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  • Tips for Holiday Safety

    || 19-Dec-2014

    The holidays are here and for many that means celebrations, parties, and time with family. Although this time of year brings enjoyment for many, it unfortunately also brings an increase in accidents, injuries, and deaths - many of which are preventable. In fact, statistics and studies show that the winter holidays account for some of the highest rates of accidents in America: Crash data shows a ...
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  • Tracy Morgan injured another is killed by Walmart truck

    || 7-Jun-2014

    We all heard sad news today that comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured while travelling back to New York from a comedy performance last night in Delaware. Preliminary investigation by the state police indicates that Morgan’s limo bus was hit from behind by a Walmart tractor-trailer that “didn’t see” slow moving traffic until it was too late. In addition to ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally - 2014 Nos. 14-18

    || 6-May-2014

    Since my last post on the Truck Accident Tally, it’s been an active time in this region. On May 1st, there were two wrecks involving commercial vehicles. The first was a truck transporting grapes in Delaware. As the truck went from southbound I-295 onto the ramp to northbound DE-141, the truck overturned. Overturned trucks are often an obvious sign of driver inexperience. This ramp takes ...
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  • Rob Sachs Speaking in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Truck Litigation

    || 6-May-2014

    I will be on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “Litigating Tractor Trailer Wrecks: These Are No Ordinary Car Accidents”" seminar this week in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. I’ll be covering both a review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (including the new hours of service rules) and talking about the latest case to help Pennsylvania truck and ...
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  • Copied below is “Call me – I’m in the car” which was one of my first blogs in November, 2006. I’m re-publishing this now because everything I wrote 8 years ago applies just as much in 2014. In fact, the statistics on usage make this message even more important now. "Call me - I'm in the car." You've heard it and you've probably said it - but did ...
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  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary, Barry J. Schoch, released statistics about the safety of our roads earlier this month. The good news is that we had fewer fatalities in 2013. The total number of fatalities dropped from 1,310 to 1,208. In addition, there were notable decreases in fatalities where the victim was unbuckled, where a vehicle was speeding, and where the accident ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 Nos. 12 & 13

    || 17-Apr-2014

    Today’s tally has two more truck wrecks to report. Yesterday afternoon just as rush hour was at its peak a tractor trailer hauling garbage flipped over as it curved on an on ramp entering Route 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey. From the video posted by WPVI, it is clear that the driver was carrying too much speed on the curve and his rig fell on its side and spilled the garbage all over the ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally - 2014 Nos. 8, 9, 10, & 11

    || 16-Apr-2014

    I was out of the office last week so I need to catch up the “Truck Accident Tally” portion of this blog. Unfortunately, there was a lot of activity while I was gone. Three pedestrians have died as a result of being hit by commercial vehicles. A 19 year old pedestrian in Delaware was hit and killed by a tractor trailer late last night. Apparently the pedestrian was reported in the road ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 No. 7

    || 7-Apr-2014

    A SEPTA bus collided with a passenger car at 22nd and the Parkway this morning. From the report on WPVI’s website, the occupants of the car were both transported for injuries. Bus accidents with SEPTA buses – indeed with many types of buses including school buses – are often captured on video. In a recent case we successfully handled, we learned that SEPTA buses may have as many ...
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  • Too many lawsuits?? Ask a GM owner

    || 5-Apr-2014

    Michael Smerconish has been on prime time on CNN all week with a great show that focused on a variety of issues, including GM’s recent massive recall of the Cobalt. In his closing remarks Friday night, Smerconish gave the closing argument that all of us who represent plaintiffs would like to make everey time we listen to someone take shots at the civil justice system in the United States. ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 No. 6

    || 4-Apr-2014

    A trailer caught fire on the access ramp for Route 1 North in Delaware County this morning, just under the Blue Route (Interstate 476). The fire was reported live on NBC 10 and the video feed showed the black smoke billowing onto the I-476 overpass. The good news is that no injuries were reported. In addition, the driver was apparently able to pull into the breakdown lane and separate the tractor ...
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  • April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month – Do your part

    || 1-Apr-2014

    Welcome to Distracted Driver Awareness Month! Now is your chance to help make our roads safer. The point of this blog is simple. Will you take this pledge? "This Distracted Driving Awareness Month I'm keeping my eyes on the road & phone out of sight. Join me! #stopthetexts " Stop the Texts We handle too many truck and auto wreck cases where drivers were distracted. Each of us has ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 no. 5

