Ralph Scoccimaro Law Grouphttps://rslaw.group Albany Georgia Personal Injury LawyerTue, 08 Jan 2019 17:38:01 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3When you’re trying to sue a trucking companyhttps://rslaw.group/when-youre-trying-to-sue-a-trucking-company/ https://rslaw.group/when-youre-trying-to-sue-a-trucking-company/#respondMon, 08 Aug 2016 18:54:03 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=21768When you’re trying to sue a trucking company, you need a lawyer who investigates before discussing a settlement. I found these logs under the seat of a truck that seriously injured our client when it pulled in front of him (a father of four children). I met with the insurance lawyer and his “expert” to […]

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Trucking Accident Service Log

This is an Hours of Service log required by the Motor Carrier Safety Act to be maintained by all interstate trucking companies in the USA.

When you’re trying to sue a trucking company, you need a lawyer who investigates before discussing a settlement.

I found these logs under the seat of a truck that seriously injured our client when it pulled in front of him (a father of four children).

I met with the insurance lawyer and his “expert” to inspect the truck about 50 miles from Albany, Ga.

Before I searched the cab, the insurance company lawyer told me, “Ralph, this is an INTRASTATE carrier and not required to keep service logs.”

Simply, I was being told that I would not be able to determine if the driver was fatigued or cheating. Well, the insurance company lawyer was embarrassed, to say the least, when I pulled a book of logs out from under the seat of the cab showing that this truck had been traveling the highways and byways of this country.

More importantly, a young, inexperienced lawyer might have believed the insurance company lawyer. An inexperienced, or uninvolved lawyer, might have never seen the vehicle – or looked under the seat. A lawyer who says he’ll settle your case quickly, probably goes for the quick settlement and may not do this type of investigation.

That inexperienced lawyer may have never looked at the crucial issues of negligent hiring, supervision and retention.

Be aware, pursuant to federal law, companies can discard or destroy crucial evidence per the MCSA six months after a crash.

Many people think they can deal with a case alone and the insurance company will schmooze them into believing it. They might say, “Oh , you don’t need a lawyer. We’ll take care of you!”

Six months later, the victim is left without representation and the shredder is going into overdrive.

The lesson to be learned is to NEVER, EVER go it alone after a trucking crash or with a lawyer who doesn’t have trial experience against trucking companies and their insurers.

You wouldn’t do your own appendectomy, would you?

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On the Job with Ralph Scoccimaro Interview


An Interview with Ralph Scocciamaro
Danny Carter Sep 27, 2013 
ALBANY — Albany attorney Ralph Scoccimaro grew up with the love of languages and the desire to learn several of them.

That love was fueled by his parents while growing up in New Jersey. His father, Guissepe Francesco, (AKA Joseph Francis) was Italian and came to America at the age of 10. He was a mechanic and became a successful businessman, owning a shop and service station in New Jersey.

NAME: Ralph O. Scoccimaro
AGE: 58. Born November 1954, in Hoboken, N.J.
POSITION: Attorney with private practice and associate judge with Municipal Court in Albany.
FAMILY: Scoccimaro is married to the former Susan Wacaser, a registered nurse, from Bainbridge. His daughter, Annamarie, graduated from The Darlington School at Rome and is a sophomore at Davidson College in North Carolina, where she is a pre-vet major. His son, Nicholas, is a senior at The Darlington School. He plays varsity lacrosse and is a ROTC candidate.
EDUCATION: Educated in public schools in New Jersey and Florida. Received a BA in 1980 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Received law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.
MILITARY: Joined the Marine Corps in 1971. After training, Scoccimaro was ordered to Naval Security Group command in Southeast Asia where he worked in the cryptologic field against Russian and North Vietnamese communications threats. He monitored North Vietnamese communication, non-voice, during major American offenses.
CAREER: Scoccimaro went to work for the Georgia Migrant Project in Tifton in 1984. He transferred to Georgia Legal Services in 1985 and worked under Judge Willie Lockette for two years, mostly doing consumer defense work. He went into solo practice in 1985 and formed Brown, Phillips, and Scoccimaro PC. It later became Brown and Scoccimario.
His mother, Matildo Sierra Rodriquez, was born in San Juan, PR, and came to the mainland soon after Dec. 7, 1941 at the age of 18 and became a “Rosie Rivetter” on merchant ships being built in New York City.

