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Blog Posts in September, 2016

  • The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Sep-2016

    At the end of June the D.C. Council passed the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016 by a unanimous vote. The act was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser at the end of July and recently finished its 30 day period of Congressional review. This Act contains numerous changes that will make a positive impact on pedestrian and bicyclist protection laws. One of the most beneficial changes in the ...
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  • D.C. Court of Appeals Upholds Freundel's 6.5-Year Jail Sentence

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a recent opinion by a three-judge panel, the D.C. Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed Rabbi Barry Freundel’s criminal conviction for secretly videotaping women who were partially or totally undressed during a religious bathing ritual. D.C. law generally prohibits imposing multiple sentences for a single offense. Freundel’s lawyer argued that Freundel’s ...
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  • DC Council Passes Bill to End Contributory Negligence

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Sep-2016

    On Tuesday, the DC Council voted unanimously to end contributory negligence, an unjust legal doctrine that prevents injured pedestrians and bicyclists from collecting compensation for injuries sustained in accidents if they are in any way at fault. The vote comes after three years of advocacy from organizations such as the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and its supporters. As a WABA ...
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  • Running Safety Basics

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Our area is known for having an incredible amount of runners, joggers, and walkers. Whether you are hitting the Capital Crescent Trail for a pre-work run or walking along the Tidal Basin to hit your daily step target, we want to make sure that you are fully versed in the pedestrian safety laws throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Most importantly, all three jurisdictions ...
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  • Top 5 Mistakes Made After a Car Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel What you say and do following a car accident can make the difference when you file a personal injury claim to recover your damages. Because victims are often struggling with the physical, financial, and emotional burdens created by accidents, remembering the right things to do can be difficult. That’s why working with an experienced lawyer can ensure the correct steps are ...
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  • Federal Regulators Propose Limiting the Speed of Commercial Trucks

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last month, federal regulators proposed fitting large commercial vehicles with devices that would limit their maximum speed. In a notice issued jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), officials said speed limiters would be a safety measure that could save lives and over $1 billion in ...
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  • Is Football Getting Safer?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Football and sports programs in our area have taken nearly every measure possible to increase safety and protect against concussions. Fairfax County in particular has instituted safety seminars, held tackling clinics, purchased $300 helmets, and made contact modifications during practice. In the fall of 2015, the Marshall High football team in Falls Church, Virginia, recorded ...
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  • Nursing Home Abuse a Common Phenomenon as Population Ages

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double over the next 30 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And as Americans age, the number of people living in elder care facilities and nursing homes continues to swell. Sadly, many nursing home facilities are more concerned with profit margins than providing quality care to the elderly. Although no definitive ...
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  • Holiday Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Labor Day Weekend is here, and if you’re one of the millions of Americans with plans to celebrate the long holiday weekend, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to remind you about the importance of making a safety a priority in whatever your plans may involve! AAA estimates that more than 38 million Americans will be traveling this weekend. Whether ...
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