of the SafeTrack Plan is to make the DC metro system more safe and secure. ...
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  • DC Council Passed 'Death with Dignity Bill'

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel On last Tuesday November 15, 2016, the DC Council passed 11-2 the 'Death with Dignity Bill.' If enacted, the law would enable certain patients with irreversible, terminal illnesses to request and potentially receive covered medications that induce death. It is a complex bill, which attempts to draw a sharp distinction between ‘death with dignity’ and ...
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  • Progress for Legal Protections of DC Pedestrians and Cyclists

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Mayor Bowser recently signed into law the much-anticipated Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016. The act will provide additional protections to the legal claims of pedestrians, cyclists and other ‘non-motorized users’ injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. ‘Non-motorized users’ include people on skateboards, non-motorized scooters, Segways, ...
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  • D.C. Council Moves Forward With Plan to Provide Free Lawyers in Certain Civil Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The District of Columbia Council is considering passing a law that would provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants in certain housing cases, such as evictions. The bill was authored by council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The bill is significant because, in landlord-tenant disputes, tenants are rarely represented by lawyers, whereas landlords usually are. ...
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  • Recent Transportation Crashes Highlight Shortcomings of Federal Minimum Insurance Limits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the wake of several large transportation accidents, including a fatal bus collision in Baltimore and another fatal crash in California, victim advocates are highlighting the shortfalls of federal minimum insurance limits for commercial vehicles. Low policy limits are often not enough to cover victims’ damages, especially when catastrophic accidents cause large scale ...
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  • By Allan M. Siegel In the day’s following last Tuesday’s fatal collision between a school bus and an MTA commuter, local and federal authorities have been working diligently to determine an underlying cause. In a wreck that killed 6 victims and injured 11 others, this investigation is crucial in determining whether the incident was preventable, and how regulators can better address any ...
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  • Special Police Officers Will Not Be Charged for Causing Man's Death During 2015 Arrest

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Under District of Columbia law, a “special police officer” is a person who is legally vested with the power to make arrests in a specific area. Most often, special police officers protect the property of private entities. For example, many special police officers work as security guards on private land. On November 1, 2015, two special police officers were involved ...
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  • School Bus & Commuter Bus Collide in Southwest Baltimore, Six Killed

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A fatal crash involving a school bus and an MTA commuter killed 6 and injured 10 victims Tuesday morning. No children were aboard the school bus, and both drivers were killed in the collision. Four passengers on the commuter also died in the wreck. Ten injured victims were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, including one victim in critical condition. ...
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  • Metro Expresses Concern That it is Falling Into a "Death Spiral"

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“Metro”), which operates public bus and underground train lines, is in trouble. After a string of safety incidents, the Federal Government has assumed responsibility for Metro’s safety oversight, and forced Metro to engage in the costly SafeTrack program which involves numerous repairs to the train line that ...
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