July 26, 2017

Daniel Distasio named to National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Daniel J. Distasio, of Distasio & Kowalski L.L.C., has been selected to the 2017 list of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). Less than one percent of practicing attorneys in the United States are selected for this honor. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession.

NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

Distasio & Kowalski LLC, located in downtown Wilkes-Barre, specializes in Auto/Truck Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, and Personal Injury/Wrongful Death. For more information on Distasio & Kowalski LLC, please call 570-970-5400.

May 25, 2017

Attorneys from Distasio & Kowalski, LLC Named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

Attorneys Daniel J. Distasio and Michael J. Kowalski, partners in the law firm of Distasio & Kowalski, LLC, have been named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for the ninth straight year. They have been top rated in the category of Personal Injury Attorney. Super Lawyers are comprised of outstanding attorneys who have achieved the highest level of peer recognition and professional achievement.

2017 Rising Star

Attorney Peter J. Biscontini, an associate with Distasio & Kowalski, has been named a Pennsylvania Rising Star for 2017. The selection process for rising starts is the same as the Super Lawyers. The only exception is that to be eligible a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less.

Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor bestowed by Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process. This includes nominations, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Distasio & Kowalski LLC is located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The firm specializes in Auto & Truck Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.

For more information on Distasio & Kowalski LLC, please call 570-970-5400.

February 17, 2017

US Traffic Fatalities Reaches Nine Year High

The National Safety Council (NSC) just released estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This is a 6% increase over 2015 in traffic fatalities and a 14% increase over 2014. The 2014 to 2016 increase in traffic fatalities marked the largest increase in 53 years, according to the NSC.

With the upward trend in traffic fatalities, the NSC is calling for the immediate implementation of life-saving measures, including:

  • Mandatory ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers
  • Automated enforcement techniques to catch speeders
  • Laws banning cell phone use
  • Upgrade seatbelt laws
  • Adopt a three-tiered licensing system for all new drivers under 21
  • Standardize and accelerate automotive safety technologies
  • Pass or reinstate motorcycle helmet laws
  • Adopt comprehensive pedestrian safety programs

Increase in Traffic Deaths a Call to Action

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) said that the increase in traffic fatalities was a call to action for the highway safety community. In a statement released by the GHSA, they named three predominant factors in contributing to traffic deaths. The factors include seat belt use, alcohol and speeding. Driver distractions and “our society’s addition to electronic devices” were also mentioned by the GHSA as likely playing a role in the increase in fatalities.

Risky Behaviors Can Cause Traffic Crashes

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, young millennials top the list of worst behaved drivers. A new report from the Foundation found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The behaviors, which increase crash risk, included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. Alarmingly, a high percentage of drivers of all ages surveyed responded that they had engaged in a risky behavior while driving in the past 30 days. The new survey was completed to identify attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety.

The car accident attorneys in Wilkes-Barre encourage everyone to drive safely and free of distractions. We’ve seen the devastating results of car crashes and want you to be safe. If you need to speak to a car accident lawyer, call Distasio Kowalski in Wilkes-Barre today for a free consultation. Call 570-970-5400.

 

December 14, 2016

PA accident lawyer warns of winter weather related crashes

Freezing temperatures have brought snow, sleet and icy road conditions to Pennsylvania and other areas of the country. This has caused many winter weather related crashes. Just this month, a crash involving more than 75 vehicles occurred on the Interstate 90 at the Pennsylvania Ohio border. On that same road, a 13-vehicle pileup occurred. Snowy driving conditions were said to have played a part in the crashes, according to CBS News. Another pileup involving 40 vehicles occurred in Michigan last week as well. This past weekend, a multi vehicle wreck also closed part of Interstate I 80 near Luzerne County.

Many motorists are killed and injured in winter weather related crashes every year. With the snowy weather just starting, hazardous road conditions and crashes will be all too common in months ahead.

Five winter driving safety trips

  1. Slow down. Adjust your driving speed according to conditions. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  2. Increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. It takes longer to stop in snowy conditions.
  3. Brake and accelerate slower than normal to avoid sliding.
  4. Winterize your vehicle. Have tires, brakes, heater/defroster, wipers, battery and other items checked on your vehicle before driving this winter.
  5. Keep on the lookout for slippery spots and black ice on the road.

Winter storms will continue to cause unsafe driving conditions in the northeast and throughout Pennsylvania. It is imperative that drivers prepare and stay alert. Snowy conditions can result in winter weather related crashes from minor fender benders to fatal multi-vehicle collisions. Be aware of the possibility of black ice when driving, especially when driving on bridges, on and off ramps, and at intersections. Be particularly carefully when driving near snowplows and tractor-trailers. Visibility may be low and trucks have blind spots.

The car accident lawyers at Distasio Kowalski encourage drivers to keep a winter emergency kit in their vehicles at all times when driving. The kit should include items such as jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, flares and water.

Winter accident statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 445,303 people were injured and 5,897 people killed in weather vehicle related crashes in a 10-year period from 2005-2014. Following safety precautions and being alert when driving in winter conditions can help reduce your chance of a car accident. Winter crash studies have found that a high percent of winter season crashes involve driving too fast for conditions. This can definitely be a factor when looking at cases of multi-vehicle pileup crashes.

If you have been injured in winter car accident or truck accident, call the car accident lawyers at Distasio Kowaslski in Wilkes-Barre today. Call 570-970-5400 if you need an attorney who is experienced in vehicle accidents to fight for your rights.

 

November 3, 2016

Biscontini Named Plains Township Commissioner

Peter J. Biscontini, Esquire, an attorney with the law firm of Distasio & Kowalski, LLC, was appointed to serve as a Plains Township Commissioner. He Peter-Biscontinireplaces the late Bridget O’Connor and was sworn in on October 13th.

“It is an honor to be representing the residents of Plains Township and serving as a commissioner for this growing community in which I live,” said Biscontini. The Commissioners serve as liaisons between the citizens of Plains Township and county, state and federal governments. Their responsibilities also include making appropriations, adopting budgets and levying taxes. In addition, they also adopt ordinances and resolutions to make rules and regulations. Further, the Commissioners supervise the appointment, suspension or removal of all Township employees.

Attorney Biscontini focuses on personal injury and workers’ compensation law at Distasio & Kowalski in Wilkes-Barre. Biscontini earned his Juris Doctor at Duquesne University School of Law and also a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Kings College. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Luzerne County Bar Associations and the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association. He also serves as vice president of the Plains Lions Club.

Distasio & Kowalski

Distasio & Kowalski LLC represents the victims of Auto/Truck Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Personal Injury/Wrongful Death. For more information on Attorney Peter J. Biscontini please read his full bio on the Distasio & Kowalski website at www.dklawllc.com.