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Michael Phelan

Cause of the Amtrak Train Crash?

Well, that didn’ t take long.  The New York Times is reporting that the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday night was traveling at least 100 miles an hour through a sharp curve in an urban area.  According to the […]

Michael Phelan

What Caused the Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia?

So far, the answer is that authorities do not yet know.  Here’s what we do know.  This Amtrak train crash happened on a stretch of northbound track in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia near a bend in the track […]

Michael Phelan

Here We Go Again: Another NYC-Bound Tour Bus Crash

A tour bus carrying Asian tourists headed to Flushing, New York rear-ended a flatbed tractor trailer truck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Monday, killing the bus driver, Mr. Bo Hua Tan, and…

Michael Phelan

Regulating the Renegade Bus Companies

According to Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond Times- Dispatch, renegade bus lines prove the need for government regulation. Check out his video blog citing the recent Virginia bus crash…

Michael Phelan

It Makes No Sense That States Can Randomly Inspect Trucks But Not Buses

The Virginia bus crash last week that killed four and injured over 50 people has re-ignited the debate over a massive transportation spending bill that Congress passed in 2005 called SAFE-TEA-LU….

Michael Phelan

Why Punitive Damages are Good for a Free Market: the Sky Express Case

I really wanted to avoid blogging about last week’s Virginia bus crash, because I am reluctant to be lumped in with the lawyers who blog about tragedies to get cases. However, as the news about Sky…

Michael Phelan

Frightening News About Buffalo Plane Crash

According to people with knowledge of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, the captain of a Colgan Air commuter plane that crashed Feb. 12 near Buffalo, N.Y. flunked…