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Repercussions of the Volvo Safety Test Debacle

Posted in Automobile Accidents

Despite the hype over automated safety features on today’s automobiles, the recent debacle over a demonstration of Volvo’s automatic stopping feature shows just how far the industry still has to go in reaching its goals: During this particular test, a dealer attempted to show off the safety feature by heading directly into a group of people, two of whom were struck when the vehicle failed to stop. Understandably, this very dangerous glitch went “viral” and prompted a national, frenzied conversation over social media about automated auto safety features in general.

The ultimate in automated car technology, of course, is Google’s self-driving car, which is still in its prototype stages. Although engineers have logged well over three-quarters of a million miles, their self-driving vehicles still have a long way to go, a fact that even Google’s developers admit. According to Chris Urmson, lead developer for Google’s car, the technology still has plenty of kinks that need to be worked out. An article in MIT Technology Review highlighted a few of them:

  • Detailed maps are required of the entire route – even driveways and parking garages – in order for the car to operate properly. On a national scale, that would mean continual updates to millions of miles of roadways as well as individual and privately-owned features.
  • Self-driving cars haven’t been proven in snow and heavy rains. These conditions pose a real problem with visibility, which is obviously necessary for the car to navigate.
  • Although Google’s car can detect different traffic light colors, it can be blinded when the sun is too near the light.
  • Construction zones have been proving particularly difficult for Google cars to navigate.
  • So far, the car cannot detect potholes or uncovered manholes. As a result, it simply plows over them. It also has difficulty differentiating among types of road obstacles, and it will veer around any object – even a small piece of crumpled paper.

Still, Urmson says he’s shooting for a ready-for-prime-time target of five years – when his 11-year-old son will reach driving age in California.

Our Washington D.C. auto accident attorneys would be happy to provide a free and thorough consultation about your recent accident and possible case. Call or email use today to explore your strategic options.

When does a defective car part become an issue? Explore this discussion here: “Does a Vehicle Recall Mean Emergency? Sometimes, But Not Always.”

June is National Physical Safety Month

Posted in Burn Injury, Child Safety, Consumer Safety

The National Safety Council (NSC) exists for one purpose only: To promote health and safety among all residents of the U.S., at work, at home and on the road. Every June, the NSC asks Americans to celebrate a month of safety, raising awareness of some common yet preventable dangers that can pose risks to health and life. In honor of National Safety Month, here are five quick tips to help you stay safe this summer:

  • Beat the heat and avoid heat-related illness by avoiding prolonged periods in the sun and taking plenty of water breaks. Check out these tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to avoid heat stroke.
  • NEVER leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle – even with the windows “cracked,” temperatures can soar to deadly levels in a few minutes.
  • Be smart about the sun. Use plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply it throughout the day. Don’t forget your ears, the back or your neck and your feet. Wear a hat with a wide brim and protect your eyes with UV-rated sunglasses.
  • Stay safe on the 4th. Fireworks – even seemingly harmless ones like sparklers – can injure kids and pets. Plus, pets frightened by the noise and sound of fireworks are much more likely to run away or become injured on the 4th of July holiday. Practice safety when handling fireworks or attending displays, and leave your pets indoors with the TV on to mask the noise.
  • Don’t rely solely on lifeguards to keep an eye on your kids at pools or at the beach. Enroll your kids in swimming lessons when they reach age three.

Want more tips? The NSC website has plenty of free resources; all you have to do is register.

Here’s a more detailed exploration of Independence Day safety tips: A July 4th Fireworks Safety Reminder.

 

Eight Ways to Ensure a Safer Graduation Party

Posted in Automobile Accidents, Child Safety

Your teen is about to graduate: Congratulations! That’s a big achievement – for both of you. If your teen plans on celebrating the event with friends, you might be concerned about his or her safety, especially if partying is likely to occur. Setting some ground rules before the big event can ensure that your teen understands your expectations and abides by them. Here are a few quick tips to help him or her stay safe:

If your child is celebrating elsewhere, make seat belts the rule when driving or riding in a car – even in the back seat. Most states have seat belt laws, but make sure your child knows you expect him or her to wear them, no matter what kind of peer pressure is applied.

