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Block O'Toole & Murphy Honored In National 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Report

Block O'Toole & Murphy was recently recognized by ALM in a newly-released list of only 50 law firms in the entire United States that achieved the largest total recoveries for plaintiffs over a 12-month period.

Trucking industry anticipates decision on ELD proposal by end of the year

Trucking safety regulations, like any area of law, do change from time to time, and not all changes are heartily welcomed by the industry. For example, a proposed requirement that all commercial vehicles would be fitted with electronic logging devices has a portion of the trucking industry—particularly smaller trucking companies—concerned.

The proposal relates to the mandate that all commercial vehicle drivers record their compliance with the federal hours of service rules. As of now, truckers are only required to use paper recording systems, though some outfits have installed electronic logging devices for the sake of convenience. The mandate would require the devices because of the ease with which they would allow employers and regulators to ensure regulatory compliance. 

Safety Advocates Urge City to Release Construction Accident Statistics

Construction accidents have skyrocketed over the last year during a period of unmatched building in New York City. It has led to a standoff between safety advocates, politicians and union officials over whether union construction work is safer than non-union work. The debate has been sparked by fierce competition between union and nonunion companies over getting work at the litany of construction sites around the city. What is happening here? Union officials are understandably upset that they are losing work opportunities to nonunion companies. Compounding matters, union officials are looking at the companies who are taking this work from them and they see ineffective and unsafe work. They see workers getting hurt at an alarming rate, a rate completely inconsistent with the number of workers who are injured at a union construction site. Bottom line: nonunion companies are taking jobs and money away from union companies. Competition is not a bad thing. However, safety advocates and union officials feel the playing field is unfair. They think that the competition would be enhanced by everyone having some additional information. They aren't wrong.

"Super Lawyers" 2016: BOM Proud To Be Honored Once Again

We are proud to have been recognized again by 'Super Lawyers', the prestigious attorney rating service that honors the top lawyers and law firms in each area of practice. This year, 9 of our lawyers - well over half of the firm - were chosen as 'Super Lawyers'. Those selected for the 2016 honor were:

2 Construction Workers In Bronx Rescued From Trench By FDNY

Two construction workers were buried in a 10 foot trench that collapsed on them while they were working in the Bronx. The workers were trapped at Fish Avenue and Hicks Street, in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx. They were rescued by members of the Fire Department during the early evening hours.

Beyond black boxes: emergency technology could increase our ability to monitor driver behavior

In recent posts, we’ve been looking at the topic of event data recorders, particularly their potential usefulness in personal injury litigation, as well as their limitations. As we noted last time, the data recorded on these devices does not necessarily provide definitive proof of liability, though it can help establish liability when the data is accurate.

For motor vehicle accident victims, it is important to always work with an experienced attorney to navigate the legal issues that can arise in establishing liability. There are certainly evidentiary issues that can come up with respect to event data recorders, particularly with respect to reliability, accuracy and privacy. Getting access to the data isn’t always a given. 

Event data recorders and their use in personal injury litigation

In our previous post, we mentioned that federal investigators were working at pulling event data recorders from a commuter train that crashed in Hoboken on last Thursday. Two primary data elements investigators are looking for on the train’s event data recorders are its speed and braking activity prior to the crash.

As we noted, event data recorders can potentially play a useful role not only in determining the details of a crash, but also in determining liability. There are certain limitations on the data, though. For one thing, the event data recorders do not always record the entirety of the crash, which can result in limited data retrieval.