“My father spoke Italian and a couple of dialects and learned Spanish from my mother and her family and friends,” Scoccimaro said. “The languages are so similar that it came easy for him.

“I have always had proud memories as a young child of my father, Joe, speaking to a customer in the very ethnic sections of New Jersey in Italian and then turning around and speaking to a Cuban or Puerto Rican customer in Spanish about the problems with their cars. This had a huge impact on my desire to learn both languages.”

That ability paid off for Scoccimaro, helping him land his first job in Georgia with the Georgia Migrant Project in Tifton.

Scoccimaro also loves to cook. His mother was a great cook, serving up a variety of Puerto Rican and Italian dishes. If he were not in the courtroom, Scoccimaro says he’d love to be an executive chef.

Scoccimaro shared much more about his background in a question-and-answer session with Danny Carter.

Q. What was your very first job?

A. Worked for my father in his service station at the age of 9 through high school.

Q. What was the first thing you spent money on when you received your first ever paycheck?

A. Since I was only 9 I spent the $5 I made at a toy store down the block from the garage in West New York, NJ. I bought a raccoon hat because I thought I could be like Daniel Boone.

Q. What’s the single most effective technique you found over the past two years for keeping employees motivated?

A. Demonstrating great care for my clients and never giving up on them, even if it takes years to conclude to achieve a good result. This work ethic is transferred over to the employees by observation. In addition, I praise good work and frown at poor work. And lastly, if the firm is making money, bonuses are given on a merit basis.

Q. What led you to your current position? Why did you want to operate your own business?

A. When I arrived in Georgia in 1984 with $500 in my pocket, I had just passed the California Bar and was searching for a job. I saw that the Georgia Migrant Project (Georgia Legal Services) in Tifton needed a bilingual attorney, and I walked in the door and met Betty Walker Lanier, managing attorney. I was given a 15 minute oral exam by a native speaker and was hired. We went to farms all over Georgia helping migrants secure better housing and medical care for their children. We even uncovered some operations that were being operated like slave labor camps, where the worker was so indebted to the overseers that they weren’t able to leave. At times we were chased off the property at the end of shot gun. I then transferred to the Albany office of Ga Legal Services, managed by Willie Lockette. He took a leap of faith in hiring me and that is what inspired me several years later to take my own leap of faith and start my own practice. Operating my own business gave me the freedom to represent anyone I wanted without restriction. Legal services had noble but strict parameters in which their lawyers could operate.

Q. Do you have a role model or mentor in your career?

A. My late brother-in-law, Gilbert Nicholas, who was a pharmacist and a high school chemistry teacher. I named my son after him. He encouraged me, during late night conversations at a New Jersey diner to go to college. His words that “Ralph, your chances of success in the world are exponentially improved if you obtain a college education” kept reverberating in my mind until I achieved that goal. A mentor as a lawyer would be Judge Willie Lockette. I learned by observation. He never lost his cool and was very methodical ,deliberative and organized. Most importantly, he taught me to be kind to everyone, no matter how foolish they may act. He is the same way as a judge as he was as a manager.

Q. What is the biggest lesson you as a business leader learned from the recent recession?

A. You must be prepared. The only preparation I know is to save money. I save money like it is a tithe. I never touch it. It has only been recently that we’ve had to dip into reserves. But it will be replenished. Never rely on someone else for help, especially the government. We never borrow money to fund our litigation. This ethic must be taught to the personnel. People of the same work ethic and morals will be the same people you have when times get tough.

Q. If you could turn the clock back on one aspect of technology – examples e-mail, automated phone systems, cell phones, PDAs, etc. – what would you most like to see go away?

A. Texting. I think it poses one of the worst dangers to the motoring public next to DUI. If a device could be designed to prevent texting while moving, that might alleviate the problem a great deal. The world was operating fine before texting and it will continue to do so if they put a few restrictions on its use. Laws won’t do the job.

