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About Clifford A. Rieders
Clifford A. Rieders is a partner at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, a Williamsport personal injury law firm.
How Clifford became a lawyer. As a senior in college, Clifford was interested in science and tech. He admired one of his uncles who was an engineer and owned an engineering company.
“I was extremely interested in astrophysics.”
He was drawn to the practice of law because he thought it would be an excellent bridge between the two interests.
“I could use my interest in science and technology to help people with issues they face in their lives and to make institutions more responsive.”
Why Clifford chose to practice personal injury. For Clifford, the law is not just about the memorization of precedents and obscure legal knowledge, it touches on so many areas. In the practice of personal injury, Clifford can bring his knowledge of science, technology, and advances in medicine to the advantage of his clients.
The philosophy Clifford brings to the practice of personal injury law. “Hard work, hard work, hard work. You know the old question the man asked the cab driver in New York City, how to get to Carnegie
Hall and the answer is, ‘Practice, practice, practice.’ My philosophy is hard work, straightforwardness, and always continued self-improvement.”
What drew him to Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann. Clifford previously served as a federal clerk in Washington DC. The firm had been searching for a lawyer with experience in the federal courts. At the time, the firm was also home to the president pro temp of the State Senate, and Clifford was intrigued by the opportunity to collaborate with him.
“He was a very interesting and unique person, and much of the legislation he was working on had personal injury connotations. I had tremendous opportunities to contribute not only to the law but also to the legislative process. I was immediately able to be working in the federal court system.”
Clifford’s favorite part of his day. “What I like most about the team I work with is that they are good people, fine, intelligent, committed, and mature. They love this work, I am sure, as much as I do. They
understand what it means to work as a team. They want to do well, they want success for themselves, and they want to see our clients be successful.”
Clifford in the community. “I am involved in the legal community in too many ways to mention. I am Past President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, now the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. I am the only lawyer in Pennsylvania to serve on two Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committees, the Rules Committee, and the Standard Jury Instruction Committee. I am a past member of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in Pennsylvania, which I helped to start. I have, on my wall, the pens of governors who signed bills that I worked on or helped to draft. I worked on dozens of pieces of legislation. I am active in Inns of Court, where I serve as a Master. I am a Life Member of the American Law Institute, which writes proposed principles for every state in the Union. I teach. I have five (5) legal textbooks in publication. I work for the largest legal publisher in the world, the Thomson Reuters Group through Celesq Law. The list goes on.
“In the local community, I work with the Mayor’s office, I have helped organize the community when there was threat of a Nazi march in Williamsport. I was the longest-serving President of Congregation Ohev Sholom. I am working with the Chabad of Lewisburg and Main Line Philadelphia, as well as Haverford, Pennsylvania, to strengthen their programs and community outreach. I am on the Board of Days of Remembrance, a North Central Pennsylvania group organized by retired history teachers. Again, too numerous to mention.”
Clifford outside of the office. He has a strong relationship with his kids and grandkids. His family is very close. He and his wife work together, just as his parents work together.
“At one time, I was in business with my mother. My two daughters are lawyers. My oldest daughter is a member of this law firm, and my second daughter is waiting to sit for the Bar. My son is a paralegal, and he is talking about wanting to go to law school. We have a close, but nevertheless diverse, and marvelous family. I have a close relationship with my sister and brother-in-law and other family members who live throughout the world.”
He also has a tremendous number of hobbies.
“I am an inveterate sailor, woodworker, skier, and biking enthusiast. I have a very close family. I work with my wife, just as my parents worked together."
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What Is a Personal Injury Attorney in Williamsport?
As you go about your daily routine, it's likely you will come across scenarios where you could suffer an injury. Maybe you are grocery shopping, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving in your car. A personal injury lawyer in Williamsport represents those who have been injured because of another party's carelessness, negligence, or willful disregard of others. These wrongful acts are more formally referred to as torts. When you suffer harm as a result of another party, you shouldn't have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies an injury because of medical expenses and lost wages. A licensed Williamsport personal injury attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve in civil court.
Although personal injury attorneys in Williamsport deal with tort law, they often specialize in one or more areas. The following list is not exhaustive but includes several broad types of cases personal injury lawyers handle on a day-to-day basis.
