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Jenny Albano

One Killed and Dozens Injured in Multi-Car Pile Up

Thirty six cars were involved in a multi-car pile up that happened on February 10, at 12:40 P.M., that killed one and injured almost two dozen more. The accident occurred on 390 South near Scottsville Road in Vermont.More than 20 people were taken to local hospitals. One woman who was a passenger in one of the cars was killed. She has been identified as Lee Gno, 19. Several other people…

Rob Curtiss

Slow Down on Winter Roadways

The snows have come early to New England this year. Where I live in Central New Hampshire, there is a possibility we will get another foot of it over the weekend. This is good news for skiers and the local economy but not for motorists. Because as we all know winter storms can make for treacherous driving. To avoid wintertime accidents, it is important to allocate extra time to get where you…

Ed Van Dorn

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Driver Inattention

Drivers entering highways in wrong direction cause needless accidents and personal injury and wrongful death. Driver inatttention can cause motor vehicle accidents resulting in serious personal injury. Entering limited access highways the wrong way happens more often than expected. In 2002, a van entered Intersate 89 at exit 16 the wrong way, going south in the northbound lanes. This resulted…

Ed Van Dorn

Drunk Driver Kills Teenager

After drinking in a tavern a drunk driver caused the death of a teenager in Vermont. Vermont law may hold the tavern responsible.Shawn R. Burritt, 32 from Jericho Vermont appeared in Vermont District Court in Burlington to answer to charges that he drove the wrong way on Interstate 89 in Colchester on Saturday and collided with a vehicle, killing one of its passengers, Nicolas Fournier, 18, of…

Rob Curtiss

Thanksgiving Travel and Automobile Safety

Once again the holiday season is upon us. Many of us will be traveling to spend Thanksgiving with our families and loved ones. Unfortunately, the roads are very crowded during Thanksgiving rush. In many parts of the country this holiday also coincides with the first wintry weather of the season. This morning, for instance, I drove from Boston to Orford, New Hampshire and saw at least a dozen…

Rob Curtiss

Insurance Company Doctors Often Don't Give Accident Victims The Benefit Of The Doubt.

When an accident victim makes a claim against a negligent driver, who is insured, it is the driver’s insurance company that handles the claim. Often the company insists that the injury victim undergo an examination by a doctor working for it. The insurance companies refer to these examinations as “Independent Medical Examinations”. Of course, there is nothing independent about them. The…

Ed Van Dorn

Teenagers and Car Accidents

Statistics show that teenagers are involved in a disproportionate amount of car accidents involving personal injury. 6,000 teens are killed in car accidents every year. AAA has designated this week as National Teen Driver Safety Week. I think that any effort that brings more attention to teen driving safety issues is a good idea. As a personal injury lawyer I have seen first hand the serious…

Ed Van Dorn

Most Accidents Causing Serious Personal Injury Can Be Avoided

You’re driving down the road and suddenly get a flat in your left front tire, your car abruptly veers left. What do you do? Instinctively, most drivers sharply turn the wheel right to steer back on course, but is this the right thing to do? According to the experts, its not. So the driver’s immediate reaction is to grab the steering wheel and jerk it in the desired direction, which can put the…

Ed Van Dorn

Kudos to Bennington PD for Car Accident Prevention Efforts

We would like to congratulate the Bennington Police Department for receiving recognition by the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program for its traffic safety record. Paul Doucette, Jr., a lieutenant in the Bennington PD responded to the award saying: “It was the highest score ever seen in the Vermont Law Enforcement Challenge. We couldn’t do it without our dispatchers giving us the…

Rob Curtiss

Juries Respect Victims Who Keep Working

Recently, a 101 year old man named Ray Jenkins has gotten a lot of publicity for being the oldest American still working. Mr. Jenkins, who is exceptionally modest, doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. I think what people find so inspiring about him is that he’s overcome the odds and continued to be productive. I have had the privilege of representing many people who were seriously…