Q. What is your favorite work-related gadget?

A.My iPad without a doubt. I can connect to the web anywhere and obtain information on anything at anytime. I am in the information business. I must have information at any time and place. At times a judge may ask me for a case citation. Before, we had to walk down to the library for an hour or more. Now, with a few key strokes on my iPad in the courtroom I can secure the information in minutes.

Q. What is your favorite tradition?

A. My father was Italian and my mother was Puerto Rican. That makes for some fun and interesting family gatherings. Growing up, my mother cooked Puerto Rican food but always had a side Italian dish for my father. So, I suppose following in that tradition, I make a huge lasagna that cooks while we are attending Christmas Eve Mass at St Teresa’s Catholic Church, and the next day we make roast pork ( as substitute for the whole pig) and red beans and rice or pasteles. And eat the leftover lasagna, of course.

Q. What was the last book you read? Do you have things you read daily or regularly?

A. “Deciphering the Rising Sun” about the WWII code breakers and Japanese linguists. I also just finished “Destiny of the Republic- It was about President James Garfield, his would-be assassin, and how he was killed by medical incompetence and hubris. If they had listened to Dr. James Lister, the president would not have died of septicimia six months after he was shot. I read everthing. I enjoy all genres. I love history, and languages. I make it my business to spend at least 10 minutes per day reading Spanish, Italian and French dialogues. I supplement that with watching Spanish TV or French radio on Sirius XM.

Q. I’m up and going by? And what is your morning routine?

A. Sleep is not my friend. My mind never seems to rest. I keep a note pad at the side of my bed for ideas that come to me during the five times per night that I wake up. So morning is not my best time of the day. I walk my boxer, LULU, and then have a hearty breakfast while reading The Herald. My day is not complete without working out at the YMCA, which has been a ritual since 1984.

Q. What famous person would you like to meet, and Why?

A. Pope Frances. I have been to the Vatican and have seen its majesty, and have been in awe of all the Popes throughout my life. Pope John Paul was fabulous but I think Pope Frances has brought a very unique, modern, and approachable atmosphere to the papacy. He is the single most influential man in the world and yet still is so incredibly humble. That is something we never see in our political representatives, from the president on down.

Q. Favorite hobbies or activity outside work?

A. I love to go to the movies. My late sister and I would walk four blocks to the movies when we were children, pay 50 cents for a triple feature, e.g, West Side Story, which we saw four times, since it is a story that I can relate to. I also love the zoo and the Riverquarium. I love animals, especially in their own habitat. I am an amateur electronics hobbyist. I love putting gadgets to work. I was a substitute teacher one day at St Teresa’s Catholic School and brought my homemade polygraph machine in. The fifth graders loved it. We tested all the students in the class and that brought out a lot of howling and laughter. I also like mentoring at- risk youth. I don’t help all of them. But I’ve had some really great success stories.

Q. If you could take back one business decision you made in your career, what would it be?

A. Going into the restaurant business. I lost a lot of money. I won’t go any further than that but to say that I never walked away from my debts. I took my medicine and paid everyone I owed. A man’s credit reflects his character. It takes a life time to build a reputation and only one day to destroy it. I think about that everyday.

Q. Best thing about your job?

A. Improving the lives of people whose lives have been turned upside down by injustice. I have the ability to take on the eight hundred pound gorilla who would stomp the life out of person if allowed, or give simple advice to someone who needs direction with a business matter.

Q. Worst thing about your job?

A. The stress of having someone’s future in my hands and then transferring that responsibility to 12 jurors who often don’t want to be there. I grieve for weeks over losses in front of juries. I rethink the case over and over in my head and try to figure out why the jury decided the way they did.

Q. The most beneficial course I took in school was?

A. Parris Island, SC. Instructor: USMC

Q. What would be your dream job if you had to pick a position outside your current career path?

A. Executive Chef. I love to watch folks eat my food. I was going to attend culinary school if I didn’t get into law school. I looked at virtually every top school in the country.

