We Have No Tolerance for Distracted Drivers–Save the Texting for Later Although many people know not to text while driving, it does not seem to have stopped them. It is a significant  public safety issue. I had a recent eye doctor appointment and, although there was a sign saying no cell phones, I sat with…

Pedestrian Injuries in Monroe County PA The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that almost 5000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, the number of deaths has been increasing. The 2016 national data shows that pedestrian deaths increased by 9% to 5,987, the highest number since 1990. While the reasons for…

How artists came up with a solution to reverse the increase in pedestrian deaths. Eastern Pennsylvania and Monroe County have had far too many pedestrians seriously injured or killed by motor vehicles in the past few years.The question is what to do about it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study reporting…

14th Amendment Requires Schools to Protect High School football players from concussion injuries On September 21, 2017, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals filed a precedential opinion ruling that high school football players have a constitutional right to be protected from further harm after suffering a concussion injury on the field. Ironically, the School District…

A 15-year-old Connecticut student at a private boarding school in Connecticut (The Hotchkiss School) sued her school in federal court after she contracted tick-borne encephalitis on an educational trip to China the school organized. A jury awarded her $41.75 million. My first reaction to the headline, and maybe you share this view, was that the…

I just wrote a post on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent decision to re-visit when schools and municipalities may be held liable for dangerous conditions on their properties. Brewington The case I wrote about was Brewington v. City of Philadelphia, 149 A.3d 901 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). The PA Supreme Court will decide in Brewington whether…

Suing School Districts and other Pennsylvania municipal bodies has traditionally been very difficult because of an immunity statute called the “Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.” It’s a long name for a Pennsylvania law that says that government agencies are immune from being sued unless the claim falls within eight very narrow exceptions to immunity. One…

Attorney Jerry Geiger is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a rider. For over 30 years, he has been a trial attorney who has tried cases throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Jerry understands the physics and dynamics of riding a motorcycle, is quite aware of the dangers facing riders in the Poconos and understands motorcycle injury law. He also…

Since 1985, plaintiffs’ win rates in federal district court litigation have plummeted by more than 50%. UConn Law Professors Alexandra D. Lahav and Peter Siegelman describe the statistic as a mystery. They offer a few possibilities about this unusual statistic but no conclusions. Their draft study, is titled “The Curious Incident of the Falling Win…

Pennsylvania Auto Accidents As a Pennsylvanian who has been involved in an accident while in a chauffeured vehicle, it leaves you in a bit of a complex situation. You may also be wondering exactly who will be picking up the tab in the event that someone is injured, whether that person is you or someone else…