Washington | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – A safety advocacy organization recently released a report showing one-in-nine bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient. According to an analysis of federal data by Transportation for America, nearly 67,000 of America’s 605,000 bridges require substantial repair or replacement. The report, titled “The Fix We’re In For: The State of the Nation’s Bridges 2013,” said 260 million vehicles pass over deficient bridges each day. “We need to make the maintenance and safety of our infrastructure a priority again in America,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. The report says […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 – California regulators toughened their proposal to punish PG&E for a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010. California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) attorneys asked the agency’s commissioners to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. $300 million in addition to penalties in excess of $1.9 billion. The earlier proposal amounted to the same total but did not include a fine. Instead, it allowed PG&E to pay the entire penalty in the form of pipeline improvements. “This is a penalty with teeth,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. “PG&E should be penalized beyond […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – At a recent hearing, safety officials blamed an engineer’s poor eyesight for a 2012 train collision in Oklahoma. The collision happened on June 24, 2012 near the panhandle town of Goodwell. Two freight trains collided, killing three workers and causing some $15 million in damage. A doctor testified before a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) panel and said that the engineer had suffered serious and lasting vision problems and even had trouble telling the difference between red and green signals. “This testimony is shocking,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – The Philadelphia City Council held a hearing on safety policies in the wake of a building collapse that killed six people. The accident occurred on the morning of June 5, 2013, at the intersection of 22nd and Market Streets. As a building was being demolished, it unexpectedly collapsed, sending debris through the roof of a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store, which was open for business at the time. “The demolition of a building is a potentially hazardous process that can endanger anyone in the area if not done properly,” said Washington, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – Two commuter trains collided in Connecticut on a recent Friday, injuring dozens. The collision occurred between two Metro-North Railroad trains near Fairfield during rush hour. Authorities said at least 70 people were injured, five of them critically. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), an eastbound train derailed just after 6 p.m. and collided with a westbound train. “Passengers expect to be safe on modern trains, and authorities owe it to everyone involved to determine how the accident occurred and how to prevent another accident like it,” said Washington, D.C. personal […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – A preliminary investigation cited driver error as the cause of a fatal bus crash in April. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) found no defects on the Cardinal Coach Line bus that crashed, killing three and injuring more than 40, on April 11. The DPS report said that driver Loyd Rieve, 65, failed to stay within his lane before the bus careened off a North Texas highway, struck a concrete barrier, and toppled over. Victims have filed at least three lawsuits against the company. “Victims of public transportation crashes deserve […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2013 – Over 3,000 miles of aging, leaking iron gas pipelines create a safety hazard in Michigan. A recent report in the Detroit Free Press detailed the dangers of leaking wrought- and cast-iron natural gas mains throughout Michigan and the slow progress the state’s two largest utilities have made in replacing them. “These old gas mains need to be replaced, and soon,” said Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who specializes in pipeline accidents. “Every year they remain in the ground increases the likelihood of another terrible accident.” According to the report, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2013 – A Texas fertilizer plant exploded, killing at least 15 people and injuring as many as 200. The explosion on April 17, 2013, occurred at a facility owned by the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas that was used for the storage and distribution of fertilizers. The building caught fire, then exploded as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire remains unknown. “Fertilizers are quite hazardous and require very stringent safety protocols in their handling and storage,” said David Lietz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer who specializes […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2013 – An insurance group’s recent study compares the safety performance of eight semi-trailers. Semi-trailers on “big rig” tractor-trailers are usually equipped with underride guards – steel beams projecting downward from the trailer’s rear end which prevent passenger vehicles from sliding under them during collisions. A newly-released study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the performance of underride guards on eight popular semi-trailer models. All models passed the easiest test, but just one passed the toughest test. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz commented, “This report is encouraging in […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – A California utility is nearly finished with a government-mandated inspection of its pipelines. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently issued a statement saying it is on schedule to finish inspection and pressure testing in its gas pipelines by the end of April, 2013. The safety review was part of a package of recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following a fatal 2010 explosion near San Francisco. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “It is good to see PG&E making progress in its safety review and […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2013 – Six pedestrians in the Washington, D.C. area were killed by cars in the month of February. According to AAA, three pedestrians died in collisions with cars in the District in February. Two of those accidents were hit-and-run. Another three were killed in Montgomery County that month. The number of February pedestrian deaths in Montgomery County was fully half the number of such accidents in all of 2012. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz commented, “Although the District area achieved a recent low in pedestrian deaths last year, we clearly still […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – Recalls of products for children fell in 2012, but injuries and deaths were up dramatically. According to a recent report by product safety advocacy organization Kids In Danger (KID), just 97 children’s products were recalled in 2012, the lowest in any year since 2004. However, as compared with 2011 numbers, injuries were up 42 percent, deaths increased 200 percent, and overall incidents were up 49 percent. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz commented, “It is troubling to learn of the sharp increase in injuries and especially deaths associated with children’s […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – A Texas woman has filed a wrongful death suit against the manufacturers of the drug GranuFlo. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, alleges that Fresenius USA is responsible for the death of her husband two days after he was treated with the drug. Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “A number of deaths are being blamed on this drug, and it is the subject of a Class 1 recall by the FDA.” A Class 1 recall is the highest priority recall issued by the FDA, and […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – New safety guidelines have been issued for cruise ships. The Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (CLIA) recently released an executive summary of the Operational Safety Review it began following the Costa Concordia disaster just over one year ago. In it, CLIA spells out ten new safety policies that it adopted as part of the review. Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented on the report, “It is good to see the cruise industry updating its safety policies. Modern cruise ships are generally very safe, but as the tragedy of the […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2013 – A sleeping driver sent ten passengers to the ER. A charter bus carrying 48 passengers veered off the roadway on I-95 near Aberdeen, Maryland on a recent Friday morning, sending ten passengers to area hospitals – one with serious injuries. According to Maryland State Police, the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Washington D.C. personal injury David Lietz commented, “If a bus driver falls asleep at the wheel, that is a very serious transgression. It is very lucky that no one was killed in this accident and that the injuries sustained […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2013 – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled infant recliners due to infant deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a voluntary recall of 150,000 infant recliners under the brand name Nap Nanny. According to the CPSC, five infants have died while in the products, and dozens more have nearly fallen out. Reached for comment, Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz said, “Given the number of incidents reported with this product, it is good to see them being recalled. Consumer safety should be paramount for manufacturers, and that goes […]


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