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How consumer technology can impact personal injury litigation

The development of the legal system is affected by many factors, including developments in technology and consumer trends. In criminal law, for instance, developments in the area of privacy have been affected by new technology police use to monitor public safety. Estate planning practice has been impacted by the growth in digital assets and online accounts. Facebook has increasingly come to be used in divorce cases for various purposes.

Congressionally-mandated study of truck safety rule is currently under review

Trucking safety is an important factor in highway safety, and fatigued driving is among the most talked-about issue when it comes to the trucking industry. Last month, we wrote a pair of posts on the federal hours-of-service rules, which are aimed at preventing fatigued driving among truckers.

Where does liability fall when an elderly parent gets in an accident? P.2

In a recent post, we asked whether adult children can be held liable for accidents caused by an aging parent who refuses to quit driving. The concern is one that many people have to deal with at some point. Giving up the ability to drive as an elderly person is a big change, and one that many are not keen to make.

Shollenberger & Januzzi, LLP honored again with prestigious Litigator Award

In civil litigation, determining which firm to work with can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t working with any recommendations and who have never worked with an attorney before. How does one determine which firm to work with in one’s case? Certainly, there are a variety of factors to consider, from how well one gets along with an advocate to an advocate’s level of experience. One important factor to consider in any case is the attorney or firm’s results when it comes to settlements and verdicts.

Where does liability fall when an elderly parent gets in an accident? P.1

Caring and looking after an aging parent is a challenge in a variety of ways. One of the common issues adult children face is keeping an elderly parent from getting behind the wheel. Ideally, of course, adult children are able to talk things out with the parent and help them to realize that failing eyesight, slower reactions, or other health conditions make it unsafe for them to drive.

Automatic driving technology, human error, and liability, P.3

In recent posts, we’ve been looking at how human error factors into the discussion of liability for accidents involving automatic driving technology. As has been pointed out, automatic vehicles as currently designed may, in some instances at least, be more prone to accidents due to the fact that they do not adapt well to situations which require temporarily violating traffic regulations for the sake of safety. This raises ethical and legal questions that have not yet been adequately answered.   

Automatic driving technology, human error, and liability, P.2

Last time, we began looking at how driverless technology, while largely cutting out human error and thus reducing many types of motor vehicle accidents, may simultaneously be increasing the possibility of certain other types of accidents.

Automatic driving technology, human error, and liability, P.1

Fault is obviously an important issue in car accident litigation, and it is critical for plaintiffs to build to build a strong case for liability. Without doing so, a plaintiff’s case will not go very far. Fault can be proven in a number of ways depending on the circumstances, but the heart of it is demonstrating a failure to exercise reasonable care in the operation of a motor vehicle.      

Truck driver fatigue and the hours of service rules, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the federal hours of service rules and their general purpose. As we noted, compliance with the rules has been a challenge over the years, because federal regulations have only required truckers to keep track of their hours via paper logs. The problem is that paper logs are too easily subject to tampering, allowing non-compliant truckers to get away with unsafe and illegal driving practices.

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