    || 27-Mar-2014

    A school bus hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Rhawn Street and Lexington Avenue in northeast Philadelphia around 8:00 AM today. Comparing the photo to a satellite image, it appears the bus was turning left from Lexington onto Rhawn as it crosses into Pennypack Park. A report by NBC10 indicated that the pedestrian was injured as a result of this collision, while the students on the bus were ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 no. 4

    || 23-Mar-2014

    Two trucks collided on I-95 southbound early Saturday morning near Route 413 in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania. As reported by ABC news, the first truck was disabled on the side of the road when it was rear-ended by a second truck at approximately 6 AM. Sunrise was nearly one hour later, so this accident likely happened in darkness. Although one driver had to be cut from the wreckage, he was ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 no. 3

    || 22-Mar-2014

    A South Brunswick, NJ man was killed last night on Route 1 when a tractor trailer driver from Philadelphia rear-ended his car. Also injured in the crash was the man’s wife. Chuck Inman, on left, in photo published in Planet Princeton The man who tragically died, Chuck Inman, is well known for his role organizing the Battle Against Hunger bike ride which raised more than $650,000 over the ...
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  • Hearings begin for massive Valentine’s Day pile-up on PA Turnpike

    || 21-Mar-2014

    Legislators began hearings this week to investigate what went wrong to cause the 100 vehicle pile-up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Valentine’s Day. So far it doesn’t sound like there was a Penn DoT failure. They had worked to clear snow from a storm that had dumped up to one foot of snow on the area. The speed restrictions had been lifted at 6:00 AM, about 2 1/2 hours before the ...
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  • On March 13 th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") of the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a very important new proposed rule which, if adopted as a result of the rule making process, will require drivers of trucks and buses to record their time on "electronic logging devices" (ELDs"). Commercial drivers are required to follow important ...
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  • Is This Bus Safe? Look Before You Book!

    || 20-Mar-2014

    "How can those buses be so cheap?" Sadly, too often it is because some of the "curbside" bus companies are the epitome of a "fly by night" operation. Some avoid important safety rules, have unqualified and fatigued drivers, some don't even have drivers who speak English! Why is English important? For starters, it's the law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...
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  • The office of Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Services issued a report yesterday which is critical of current practices in many nursing homes around the country. The "Compendium of Priority Recommendations" is issued by the office of Inspector General as a report to Congress. One of the more significant recommendations is the need to carefully evaluate the use ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 no. 2

    || 19-Mar-2014

    It really didn’t take long. Just as I was launching the Truck Accident Tally blog yesterday, NBC 10 was reporting the first Philadelphia metropolitan area truck crash that closed a major road. The report is that a “tractor trailer” overturned on Paoli Pike in Chester County closing that major road. From the video, it looks like it was a tri-axle truck bed used for hauling ...
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  • What is a Mediation?

    || 17-Mar-2014

    What is a mediation? In our practice, we are often asked by the lawyers on the other side to either mediate or arbitrate our cases. These are often confusing concepts for our clients. Last week in Columbus, Ohio, managing partner, Rob Sachs, spoke about how to communicate more effectively in mediations during a continuing legal education program entitled "Connectionology". Also speaking ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014

    || 17-Mar-2014

    Maybe it’s because we had yet another snowstorm today in Philadelphia, who knows. I just have the sense that we’ve seen more than our fair share of devastating truck accidents already this year. Truck wrecks are unlike most other car crashes. Most of the trucks we see are 80,000 pound behemoths (”tandem” trailers weigh even more). My sense that trucks are hurting ...
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  • Safe Driving Tips for the End of Summer

    || 19-Aug-2013

    With the end of summer quickly approaching, many of us will be taking to the roads for Labor Day weekend, vacations, or to take college students back to school. As you head out on the highways, you need to be especially alert of the dangers posed by sharing the road with tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. As a Philadelphia lawyer who regularly handles truck and commercial vehicle ...
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  • Justice for Polina

    || 13-Aug-2013

    Last week Managing Partner Rob Sachs filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Polina Kadiyska, a 22 year old ballerina who was hit and killed after an underage, drunk driver struck her with his car, resulting in her death. As reported in the Philadelphia Daily News on August 6, 2013: “DeAndre Barnes, who had been celebrating his 19th birthday when the Audi he was driving struck Polina ...
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  • The lives of Shaqwan Tisdale and his family will never be the same. Last Friday evening, a tractor trailer driven by Richard Williams of Brooklyn, NY made an illegal u-turn in front of the family's Chevrolet Tahoe and killed his wife, Jamella Tisdale and two of their children. The truck driver has been charged with making an illegal u-turn in front of the family's SUV. Illegal u-turns ...
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