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August 4, 2011

BROOME COUNTY BUS ACCIDENT: STATEMENT BY STATE BAR PRESIDENT VINCENT E. DOYLE III

Late Wednesday, a tour bus carrying 30 people overturned on Interstate 81 in Whitney Point (Broome County). Twenty passengers were treated for injuries and released, according to early news accounts.

"It is important for all of us in the legal community to recognize the importance of respecting the privacy of the victims and their families," said Vincent E. Doyle III, president of the New York State Bar Association.

Doyle warned lawyers against unwarranted solicitation of victims about possible lawsuits.

"I remind my colleagues in the legal community that the New York Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit attorneys from soliciting potential clients in personal injury or wrongful death matters for 30 days following the date of the incident-unless a filing is required within 30 days, in which case solicitation is prohibited for 15 days," he said.

Doyle issued similar statements after three earlier tour bus accidents: in the Bronx (March 12), Steuben County (July 17) and Seneca County (July 22).

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the nation's largest voluntary state bar association. It was founded in 1876. For information, go to www.nysba.org/newscenter.

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