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America's Untold Highway Scandal

Sep 22, 1996 @ 09:14 PM — by David Worby

Five times a day, someone is killed by a truck driver who s asleep at the wheel. During the Republican National Convention in San Diego last month, a young woman was driving down the San Diego freeway when mechanical trouble forced her to the side of the road. A man traveling behind her in a van saw her plight and stopped to help. He gave her his cellular phone to call for help. Within moments, the world fell in on them. A monster truck came barreling down the Freeway and swerved toward them. It sideswiped the van, grazed the good samaritan, and slammed head-on into the woman s car, killing her instantly as she was dialing for help. A police investigation disclosed the cause of the tragedy. The truck driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. When I read the details, I assumed it was an isolated disaster, one of those horrendous, unpredictable things that happen in life. In fact, it is such a common, everyday calamity that it is a national scandal crying out for remedy.

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Courtroom Theater: When Drama Means Dollars

Aug 9, 1996 @ 04:33 PM — by David Worby

Judge says personality sets great attorneys apart [ Excerpts ] All the world s a stage. Especially for attorneys. Consider Henry Miller and David Worby, two of the area s most prominent plaintiff s attorneys who have won some of the biggest personal-injury lawsuits in the history of Westchester and Putnam counties. Using courtroom theatrics often is how attorneys get those big settlements. I play to my strengths, says Miller, who once studied acting under legendary coach Stella Adler. I m always comfortable before an audience and with words. I m as relaxed in the courtroom as out, which is a tremendous advantage. In courtrooms across the northern suburbs, attorneys practice their trade with varying levels of melodrama. State Supreme Court Justice Joan Lefkowitz sums up the personal qualities that she and her peers think make an outstanding civil attorney. A personality, meaning the ability to come off as a human being with a sense of humor, and the ability to co

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