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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Three Herndon Teens Killed in Texas Tractor-Trailer Crash

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Aug-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Three teenagers from Herndon, Virginia were killed in a tragic tractor-trailer crash near Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 11, 2015. According to officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the three teens who died in the crash - H. Novak, 18, D. Neibaur, 19, and K. Mathers, 19 - graduated from Herndon High School in 2014. Two teenage passengers who survived the crash ...
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  • Surprise Inspection of Commercial Trucks Reveals 14% of Trucks Ordered Out of Service

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel On May 6, 2015, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance performed a surprise brake inspection of vehicles in 22 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The CVSA is an alliance of governmental agencies and officials and private groups and companies whose focus is on promoting and effecting commercial motor vehicle safety and security. The multi-state inspection that occurred in May was ...
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  • Trinity Ordered to Pay $663 Million for Failing to Reveal Design Change to Guardrail

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Trinity Industries, Inc., a guardrail manufacturer, has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $663 million in damages for failing to inform the government that it had made design changes to the highway guardrails. The company had come under scrutiny following deaths that occurred when drivers hit the company's ET-Plus guardrails were impaled by the guardrails. The ...
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  • Major Changes to Virginia Underinsured Motorist Claims Starting January 2016

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Jul-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Following the relatively unsuccessful changes to its underinsured motorist coverage laws in 2010, the Virginia General Assembly has passed major changes that will take effect starting in January 2016. The changes are intended to streamline claims made under the underinsured motorist benefits provision of Virginia motorist's insurance policies. Underinsured motorist (UIM) ...
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  • New NHTSA Administrator Vows to Take Aggressive Action About Slow Recalls

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Jun-2015

    By: Joseph Smith In December 2014, Mark Rosekind was appointed as the new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at a time when the NHTSA was overseeing recalls for multiple serious auto defects, including defective airbags and faulty gas tanks. And recently he has come out forcefully against automakers, and suppliers, that are dragging their feet on recalls. In ...
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  • Just Thinking About Work During Your Commute Does Not Mean You Are Working

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Back in November, we posted about the Virginia Supreme Court agreeing to hear arguments on whether a law firm could be held liable for the automobile accident caused by one of its attorneys as he was driving to work. And just a couple weeks ago the Court found that the lawyer was not working at the time of the accident. The attorney who caused the accident argued that he was ...
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  • Watergate Garage Collapses, Causes Injuries

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, two victims were injured and several businesses were displaced after a parking garage at the Watergate hotel collapsed. The incident put a halt on construction work being performed as part of a $125 million hotel renovation project. According to officials, the incident took place shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 1 st. Here are a few details about what ...
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  • Fiat Chrysler Hit with $150 Million Verdict After 4-Year-Old Boy Killed as a Result of Fuel Tank Defect

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the 1970's Ford was rightly derided and attacked for failing to prevent and remedy a defect in the Ford Pinto that allowed the fuel tank to be punctured and explode when the car was in a rear-end collision. Unfortunately, the same type of defect is now resulting in deaths of owners and passengers in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys. As of January 2015, the defect ...
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  • Government Regulators Seek New Laws to Ensure Rental Car Companies Fix Recalled Cars

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel As of today, there is no law that requires rental car companies to address manufacturer recalls immediately. That means a rental car company can receive notice of a recall on a vehicle, but not take any action for months or even years. For example, say a private owner receives notice that their personal car has a recall for defective airbags manufactured by the Takata ...
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  • $23 Billion Punitive Damage Award Against Tobacco Company Cut Down to $16.9 Million

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Apr-2015

    A Florida circuit court judge significantly reduced a jury's punitive damage award against tobacco company R.J. Reynolds from $23 billion all the way down to $16.9 million. The original award was part of group of Florida smokers who brought a class action lawsuit in 1994, known as the Engle class. The class had been decertified by the Florida Supreme Court but each member was allowed to bring ...
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  • Father of Ohio Teen Poisoned by Caffeine Overdose Files Suit

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last summer, Partner Joe Cammarata wrote about the tragic story of Logan Stiner, a high-school senior who died from caffeine overdose after ingesting caffeine powder. Well now the teen's father has filed suit against Amazon.com, the caffeine powder distributors, and the classmate who gave Stiner the caffeine powder. The powder was packaged and sold under the name Hard ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Appointed to Commission to Study Police Practices

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Mar-2015

    CSCS is pleased to announce that Partner Joseph Cammarata has been appointed to serve on the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission by Sharon Bulova, the Chairman of the County of Fairfax Board of Supervisors. Partner Cammarata was appointed to the commission because of his invaluable legal expertise and experience, and his community-oriented leadership. Mr. Cammarata also serves on the Board ...
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  • Virginia Tech Researchers to Study Tired Truck Drivers

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that it will be working with researchers from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) to conduct a landmark study on driver fatigue in commercial trucking. The $4 million study will be led by VTTI's Center for Truck and Bus Safety and will include the following: A 5-month analysis of an estimated ...
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  • New Car Technologies Raise Concerns of Hackers Taking Control of Cars or Stealing Personal Data

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Feb-2015

    By: Joseph Smith As car manufacturers add more and more technological improvements to cars, there is growing concern that they may not be taking necessary precautions to protect drivers or their personal information. With the Sony-hacking scandal in December, and now reports of Anthem having 80 million of its past and current members' personal information stolen by hackers, lawmakers are now ...
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  • 17 Percent Drop in Hospital Patient Harm but Still a Long Way to Go

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Jan-2015

    By: Joseph Smith Hospitals nationwide recently received some good news as the Department of Health and Human Services reported there was a 17 percent decline in hospital errors from 2010 to 2013, reducing patient deaths by 50,000. The federal review of hospital medical records and data focused on preventable errors, such as infections, medication mistakes, and bed sores. Most of the decline came ...
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  • Hyundai Wins Reversal of $14 Million Defective Airbag Verdict

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Jan-2015

    By: Joseph Smith The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a $14 million jury verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, holding that an expert should not have been allowed to testify that the placement of an airbag sensor made the company Tiburon model unreasonably dangerous. The case arose after an accident in which a teenager suffered serious brain injuries when the 2008 Hyundai Tiburon he was ...
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  • The Importance of Seeking Prompt Medical Attention After an Auto Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky It's difficult to overstate how important it is to go to a hospital or doctor, immediately after you are in a car accident, if there is any possibility that you have been hurt. Countless times, we at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. see clients who waited days after an accident to finally obtain medical attention. We generally hear the same two reasons: ...
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  • Officer's Suit Against Attorney Raises Questions About First Amendment and Holding Officers Accountable

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel A news story that had originally garnered media attention because of the rather odd details is back in the news due to an equally peculiar development. The original case involved a 17-year old boy who was arrested for "sexting" an explicit video to his 15-year-old girlfriend. The case gained media attention when it was revealed that the Assistant Commonwealth's ...
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