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No Matter the Vehicle, Sending Text Messages While Driving Increases Risk of Accidents, Warns New York Auto Accident Lawyer

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 17, 2009

Stirring the pot in recent headlines lately was the story of the Boston trolley accident that injured 49 people after the driver ran a red light while texting on his cell phone. The very next day the transit authority banned its drivers from even carrying a cell phone or any other electronic device.

New York auto accident lawyers have long known that sending text messages while driving is one of the surest ways to increase the risk of a vehicular accident. Now, as auto accidents increase, businesses are also taking notice and increasingly prohibiting workers from using cell phones to conduct business while driving. Potential risks to corporations include employer liability for accidents involving employees using cell phones, especially in cases where employers encourage or demand cell phone use for work while driving. Under the doctrine of vicarious responsibility, employers may be held legally accountable for the negligent acts of employees committed in the course of their employment.

New York auto accident lawyer Perecman agrees with the ban. “Whatever sensible policies can help keep the roads safe while potentially lowering the cost of insurance for the employers are policies every company with employees who use cars or trucks at work ought to implement.”

For this New York car accident lawyer, using cell phones while driving, also calls into question the understanding of drivers and whether they know that their actions are jeopardizing the safety of vehicle occupants and pedestrians. Surveys indicate that nearly every driver — an impressive 98 percent – considers him or herself a safe driver, but auto accident lawyers know that this is clearly not true in practice.

Increased reliance on cell phones has led to a rise in the number of people who use a cell phone while operating a vehicle. There are two dangers associated with driving and cell phone use, including text messaging. First, drivers must take their eyes off the road while dialing. Second, conversations demand continuous concentration that impairs the ability to concentrate on the act of driving. In fact, inattentive driving accounted for 6.4 percent of crash fatalities in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation in a report featuring the latest data available.

“Clearly, using a cell phone while driving is a risk to employees and those they share the road with. Employers who ignore this fact will increase the liability risk they face as a result,” says top New York auto accident lawyer Perecman.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 25 years, the New York auto accident lawyers, personal injury, construction accident and medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for auto accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is the past Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition”.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a million verdict* for a construction accident, a .35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for .940 million

** later settled for .5 million

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Raleigh Lawyer Damon Chetson Warns: Protect Yourself Against Internet Criminal Charges

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) July 8, 2010

There are many different types of Internet crimes, including child pornography, wire fraud, copyright crimes, trademark crimes, bank fraud, and other kinds of theft or embezzlement. People accused of using a computer or the internet to commit a crime, are most in need of a Raleigh criminal lawyer, like The Chetson Firm, who is very familiar with the technologies associated with the internet and cyberspace, including TCP/IP, peer-to-peer technologies, and the details of storage formats.

Defendants accused of a crime in Raleigh involving the internet, or computer technologies, including the ones listed above – child pornography, wire fraud, copyright crimes, and other kinds of bank fraud or embezzlement – should consult with a Raleigh lawyer who understands and has worked with these technologies, and who can build the strongest possible defense to these cases.

Unfortunately, many criminal defense lawyers simply do not understand the details of technology, including how data is transmitted, how it is stored, how it is archived, and where it might be.

What’s more, many criminal lawyers do not understand how the details of how data is stored, archived, searched, and maintained on the Internet. They don’t understand how to advise clients who come to them with cases that involve the use of computers.

And since so many cases these days deal with computers – whether they are financial crimes cases, cases involving the information that may be on Facebook or Twitter, or cases that may involve chat networks such protocols as IRC, ICQ, Jabber, or cases that involve the storage of files in the cloud or on harddrives – it’s crucially important for people being investigated or accused of a crime that involves the use of computer technology that they find Raleigh criminal lawyers who are familiar with all of these details, from TCP/IP protocols to cloud-based computing, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption software, to copyright infringement issues involving ripping and sharing through Peer-to-Peer networks and through BitTorrent.

It’s also important to keep in mind that even a file that’s been erased or wiped from a harddrive has not been permanently deleted.

That’s because, depending on the type of software used, either all or fragments of the incriminating material can be left on the harddrive. Some disk-drive wiping software merely changes the “Boot Sector” of the harddrive which is like a table of contents for the harddrive. It does not delete the entire drive, so the table of contents may be erased, but not the actually incriminating materials.

If you have material that you would not like to be found again, you can take apart the harddrive with a screwdriver, and smash the plates inside. Or take a drill, and drill through the harddrive in multiple places.

Do not donate the harddrive. Do not give the harddrive to Best Buy for them to wipe clean. Do not give the harddrive to friends for their use. Do not leave the harddrive in a closet. Do not throw the harddrive in the trash without thoroughly and physically smashing the harddrive.

Or, as Sigourney Weaver said in the movie Aliens, “Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”


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Attorney Clyde Burleson Warns of New Legal Tactics Used in DWI Crackdown

Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 12, 2008

Prominent DWI Lawyer Clyde Burleson warns motorists to think again before getting behind the wheel after a few drinks because of the alarming new legal tactics increasingly used by law enforcement.

Representatives from the law firm explained that Lubbock County is now the first County in Texas to utilize search warrants in their fight against motorists driving while intoxicated. Search warrants enable law enforcement to obtain a blood sample from those drivers that refuse to take a breathalyzer.

Since law enforcement is not allowed to force a driver to take a breathalyzer, the driver can refuse — accounting for nearly 75 percent of all stopped on suspicion of DWI.

If a driver refuses a breathalyzer, the arresting officer can take their license on the spot and it can be suspended for six months.

According to Attorney Clyde Burleson, currently the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers to provide a blood sample only if an accident involved a fatality or a serious injury potentially resulting in a death. For a routine DWI, the driver is required to give only a breath test. But Counties like Lubbock are changing this.

“The practice of forcibly drawing blood is alarming. Worse yet, it’s not just limited to Lubbock County, it’s spreading throughout Texas. This is an issue the legislature needs to put an end to,” stated Burleson.

Burleson has served as an Assistant District Attorney and as one of the chief prosecutors for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, giving him firsthand knowledge of how the prosecution process for DWI convictions works.

DWI Lawyer Clyde Burleson represents clients in Houston and throughout the state of Texas, helping with motor violations while under the influence, DWI defense, and Texas driver’s license suspension.

To learn more about current DWI laws and what to do if charged with a DWI, log onto Or, call 713-628-1503 for a free consultation.


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While law firms continue to downsize, new or displaced lawyers form cut rate practices. One lawyer warns “buyer beware.”

John G. DiPiano, Esq.

Lynnfield, MA (PRWEB) February 5, 2010

Whether they be displaced associates, non-promoted senior associates, or new graduates, many recently minted law “firms” are likely by-products of the recession. Often the new business takes the form of a solo practice. The old joke of a new firm is that the practice is a “transom law firm.” That means, with a dearth of clients, the firm will take whatever case crosses the transom. But the potential client must ask themselves whether their case is of so little importance that they may trust it to just anyone.

Not all lawyers are created equal. Like any other business, time, experience, and skill count for something where the final product is concerned. Like any other product, quality does not always equate with least expense.

Everyone must start somewhere. If a client has a relatively simple situation involving a relatively straightforward transaction, a new lawyer, or general practice lawyer, may do just fine. However, where a case is more complicated, the transaction more complex, or where there are multiple issues at hand, an experienced lawyer who concentrates his or her practice in that area of the law is irreplaceable.

“My father always said that you are free to disagree, just try not to be disagreeable,” states John G. DiPiano, a Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer and Litigator. “Too often I see these firms billed as bargains making mountains out of molehills, and I wonder if controversy is interjected just to churn things up and cause the case to take more time to resolve. After all, time is money,” says DiPiano. “At DiPiano Godson LLP we concentrate in Family Law and Litigation – period. We don’t perform transactional work; we don’t do complex estate plans; and we don’t generally leave our area of expertise. We also do not compromise our client’s positions. Most firms like ours are a bit more expensive, and we think that we are worth it,” DiPiano states.

“While other firms bill themselves as ‘affordable’ and offer payment plans or internet videos chock full of drama, we try to keep the message simple. We concentrate in Family Law and Litigation, our fee structure is fair, and we deliver intelligent, effective advocacy. There are no videos, or monthly installment plans – we aren’t selling used cars.” DiPiano maintains.

DiPiano also says that “the best thing a client can do for him or herself is to remember that when it comes to choosing a lawyer, they should choose wisely.” When a case ends badly because corners were cut too deeply, correcting the problem, if possible at all, is more costly than having had the case handled more effectively in the first place.

LLoyd D. Godson, of DiPiano Godson LLP is president of the Middlesex County Bar Association. His contribution to the members of the profession and their clients who can’t always get the case resolved is to donate many hours of his time in free conciliation through the Middlesex Bar Association Program. Godson sees this as a worthwhile task that helps litigants save time and money by breaching obstacles that stand in the way of resolution.

DiPiano Godson LLP also performs some reduced fee and pro bono work on a case-by-case basis, and volunteers time to Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars, teaching other lawyers on certain legal practice areas.

While doing its part to pitch in during a poor economy, DiPiano Godson LLP also took some careful measures to control its own costs and weather the storm. Recently, the firm moved its home office to Lynnfield, a suburb of Boston about 15 or so miles northeast of the city. The practice maintains a location in Boston, but its operations went suburban. “Parking costs went down, overall costs went down, and our hourly fees remained consistent, without any increases over the past 18 months,” says DiPiano. “If a client is looking for a bargain, they should consider a lawyer with a good track record, and reputation, who is not located in a glass an marble tower with a water view in Boston,” DiPiano states. “Who does the client think is paying for those diggs?” asks DiPiano.


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Palm Springs San Diego Orange County Landlord-tenant Lawyer and Realtor Warns of a California Rental Crisis

Palm Springs San Diego Orange County Landlord-tenant Lawyer and Realtor Warns of a California Rental Crisis

The Palm Springs Coachella Valley area of Southern California has been hurt tremendously by the real estate and credit crisis meltdown. Cities like Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Coachella, Thermal, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Salton City and of course, Palm Springs have all seen construction of new homes virtually grind to a halt after years of over-building.


It doesn’t take a Palm Desert real estate lawyer or a Palm Springs Realtor to know there is a problem. Just in early October 2008, the area’s biggest Realtor in the valley announced it was closing its doors and letting all of it’s agents go to other real estate agencies. There is likely to be more fallout as the real estate meltdown claims other victims in the housing industry.


But just when you thought you had heard enough about the economic crisis, the credit crisis, the real estate crisis, the foreclosure crisis or the construction crisis, and lately the real estate agent crisis, add one more as fallout from the others. A rental crisis is coming, as sure as the heat comes to the desert every summer.


The number of households looking to rent is going up every month as foreclosures take away their homes. While homes sit empty either not for rent or at rents higher than these households can afford, the demand for cheap apartments is on the rise.


What makes this a crisis, is that construction of affordable rental property is declining significantly, rents are going up, unemployment is going up, and those who are employed are seeing their real income fall. That, adds up to a crisis.


Have you seen a tent city in your town? You may have one or more, but they simply may not be on the roads you travel.


As rents go higher and renters get poorer, despite the demand for cheap rentals, landlords are likely to be faced with potential renters that either fail credit checks or whose credit scores are far lower than they would like.


Estimates of when the real estate crisis will end are now being extended farther and farther out. When it was estimated that the real estate market in California would not recover until 2009, people thought such estimates were crazy. Now experts are predicting a turn around won’t occur until 2011 and no one is calling these experts crazy anymore.


This situation may have one silver lining. If demand for rental properties continue, and land values continue to decline, this may be the next area of growth for California’s construction industry.


In October 2008, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that new home and apartment construction fell in September 2008 by 6.3 percent to the lowest pace since 1991. The report indicates that the housing market correction has actually gained speed in recent months as foreclosures have flooded the market.


Just when you thought you had seen the worst of the real estate crisis, it seems to have become worse again with the stock market crash. Whatever month or year people thought the real estate market would recover, we can probably push that date another six months to a year farther out and the rental crisis looming in California is likely to loom even larger.


If you have a landlord-tenant, construction law, real estate or mortgage issue in Orange County, San Diego, in Riverside, Palm Springs or anywhere in Southern California, we have the knowledge and resources to be your California Real Estate Lawyers, and Orange County and San Diego Construction Attorneys. For this reason, be sure to hire a California law firm with landlord-tenant, real estate and construction lawyers who can represent you from Palm Springs, Laguna, Newport and Huntington Beach, Corona del Mar, Anaheim, Irvine, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Yorba Linda, Carlsbad, San Diego, Costa Mesa, Westminster, Murrieta, to Chula Vista, and Coachella.


If you have a landlord-tenant, construction law or real estate legal issue, and need to know your rights, call the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson, or visit our website at  and learn how we can assist you. You can also call us to speak directly to Sebastian Gibson on the phone about your legal matter.

The Sebastian Gibson Law Firm serves all of San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, the Coastal Cities from La Jolla, Carlsbad and Del Mar to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana and up to Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. We also serve the Inland Empire cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula, Riverside and San Bernardino and all the cities in the Coachella Valley and high desert, from La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella to Yucca Valley and Victorville.

Visit our website at if you have a landlord-tenant or real estate legal matter of any kind. We have the knowledge and resources to represent you as your Palm Springs Landlord-Tenant Lawyer and Palm Desert Real Estate Attorney or your attorney in and around the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, San Diego, Orange County, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Riverside, Chula Vista, Irvine, San Bernardino, Huntington Beach, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Oceanside, La Jolla, Del Mar, San Marcos, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Garden Grove, Palmdale, Long Beach, Corona, Yorba Linda, Escondido, Orange, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Victorville, Carlsbad, Temecula, Murrieta, Mission Viejo, El Cajon, Vista, Westminster, Santa Monica, Malibu, Westwood, Hesperia, Buena Park, Indio, Coachella, Del Mar, Oxnard, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

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