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Blog Posts in September, 2013

  • Truck Driver Faces 20 Years in Prison After Fatal Maryland Truck Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 30-Sep-2013

    Authored by Allan Siegel Christopher and Diana Schmidt were moving from Gaithersburg, Maryland to California in September of last year. Diana Schmidt packed their two young sons in her family sedan and Christopher Schmidt followed in his Mustang. In the early morning hours of September 9, 2012, they were stuck in the traffic of a fatal accident on I-80 in Nebraska. Christopher Schmidt's ...
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  • Who Is At Fault In A Maryland Rear-End Collision?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 27-Sep-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky Under Maryland law, there are certain rules that help determine who is at fault in a rear-end collision – whether it involves two cars or twenty. The clearest is this: As a general rule, if one car is lawfully stopped (at a red light, at a stop sign, or due to traffic, etc.) and the rear car hits the stopped car, the rear car is at fault. What if both cars are ...
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  • Navy Yard Shooter Displayed Serious Red Flags: Why Weren't These Noticed?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 25-Sep-2013

    Authored by: Allan M. Siegel, Esq. Last week's Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. will not soon be forgotten, especially given the overwhelming evidence that has since surfaced regarding the shooter's erratic behavior and numerous warning signs leading up to the shooting. For nine years prior to his attack, Aaron Alexis displayed erratic behavior which should have been "red ...
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  • The Importance of Witnesses in a Maryland Auto Accident Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 19-Sep-2013

    Authored by Joseph Cammarata In a civil case, and in an auto accident case in particular, it is the plaintiff (the person bringing the claim) who has the burden of proof. More specifically, the plaintiff must show by a "preponderance of the evidence" that the defendant is at fault - in other words, the plaintiff must show that it is probably true that the defendant negligently caused the ...
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  • After a Maryland Auto Accident, Take Care Before Speaking with an Insurance Company

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 9-Sep-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky Most people take it as standard procedure to notify their insurance carrier after they're in a car accident, but beyond that, it's important to be wary of how much you speak with insurance companies. We generally advise our clients not to speak with other people about the accident, and to let us do the talking - that's so that other people don't try to ...
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  • Preventable Auto Accidents in Maryland

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 5-Sep-2013

    Authored by Ira Sherman According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, traffic crashes – including car accidents – are the leading cause of death of people between the ages of 4 to 34. Each year in Maryland, auto accidents kill more people than homicides, with roughly 580 traffic fatalities per year. These statistics alone are incredibly troubling. When one also considers the ...
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  • Are Bars Responsible When Drunk Drivers Cause Accidents?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 3-Sep-2013

    Authored by CSCS Maryland recently reviewed this exact issue, whether or not a bar or restaurant is liable when serving alcohol to patrons for damages those patrons cause while intoxicated. Most states across the United States have adopted dram shop statutes, which impose liability on restaurant and bar owners. However, in Warr v. JMGM Group, LLC, the Maryland Court of Appeals stated that in ...
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