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Fatal Pedestrian Hit & Run in Columbia Heights

December 27, 2016, Washington, D.C. – The Washington Post is reporting another fatal hit-and-run on 14th Street in Columbia Heights, this time at a market cross-walk at Otis Street, NW. Dangerous Intersections on 14th Street, Northwest Development on 14th Street has exploded over the past [...]

Zukerberg & Halperin, PLLC Obtains the Largest Settlement for Virginia Inmate

Zukerberg & Halperin, PLLC Obtains the Largest Settlement for Virginia Inmate Zukerberg & Halperin, PLLC is proud to announce that one of its founding attorneys, Jonathan Halperin, has achieved a tremendous outcome for a Virginia man currently incarcerated. Attorney Halperin has been a longstanding fighter for victims [...]

Attorney Zukerberg Provides Pro Bono Legal Services to Assist Adams Morgan Farmers’ Market

Attorney Zukerberg Provides Pro Bono Legal Services to Save Adams Morgan Farmers' Market The historic Adams Morgan Farmers’ Market has been a mainstay at the Suntrust Plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, Washington DC since the late 1970’s. The farmers’ market had evolved [...]

Why Beauty Salons & Spas Can Cause Personal Injuries

Why Beauty Salons & Spas Can Cause Personal Injuries Washington, DC – October 27, 2016. Beauty salons and spas are supposed to make you more beautiful, but some visits can end in disaster. If your beauty salon visit resulted in a personal injury, you need [...]

Nursing Homes Can’t Force Victims of Elder Abuse into Arbitration

Nursing Homes Can't Force Victims of Elder Abuse into Arbitration A ruling in Washington D.C. on September 28, 2016 led to fantastic news for nursing home residents. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruled that nursing homes could not force residents who [...]

New DC Law Will Help Bike Accident Victims Get Paid

New DC Law Will Help Bike Accident Victims Get Paid Washington, DC – September 20, 2016. The D.C. Council approved a new law today which will help cyclists and pedestrians get compensated when they are struck by motor vehicles. When Will the Bill Pass?​ Paul Zukerberg, a [...]

Maryland’s Highest Court Recognizes Social Host Liability for Alcohol

Maryland's Highest Court Recognizes Social Host Liability for Alcohol Thinking about hosting an underage drinking party? Think again if you are in Maryland. In a pair of landmark rulings this summer, the Maryland Court of Appeals held homeowners and renters civilly liable for the damage [...]

Understanding Your PIP Insurance Rights

Understanding Your PIP Insurance Rights PIP stands for Personal Injury Protection – extra car insurance to help pay your bills. To take advantage of PIP, you need to know your rights. The experienced personal injury law firm of Zukerberg & Halpering, PLLC can tell you [...]

Fatal Tesla Crash Clouds Future of Self-Driving Cars

Fatal Tesla Crash Clouds Future of Self-Driving Cars Self-driving cars are supposed to be the wave of the future, but the first fatal crash of a Tesla on auto-pilot is putting doubt on the futurists’ plans. The crash report is horrific. According to the New [...]

New Tests For Detecting Traumatic Brain Injury

New Tests For Detecting Traumatic Brain Injury Experts agree that cognitive rest is the best treatment for mild traumatic brain injury, but how do you know if you suffered a mild TBI, what is commonly called a concussion? Up until now, doctors, coaches, and patients relied on [...]

Virginia Wesleyan Rape Case Trial Begins

Virginia Wesleyan Rape Case Trial Begins The Virginia Wesleyan College rape case started in civil trial as of last week. Attorney Halperin is representing the victim who was allegedly raped by an upperclassman on the school’s campus back in 2012. ABC 13 News Now reported [...]

Zukerberg & Halperin File Fire Pit Law Suit

Zukerberg & Halperin File Fire Pit Law Suit Rockville, Maryland – May 20, 2016. Zukerberg & Halperin, a personal injury law firm with offices in Washington and Richmond, filed a law suit today over a severe backyard fire pit burn injury. Fire pits – a [...]

Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Faulty Airbags

Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Faulty Airbags Nissan Motors has joined the airbag recall to the tune of 3.5 million U.S. vehicles. The problem lies with a faulty passenger seat sensor and is safety critical. What Is Wrong With the Airbags? When operating properly, the sensing [...]

Chemical Train Crash Scares DC

Chemical Train Crash Scares DC A CSX train carrying at least three different chemicals derailed and crashed near Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast DC yesterday. The crash ruptured the rail tankers and spilled sodium hydroxide. Rhode Island Avenue was closed, as was the Capital Crescent [...]

Tenth Victim of Deadly Takata Airbag Fiasco

Tenth Victim of Deadly Takata Airbag Fiasco A Texas teen became the 10th victim of faulty automobile airbags manufactured by Japanese parts supplier Takata. Huma Hanif, 17, died when a defective Takata airbag on her 2002 Honda Civic exploded following a low-speed collision. The known defect [...]

DC Flunks Driving School

DC Flunks Driving School First you have to go to school, then you don’t. The DC government cannot decide what it wants from new drivers. First, DC passed a regulation requiring new drivers to attend driving school in order to get a license. Then yesterday, the [...]

DC Sending New Drivers to School

DC Sending New Drivers to School Beginning May 1, 2016, every new driver in the District of Columbia will have to take a driver education course to get a license. The old days of taking a test and hitting the road are over. Now, a 30 hour [...]

Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers

Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers If you have been hurt in a Virginia auto, car or truck accident, you need to know your rights. Experienced personal injury lawyers Paul Zukerberg and Jonathan Halperin are names you can trust to handle your Va. auto accident case. They [...]

Top Maryland Auto Accident Lawyers

Top Maryland Auto Accident Lawyers If you have been injured in a Maryland auto, car or truck crash, you deserve the best lawyers possible. Experienced personal injury lawyers Paul Zukerberg and Jonathan Halperin are names you can trust to handle your MD. auto accident case. [...]

Self-Driving Cars Bad News for Personal Injury Lawyers?

Self-Driving Cars Bad News for Personal Injury Lawyers? With Honda and Chevy now joining Tesla in making self-driving or semi-driverless cars, the days of auto accidents may be numbered. No crashes, no personal injury lawyers needed thank you. Tesla pioneered cars on auto-pilot with its [...]

Title 9 Spells Campus Justice

Title 9 Spells Campus Justice Title 9 law allows a victim of sexual harassment to sue a college or university in US federal court. Victims of gender-based violence, sexual assault, bullying and harassment have the power to fight injustice on campus. The US Department of Education [...]

Bicycle Disc Brake Danger

Bicycle Disc Brake Danger With disc brakes on bicycles, the trouble is not with the brake, but with the front, quick release skewer. If the skewer lever comes loose or is left open, the lever handle can get caught in the front brake disk. These [...]

Maryland Set to Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

Maryland Set to Toughen Drunk Driving Laws More than half of all fatal car collisions involve drivers impaired by alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease control, that equals out to approximately 30 people per day dying in an alcohol-related motor vehicle collision. This year, [...]

Time for Mandatory Pedestrian Detection Systems on Cars

Time for Mandatory Pedestrian Detection Systems on Cars With the rise of pedestrian deaths related to car accidents in DC, Maryland and Virginia, it’s time for mandatory pedestrian detection systems on all new cars. Sensor technology has focused on vehicle-to-vehicle detection systems for use in autonomous driving [...]

Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths

Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths Pedestrian deaths rose by 10% in 2015, according to the Governors’ Association for Highway Safety. The nation-wide rise coincides with a rise in local pedestrian deaths in DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Motor vehicle driver error continues to be [...]

Virginia Senate Bill Would Outlaw “Dooring” of Cyclists

Virginia Senate Bill Would Outlaw "Dooring" of Cyclists A new proposed bill in the Virginia Senate would fine motorists who “door” bicyclists. VA Senate bill #117 would amend Va. Code §46.2-818 to impose a $50 fine on anyone who opens a car door “unless it is [...]

