This Little-Known Pennsylvania Driving Law Could Save Lives

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 14, 2016 10:23:25 AM

Have you ever heard of Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law? This important piece of the PA vehicle code requires drivers to move over at least one lane or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop, or disabled vehicle where emergency responders such as law enforcement, tow truck operators, and/or PennDOT personnel and vehicles are present.

The law is intended to prevent injuries and save lives, but it only works if drivers are aware of it and too often they’re not. According to this story in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that there were 76 crashes involving parked vehicles in the state in 2014 and 82 in 2015. An annual average of 90 crashes a year were recorded from 2000-06 before the “Steer Clear” law. That average fell just below 85 in the years since the law passed.

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Anapol Weiss attorney Christopher Marzzacco has worked on numerous cases where accidents involving responders could have been avoided had drivers been more familiar with the “Steer Clear” law.

If you have questions about the “Steer Clear” law, or if you or someone you know was injured by a driver who violated the law, contact Christopher. 

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving

No Substitute for Visiting the Scene of an Accident say Top PA Accident Lawyers Ryan Hurd & Jim Ronca

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 12, 2016 12:30:17 PM

In a recent piece in The Legal Intelligencer, Ryan Hurd and Jim Ronca of Anapol Weiss contend that 632_P_AnapolWeissLaw_Event.jpgdespite technology and time constraints, there is no substitute for a physical visit to the scene of an accident in assuring due diligence on behalf of car accident victims and other plaintiffs. Citing examples ranging from a fatal car accident to a slip and fall at work, the top PA personal injury attorneys describe instances in which crucial evidence and testimony was discovered even after an official car accident report and defense investigation. They further demonstrate the inherent value of firsthand knowledge of the accident scene for evaluating whether or not to accept a case or preparing an attorney to place testimony and evidence in context.

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Accident, Truck Accidents

Joel Feldman of Anapol Weiss & EndDD.org Advises Personal Injury Attorneys on Helping Clients through Post-Trauma

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 9, 2016 11:54:29 AM

In his advocacy for victims of distracted driving, Joel Feldman of Anapol Weiss, also advocates a paradigm shift in how personal injury lawyers conceive and respond to families’ grief.

444_P_Anapol_Weiss_Lawfirm.jpgMr. Feldman described in a contribution to the Legal Intelligencer how his own tragic loss inspired deeper insight into the grieving process of his clients and their need for information in wrongful death settlements. He explains that, with the best intentions, wrongful death attorneys often pursue swift settlements when auto insurers approve the maximum claim. They assume, as Mr. Feldman once did, that this is the best “closure” that they can provide a grieving family, however he advises that for a grieving family, "closure" is both elusive and frequently undesired—tantamount to forgetting their loved one.

Mr. Feldman advocates a shift in both procedure and attitude in wrongful death cases. First, he explains how his experience taught him the value of detailed information in comprehending loss and that he now makes a specific effort to obtain a written statement from the defendant addressing his client’s need for as much detailed information as possible. Secondly, he advises attorneys that in responding to their client’s grief, they must avoid suggestions of “closure” that may feel disrespectful to their loved ones’ significance and proscribes a deeper understanding of the grieving process that suggests seeking meaning through loss, a distinction that appreciates that a family can not close-the-book on their loved one, but can, in their post-trauma, open a new chapter that honors their memory.

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving, wrongful death

Chris Marzzacco Makes the Case for Legal Action to Stop Texting and Driving

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 8, 2016 11:31:03 AM

In his recent contribution to the Legal Intelligencer, Christopher Marzzacco of Anapol Weiss cites the alarming statistic that distracted driving caused 15,000 crashes in 2015 in Pennsylvania and warns that this figure is not likely to reduce until, like drunk driving, distracted driving becomes socially unacceptable. Mr. Marzzacco persuades us that stronger legal consequences will help facilitate this social change by demanding the public more deeply consider the personal consequences of distracted driving.

Marzzacco1-1.jpgA number of recent and upcoming bills in both Pennsylvania and surrounding states contribute in unique ways towards a reconsideration of what constitutes distracted driving and why we do it. In Pennsylvania, it is currently illegal to text and drive, but not talk and drive. A new bill aims to ban all cell phone use while driving and allow PA to catch up with other states in its recognition of cell phone use as inherently dangerous. Another bill strengthens judicial sentencing authority while allowing victims and their families to seek punitive damages from texting and driving accidents.

The boldest idea highlighting the dangers of texting and driving extends liability to a person who knowingly texts a driver behind the wheel. While a controversial issue, it sends a clear message that texting while driving is a deadly problem and that safe driving is a shared responsibility.

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving

The Legal Talks Values and Hot-Button Issues with Tom Anapol, PA Assoc. for Justice President

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 7, 2016 3:07:39 PM

The Legal Intelligencer interviewed newly elected president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice,
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of Anapol Weiss, who shared his perspective on the organization’s mission as a voice for victims and employees to the broader legal community.