Q. Finish this thought; “on the first anniversary of my retirement, I see myself…

A. My wife says I can never retire, I would drive her crazy.

Q. What is the one trait a strong business leader cannot afford to be without?

A. Empathy. If you can’t walk a mile in another man’s shoes, you don’t have what it takes. Integrity is first though. But you asked for one trait.

Q. Crystal ball time: What’s your call on when the economic recovery for our area will be in full swing?

A. I think it has already started. Mayor Hubbard and the commissioners, both city and county, are working hard to build a strong, modern infrastucture. Before businesses will be tempted to return to the city, we must have a modern infrastructure, including the school system. We have made great strides in improving our school system. We are like the rest of the country and I think it will take time. But from what I see the housing market is improving, Phoebe is constantly expanding, and Miller, MCLB, and P&G are going strong. Finally, I think the expansion of Albany Technical College is the key to our success. If we can produce a highly trained work force, we will rebuild the city, no doubt.

Q. What kind of music might I find on your list of most played on your iPod?

A. The Doors, Talking Heads, Salsa, Symphony, Frank Sinatra

Q .What do you think is the biggest change Albany will see in the next 10 years?

A. A better school system, and continuous expansion and improvement of our three colleges. Contemporaneous with that, we will see more businesses move in and the unemployment rate go down. If folks are compelled to work for government benefits, improvement will occur at a much faster pace.

Q. What was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Why?

A. I’ve been all over the world but the best one was when I was a child in NJ. My father, like other businessmen in that area, would close his business for one month during the summer and we would move into our beach bungalow in Sea Side Heights. ” We called it “going down the shore”. When we got there, the white sheets that had been covering the furniture all winter came off, and we ran down to the beach to dig for clams and throw the net out to catch sardines. The beach at that time was desolate. Big sand dunes were everywhere the eye could see. Later, down the road a few miles,we worked at the carnival type concession stands my father owned on the board walk. It was simple and brought our extended family together. We had three families who would go. So, I had a lot of cousins to play with. Plus the women in the house were always cooking. I will never forget my grandmother’s Calzones and the big pasta dinners replete with octopus, squid and anything else that was edible from the ocean. No TV, just family, good food, and sun.

Q. What are the biggest changes you have seen in your specific line of business over the past few years?

A. Computerized research. Research that literally took eight hours before has been cut to one-tenth that time. Also, on-line filing of pleadings. That makes for instantaneous filings without having to go down to the court house. It allows for state wide practice.

Source:
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As the holidays approach, Brown & Scoccimaro would like to remind drivers of the following tips for safe holiday travel.

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safe-holidaysHoliday events and celebrations are exciting times for family and friends, but holiday travel can turn into tragedy when people are killed or injured in accidents.

As the holidays approach, Brown & Scoccimaro would like to remind drivers of the following tips for safe holiday travel.

 

  1. Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel. This is especially important for winter driving conditions. •
  2. Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in seat belts and child safety seats. The rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride. •Small children in child car seats are safer facing the seat.
  3. Be flexible with travel plans. Leave early if you can to avoid the peak traffic hours and avoid being rushed.
  4. If snow is predicted where you plan to travel, change your schedule. It’s better to change plans than risk the lives of traveling family and friends. •
  5. Stay fresh and alert while driving. Take breaks and don’t push yourself to meet impossible schedules. If you’re tired, pull over at a rest area or open business, or someplace away from traffic. Step out of the vehicle for fresh air, buy a refresh drink or snack, and relax until you feel revived. If this doesn’t work, find a motel or campground and spend the night. Forty-one percent of fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle crashes. These crashes most often occur during the late night/ early morning hours and the late afternoon hours.
  6. Watch your speed. Not only will you avoid being ticketed, your and your passengers will be safer. Give yourself time and distance to react to traffic around you. Let impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation. •
  7. Do not pass if visibility is limited. • If you’ll be drinking at get-togethers, choose a designated driver to remain alcohol free. •
  8. Because driving requires your full attention, pull off the road if you have to use your cell.