Ask your children about their plans. It sounds a bit OCD, but make sure you have their basic itinerary, and make sure they know there will be consequences if they deviate from it.

Talk about alcohol and drug use ahead of time. About 5.4 million teens engage in binge drinking, and many die as a result of it. The NIH has a list of talking points here.

Let your child know you’ll be waiting up and that you’ll be ready to offer pick up – without judgment – if he or she ever feels unsafe.

Be sure your teen’s phone is charged and that he or she has some money to call a cab or an Uber if need be.

Make sure your teen knows to stay with friends and to avoid engaging in obviously dangerous activities. Express your fears and need for his or her safety in an authentic way.

Consider creating a contract to set the rules in writing, and let your teen know you’re serious about your rules and expectations. You can find a sample contract here, but there are plenty of others on the web.

Most importantly, make sure your teen understands WHY you’re setting rules — because you care and want him or her to stay safe.

If someone you love suffered an injury or illness due to someone else’s inaction or wrongdoing, our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys may be able to help you.

Here’s a good and relevant refresher article on a similar topic: 7 Rules for How to Draw Up a Contract with Your Teen for Prom.

Four Essential Travel Safety Tips for the Start of Summer

Posted in Automobile Accidents

For most American families, Memorial Day weekend is not just a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our men and women in the Armed Forces but also a time to relax, light up the grill and celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

However, traveling on Memorial Day (and after the holiday) can be surprisingly scary. Even though the weekend is now in our rear-view mirror, you might find it helpful and eye-opening to review some critical statistics about the holiday and reflect on them as “summer driving season” is now upon us.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads released recently published a study that concluded that 3.7 Million Drivers Ran a Red Light in 2014, Majority of Which Occurred During Peak Summer Travel Periods. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe and avoid accidents:

  • Plan out your routes ahead of time.

There is nothing wrong with using a GPS system to get from point A to point B. However, a lack of familiarity with your road route can lead to distraction, bad driving decisions and confusion. Look at the map, and game out your route, but also acknowledge your own needs and potential driving weaknesses. For instance, rest every few hours during long trips. Build those rest periods into your trip, so you’re not tempted to push yourself behind your driving comfort zone.

  • Avoid driving distracted or while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances could make you a less effective driver.

Our blog – and thousands of other sources – have documented the dangers associated with these behaviors. Just because the start of summer is a more relaxed time does not mean you should stop being vigilant and careful behind the wheel.

  • Be extra mindful of potentially dangerous drivers on the road.

Driving defensively is common sense backed up by good science. It’s particularly important to drive defensively when you know, statistically, that other dangerous drivers will be out there due to early summer travel. Consider increasing your following distance and being extra alert.

  • Minimize the use of cellphones while you drive – even handheld cellphones.

Many otherwise educated drivers think that it’s okay to chat on the cellphone, as long as you are using a hands free device. However, research out of both the University of Utah and Virginia Tech has found that the dangers of cellphone use don’t decrease when you use a hands free headset. The real problem appears to be the mental distraction caused by talking on the phone remotely to another person.

Practice safe and defensive driving for a safer holiday travel season.

Athletic Youth Concussions and Academic Performance: New Research

Posted in Child Safety

For the last several years, concussions and the overall effects they can have on a person’s health have dominated news headlines. As we have written in earlier posts, the issue is becoming more significant. With prominent athletes and doctors working to raise awareness, the public is more informed than ever before about the potential risks associated with concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

However, the effect of concussions in relation to youth and academic performance is a relatively new field of research, leaving many parents confused about how to approach youth athletics.

Parents have been stuck with questions that haven’t had clear answers:

“Will concussions negatively impact my child’s schoolwork?”

“How long do the effects last?”

“Can my child continue playing the sport?”

