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  • Spike in Roadway Fatalities Sparks Call for Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is important to look at the significant strides we have made in addressing driver distraction. Today, many states throughout the country have passed distracted driving laws that ban or limit text messaging and the use of cell phones behind the wheel. Although there are laws in place, new statistics show that they ...
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  • Driver Fatigue is as Serious a Problem as Driving Drunk, AAA Study Reports

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A report released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that sleep-deprived drivers are just as dangerous as drivers who have had one too many and are too drunk to drive. In fact, driving with four to five hours of sleep was comparable to driving with a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit. The report draws from a rising tide of research and past ...
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  • Winter Driving Safety Tips

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Winter is here and Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. During this time of year, we unfortunately see a number of traffic accidents caused by poor weather, and we want to remind all local drivers about the importance of taking extra precautions when driving during the winter. Below are a few helpful winter ...
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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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  • Factors that Affect the Value of Your Personal Injury Car Accident Case

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Insurance companies compensate victims of automobile accidents based on the victim’s documented or otherwise proven harms and losses. In most cases, an important factor is the amount of your medical bills and lost wages. If you want to be paid for the wages you lost while recovering from the car accident, it is crucial to thoroughly document your income. Have your ...
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  • D.C. Court of Appeals Rules on the Scope of the "Last Clear Chance" Doctrine in Auto Accident Cases

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Oct-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky The District of Columbia is one of the few jurisdictions that applies the law of “contributory negligence.” For example, this means that if a wrongdoer negligently operates his vehicle so as to cause a motor vehicle collision, but the victim also did something negligent that contributed to the accident – even if the victim was much less at fault than the ...
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  • Federal Government Announces Legal Guidelines for Driverless Cars

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Taking a big step toward the nationwide use of driverless cars, the United States Department of Transportation has announced a set of legal safety guidelines – 15 different requirements – that will establish a framework for the manufacturers of driverless cars to comply with. The legal guidelines include requirements for manufacturers to document how and where they ...
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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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  • What a Lawyer Looks for in a Car Accident Case

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel From a very broad perspective, if you are looking to hire a personal injury lawyer in an auto accident case, the lawyer will need three things: an injury, liability, and insurance coverage or some other means of recovery. In order to establish liability, the defendant driver must have violated some driving rule. Typical violations include: Breaking the speed limit Driving ...
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  • Uber Rolls Out App Updates to Improve Driver Safety

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over the next few weeks Uber will be introducing some significant updates to the version of its app used by drivers. The new features are designed to improve driver safety. The app will notify drivers when they should take a break, alert drivers of their speed, and remind drivers to place their phones in dash or window mounts. The app will also include surveillance features to ...
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  • Protecting Yourself with an Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Policy

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky If you are injured in a motor vehicle collision, what can you do if the at-fault driver has no insurance? What can you do if the at-fault driver has insurance, but not enough to fully compensate you for your injuries? You can protect yourself ahead of time by purchasing a policy for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. An uninsured motorist policy covers you in the ...
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  • Why are Depositions Used in Auto Accident Cases?

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Depositions are oral examinations where lawyers for both sides (the plaintiff and defendant) are present and a record is made by a court reporter. The main goal for a deposition is to create a written record of the testimony of a witness under oath. After a car accident lawsuit is filed, a party to a case may take a deposition of anyone, whether or not that person is a party. ...
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  • What Affect Does Getting a Ticket Have on an Auto Accident Lawsuit in D.C.?

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department do not issue a ticket for every auto accident. In the cases where they do, however, it raises an interesting question: If one driver sues another, and the police issued a ticket against one of the drivers, can that ticket be used as evidence in the lawsuit? In the first place, the ticket itself cannot be used against the driver who ...
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  • What Do I Have to Show to Win a DC Car Accident Case?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel If you file a legal claim in the District of Columbia for injuries related to a car accident, the burden is on you to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent. In order to win their case, victims must prove “by a preponderance of the evidence” that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused the victim’s injuries. The preponderance standard essentially ...
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  • How Does Drunk Driving Affect An Auto Accident Lawsuit in DC

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Apr-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky In our work, we sometimes help clients who have been injured in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. How a DUI can affect the value of a D.C. auto accident case is an interesting and controversial issue. Everyone agrees, of course, that if a driver was DUI at the time of an auto accident, that this is strong evidence that the accident was the drunk driver’s fault. But ...
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  • In DC, Am I Liable if Someone Borrows My Gar and Gets in an Accident?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel || 12-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Have you ever wondered if you can be held liable when your friend borrows your car and causes a car crash? In the District of Columbia, if you allow someone to use your vehicle, you may be held legally responsible for that person’s careless actions. The Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act (D.C. Code §50-1301.08) states that the driver of any vehicle operated in ...
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  • Self-Driving Car Strikes Public Bus in California

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Mar-2016

    Think driverless cars can’t get into accidents? Think again. Last month, a self-driving car being tested by Google collided with a California public bus on Valentine’s Day, according to an accident report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Google reported that the car was attempting to drive around some sandbags on a city street when it struck the right front side ...
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  • Snowstorms across the Washington, D.C. region created hazardous and dangerous weather conditions leading to scores of injuries. On Jan. 25, a Wheaton, Maryland, man walking on Georgia Avenue near its intersection with Janet Road was severely injured after he was struck by a snow plow truck. According to WUSA Channel 9, 1,410 car accidents were reported in Virginia since the blizzard hit the D.C. ...
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  • Beware of Personal Injury Lawyers in D.C. who Place Unsolicited Calls to You Right After an Auto Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Feb-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky The District of Columbia has a law in place that is intended to protect recent accident victims from being harassed or taken advantage of by lawyers. The law, D.C. Code Section 22-3225.14, states that a lawyer may not contact a person who was injured in an auto accident within the past three weeks (except by mail). Nevertheless, on numerous occasions, we learn from our clients ...
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  • How the Doctrine of Last Clear Chance Helps Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Lawsuits

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are 3 of 5 states in the United States that still apply the doctrine of "contributory negligence." Under this legal doctrine, even if you are hurt by a wrongdoer's negligence in an accident, you cannot win your lawsuit if you were also partially at fault. However, each of these jurisdictions also has an exception to ...
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  • NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Needed Safety Improvements

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating all mass transit accidents that have occurred in the United States, as well as significant accidents occurring in other modes of transportation, including highway, railway, pipeline, and marine. The goal of the Board is to prevent future accidents by identifying how and why ...
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  • U.S. Traffic Deaths Spike in First Half of 2015

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel After seeing steady declines due in part to advances in car safety features and increased enforcement of drunk driving laws, traffic deaths in the United States jumped 8.1 percent during the first half of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the troubling numbers in ...
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  • President Obama Signs $305B FAST Act Highway Bill

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five year, long-term bill that is slated to be the last highway bill, has just been signed into law by President Obama only hours away from the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and transit spending. This new law, which will be paid for with tax revenue and approximately $70 billion in offsets of the ...
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  • What's the Legal Risk of Using Your Cell Phone While Driving in D.C.?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the District of Columbia, the law requires that drivers use reasonable care to avoid accidents that harm others. Well, what is “reasonable care”? Reasonable care is generally understood to mean devoting your full time and attention to driving in a safe manner. If your attention to the road is drawn away by flipping through emails on the road, there’s more ...
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