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Rick Shapiro

Push in Raleigh Highlights North Carolina Plan to Eliminate Railroad Grade Crossings

Every location where a set of railroad tracks crosses a road is the potential site of a crash with a car, truck, bicycle or pedestrian — usually a deadly or permanently disabling crash. My Carolina personal injury and wrongful death […]

T. Thomas Metier

Can a Two-Decade Old Fraud Conviction Be Admitted in a Current Negligence Action?

At trial, McGill’s attorney, anticipating that the evidence of the check-kiting conviction would be brought up by DIA under cross-examination, asked her about the conviction and the underlying conduct.

Randy Appleton

Tennessee Legislator Pushes for School Bus Seatbelts

Tennessee State Rep. JoAnne Favors is using a bill that was written in 2015 in response to a fatal Knoxville, Tennessee school bus crash as the starting point to address safety concerns regarding lack of seatbelts in Hamilton County TN school […]

Mark Bello

Two Lives Lost Because Railway Refused to Spend $350,000 to Install Safety Equipment

A fatal car-train collision last January in Ogden, Ark., is the subject of three pending civil lawsuits. According to the lawsuits, the driver of the car was attempting to cross the railroad tracks when the vehicle was struck by a […]

Mark Bello

Renewed Safety Worries after LIRR Train Crash at Atlantic Terminal, Injuring Over 100 Passengers

A jam-packed Long Island Railroad (LIRR) commuter train crashed as it arrived at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. According to officials, the LIRR train was arriving at the terminal at 8:20 a.m. when it overshot the platform and slammed into […]

Rick Shapiro

FRA Calls for Mandatory Sleep Apnea Screening for Train Engineers

In a recent announcement, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is calling for all passenger train engineers in the United States to be screened for sleep apnea. The agency also said that train engineers who have severe sleep apnea should not […]

Mark Bello

NTSB Rules Freight Train Crew Likely Fell Asleep Causing Fatal Crash

Federal investigators have ruled that the fatal collision between two Union Pacific freight trains in Arkansas on August 17, 2014 resulted from a fatigued engineer and conductor who both likely fell asleep aboard one of the trains. The collision derailed […]

Mark Bello

Tragic Accident Illustrates Need For Regulations on Party Bus Industry

The number of party bus carriers nationwide has skyrocketed in recent years. In California alone, it has more than doubled. Party buses are commercial vehicles used to host celebrations such as birthday parties, graduations, proms, and other special occasions. Many […]

Melanie J. VanOverloop

Safer School Buses for Children – Why Seat Belts on Buses Should be Mandatory

Children are required to wear a seat belt when riding in their family’s mini-van – so why are they not required to wear seat belts on school buses? As the nation mourns the loss of at least 5 children who […]

Mark Bello

Tennessee Law Caps Damages for Victims of Bus Crash

The Durham Bus Company recently announced that they will pay for the funerals of six children who died as a result of a school bus crash in Chattanooga. In addition the company will pay for counseling, hospital expenses, travel and […]