“Do concussions affect some children more than others?”

“What precautions should I be taking?”

A potentially game-changing new study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics aims to address many of these questions.

In a sample of 349 students (ages 5 to 18) who had suffered concussions, it was found that among symptomatic students whose parents had expressed concern over their academic performance, a statistically significant number reported a “higher levels of concern for the impact of concussion on school performance…and more school related problems” than their recovered peers. These effects were compounded in high school students, with this age group reporting “significantly more adverse academic effects than their younger counterparts.” Perhaps most importantly, it was found that “greater severity of post-concussion symptoms was associated with more school-related problems and worse academic effects, regardless of time since injury.”

This study used CDC approved criteria to measure both the severity of concussions and formulate testing procedures. Parental concern levels were measured using questionnaires over a four week period.  All of the findings in this report were stated with 95-99.99% confidence, well surpassing the threshold to dismiss sample error.

The findings of this study highlight the need for greater safeguards against concussions and more comprehensive educational programs. Most importantly, this study lays the groundwork for more extensive studies that have a larger sample size, and provides the source material for future research areas. While this study may be the first of many, it is clear that its results should have dramatic effects on youth athletics. Parents need to make carefully weighted decisions about what sports their children participate in, and schools need to re-evaluate their precautionary methods. School policies must include standards not only for diagnosis, but also for recovery planning, including timetables for safe re-introductions to the playing field.

In the last few years, the number of diagnosed concussions in student athletes has skyrocketed. In a study published by The Ohio State University last year, results indicated that concussion rates of high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012. “Overall, the rate increased from .23 to .51 concussions per 1,000 athlete exposures. An athlete exposure is defined as one athlete participating in one competition or practice.”

Such a drastic increase reflects the added attention to concussions and concussion symptoms, but also to the effects and frequency of these injuries. Parents of young athletes need to be making informed decisions about their children and safety.

Joseph Rosenthal, one of the researchers from Ohio State’s medical center, emphasized the following:

“A lot of injured athletes don’t want to come out of games or stop practicing because they don’t want to lose their position. But they can have symptoms that can last for an extended time period that can affect day-to-day life, school and personal relationships – they can experience irritability, pain, difficulty concentrating and sleep problems. Furthermore, if they continue to play while symptomatic, they are at risk for a second impact that can lead to severe disability and death. If you have symptoms, you’ve got to rest your brain and prevent further injury in order to recover.”

Concussions are serious injuries. The effects of concussions are not limited to professional athletes. Only by having all the relevant information and taking appropriate safety precautions, can parents and athletes make informed decisions about youth athletics. For tips on how to protect your child, please read our previous discussion of concussions and youth sports.

Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Goes National – New Information

Posted in Automobile Accidents, Consumer Safety, Defective Products

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has announced that it would double the size of its initial airbag recall, expanding nationally to include 34 million vehicles. The reversal comes after more than ten years of denying any defects, and makes the scandal the largest vehicle recall in history. The move is the latest in the ongoing recall debacle that we have been following for many months.

As an unnamed industry source reported to the New York Times, “There’s no use or gain in fighting the regulators…one Takata management leader explained to me as to why Takata has undergone this shift” explaining that Takata, “via its lawyers, began contacting the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in mid-April.”

Takata’s defective airbags have been linked to at least 6 deaths and hundreds of injuries around the world. The propellant used in the airbags is believed to react negatively with humidity, causing them to deploy unexpectedly. “The airbags can explode violently when they deploy, sending shrapnel flying into a car’s passenger compartment.” In recent statement, Takata stated that “older vehicles and those in areas with high humidity will get the highest priority” in the expanded recall.

In conjunction with the company’s announcement, auto safety officials in Washington described the recall as “the most complex consumer safety recall in US history,” warning that replacements could take years to complete.

With approximately one in seven US vehicles affected, regulators do not know exactly which makes and models of cars have been impacted. As noted by the New York Times, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said compiling a definitive list of which vehicles fall under the sweeping new recall would take several days. That is because Takata’s revelation requires 10 automakers to match their own records with Takata’s so the list can be drawn up and made public.”