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A great attorney and a real fighter!https://rslaw.group/a-great-attorney-and-a-real-fighter/ https://rslaw.group/a-great-attorney-and-a-real-fighter/#respondWed, 29 Aug 2012 19:30:07 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=11545A great attorney and a real fighter! Posted by a Lawsuits & Disputes client, over 1 year ago.   Overall rating:   Excellent Trustworthy:   Excellent Responsive:   Excellent Knowledgeable:   Excellent Kept me informed:   Excellent I recommend Ralph Scoccimaro. I used Ralph 1-3 years ago. Ralph handled my Lawsuits / Disputes matter. I have previously worked with more than 10 […]

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A great attorney and a real fighter!

Posted by a Lawsuits & Disputes client,  

Overall rating:   Excellent
Trustworthy:   Excellent
Responsive:   Excellent
Knowledgeable:   Excellent
Kept me informed:   Excellent
  • I recommend Ralph Scoccimaro.
  • I used Ralph 1-3 years ago.
  • Ralph handled my Lawsuits / Disputes matter.
  • I have previously worked with more than 10 lawyers.

 

I am a CPA, and have worked with many attorneys in the past. I had a very complex and difficult case against a large wealthy corporation. Mr. Scoccimaro had to fight their large national law firm that was being paid by the hour to harass and defeat me. I could never have afforded to pay by the hour for this level of representation. He took my case on a contingency fee basis, so I only owed legal fees if he was successful. In the end, he won a confidential settlement for me for which I was VERY pleased. I not only would use Mr. Scoccimaro again, I would highly recommend him.

 

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Highly Recommend this Top Notch Attorney!https://rslaw.group/highly-recommend-this-top-notch-attorney/ https://rslaw.group/highly-recommend-this-top-notch-attorney/#respondWed, 29 Aug 2012 19:26:04 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=11539  Highly Recommend this Top Notch Attorney! by Ralph Scoccimaro Posted by a Car Accident client, 12 months ago.  Flag   Overall rating :   Excellent Trustworthy:   Excellent Responsive: Excellent Knowledgeable:   Excellent Kept me informed:   Excellent I recommend Ralph Scoccimaro. I used Ralph 1-3 years ago. Ralph handled my Car / Auto Accident matter. I have previously worked with […]

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Highly Recommend this Top Notch Attorney!

by Ralph Scoccimaro

Posted by a Car Accident client,  Flag

 

Overall rating :   Excellent
Trustworthy:   Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Knowledgeable:   Excellent
Kept me informed:   Excellent
  • I recommend Ralph Scoccimaro.
  • I used Ralph 1-3 years ago.
  • Ralph handled my Car / Auto Accident matter.
  • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

 

When in search for the BEST look no further, Ralph Scoccimaro has all the qualities needed to help you win your case. Mr. Ralph Scoccimaro worked very diligently to resolve my case. I was involved in an auto accident and sustained many life long injuries that greatly effected my line of work. Due to the extent of my injuries I was out of work for a long period of time. I realized I had to do something to recover the money i was losing by not working as well as the money I would continue to lose in the future. Not knowing who to go to for help a friend recommended Mr. Scoccimaro to me. After meeting with him and his staff I knew I had made the right choice. I had no worries about what was going on with my case because he kept me informed. He is a man of high integrity and he is very knowledgeable. He won my case and I am very grateful to have had him as my attorney.

 

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Ralph Scoccimaro goes above and beyond the call of dutyhttps://rslaw.group/ralph-scoccimaro-goes-above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty/ https://rslaw.group/ralph-scoccimaro-goes-above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty/#respondWed, 29 Aug 2012 19:24:44 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=11537Ralph Scoccimaro goes above and beyond the call of duty Posted by a Media client, 2 months ago.  by Ralph Scoccimaro The following is an endorsement from a client I have represented: Overall rating:   Excellent Trustworthy:   Excellent Responsive:   Excellent Knowledgeable:   Excellent Kept me informed:   Excellent I recommend Ralph Scoccimaro. I used Ralph 1-3 years ago. Ralph […]

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Ralph Scoccimaro goes above and beyond the call of duty

Ralph Scoccimaro goes above and beyond the call of duty

Ralph Scoccimaro goes above and beyond the call of duty

Posted by a Media client, 

by Ralph Scoccimaro

The following is an endorsement from a client I have represented:

