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BP Pleads Guilty to Oil Spill Accident and Settles Personal Injury Claims, but are the Legal Battles Really Over?November 15th, 2012 Posted in Accident News
Oil tycoon BP has pleaded guilty and settled claims with the Department of Justice and the Securities for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill accident that claimed the lives of 11 workers.
The accident took place over two years ago, and after fighting tooth and nail in court, BP has settled with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for $4.5 billion. BP pleaded guilty on 11 felony counts relating to the workers’ deaths, two misdemeanors, and a separate felony count of obstruction. The latest settlement will take the existing charges filed against BP up to nearly $42 billion.
Now that the federal criminal charges are settled – more or less – BP now has to focus on civil penalties for damages at the federal and local levels. According to a company spokesperson who spoke with Forbes, BP is “ready to settle on fair and reasonable terms,” but the company is still preparing for trail, which is scheduled to begin February 25 in New Orleans.
Today’s settlement is the largest ever recorded between a private company and the Department of Justice involving criminal charges. But what will become of two other companies connected in the oil spill tragedy, Transocean and Halliburton? Transocean, which owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig, said it’s in the process of negotiating a $1.5 billion settlement, while Halliburton, which helped with the cementing, has claimed no responsibility for the incident.
The settlement gives hope to the victims’ families that justice can prevail. If you or someone you love has been involved in a workplace accident, seek help with an attorney to protect your rights.
Accident lawyers can help you obtain damages for your pain and suffering, so call to schedule a consultation today.
Officials in Somerville are considering improving the safety in an area where a pedestrian accident took place. The incident that has sparked the concerns occurred at the intersection of Packard Avenue at Powderhouse Boulevard at around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. A 21-year-old Tufts University student was critically injured after being struck by an SUV while crossing the street. The victim remained in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital Wednesday.
At a meeting between Somerville Police and Tufts officials in Feb. 2012, the intersection’s safety was discussed and improvements were made in the spring and summer in hopes of decreasing the number of accidents in the area, including adding new stop signs and repainting the crosswalk. However, in light of the recent accident, officials will be meeting again to discuss pedestrian safety around the outskirts of the campus.
Although there have been several pedestrian accidents at the intersection, according to officials, there hasn’t been a fatal accident at the intersection since 2000.
Tufts spokesperson Kim Thurler said the university has been in contact with the victim’s family and planned to work with Somerville officials moving forward.
“Tufts has reached out to City of Somerville officials to review the circumstances of this accident and ensure that we continue to work together to make the improvements needed to make this particular intersection, and the perimeter of campus generally, safer for pedestrians,” said Thurler in a statement.
The accident is still under investigation and authorities have yet to determine whether charges will be pressed against the driver of the SUV.
Have you or someone you love been involved in an auto accident? If so, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact an accident attorney today for more information.
Marysville, WA- A Washington woman who was offering aid to an accident victim learned that karma sometimes backfires on you.
According to Washington Highway Patrol, Peggy Ray, a nursing student was among the many drivers to stop after witnessing a traffic accident. A 74 year-old man apparently suffered from a medical event which caused him to swerve across two lanes of traffic on near the Snohomish River Bridge.
The older man’s sedan crashed into a ditch. Ray told MyNorthwest that she saw the car “flying through the air like something out of the Dukes of Hazzard.”
After witnessing the crash, Ray sprang into action and with the help of another passerby she was able to break one of the car windows so she could offer comfortt to the crash victims while they waited for the first responders.
Ray had just went to the ATM and had a bank envelope with $900 in cash sitting on her seat which she left in plain view as she exited her car in haste.
When Ray, who works as a barista, returned to her car the money, representing two weeks’ worth of work, was missing. The mother of six said that money was for her rent, but that hasn’t dampened her spirit to help people in the future.
Hopefully, Ray will get the monetary help she needs now after she selfishly took action to offer aid to someone in need. She deserves some good karma.
If you have been injured in accident caused by a careless driver you, too, can get help. An accident attorney will devote their time and experience to make certain you get the compensation you richly deserve when you are harmed by another. With their help, you can a generous settlement to not only cover your bills but also your pain and suffering.
Salt Lake City, UT- While the heavy snow that fell in Utah over the weekend is great for ski resorts it has wreaked havoc on the roads and highways, leading to over a hundred accidents in a few short days.
According to the Utah State Patrol, in Salt Lake County alone there were 116 incidents of property damage and 24 reports of personal injury. In Utah County there were 23 property damage collisions and 3 involving injury. Davis County also experienced 51 damaging collisions with an additional 5 causing physical injuries, according to KSL TV.
The Utah Highway Patrol advised drivers who are involved in an accident to get their vehicles off the roadway while they wait for authorities. They also warned drivers to stay at least 3 seconds behind vehicles and to wear your seat belts for added safety.
With the winter approaching it’s critical that drivers take the necessary precautions to avoid an accident. Even the most experience driver can cause a collision especially when the roads are covered in ice and snow.
If you are involved in a collision because of snowy or icy roads, you are still liable for the damages despite the road conditions. Though the police may not charge you, the individual who has been injured or incurred damages to their property still have the right to seek compensation.
Any injury victims can retain a Utah accident attorney and file a suit against a careless or negligent driver. Once an attorney is working on your case you as the victim can have the confidence that they will get a favorable settlement for your pain and suffering.