So far it is clear that the defective airbags exist in vehicles manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Consumers are advised to visit NHTSA’s site to look up their vehicles on a list of affected cars, even if they haven’t yet received a recall notice in the mail.

A small but growing list of specific makes of cars has become available, with Honda announcing that “models including the Civic, Accord and CR-V dating to 2001” are included in the recall.Regulators warn that “that even when consumers learned they needed the fix, it could be months or even years before they could get one.” This is despite regulators insisting that targeted cars be given a replacement as soon as possible. Honda, the most heavily impacted car maker thus far, has begun reaching out to other manufacturers in an attempt to speed up the replacement process.

US legislators are working to speed of the investigation and recall as well, scheduling hearings on the recall, and vowing to provide consumers with answers.

Consumers who are concerned about their vehicles are advised to contact their local dealership, follow announcements by their manufacturers, and regularly check for updated information on the recall site created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is important to also note that the defects in Takata’s airbags go as far as 2001, and that almost all major car brands on US roadways are affected.

If you have been confused or concerned about this airbag issue, and you suspect that a defective auto part might have played a role in a recent accident or injury, please get in touch with the Washington D.C. auto accident lawyers here at Regan, Zambri & Long to set up a thorough and confidential consultation about your case.

 

Basic Pool and Water Safety: Keeping Children Safe

Posted in Child Safety, Community Service

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for many families around the country. Children everywhere are sure to start pestering their parents about trips to the beach or public pool. Swimming is a fantastic source of recreation and fitness for families everywhere, but it also comes with a significant degree of risk.

As we have blogged previously, drowning is one of the leading causes of injury or death among children under age-20 in the US. A 2010 update of a study from 2006 revealed that in 2006, “unintentional drowning claimed the lives of 1,077 US children and adolescents, a fatality rate of 1.32 per 100 000 population”, with the highest rate of drowning affecting children in the “0 to 4-year age group (2.5 per 100,000).”

Even more dramatically, research published in 2012 by the New England Journal of Medicine found that “drowning is a leading cause of death worldwide among boys 5 to 14 years of age.” These tragedies are not limited by location, and take place in above-ground pools, inflatable pools, beaches, and even pools staffed with certified lifeguards. Yet with simple precautions, and mindful parenting, these devastating statistics could be significantly reduced.

“Drowning is not generally associated with a complete lack of adult supervision but, rather, with a momentary lapse in supervision.” In fact, in the same 2010 study, adults responding to a survey indicated that parents of children age 14 and younger “talk to others (38%), read (18%), eat (17%), and talk on the telephone (11%) while supervising their child near water.” These statistics are especially relevant as the summer begins, as “during warm months, lapses in supervision were responsible for 62% of nonfatal cases.”

As referenced in previous posts, and by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following guidelines should serve as best practices for all parents taking their children to swimming locations:

• “Parents and caregivers need to be advised that they should never – even for a moment – leave small children alone or in the care of another young child while in bathtubs, pools, spas, or wading pools or near irrigation ditches or other open standing water.
• Whenever infants and toddlers (or weak swimmers) are in or around water, be it a pool or an open body of water, a supervising adult with swimming skills should be in the water, within an arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.” Supervision needs to be close, constant, and capable.
• Parents, caregivers, and pool owners should learn CPR and keep a telephone and equipment approved by the US Coast Guard (e.g. life buoys, life jackets, and a reach tool such as a shepherd’s crook) at poolside.
• Parents should be cautioned not to use air-filled swimming aids (such as inflatable arm bands) in place of PFDs (life jackets).
• All children should be required to wear an approved PFD whenever they are riding in watercraft. Small children and non-swimmers should use PFDs when they are at the water’s edge, such as along a river bank of on a dock or pier.
• Parents and children need to understand that jumping or diving into water can result in injury.
• When selecting an open body of water in which their children will swim, parents should select sites with lifeguards. Even for the strongest of swimmers, it is important to consider weather, tides, waves, and water currents in selecting a safe location for recreational swimming.
• When swimming or taking a bath, children of any age with seizure disorders should be closely supervised by an adult at all times.
• Counseling parents and adolescents about water safety provides an opportunity to warn them about the increased drowning rates that result from impairment of a swimmer or watercraft occupant when alcohol or illicit drugs are used.”