Overall rating:   Excellent
Trustworthy:   Excellent
Responsive:   Excellent
Knowledgeable:   Excellent
Kept me informed:   Excellent
  • I recommend Ralph Scoccimaro.
  • I used Ralph 1-3 years ago.
  • Ralph handled my Communications / Media matter.
  • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

 

When the newspaper where I was employed and I were frivolously sued for libel, Mr. Scoccimaro worked tirelessly to defend both myself and my employer against a $10,000,000.00 lawsuit.Mr. Scoccimaro proved the events reported in the news article were in fact, not libelous at all, and that one of the persons mentioned in the article was indeed a public figure and had appeared on local news stations numerous times as an official representative of the city.During this time, I was extremely grateful that he was on our side in this matter. After seeing him in action, I remember thinking, “Thank goodness he’s with us and not against us.”The case was dismissed. Mr. Scoccimaro not only defended us, but defended the First Amendment in the process.My publisher selected Mr. Scoccimaro as a defense attorney in this matter because we knew his reputation as a fierce advocate would be our best chance at dismissal of the lawsuit. We knew of his solid belief in the First Amendment and our right to free speech. We reported on many of the cases in which he defended his clients, both civil and criminal, and so we also knew how tough he could be.Since that time, Mr. Scoccimaro has been appointed to serve as Associate Judge for the Municipal Court of Albany, Georgia. While he no longer defends criminal cases, he still represents his clients with the same amount of enthusiasm – as if their very lives depend upon it.A lot of lawyers say, “We represent the little guy.” Ralph Scoccimaro doesn’t just represent the little guy, he FIGHTS for the little guy.

 

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Accident Scene Reenactmenthttps://rslaw.group/accident-scene-reenactment/ https://rslaw.group/accident-scene-reenactment/#respondSat, 11 Aug 2012 02:08:40 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=11443by Ralph Scoccimaro Many lawyers go for the quick settlement. At Brown & Scoccimaro, P.C., we thoroughly investigate the scene of the accident. We even recreate the circumstances of the accident to give jurors the same perspective that the injured party had, in the seconds before the accident occurred. We do this to ensure that […]

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by Ralph Scoccimaro

Many lawyers go for the quick settlement. At Brown & Scoccimaro, P.C., we thoroughly investigate the scene of the accident. We even recreate the circumstances of the accident to give jurors the same perspective that the injured party had, in the seconds before the accident occurred.

We do this to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of damages you deserve for your injuries

Click here to view some of our our accident scene reenacments

 

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Large Truck Crash Facts 2005-February 2007 – FMCSAhttps://rslaw.group/large-truck-crash-facts-2005-february-2007-fmcsa/ https://rslaw.group/large-truck-crash-facts-2005-february-2007-fmcsa/#respondSat, 11 Aug 2012 01:37:18 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=11436Table 1. Large Truck Fatal Crash Statistics, 1975-2005 Year Fatal Crashes Vehicles Involved Occupant Fatalities Total Fatalities Million Vehicle Miles Traveled Fatal Crashes per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled Vehicles Involved in Fatal Crashes per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled Large Trucks Registered 1975 3,722 3,977    961 4,483 81,330 […]

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Table 1. Large Truck Fatal Crash Statistics, 1975-2005

Year

Fatal Crashes

Vehicles Involved

Occupant Fatalities

Total Fatalities

Million Vehicle Miles Traveled

Fatal Crashes per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled

Vehicles Involved in Fatal Crashes per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled

Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled

Large Trucks Registered

1975

3,722

3,977

   961

4,483

81,330

4.58

4.89

5.51

5,362,369

1976

4,184

4,435

1,132

5,008

86,070

4.86

5.15

5.82

5,575,185

1977

4,843

5,164

1,287

5,723

95,021

5.10

5.43

6.02

5,689,903

1978

5,405

5,759

1,395

6,356

105,739

5.11

5.45

6.01

5,859,807

1979

5,684

6,084

1,432

6,702

109,004

5.21

5.58

6.15

5,891,571

1980

5,042

5,379

1,262

5,971

108,491

4.65

4.96

5.50

5,790,653

1981

4,928

5,230

1,133

5,806

108,702

4.53

4.81

5.34

5,716,278

1982

4,396

4,646

   944

5,229

111,423

3.95

4.17

4.69

5,590,415

1983

4,615

4,877

   982

5,491

116,132

3.97

4.20

4.73

5,508,392

1984

4,831

5,124

1,074

5,640

121,796

3.97

4.21

4.63

5,401,075

1985

4,841

5,153

   977

5,734

123,504

3.92

4.17

4.64

5,996,337

1986

4,785

5,097

   926

5,579

126,675

3.78

4.02

4.40

5,720,880

1987

4,813

5,108

   852

5,598

133,517

3.60

3.83

4.19

5,718,266

1988

4,885

5,241

   911

5,679

137,985

3.54

3.80

4.12

6,136,884

1989

4,674

4,984

   858

5,490

142,749

3.27

3.49

3.85

6,226,482

1990

4,518

4,776

   705

5,272

146,242

3.09

3.27

3.60

6,195,876

1991

4,097

4,347

   661

4,821

149,543

2.74

2.91

3.22

6,172,146

1992

3,825

4,035

   585

4,462

153,384

2.49

2.63

2.91

6,045,205

1993

4,101

4,328

   605

4,856

159,888

2.56

2.71

3.04

6,088,155

1994

4,373

4,644

   670

5,144

170,216

2.57

2.73

3.02

6,587,885

1995

4,194

4,472

   648

4,918

178,156

2.35

2.51

2.76

6,719,421

1996

4,413

4,755

   621

5,142

182,971

2.41

2.60

2.81

7,012,615

1997

4,614

4,917

   723

5,398

191,477

2.41

2.57

2.82

7,083,326

1998

4,579

4,955

   742

5,395

196,380

2.33

2.52

2.75

7,732,270

1999

4,560

4,920

   759

5,380

202,688

2.25

2.43

2.65

7,791,426

2000

4,573

4,995

   754

5,282

205,520

2.23

2.43

2.57

8,022,649

2001

4,451

4,823

   708

5,111

209,032

2.13

2.31

2.45

7,857,675

2002

4,224

4,587

   689

4,939

214,603

1.97

2.14

2.30

7,927,280

2003

4,335

4,721

   726

5,036

217,917

1.99

2.17

2.31

7,756,888

2004

4,478

4,902

   766

5,235

220,811

2.03

2.22

2.37

8,171,364

2005

4,533

4,932

   803

5,212

222,836

2.03

2.21

2.34

8,481,999

Note: A large truck is defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds (includes medium and heavy trucks).

Sources: Vehicle Miles of Travel and Registered Vehicles: Federal Highway Administration. Fatal Crashes, Vehicles Involved, and Fatalities: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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 An employer’s liability may increase if injured workers prove the company required the use of handheld electronic devices while driving.

 

By Steven Testan, Founder and Managing Partner and Darrin Meyer, Managing Attorney

Distracted Driving Defense Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jiminez

This Opinion piece appears in the Aug. 6 print edition of Transport Topics.

The recent $21 million jury verdict against a leading beverage manufacturer whose employee struck a woman pedestrian while driving a company vehicle sent shock waves through the trucking and fleet industries regarding the potential financial consequences of distracted driving. Even though these issues have been on the trucking industry’s radar screen for years, the award sends a wake-up call for employers to reexamine their own efforts to manage this exposure and make any necessary adjustments.

In addition to the jury verdict, employer liability for injuries in vehicular accidents has expanded significantly: 39 states have enacted statutes that prohibit using handheld electronic devices while driving, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued similar regulations.

DOT regulations that apply to commercial drivers text messaging or using handheld cellphones carry employer fines for as much as $11,000 per violation. And the fines, awards of back wages in regulatory actions, or punitive damages awarded in civil suits generally are not insurable.

