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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2015 – According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver of a Walmart tractor-trailer that crashed into a limousine that was transporting comedian Tracy Morgan last June had not slept in more than 28 hours. However, the board also stated that Morgan and other passengers contributed to the seriousness of the accident when they neglected to wear seatbelts and adjust headrests. The accident occurred on June 7, 2014, at approximately 1 a.m. The Walmart driver struck Morgan’s limousine from the rear, and as a result, comedian James McNair was killed, and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – There has been an alarming rise in hit and run collisions in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were an estimated 80,000 hit and run accidents in 2014. South Florida is leading the surge in these deadly accidents, with 17,480 hit and run crashes in Miami-Dade County, and 9,749 in Broward County. “Drivers who leave the scene of an accident are only making a bad situation worse,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik. “Now, they may face criminal charges as well as […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Stephanie Gurney fell to her death from the side of a communications tower that she was climbing. She was trying out for a job with a tower maintenance company. “This is an unusual case,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury wrongful death attorney in Austin, with the firm Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC. “Apparently, the deceased was climbing a communications tower as part of a trial to see if her climbing abilities would land her a job with Jostan Communications. She was with her boyfriend and the prospective employer the day of […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2015 – One man was killed and another injured during an explosion at USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri, on June 15. The blast was caused at around 3:30 a.m. by an explosive device in a pile of empty military shell casings that were scheduled to be recycled at the facility, according to city authorities. Of the two men handling the aluminum casings, Cody D. Brisco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler Spencer, 23, was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. While working, the two men “discovered […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – An Illinois man died in a construction accident after being pinned between a lift and a beam. Patrick C. Wilda of Plainfield was working in a lift at a construction site in Wilmington, Illinois, when he became pinned, Wilmington Police Chief Philip Arnold said. The lift had been extended to the roof beam, according to Arnold. Co-workers performed CPR until emergency services arrived. Wilda was pronounced dead at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a Joliet hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Illinois State Police and Wilmington police are investigating the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – Never are the highways and byways of Texas more crowded with traffic than on a long weekend. When the weather is nice, boating is a pleasurable pastime, but it may become a deadly one. The July 4th long weekend ended with Texas Game Wardens investigating several fatalities involving watercraft accidents. Watercrafts are designed to be ridden on the water and may be anything ranging from a canoe to a jet ski. Late that Saturday, a Marble Falls Police Department marine safety patrol boat was patrolling the area when James Fry, 41, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2015 – Members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Pinellas County discussed the organization’s 2014 Crash Data Report at a recent meeting. The crash report shows important trends in traffic accidents in the Tampa Bay area. Distracted driving, teen drivers and bicycle and pedestrian accidents are all areas of concern identified in the report. “To help prevent deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents, it is important to identify problem areas,” said Robert Joyce, a car accident attorney with the Tampa firm of Joyce & Reyes. “Some drivers, such as teens, impaired […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2015 – There are a number of large U.S. employers striving, through lobbying efforts, to make it harder for injured workers to recover lost wages and obtain medical assistance resulting from on-the-job accidents. “The impact of changes of that nature would be catastrophic for workers,” said Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC, an Austin personal injury attorney who regularly handles workers’ compensation cases. “According to several recent reports, major corporations such as Safeway, Lowe’s, Walmart, Macy’s, Sysco Food Systems, Kohl’s and Nordstrom will be the primary beneficiaries of these changes.” The concept […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – Police said 45 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash that began when a driver struck a state trooper’s vehicle that was stopped for another accident. Drivers also blamed icy roads and sun glare for the pileup. State police said eight people were injured in the accident, which occurred at about 9:20 a.m. on February 2 on southbound I-294 in Hickory Hills. The injured were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, in fair condition, according to a representative of the hospital. “Chain-reaction crashes can be very dangerous and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Trucker Russell Staley says something in the cab of his truck distracted him before he plowed into a small bus carrying college softball players. It was early evening on September 26, 2014 when 54-year-old Russell Staley wandered over the center line in his Quickway Transportation Inc. rig and hit the small bus, flipping it and shearing off one side. The collision killed four of the women onboard. Speculation at the time suggested he may have been impaired but police never charged him with DWI. The police