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Wyoming’s Fourth Annual Workers’ Memorial Day a Success May 3, 2015 On Tuesday April 28th, Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming and SAFER Director Mark Aronowitz welcomed families, State officials, and Governor Matt Mead to Wyoming's fourth annual Workers' Memorial Day, at the State Capitol in Cheyenne.  Workers' Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have died on the job, acknowledge the suffering experienced by their families and communities, and recommit to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces. Governor Mead spoke powerfully, declaring "from personal experience, on June 21, 1996 ... I got the call that my mom was killed in a workplace fatality," he said in reference to when his mother, Mary Mead, was killed after being thrown from her horse... Read more
Wrongful Death Settlement Reached in Wyoming School Bus Highway Crossing Case April 30, 2015 The Spence Firm, LLC has settled a wrongful death case on behalf of a family for their daughter's death.  Their eleven-year-old daughter was struck and killed while exiting a school bus in Fremont County, Wyoming.  She was directed by her school bus driver to cross a 65 m.p.h. highway at night.  The bus driver expressly directed the child into oncoming traffic without sufficient time for her to safely cross the highway.  She was struck and killed by an oncoming motorist. Emily Rankin and Mel C. Orchard represented the victim's family in the wrongful death lawsuit brought in federal court in Wyoming.  The case was against the school district for negligent bus routing that required... Read more
The Dangers of Distracted Driving April 30, 2015 With advances in mobile and in-car technology, today’s truck drivers face more potential distractions today than ever before. Now that we have so many communication and entertainment options readily available, it takes discipline to stay fully focused behind the wheel. Yet, losing concentration even for a second can be the difference between getting home safely and causing a collision or losing control. Most Common Driving Distractions Based on our lawyers’ experience, some of the distractions that most frequently lead to trucking accidents include the following: • Talking on the phone. While many states have either outlawed or significantly restricted handheld cell phone use... Read more
Second Deadly I-80 Trucking Accident in a Week in Wyoming Raises Questions April 22, 2015 A second multi-vehicle crash on I-80 in Wyoming this week caused serious injuries and two reported fatalities, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.  Early reports indicate that on Thursday morning, April 20, 2015, nearly 60 vehicles were involved in the accident, where a large fire ensued.  The Spence Firm is investigating details of this fatal incident. Witnesses at the scene reported a tanker hauling HAZMAT hazardous materials caught fire after numerous trucks piled up on the interstate.  Wyoming Highway Patrol is reporting that one arrest has been made related to the crash.  Thursday morning truckers and motorists on I-80 were warned of reduced visibility, black ice, and... Read more
Spence Investigating Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up on Wyoming Interstate-80 April 17, 2015 A recent multi-vehicle crash on I-80 in Wyoming, between Cheyenne and Laramie, in winter conditions on April 16, 2015, caused serious injuries to numerous drivers, according to reports from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.  Early reports from the investigating officers suggest that 33 commercial vehicles and 12 passenger cars and trucks were involved in the pile-up.  Many of the crash victims were transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.  As of late Thursday night, investigation was ongoing into the cause of the accident. The Spence Law Firm's team of truck accident investigators, trucking safety rules and regulations experts, and trucking accident trial... Read more
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