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Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • Ignition Interlock Device May Help Prevent Texting While Driving Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Statistics and stories of tragic accidents make it clear that texting while driving is a negligent and dangerous act. Still, efforts to combat the problem and significantly reduce distraction-related crashes have been sluggish and not as effective as many hoped. However, one device from a Roanoke-based company may be able to provide the technology that helps businesses, ...
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  • Innocent UDC Student Alleges Police Brutality

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Oct-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Jason Goolsby, an 18 year-old student of the University of the District of Columbia, was violently arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department on October 12, 2015. Mr. Goolsby had visited a bank in Eastern Market to withdraw money, and was walking home with friends, when a nearby woman called 911, suspecting that Mr. Goolsby and his friends were planning a robbery. Within ...
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  • Federal Government Assumes Responsibility for Safety on Metro Rail

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel As we recently blogged, Metro’s rail system is currently overseen by the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). To fix Metro’s endemic safety problems on its rail system, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that Metro’s rail system be reclassified under ...
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  • Bicyclist Injuries on the Rise

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over the last few weeks bicyclist fatalities have made the news locally, including a bicyclist killed in Fairfax County and another in Bethesda. The Fairfax incident involved a bicyclist riding around 8 p.m. when he was struck from behind by an SUV. He was bicycling with a partner, but not wearing reflective clothing and did not have any lights on the bicycle. The Montgomery ...
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  • GM Agrees to Major Settlement in Faulty Ignition Switch Cases and Criminal Fines

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last month, General Motors reached an agreement to settle up to 1,380 individual death and personal injury claims arising from the faulty ignition switch that had been installed in its vehicles. It is estimated that the 1,380 plaintiffs account for about 60% of the personal injury lawsuits it is facing. It is believed that at least 370 injury victims and families of 84 ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Accidents on Metro’s rail system are nothing new. To take a few recent examples, on January 12, 2015, a yellow line train became stuck in a tunnel, and flooded with smoke. Dozens of people became ill, and one woman died. On August 6 of this year, a train derailed between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stations. And, on September 21, an electrical failure brought a ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Wins $4.5 Million Verdict for Pedestrian Accident Victim

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Oct-2015

    Please join Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. in congratulating Partner Joseph Cammarata on recently securing a $4.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. The accident, which occurred in Alexandria, Virginia, involved a collision in which Partner Cammarata’s client was struck from behind by a left-turning Alexandria Transit Bus ...
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  • Jackknifed Tractor-Trailer Clogs Capital Beltway

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Wednesday morning, a major tractor-trailer accident on the Capital Beltway in Virginia created an large mess and massive traffic delays. If you take this route as part of your commute, it is likely you know how severe the backup was. These delays were caused in part by the extensive damage that resulted from the crash, as well as the sizable efforts required by workers to ...
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