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NTSB Releases Its 2010 List Of 'Most Wanted' Transportation Safety Improvements: Aircraft Icing and Reducing Operator Fatigue Included

In the middle of February, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its 2010 Federal Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, addressing concerns in the areas of rail, marine, aviation and highway safety. Each issue within the individual areas was assigned a status color related to actions taken thus far in response to the safety issues: Red ("unacceptable"), Yellow ("acceptable-progressing slowly") or Green ("acceptable response-progressing in a timely manner").

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rolls Out Phase One Of Driver Pre-Employment Screening

In line with the upcoming, nation-wide implementation of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched Friday the initial phase of its Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). The PSP, one of the many changes the FMCSA is making to the current regulations governing large motor carriers, will enable carrier companies, including semi-trailer truck carriers, to have electronic access to the driving records for potential new drivers, specifically crash records and driver safety inspections.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Preparing To Implement Initiative Aimed At Improving Trucking Safety Standards

In an effort to enhance and update the current safety standards of the trucking industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in the process of finalizing and nationally introducing a initiative two years in the making. Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) is a program designed by the FMCSA which introduces an updated enforcement and compliance model aimed at improving the safety standards for the interstate operation of larger motor vehicles with the goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities that occur nationwide.

A Victory For The Citizens Of Illinois: The Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Medical Malpractice Damage Caps Are Unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's medical malpractice law today, saying it violates separation of powers by allowing lawmakers to interfere with a judge's ability to reduce verdicts. All of us at Rapoport Law Offices believe that today the citizens of Illinois experienced a great victory. Our attorneys have been and always will be strong believers in a person's right to a jury trial without arbitrary damages caps limiting their recovery.  This is the third time the Illinois Supreme Court has struck down attempts to cap damages in medical malpractice cases.  We truly hope the Court never has to rule upon such legislation again.

Rapoport Law Offices, P.C. - A Different Kind of Personal Injury Law Firm

Rapoport Law Offices, P.C. is featured in the December 2009 issue of Leading Lawyer Network Magazine / Consumer Edition. As noted in the article, our attorneys focus their legal work on a select number of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. As a result, the personal injury lawyers in our firm pride themselves on providing the personalized legal service that each client deserves, along with the dedicated resources required to deliver the maximum result for each case.

New Federal Regulation Limits Time Airlines Can Keep Passengers On Board Plane During Tarmac Delays

On December 21, 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation, ("DOT"), announced a new rule that imposes a three hour limit on the amount of time an airline can keep a passenger on board a domestic flight that has been delayed on the tarmac. Exceptions exist within the rule for concerns of safety or security, or if the air traffic control advises the pilot that a return to the gate would disrupt the operations of the airport.

Recent Northwest Airlines Overflight Incident Underscores The Need For Cockpit Video Recorders

Aviation safety experts, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), have been calling for image recorders in airline cockpits for years. In fact, the NTSB includes this recommendation on its "Most Wanted List" of safety improvements. In the wake of the recent Northwest Airlines incident--in which the pilots of a flight bound for Minneapolis inexplicably overflew their destination airport--the utility and safety benefits of such a requirement are clearly apparent. If this device had been installed in the cockpit of the Northwest flight, the mystery of what went on in that cockpit would now be solved. Instead, we are left to wonder how a flight crew missed a turn by nearly 150 miles, and further why the pilots failed to respond to air traffic control communications for an amount of time so long that the aircraft could have been shot down. If those pilots fell asleep at the controls in a cockpit equipped with a video recorder, a picture would have been worth a thousand words.

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