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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 […]

Rick Shapiro

Plane Manufacturer Wants Buyers to Sign Away Right to Sue

Imagine that you are looking to purchase a new automobile. You finally find the vehicle that meets all your requirements. As you are signing all the paperwork involved with that purchase, you discover there is a clause in the contract […]

Randy Appleton

Nine-Year-Old Girl Killed School Bus Dragging Incident

A horrific school bus dragging accident in Plainfield, Massachusetts has claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl. The young child was killed as she attempted to get off the bus Friday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. According to reports from […]

Randy Appleton

Opposition to Federal Rule on Two-Person Train Crews Places Profits Above Lives

Automation and budget-cutting have led many freight and passenger railroads across the United States to cut crew sizes. As a logical result of such staff reductions, many of the largest trains moving along the nation’s rails have only a single […]

Rick Shapiro

Vision Research Shows Need for Redesigned, Safer Railroad Crossings

Railroad executives and, to a large extent, federal railroad safety regulators classify crashes between trains and cars or trucks at grade-level crossings as a form of trespassing. The basic assumption is that drivers could and should have stayed out of […]

Kevin Duffan

Hide and Seek – FRA Considering Rules That Would Allow Railroads to Hide Safety Lapse Evidence

In years past, railroads have been caught, on numerous occasions, trying to hide evidence of safety lapses in court. As such, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is requesting the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) abandon a proposal that would give […]

Kevin Duffan

How a Virginia Beach Boat Accident Lawyer Can Help If You are Hurt on the Water

Boat accidents are common in Virginia, especially in the Tidewater region. This is largely due to the fact that the volume of boaters in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, etc. is much higher in Tidewater. The situation can be […]

Rick Shapiro

The Synergistic Effect of Smoking and Asbestos Exposure – A Deadly Team

As many as 1.3 million people in the U.S. go to a workplace where they’re exposed to asbestos every day, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mesothelioma (a deadly asbestos-related cancer) has been linked to asbestos […]

Randy Appleton

Keeping Oil Trains Safe Requires More Than New Rail Tank Cars

Nearly 40 percent of all train derailments in the United States result from broken rails or other track problems. Looking only at train crashes that occur outside of rail yards, the percentage of derailments that happen when switches fail to […]

Rick Shapiro

NTSB Calls for Immediate Action on Designing and Deploying Fire-Resistant Rail Cars for Oil and Ethanol

News of train derailments and accidents that result in massive oil-fueled fires and explosions have become almost routine. While few such railroad instances in the United States have led directly to losses of life, the risks for injuries and extensive […]