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Shannon Weidemann

Text Messaging on Cell Phones While Driving Dangerous Idea

A recent study by a researcher at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City has found that drivers that engage in text messaging or “texting” on their cell phones are six times more likely to be involved in a car accident. Washington D.C. has banned the use of hand held cell phones while driving but the law does not include text messaging. John Ulczycki, director of transportation safety for…

Shannon Weidemann

Teenager Killed in Charles Town Accident

A 13-year-old was killed in a car accident in Charles Town on Sunday. He was being treated for his injuries at Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C. when he passed away on Monday. The victim was in an SUV that was struck by a Toyota Camry while attempting to make a left turn onto U.S. 340 from Augustine Avenue in Charles Town.Police believe that the victim’s father, who was driving the SUV,…

Shannon Weidemann

Washington D.C. Removes Road Test Requirement for Elderly

The District of Columbia tried to inact a measure to require drivers that are older than 75 and renewing their license to undergo a written test and road test. Drivers, AAA, and the AARP all protested the new measure saying it was unfair to the elderly. Washington D.C. was trying to prevent motor vehicle accidents. “We’re not going to wait until there’s a horrific accident and then wring our…

Shannon Weidemann

Police Officer Dies After Parade Accident

An officer with the Washington D.C. Police force has died from injuries he sustained during an accident on Good Friday. He was helping to block the parade route when he got out of his vehicle to stop a scooter. His car was somehow left in drive.Police believe that Pitt rushed back to his car to try to put it in park but never got fully inside the vehicle.The police car continued forward,…

Shannon Weidemann

Two People Hurt in Hit and Run Accident

A man driving a Honda Accord owned by a friend, ran into two people and then fled from the scene on foot. The owner of the car was a passenger. He is unable to drive due to a problem with his driver’s license. D.C. police are looking for the driver of a car who fled on foot after hitting a man and a woman. Investigators said the incident happened just after 11 p.m. on Wisconsin Avenue near…

Shannon Weidemann

Man Killed in Car Accident on Wisconsin Ave.

A 29-year-old man from Ireland was killed in a four car accident in Washington D.C. early Saturday morning. The victim worked at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The collision remains under investigation, but D.C. police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said at this time speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors.Police closed Wisconsin Avenue for a time in both directions near Woodley Road…

Staff Writer

D.C. Consumer Protection Act–There for the little guy

A recent ruling from the D.C. Court of Appeals gives me comfort that the Courts recognize the rights of consumers in Washington, D.C. On September 28, 2005 the D.C. Appellate Court issued its ruling in Ford v. Chart One. Although this is not a personal injury case, it exemplifies that the D.C. Court of Appeals takes seriously consumer rights, and will see to it that the Consumer Protection…

Tad Farrington

What's Taking So Long?!!!!!

One of the greatest frustrations for personal injury victims is the length of time it seems to take to resolve their claim. Often times the perception is that their lawyer isn’t keeping up with the case or the defendant’s insurance company is dragging their feet in investigating the matter or making a reasonable offer to settle. Usually these perceptions are incorrect. However, a victim’s…

Mark Schofield

"Curbside" Buses: What you should know.

With fall returning to the District, many of the wonderful things about living here in the nation’s capital return, such as the Redskins, and the scores of college students returning to the area. But with the holidays approaching, many students will be searching for the cheapest ride home from the holidays. For many students living in the Northeast, they may turn to the few inexpensive bus…

Tad Farrington

Your Personal Injury Clam May be Barred by Contributory Negligence

In Washington DC the Doctrine of Contributory Negligence may bar your right to recover when you have suffered a personal injury. Contributory Negligence means that if you were slightly at fault, even as little as 1% at fault in causing your injuries, then you cannot recover any of your damages. Even thought the other person involved was 99% at fault, your claim is 100% gone. Let me give you…