Talcum Powder Causes Ovarian Cancer, Jury Finds

Talcum Powder Causes Ovarian Cancer, Jury Finds A Missouri state jury has slapped drug manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), with a $72 million dollar verdict in St. Louis last week, finding that J&J’s talcum power caused deadly ovarian cancer in women, and that J&J knew [...]

DC’s Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists

DC's Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists If you’re peddling around the District of Columbia today, you may want to skip these intersections. The D.C. Department of Transportation says these are the five highest intersections for serious bicycle crashes. Top bicycle crash locations: 14th and Columbia [...]

DC Streetcar Pedestrian Danger?

DC Streetcar Pedestrian Danger? Washington DC’s long delayed Streetcar debuted on February 27, 2016. It's running, but can it run safely? Are H Street pedestrians in danger? The streetcar project has been delayed five years, raising significant questions about planning and safety – questions which may [...]

DC Metro Trains Still Running Red Lights

DC Metro Trains Still Running Red Lights February 24, 2016, Washington, D.C., – After a fatal 2009 Metro train cash, where the operator ran a red light signal, killing 8 passengers, DC Metrorail riders hoped for a complete overhaul of Metro’s safety philosophy. Apparently, that [...]

Churches & Bike Lanes Set to Reach Historic Compromise in Washington, D.C.

Churches & Bike Lanes Set to Reach Historic Compromise in Washington, D.C. Plans to create a protected north-south cycling lane in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood have run into a powerful roadblock: church parking. Local churches are the heart and soul of the District of Columbia community. [...]

Do You Qualify for the NCAA Concussion Class Action Settlement?

Do You Qualify for the NCAA Concussion Class Action Settlement? Did you play an NCAA college sport? Do you suffer from Post-Concussion Syndrome? If so, the January 26, 2015 NCAA nation-wide class action settlement may right be for you. In a landmark lawsuit, plaintiff Adrian Arrington [...]

DC TENLEYTOWN COMMUNITY DEMANDS SAFER ROADS

DC Tenleytown Community Demands Safer Roads A coalition of parents, local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and commuters is demanding safer streets in DC’s Tenleytown neighborhood. Tenleytown is a fast-growing mix of businesses, residential apartments, and two of this city’s largest public schools, Deal Middle School and [...]

BIKE LANES LAST TO BE PLOWED

Bike Lanes Last to be Plowed 2-Feb-2016 Cyclists are used to being at the bottom of the priority list when it starts to snow. In Washington, D.C., the official policy is not to clear bike lanes of snow until after general motor vehicle lanes are plowed. [...]

DC’S DEADLIEST INTERSECTIONS

DC'S DEADLIEST INTERSECTIONS The District of Columbia Department of Transportation has published its list of most dangerous intersections in Washington D.C. Using statistics for the three-year period 2012 through 2015, DDOT identified the traffic intersections with the most serious crashes and injuries. The survey included motor vehicle, bike, [...]

Another Fatal Greyhound Bus Crash

Another Fatal Greyhound Bus Crash Washington, January 19, 2016 - California Highway Patrol is reporting a fatal Greyhound Bus crash on the San Jose Freeway, killing two passengers and injuring at least 18 others. One is a long series of Greyhound and other bus crashes [...]

Grab Your Shovel – DC’s New Tougher Snow Laws

Grab Your Shovel - DC's New Tougher Snow Laws After a record warm winter, DC's tough new snow removal laws may get their first test this week. Property owners who used to rely on evaporation – or just wait for spring to melt snow and [...]

6 Rules for Pool Safety

6 Rules for Pool Safety According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Council, over 300 children under the age of 5 die each year in the U.S. in swimming pool drownings. Another 2,000 visit the emergency room. In some cities, drowning is now the leading [...]

New Auto Safety Devices Prevent Deaths

New Auto Safety Devices Prevent Deaths Car makers offer a host of new auto safety devices. But do they work? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the answer is yes. Data on cars equipped with forward collision and lane departure warning systems were in [...]

Are DC’s New Turf Fields Safe?