Above ground or in-ground pools installed on personal property must be properly enclosed or fenced in. “Compared with no fencing, installation of 4-sided fencing that isolates the pool from the house and yard has been shown to decrease the number of pool-immersion injuries among young children by more than 50%.” In the warm summer months “lack of a barrier and broken fences and gates were responsible for most (70%) of the deaths”

Listed below are other resources that are available that address water safety for children:

American Academy of Pediatrics – The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP) – materials for parents about home water hazards for children;
Safe Kids USA – information about pools and hot tubs, drain covers, SVRSs to prevent entrapment, safety checklists, links to national research study about pool safety;
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – water-related injuries fact sheet, CDC research and information on water safety and water-related illnesses and injuries;
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – safety-barrier guidelines for home pools and brochure about preventing childhood drowning;
US Coast Guard – detailed information and tip sheets about vessel safety checks, approved on-line boating safety courses and other water safety issues.

2015 Summer Driving Season: Time for Click It or Ticket Campaign

Posted in Automobile Accidents

Summer driving season is finally here. As usual, this Memorial Day Weekend comes with a safety reminder from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On May 18th, the NHTSA kicked off its annual Click It or Ticket campaign, urging drivers in the DMV and around the country to remember the benefit of wearing a seat belt while driving.

While more motorists are wearing seat belts than ever before (87% nationally), the number of safety conscious drivers in large cities declines notably.

Seat belt use isn’t just common sense. It’s the law. Thirty-four states, including the District of Columbia, have in place “primary seat belt laws” allowing drivers to be pulled over for failure to wear a seat belt. Many also have secondary laws, which allow stops for unrestrained minors or other passengers. From May 18th to 31st, law enforcement nation wide will be “cracking down on seat belt violations” with added units and increased patrol presence.

Why is there a need for constant reminders, especially during holiday travel seasons, to drivers about seat belt usage? According to the United Stated Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “It’s simple: seat belts save lives. Thousands of Americans are alive today because they were wearing theirs during a crash. But thousands more would be with us if they had buckled up, and we will continue to urge every driver and passenger to use a seat belt.”

Enforcement will be stepped up both day and night, underscoring the sad reality of car crash statistics:

  • “Nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on our nation’s roadways in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes, according to the NHTSA;
  • More unrestrained crash fatalities happen at night (between 6:00 pm and 5:59 am) compared to daytime crashes. In 2013, of those killed in nighttime crashed, 59% were not wearing seatbelts (compared to 40%…during daytime hours);
  • …Of passenger vehicle occupants 13 to 15 and 18 to 23 years old who were killed in crashed, 61 percent were not buckled up

These statistics are so excruciatingly painful and disturbing because they could be so easily eliminated. All drivers need to be more safety aware, particularly the most impacted demographic of 18-34 year old males.

The 13% of the population that does not remember to buckle up represents a staggering 27.5 million people that put themselves at far greater risk everyday. This summer, heed the advice of the Click It or Ticket campaign. You could avoid a costly ticket, but more importantly, you could avoid becoming another deadly statistic.

The Dangers of Letting Baby Sleep in a Car Seat

Posted in Child Safety

Car seats are designed to keep babies safe, but a new study has found when used improperly – specifically, as a napping place – these seats can pose deadly dangers.

Conducted by researchers at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, this study looked at 47 infant deaths that occurred in sitting and carrying devices. Researchers found that 31 of those deaths involved napping in car seats. Of those deaths, 52 percent were due to strangulation from straps, and the remainder resulted from asphyxiation from improper positioning. Some deaths occurred when babies were not strapped in correctly, enabling them to slide down against the straps and harness locks; others occurred when babies’ slumped positions blocked their airways, preventing breathing.