For employers, the implications of distracted driving exposures loom largest in the following areas:

• Workers’ compensation — Each year, employment-related distracted driving accidents result in more than 200,000 employee injuries. In addition, liability for “serious and willful misconduct” and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulatory violations for injuries to employee passengers riding with an employee accused of distracted driving are uninsurable and require special handling. They could leave employers responsible for paying thousands of dollars in employee back wages and benefits and substantial OSHA fines. An employer’s liability may increase if injured workers prove the company required the use of handheld electronic devices while driving.

via Opinion: The New ‘Rules of the Road’ | Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News.

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Ralph Scoccimaro: The Truth about Trucking and Truck Accident Lawyershttps://rslaw.group/ralph-scoccimaro-the-truth-about-trucking-and-truck-accident-lawyers/ https://rslaw.group/ralph-scoccimaro-the-truth-about-trucking-and-truck-accident-lawyers/#respondFri, 10 Aug 2012 18:55:12 +0000http://bspclaw.com/?p=11401The Truth About Trucking and Truck Accident Lawyers by Ralph Scoccimaro The basic premise of the question that “there are many trucking injury lawyers”, is somewhat  misleading. There are many lawyers who say they are trucking lawyers but should, as a matter of professionalism and ethics, refer the case to more experienced attorneys. A trucking lawyer […]

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The Truth About Trucking and Truck Accident Lawyers

by Ralph Scoccimaro

Trucking LawyerThe basic premise of the question that “there are many trucking injury lawyers”, is somewhat  misleading. There are many lawyers who say they are trucking lawyers but should, as a matter of professionalism and ethics, refer the case to more experienced attorneys. A trucking lawyer recognizes that a trucking accident requires a major forensic investigation that includes, but is not limited to, driver’s work history, company hiring practices, driver disciplinary history, inspection of the subject truck as soon as possible, preservation of all documents generated to and from governmental agencies either before or after the crash.

A trucking lawyer recognizes that a trucking accident requires a major forensic investigation that includes, but is not limited to, driver’s work history, company hiring practices, driver disciplinary history, inspection of the subject truck as soon as possible, preservation of all documents generated to and from governmental agencies either before or after the crash.

It should be noted that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations permit a trucking company to destroy most documents related to the driver and truck six months after a collision unless warned pursuant to the Doctrine of Spoliation by a “real” trucking lawyer. This warning must be sent to all the correctly named parties within one year of the accident. Trucking accidents are document intensive and require a good competent staff to analyze the documents for issues relating to negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligent maintenance, etc. The way the crash happened is often easy to understand. We go to the heart of the case: “why did the crash happen?”

A true trucking lawyer prepares his case for trial the minute he is retained by the victim. If he sits on his hands, much if not all the evidence to proving major issues of causation will be lost. He will be left with the simple facts of the collision and nothing more. In other words, these cases can not be treated like a garden variety car accident. Often times, we are associated by a lawyer who thought he could settle the case early but in the meantime allowed the time to run for warning the trucking company not to destroy relevant documents. That is why it is extremely important to hire a competent, experienced trucking lawyer soon after the collision.

It should be noted that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations permit a trucking company to destroy most documents related to the driver and truck six months after a collision unless warned pursuant to the Doctrine of Spoliation by a “real” trucking lawyer.

We have extensive experience and proven results in these cases. We are armed with the necessary knowledge of Federal law, procedure and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act to bring forth a good result for the victim.

Trucks cause major catastrophic injuries every day.  A victim of trucking negligence should look at the lawyer’s track record. Is he a real trial lawyer? or a lawyer who looks for the quick settlement? Will this lawyer hire a tractor trailer and re-enact the collision, as Brown and Scoccimaro has done in the past? Does the trucking lawyer have accident reconstructionists who he uses regularly?

If you don’t hire a competent, experienced trucking lawyer soon after the wreck, he won’t be able to go over the truck to look for evidence of substance abuse, double log books, etc. It would be like having a DA come into the crime scene years after the crime. Additionally, Injuries must be photographed and catalogued. If a person heals and there is no evidence of the injuries, what will a jury look at in determining the amount of a verdict?

The bottom line is that a trucking case is complex. Is your lawyer ready to take your case before twelve citizens in seeking justice? We are.
If you have questions about a case involving a tractor-trailer, please ask below.

 

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