Monthly Archives: April 2006

Erratically swerving tractor trailer causes fatal crash on I-70 in Missouri

On I-70 in Missouri, last Friday a tractor trailer that had been speeding and swerving erratically for miles crashed into two other vehicles, killing two people and critically injuring a third. At least two witnesses reported that they had narrowly avoided being hit by the tractor trailer. One said the truck driver “was … Continue Reading

Sleeping truck driver plunges into ravine in Virginia, critically injured

Truck driving is dangerous business. Driver fatigue hurts truckers as well as others on the highway. Yesterday, at 2:13 AM on I-95 in Virginia, a 53-year-old truck driver from Kentucky was critically injured when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and plunged his truck into a 100-foot deep ravine. According to police … Continue Reading

Trucker, apparently asleep, hits college van in Indiana, kills 5

A truck driver who apparently feel asleep at the wheel crossed the median on I-69 and struck a Taylor University van, killing four students and one university employee. Those killed included Taylor students Whitney Cerak, Laurel Erb, Bradley Larson and Elizabeth Smith and Taylor employee Monica Felver. Taylor senior Laura VanRyn and Taylor employee … Continue Reading

Use of FMCSR Regulatory Guidance

A recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois uses the Regulatory Guidance to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a construction of the Regs supporting punitive damages. See Trotter v. B & W Cartage Co., Inc., 2006 WL 1004882 (S.D.Ill.,2006).

Electronic discovery rules approved by U. S. Supreme Court

Rules changes on electronic discovery will impact most complex litigation in federal courts.
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An appellate win for the home team

11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms summary judgment for insured on disability insurance case.
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Bifurcate or trifurcate trial with evidence of prior or subsequent DUI’s?

In trial of a civil case against a drunk driver, Georgia law may be interpreted to support either bifurcation (2 phases, with prior DUI evidence in the same phase with determination of liability), or trifurcation (3 phases) of trial.
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Mark Zamora
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Injury Lawyer Boston
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What insurance companies want….

What do insurance companies want? This isn’t a difficult question.
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