inventory of items found at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2015 – The Florida Supreme Court recently upheld a $4.5 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit based on premises liability. The state high court upheld the verdict for the families of two siblings who were shot to death in their apartment, finding the building owner liable for negligence for failure to repair a security gate. “The death of a loved one is even more tragic when it could have been prevented,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who was not involved in […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Recently, there were two collisions in Millburn, New Jersey, involving elderly drivers. Such accidents are indicative of a problem that is all too prevalent among aging adults. According to police, an 82-year-old man hit a pedestrian on June 11 in the downtown section of Millburn, and on June 17, a 79-year-old woman crashed her vehicle into a wall of the Short Hills Racquets Club. “All drivers, including the elderly, have a responsibility to other drivers and pedestrians to ensure that they have the ability to safely operate a vehicle, and thereby […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2015 – Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, recognizes the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) who announced today an agreement going into effect immediately regarding monitoring how officers go about conducting street stops of citizens in Chicago. In addition, the agreement names independent consultant U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys, who will issue bi-annual reports on the department and recommend policy changes. “The announcement made today is exactly why the civil class action lawsuit our firm filed in April is so important […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – An Illinois woman who filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband has been awarded $2.6 million. Jacqueline Kotlarz filed the lawsuit after her husband died, claiming that he was not given an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) in time to save his life. “When negligence by medical professionals results in a tragic death like this one, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for the family,” said Robert Briskman, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who is not involved in the case. “Money cannot […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2015 – Mobile devices are responsible for thousands of deaths across the country. In an attempt to prevent these accidents, Google and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have teamed up. What do railroads and Google have in common? Mapping. The FRA has data relating to railway crossings and is allowing Google and other mapping and technology companies to access their GPS coordinates for over 250,000 railway crossings at road-level across the U.S. The idea is to reduce accidents at railroad crossings by adding visual and audio alerts to mobile navigation systems. Google is […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – On July 15, the 4th District Court of Appeal in a 2-1 ruling upheld the 2012 limit on attorneys’ fees for the representation of a child who suffered a serious birth injury in a hospital in Southwest Florida. In 1997, Aaron Edwards was afflicted with brain injuries when he was born and, as a result, became severely disabled. In 2007, a jury determined that employees at Lee Memorial caused Edwards’ injuries. The appeals court stated that it was “sympathetic” to the contentions made by the law firm that represented the family […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Florida traffic safety officials say that hundreds of lives could be saved if more drivers and passengers buckled their seat belts. In Florida in 2013, there were more than 1,200 deaths in vehicle crashes, and about 48 percent of the people who lost their lives were not wearing their seat belts. According to officials, many if not most of the unbelted deaths could have been prevented. “Far too many Floridians lose their lives in traffic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “It is tremendously […]


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Shreveport, LA (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2015 – Earlier this month attorneys for Desmond Lewis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana charging that Shreveport police officers had falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused Lewis during an incident where he was chased while leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication prescribed for his mental health. Allegations listed in the complaint include: use of unreasonable and excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, failure by an officer to intervene, and failure to act under the policy and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2015 – Safety advocates are calling for electronic scanning of automobile tires as a way to ensure that recalled tires are actually taken off the road and off of store shelves. According to estimates from federal regulators, between 62 and 80 percent of recalled tires are not actually taken out of circulation. “There is no question that the tire recall system needs improvement,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida personal injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik. “When defective tires under a recall continue to be sold, drivers are at risk of serious injury […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – Clark Davis died at the scene of an accident involving a big rig hitting a bridge that was built too low. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the trucker, the trucking company, based in Crowley, Texas, and the construction company building the bridge at the overpass. The accident happened in Salado at the FM 248 overpass. The big rig was too high for the overpass and the overpass too low when compared to normal specs for other bridges along that and other routes. The semi crashed into the bridge […]


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