Traffic Accident Injury Cases
Each year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates more than six million traffic collisions are reported to law enforcement, including more than 35,000 fatal crashes, and about 2.5 million injuries. A skilled attorney can help investigate your accident and build a strong case against the defense to hold at-fault drivers accountable. Traffic accidents can include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. When high speeds are involved, victims who are lucky enough to live through an accident, potentially face lifelong complications.
Over 2.5 million Americans, some right here in Williamsport, find themselves in an emergency room annually because of car accidents. In fact, crash injuries account for $18 billion in lifetime medical expenses. Injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to permanent disability such as a spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or even death. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of personal injury claims in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and throughout the U.S. Injured parties in Williamsport have the right to expect fair compensation for their medical expenses, lost income and wages, and their physical and emotional pain and suffering. An experienced Williamsport car accident attorney can help them gather the evidence needed to prove their claim, file legal documents, attempt to negotiate a fair settlement and represent them in court if necessary. Being injured in a car accident can be an extremely difficult and overwhelming experience. However, with the guidance of a top Williamsport personal injury lawyer, victims can ensure the best possible outcome in their claim.
Trucking Accident - 18 Wheeler
18-wheeler trucks are a staple of the American highway, especially in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. From our childhood attempts to get them to honk their horns to the long line of commuters passing them, they are ubiquitous. In opposition to those fond memories is the reality of accidents in these trucks. A trucking accident in Williamsport differs from a standard car accident in many ways. Firstly, the size of the vehicle. 18 wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When you compare that to the average car – 5,000 pounds – it’s easy to see how severe injuries can be when a truck is involved in a collision. Secondly, in a trucking accident, the driver is in a work environment and must adhere to certain rules to help meet safety standards, including minimum sleep requirements, maximum driving time requirements, lower speed limits, a special license, and maximum weight limit. Additionally, the material being transported can be another factor in the collision and its ramifications. It’s no wonder that with increased regulation, this type of case cannot be handled with the same approach as a typical vehicle accident. Trucking accidents in Williamsport are a branch all their own when it comes to personal injury cases. It’s important for victims of trucking accidents to seek out an attorney who specializes in or handles trucking accident cases to ensure he or she is familiar with the different rules and procedures.
Traveling by motorcycle in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is inherently riskier than taking a car, especially if the motorist or passenger isn't wearing a helmet. Motorcyclists and their passengers suffer severe injuries and even death at higher rates than other motor vehicle occupants. Their bodies have more potential exposure to outside forces since they don't have the protection of seatbelts, airbags, rollbars, and other luxuries passenger vehicles afford. Without protection, motorcyclists in Williamsport frequently have severe road rash, broken bones, and head injuries. Nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were fatally injured in 2018, and approximately 82,000 suffered other injuries in 2018 alone. To help prevent and reduce the number of injuries and deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages Williamsport motorcyclists to make themselves visible to other motorists, use U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant motorcycle helmets, and avoid riding after alcohol or drug use. A personal injury attorney in Williamsport can help injured motorcyclists, their families, and their passengers pursue compensation for their losses.
Premises Liability Injury Cases
In all 50 U.S. states, property owners have the legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for those who visit their business and home. Although exact laws vary from state to state, when a property owner fails to uphold his legal obligation and someone suffers an injury, courts often find the owner liable for damages in civil court. Premises liability accidents include a wide variety of accidents based on location and the type of injury. Victims might get injured at a swimming pool, a theme park, on an elevator, at a shopping mall, and many other locations. The most common type of premises liability accident is a slip-and-fall injury or a trip-and-fall injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, besides traffic accidents, is unintentional falls.
Product Liability Injury Cases
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records and maintains millions of complaintsof injuries caused by defective products each year. A defective product might have a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a marketing defect, which occurs when companies don't warn consumers of dangerous products or provide proper instructions. When a known or unknown defect causes injury to a consumer, courts can hold any party in the product's chain of distribution liable for damages. The CPSC is concerned with all types of household items, sports equipment, toxic and flammable chemicals, toys, and much more, but they do not serve as a watchdog for the automotive industry or the pharmaceutical. Defective airbags and defective tires have been a common cause of injury or death, as well as dangerous drugs.
Finding the best Williamsport personal injury lawyer can be tough, but lucky for you we did the legwork and found the top personal injury lawyer in Williamsport.
Reach out today to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal needs and the availability of Clifford A. Rieders to handle your matter.
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