Washington | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – A spike in traffic accidents has been attributed to the growing number of large trucks hauling drilling equipment and fracking waste on U.S. streets. According to a report by the Associated Press, U.S. census data shows that traffic deaths have grown more than four-fold from 2004 rates in areas experiencing a boom from the fracking industry. These death rates have risen steadily even as road conditions and vehicle safety continue to improve. In growing fracking communities like Karnes County, Texas, for example, the sheriff has said the department has been “swamped” […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – On May 15, two construction workers were injured after part of a building collapsed in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Sandy Springs can be found north of Atlanta and is home to a population of 100,000. The employees were working on a second-level parking deck of a hotel under construction when the concrete underneath them collapsed. According to a police sergeant with Sandy Springs police department, both workers fell 15 to 20 feet in the accident. They were transported to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – A man was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer in Wasatch County, Utah. According to state police, the accident occurred on State Road 40 near Strawberry Reservoir. At 5:00 pm on March 17, during a snowstorm on a two-lane road, a tractor-trailer attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle. Craig L. Batchelor of Clinton, Utah, died at the scene. “Too often, I see accidents where a semi truck driver is not driving as safely as he or she should, given the road and traffic conditions,” says Washington, D.C., personal injury […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The indictment states that the company repeatedly violated the Pipeline Safety Act. That law requires pipeline operators to maintain accurate records about their lines, identify safety hazards and inspect the pipes when pressures exceed safety tolerances. PG&E is alleged to have “knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information” in avoiding required inspections, which could have prevented the disaster. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2014 – Florida’s commercial trucking regulations are under scrutiny in the wake of a fatal accident involving a semitrailer. A collision between a semitrailer and a sedan on Interstate 75 resulted in the sedan driver’s death. Although the truck driver’s commercial license (CDL) was nearly free of violations, his total driving history included 27 violations. That personal history did not prevent him from lawfully obtaining a commercial driver’s license. Now, a Florida legislator wants to pass a law that would prevent such circumstances. “It’s common sense that at some point, a history of […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2014 – A natural gas pipeline in southern Kentucky exploded on a February Thursday, injuring at least one person. The explosion occurred in Knifley, Kentucky, which is about 90 miles south of Louisville, in the early morning hours of February 13, 2014. The resulting fire was reportedly clearly visible from Columbia, some 12 miles away. One person suffered burns and was taken to a local hospital. Three houses, two barns and several cars were destroyed, according to Greg Thomas, Kentucky Emergency Management director. “Pipeline explosions are particularly worrisome disasters,” said Washington, D.C. personal […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – One construction worker was killed and another injured at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on January 28, 2014. Jose Dario Suarez, 55, drowned when he was dragged into the Brazos River by a collapsed construction lift. Four hours later, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens located and recovered his body using sonar equipment. Suarez and another employee were working on a pedestrian bridge linking Baylor Law School to the new McLane Stadium. Federal officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the death. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – A massive pileup on I-94 in Michigan City, Indiana involved 46 vehicles, left three people dead and injured at least 23 others. The accident occurred on January 23, 2014 during an intense snowstorm that reduced visibility to near zero. Allegedly, 18 tractor-trailers were involved. One eyewitness told the Boston Globe that he believed one of the trucks started the chain-reaction accident when it jackknifed and ran into another truck. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz says that the conditions and the number of semi-trailers involved raises questions about whether the […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2014 – While the accidents themselves were unrelated, a pair of bus accidents in California have brought attention to troubling bus safety factors. On December 19, 2013, two separate tour buses crashed on California highways within 30 minutes and 40 miles of one another. “Boarding a bus should not pose a risk to your life,” stated personal injury attorney David Lietz. Lietz is not currently involved in any cases connected with the crashes. The first bus, operated by Sina Coach, may have been traveling at unsafe speeds on rainy roads. The driver, Jian […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2014 – Lawsuits have begun to pile up in the month after a deadly train derailment in New York City. The Metro-North train was traveling at approximately 82 mph at the time of the derailment. It went off the tracks when it attempted to round a curve with a 30 mph speed limit. Four were killed, and dozens more were injured. “Train accidents are often particularly horrible accidents,” said David Lietz, a person injury attorney not connected with the case. “Rail lines can and do go years or even decades without a serious […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a rule requiring seat belts on all new large buses. The regulation — issued November 20, 2013 and called a “final rule” — requires a lap and shoulder seat belt to be available for every passenger and driver seat. It applies to all new buses weighing over 26,000 pounds with the exception of transit buses (e.g. city buses) and school buses. The rule takes effect in November 2016. Personal injury attorney David Lietz praised the new rule, predicting that it will save […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – Several cars on an Amtrak train carrying 218 people derailed in South Carolina shortly after midnight on Monday, November 25, 2013. Four passengers with minor injuries were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The remaining passengers and 11 crew members escaped injury. According to authorities, Train 20’s two locomotives remained on the tracks. Seven of the train’s nine cars derailed but remained upright; Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz said that probably made the difference between life and death. “Passengers reported the trains swaying and tilting violently, so it […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – Two transit workers were struck and killed by a commuter train just outside San Francisco on a recent Saturday afternoon. The workers were hit just before 2 p.m. near a station in Walnut Creek, some 20 miles east of the city. The train that struck them was out of service and on a maintenance run. One of the men was an employee of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, system. The other was an employee of a third-party contractor. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who is not involved […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – A stadium construction site near San Francisco was the scene of a deadly accident for the second time in four months. The stadium will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers football team in Santa Clara, Calif. On a recent Monday morning, truck driver Edward Lake Jr., 60, of Vacaville, Calif., had just delivered a load of materials to the construction site, when he was crushed by a bundle of rebar that fell as workers unloaded it from his truck. “Construction zones are uniquely hazardous places,” said Washington, D.C. […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2013 – On a recent Saturday, a Greyhound bus drove off an Ohio interstate highway at high speed and flipped, injuring at least 35 people. The accident happened just before 4 a.m. on Interstate 75 near Monroe, Ohio. Of the 51 passengers on board, at least two suffered serious injuries, police said, and dozens more were taken to six local hospitals. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. “Buses are very safe in general, but when an accident happens – especially a rollover – the injuries can be catastrophic,” said Washington, D.C. […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – A man died in an accident at an industrial plant in Shady Grove, Penn. on a recent Thursday afternoon. Rickie Lee Grimsley, 59, became pinned between two cranes in a parking lot on the property of Manitowoc Cranes. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz, who is not involved in the case, said the incident shows that accidents can happen at any time. “When heavy machinery is in use, nearby workers are always subjected to some level of risk,” Lietz said. “It doesn’t have to be on the work floor, where […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – A small airplane crashed into a neighborhood in East Haven, Conn., killing four people. William Henningsgard, of Medina, Wash., was flying the plane with his son Maxwell, 17, aboard when it went down at 11:21 am on August 9, 2013. It crashed into a home on Charter Oak Avenue occupied by Sade Brantley, 13, and Madisyn Mitchell, her one-year-old sister. “Even small planes can create catastrophic damage when they crash at high speeds,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. “As evidenced by the fact that these two girls were […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – Seven people, including four children, died in an accident involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 65 in Indiana. The accident occurred in the late evening on a recent Thursday near Roselaw, Ind. A Jeep carrying seven family members was northbound in a construction zone with a semi in front of it and another behind. Police said the rear truck failed to slow with traffic and crushed the vehicle against the leading truck. “This is truly a tragedy,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who is not involved in the case. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2013 – A new war memorial is slated to open in late 2014 in Washington, DC. “The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be a unique marker, one that is designed to mark the sacrifices of the country’s wounded warriors,” said Tampa veterans lawyer David W. Magann. President Obama spoke to 3,000 vets at the 2013 Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Washington, DC. He stated that their “profound sacrifice” would be noted during the dedication of the memorial next October. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial cost more than $80 […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2013 – Until recently, most doctors thought traumatic brain damage (TBI) just affected the brain itself. It turns out that this is not the case. “This story is interesting for several reasons,” said Christopher Mellino, a traumatic brain injury lawyer of the Cleveland firm Mellino Robenalt. “An Army specialist returned home from Iraq and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. What baffled the doctors treating him was his sudden 50-pound weight gain.” After multiple tests to track down the reason why the veteran gained 50-pounds so quickly, it was discovered […]


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