Are DC's New Turf Fields Safe? Artificial turf fields are popular, but are they safe? A new report by the Concussion Legacy Foundation has linked head injuries to poorly maintained turf fields. Fifteen percent of concussions are caused by the head hitting the turf, as [...]

5 Playground Lessons Every Parent Should Know

5 Playground Lessons Every Parent Should Know Playgrounds Come in 3 Sizes. Playground equipment must be age appropriate to be safe. National playground standards group kids into three developmental stages: 6-to-23 months (Tykes), ages 2-to-5 years (Little Folks), and 5-to-12 years (Kids). Choose the playground [...]

7 Safety Tips for Winter Bike Rides

7 Safety Tips for Winter Bike Rides Slow Down when It's Wet. Roads are slicker and wet rims reduce brake performance. Give yourself extra time and distance to complete your stopping safely. When there’s rain or snow, drag your brakes slightly before you have to [...]

Student Campus Personal Injuries on the Rise

Student Campus Personal Injuries on the Rise A chemistry classroom explosion at Woodson High in Fairfax, Virginia last month seriously injured six students, part of an alarming uptick in school campus injuries. Poorly trained instructors and inadequate lesson planning are blamed for the Woodson explosion and [...]

DC Will Fine Building Owners Who Fail to Shovel Snow

DC Will Fine Building Owners Who Fail to Shovel Snow It may be hot out, but DC officials are planning new fines for commercial property who fail to shovel snow. Property owners have just eight (8) hours after snow has ended to clear their sidewalks, [...]

Will DC’s Plan for Zero Traffic Deaths Work?

Will DC's Plan for Zero Traffic Deaths Work? (December 17, 2015) Washington, DC – Mayor Muriel Bowser has released her long-awaited plan to combat traffic deaths in the District of Columbia. Bicycle, pedestrian, and motor vehicle deaths have been rising in the District. “Vision Zero” is a [...]

DC Faces Bicycle Safety Crisis

DC Faces Bicycle Safety Crisis Facing soaring rates of bicycle and pedestrian deaths, the DC Council is considing new legislation called the Bicycle and Pedestrian Act of 2015. Sounds good, but will it help? The most controversial feature is a new rule to allow cyclists to yield [...]

Prince George’s County Leads in Fatal Bicycle Accidents

Prince George's County Leads in Fatal Bicycle Accidents Local jurisdictions are not doing enough for bicycle safety. Last year, P.G. County had 36 fatal bicycle accidents. The District of Columbia had 25, and Montgomery county was third at 21, followed by Fairfax County with 19. Part [...]

DC’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Late

DC's Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Late Mayor Muriel Bowser's "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate traffic deaths was due this fall — safety advocates are still waiting. Pedestrian deaths are up 3.1% in 2015 while 20 people have died this year in bicycle accidents in the District.

Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) CNN is reporting that former New York Giant and sportscaster Frank Gifford suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease associated with repetitive brain trauma. Originally, a disease of boxers, it has now been [...]

Tasers Kill

Tasers Kill Tasers were supposed to be the answer to deadly force by police. Instead, they raise a host of new issues. Excessive use and improper training have resulted in dozens of lawsuits across the nation. At least 48 people have died in the United [...]

Pedestrian Accidents Up 3.1% in DC

Pedestrian Accidents Up 3.1% in DC While motor vehicle accidents were down overall in 2014, setting a record low, collisions with pedestrians were up 3.1% in the District of Columbia. Distracted drivers continued to be a cause for concern, with 92% of fatal collisions attributable to driver error.

Driver Error Causes 92% of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driver Error Causes 92% of Motor Vehicle Accidents Driver error continues to be the leading cause of auto accidents, accounting for 92% of all fatal car crashes. With the advent of safer cars, only 2% of collisions are caused by mechanical defects, according to new report from [...]

Attorney Halperin’s Work for Personal Injury Victims Sets Bar for Other Virginia Lawyers

Attorney Halperin's Work for Personal Injury Victims Sets Bar for Other Virginia Lawyers   Out of 29,000 lawyers in Virginia, Jonathan Halperin of Zukerberg & Halpering, PLLC was selected as one of 30 Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” for 2015. This is the tenth year [...]