Does that mean you shouldn’t use a car seat? Absolutely not – but you do need to use it safely. Here are four essential tips for safe use:

  • If you buy a used seat, make sure you know its history. Once a car seat has been in a crash or damaged in some way, it can no longer be used.
  • Don’t use it as a substitute crib outside of the car. Infants need to be on their backs in a crib to ensure they can breathe properly.
  • Make sure it’s installed correctly. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation, and don’t take shortcuts. Check out the CDC’s brief pictorial of proper positioning as your child grows.
  • Once installed, shake the seat at the base to make sure it can’t move more than an inch in any direction.

Car seats can play a vital role in terms of ensuring your child stays safe. Just be sure you follow safe practices to avoid potentially disastrous outcomes.

Call our Washington D.C. car accident attorneys if you believe injuries in a recent accident might have been caused by a damaged car seat.

Car seats aren’t the only common household danger for children. Here’s A Quick Primer on Dangerous Toys.

NTSB Investigations of Amtrak Derailment Continue – More Mysteries

Posted in Consumer Safety, Wrongful Death

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Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner

As investigations continue into determining the cause(s) for Amtrak’s tragic derailment on Tuesday night, the Washington Post reports that NTSB investigations have discovered that less than one minute prior to the crash, the train actually sped up from 70 mph to over 100 mph before derailing. According to the forward-looking camera recovered from the train, the speed jumped from 70 mph to 80 mph twelve seconds later, then to 90 mph within the next twelve seconds and 100 mph sixteen seconds later. The images below, copied from the Washington Post, indicate how dramatic such a speed increase is compared to other train speeds along that same stretch of track. No reasons have been discovered for the acceleration yet. Although investigations are still in the early stages, excessive speed is an obvious factor in causing this tragic incident.

Amtrak’s President, in making his first public appearance since the accident, echoed others in saying that “positive train control” would have automatically slowed the train and prevented the accident. Amtrak has installed the positive train control system along other sections of the Northeast Corridor, but problems with funding and radio frequencies has delayed testing and implementation throughout the track network.

Here is relevant law that is worth sharing.

According to 49 U.S. Code Section 28103 – Limitations on rail passenger transportation liability:
“(1) Notwithstanding any other statutory or common law or public policy, or the nature of the conduct giving rise to damages or liability, in a claim for personal injury to a passenger, death of a passenger, or damage to property of a passenger arising from or in connection with the provision of rail passenger transportation, or from or in connection with any rail passenger transportation operations over or rail passenger transportation use of right-of-way or facilities owned, leased, or maintained by any high-speed railroad authority or operator, any commuter authority or operator, any rail carrier, or any State, punitive damages, to the extent permitted by applicable State law, may be awarded in connection with any such claim only if the plaintiff establishes by clear and convincing evidence that the harm that is the subject of the action was the result of conduct carried out by the defendant with a conscious, flagrant indifference to the rights or safety of others. If, in any case wherein death was caused, the law of the place where the act or omission complained of occurred provides, or has been construed to provide, for damages only punitive in nature, this paragraph shall not apply.
(2) The aggregate allowable awards to all rail passengers, against all defendants, for all claims, including claims for punitive damages, arising from a single accident or incident, shall not exceed $200,000,000.”

If you have any questions about this post or want to discuss a potential claim against Amtrak, you may contact Mr. Zambri by phone at 202-822-1899 or click here to email him directly.  Mr. Zambri’s firm served as lead counsel in successfully representing injured parties and family members during litigation stemming from the 2009 Fort Totten Metro (WMATA) accident on the Red Line. Mr. Zambri & his firm also represent the family of the woman tragically killed as well as many other victims from the 2015 Metro (WMATA) smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year”.  Super Lawyers (2015) recently named him among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 100″ lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA.  Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (2014) — national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.

If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri.