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GM Court Victories Show Ignition Switch Lawsuits Are Not Automatic

GM Court Victories Show Ignition Switch Lawsuits Are Not Automatic

General Motors has already admitted a flaw in its ignition switch that could cause power to fail while a vehicle is in motion, and the company has already paid more than $600 million to a victims’ compensation fund. But that doesn’t mean lawsuits against the auto giant for crashes allegedly related to the ignition switch… Read More »

Can Cellphones Be Made Safer for Driving

Can Cellphones Be Made Safer for Driving?

A recent article at Slate.com noted the nation is in the midst of a huge spike in roadway fatalities featuring “the biggest back-to-back increase in motor vehicle-related death rates per mile driven in more than 50 years.”  Naturally, there is a determined search for culprits, with various “experts, writers, and organizations” pointing to cellphones and… Read More »

New North Carolina Law Requires School Driver’s Ed Courses to Add Police-Stop Training

New North Carolina Law Requires School Driver’s Ed Courses to Add Police-Stop Training

This spring, when high school students get behind the wheel for their Driver’s Education classes, they’ll be covering more than the usual lane changes and parallel parking. That’s because last year, the North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 21, mandating that the state’s driver’s ed programs include training on how to behave during a police… Read More »

What Are the Insurance Options for Rideshare Drivers?

What Are the Insurance Options for Rideshare Drivers?

Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are booming, providing low-cost transportation options and flexible employment throughout the world. Despite the growth, however, insurance issues have challenged these companies and their drivers from the beginning, because traditional auto insurance policies did not fit the rideshare model. It became clear that insurers would need to come… Read More »

Coast Guard Ships with Asbestos and/or Lead Paint

Did you know that from 1988 to 2017 that the US Coast Guard had asbestos on their active duty ships? The Coast Guard recently released an internal only memo that includes a list of all ships that were operated between 1988 and 2017 that had asbestos and/or lead paint. All of these ships were built… Read More »

What Are the Nine Most Dangerous Driving Habits?

What Are the Nine Most Dangerous Driving Habits?

When driving on the open road, safety should be everyone’s number one concern. Unfortunately, safe driving requires sacrifice, while unsafe maneuvers can bring immediate gratification. When people get away with an unsafe maneuver a few times, it can easily become an unsafe habit. Just what unsafe habits are most likely to cause severe accidents? Recently,… Read More »

Why Hampton Roads Interchange Is Virginia’s “Crash Alley”

Why Hampton Roads Interchange Is Virginia’s “Crash Alley”

The I-264/I-64 interchange is the busiest interchange in Hampton Roads, with nearly 400,000 vehicles passing through every day. And although it is the second-busiest interchange in Virginia, it racked up the most recorded accidents in the commonwealth for 2017. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says the number of crashes is proportional to the volume… Read More »

Podcast Features Don Marcari’s Reflections on the David Cox JAG Trial

Podcast Features Don Marcari’s Reflections on the David Cox GITMO Trial

On an episode of Cold Traces, a popular true crime podcast that investigates unresolved cases, attorney Don Marcari was asked to provide his recollections of the 1986 trial in which he represented David Cox, a young U.S. Marine stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facing court-martial and whose violent death eight years later leaves many questions unanswered…. Read More »

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban Celebrates Employees of the Month for 2017

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban Celebrates Employees of the Month for 2017

As a law firm dedicated to serving injured clients and disabled veterans, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban emphasizes client service. We know our clients come to us in times of crisis: they’ve been seriously injured in an accident, or they’ve been denied benefits for a service-related disability. They need to see welcoming faces, hear understanding… Read More »

Bryan G. Nichols Named a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney for North Carolina

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is proud to announce that personal injury attorney Bryan G. Nichols of the firm’s Raleigh office has been named to the National Trial Lawyers’ prestigious Top 40 Under 40 group in North Carolina for 2017. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of America’s premier trial attorneys, and… Read More »