Mr. Anapol spoke with the Legal Intelligencer regarding the importance of strengthening membership through the promotion of diversity. He also reiterated the association’s core values of championing the rights of individuals and workers, and shared his perspective on forthcoming legislative issues that may bolster or undermine existing protections. Mr. Anapol also cited the importance of assuring continuity of victim and worker rights as technologies evolve, particularly in the case of autonomous vehicles.

Topics: Anapol Weiss, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Auto Defects

EIGHT ATTORNEYS AT ANAPOL WEISS NAMED 2017 BEST LAWYERS

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Aug 16, 2016 4:54:50 PM

 Anapol Weiss has announced today that eight of its attorneys have been rated by their peers as “The Best Lawyers in America” for exemplary work in their respective fields.

A full list of Anapol Weiss attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers is located at the end of this release.

“It’s a great honor to have eight of our lawyers recognized as ‘Best Lawyers’ and I believe it shows our depth and commitment to excellence in the civil justice system,” said Shareholder Sol Weiss. “We take on every case 212_AnapolWeiss_Lawfirm.jpgwith the belief that, somewhere along the way, someone was denied justice.  Our clients are often regular folks who got shortchanged by the system.  Our job is to make things right for them.  If in the course of seeking justice for them, we are recognized for our work, then it’s a testament to the people who work here.”

The eight Anapol Weiss attorneys named as 2017 “Best Lawyers” continues a long tradition of such honors for the firm. Shareholders Sol Weiss and Lawrence
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Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities.

Every year, Best Lawyers conducts an extensive peer-review survey of thousands of leading lawyers asking them to confidentially evaluate their peers, the results of which are released as the Best Lawyers in America list. 

This year’s Best Lawyers in America recipients at Anapol Weiss include:


Christopher Marzzacco

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

David S. Senoff

Insurance Law

Gregory Spizer

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions

James R. Ronca

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawrence R. Cohan

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Sol H. Weiss

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions

Thomas R. Anapol

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Tracy A. Finken Magnotta

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions

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17 Anapol Weiss Attorneys Selected for 2016 Super Lawyers Honors

Posted by Anapol Weiss on May 16, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Anapol Weiss, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, is pleased to announce that 17 of its attorneys have been named 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas, including personal injury, mass tort and product liability law. Five percent of Pennsylvania's 50,000 practicing attorneys are selected for Super Lawyer honors while 2.5 percent are named Rising Stars.

Nominees are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as verdicts and settlements, honors and awards and scholarly lectures and writings. The ultimate objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible and comprehensive list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for those searching for legal representation.

Anapol Weiss congratulates this year's honorees and is proud to continue our legacy of successfully advocating for victims of negligence.

 

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Sol Weiss Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Apr 29, 2016 12:31:11 PM

Anapol Weiss is proud to announce that its President Sol H. Weiss is among the recipients of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 Firm President Sol H. Weiss

Each year, The Legal Intelligencer selects a group of individuals who have helped shape Pennsylvania law. The publication presents the award to attorneys who have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state.

Weiss has been at the forefront of Pennsylvania civil law for more than 40 years. Since graduating from Villanova University School of Law in 1972, he has led major lawsuits locally as well as high-profile, national litigations. He earned a reputation as a modern day trailblazer in the creation and development of this generation’s mass tort litigation with prominent plaintiff leadership roles in Fen-Phen, Vioxx and countless other pharmaceutical and medical device cases. More recently, Weiss along with Shareholder David Senoff were among Lead Counsel in the Luzerne County Juvenile Civil Rights Litigation – known as the “Kids for Cash” cases. Settlements to date have exceeded $25 million for the juvenile victims.

Weiss along with fellow shareholder Larry Coben filed the first of the federal National Football League (NFL) concussion lawsuits in Philadelphia. As Co-Lead Counsel in the consolidated litigation, Weiss helped forge the nearly one-billion-dollar settlement for injured players. In April 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously affirmed the settlement.

Weiss, who served for five years on the Executive Committee of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), has been honored with numerous awards by AAJ including the 2011 Presidents Award for Distinguished Service and its 2009 Award for Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year for his leadership and efforts in AAJ’s fight to overturn anti-civil justice Federal Preemption. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, a past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania American Board of Trial Advocates, and previously held various offices for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He has been a long standing member of the Villanova Law School Board of Consultors and was recently honored by the Law School with its 2014 Service Award.

“I owe this honor to my family and partners,” Weiss said. “Their sacrifices made this possible.”

Weiss and the entire firm thank The Legal Intelligencer for this exceptional honor.

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Anapol Weiss Receives Highest Firm Ranking in 2016 Best Law Firms

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Nov 5, 2015 3:07:00 PM

Anapol Weiss received a Tier 1 Ranking in 2016 edition of Best Law FirmsAnapol Weiss is proud to announce that the firm has received the highest ranking of Tier 1 in the 2016 edition of Best Law Firms®.

Anapol Weiss was named a Tier 1 law firm both nationally and in Philadelphia for the category of Plaintiffs’ Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions. The firm also received the highest ranking in Philadelphia for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation.

The firm has been ranked in every edition of Best Law Firms since the publication was created five years ago by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Evaluation criteria for the award include expertise, responsiveness, business practices, integrity and other factors.

In addition to the firm’s recognition, six attorneys were named in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. They are:

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