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According to 13 News Now, a medical school student died this spring after a drunk driver caused an accident by hitting the vehicle she was in while it was stopped at a light. In Pittsylvania County this summer, an impaired man drove into oncoming traffic, striking a vehicle with two adults and a baby inside. WSET reported the infant and one adult survived. The other adult died in the crash.

Younger drivers in Virginia are often targeted for using their cellphones while operating a vehicle since the problem is so widespread among younger generations. For example, according to the Pew Research Center, approximately 26 percent of American teens between the ages of 16 and 17 have texted while driving. Although teenage drivers often use their cellphones while driving, a new survey shows that senior citizens also engage in cellphone use while operating a vehicle

Riding a bike along the streets of Virginia is a great way to get around while staying in shape and reducing your carbon footprint, but unfortunately, bike riding is not without its dangers. Bike riders should know what to do after being hit by an automobile. Such information could be valuable in preventing a serious injury and protecting your legal rights.

In any given year, tens of thousands of people in Virginia are involved in auto accidents. Tragically, these incidents often result in injury to at least one involved party. In 2015, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, about half of the 125,800 crashes that occurred statewide left people injured. In many cases, these victims may face serious impairments that have significant physical consequences and financial costs.

It is almost unheard of for any American adult to avoid being sleep-deprived at some point during his or her lifetime. Many people in Virginia and elsewhere do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. Being chronically sleep-deprived may cause numerous adverse health effects that most people are aware of. However, another dangerous effect of getting too little sleep, which many people either do not think about or shrug off, is drowsy driving.

One of the last things a parent in Virginia wants to think about is their child being injured or killed in a car accident. There are many factors that can help to keep children safe while riding in motor vehicles. Some of these are able to be controlled by parents and others are not.

What could be more innocent than a baby? Images of babies bring us emotionally to a place of innocence and safety. An infant wrapped in a mother's arms is one of the most enduring images in art. And advertising. Most people harbor warm feelings for their children and babies in general. What harm could come from a baby, the most helpless of individuals?

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there were 63,384 people injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2014. Due to these injuries, they may suffer damages for which they choose to seek compensation. In order to help maximize their financial recovery, it may be helpful for people to obtain legal representation.

Memorial Day is seen by many safety advocates as the beginning of what are sometimes called "The 100 Deadliest Days." During these 100 days, teen traffic fatalities tend to spike as more teenage drivers enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. As the Virginian-Pilot reports, this year the AAA Foundation is marking the 100 Deadliest Days by releasing a report into some of the leading distractions among teenaged drivers. The report is designed to help both teens and their parents stay safe while on the road this summer.

Watching a loved one suffer is not easy, but there are ways that friends and family can contribute to the recovery process. Knowing what to do - and what not to do - enables people to help in a meaningful way.

The new rules would require drivers of interstate tractor-trailer trucks to limit themselves to 70 hours of driving per week, with a mandatory half-hour break in the first eight hours of every shift. Drivers would have to take 34 hours of rest after a 70-hour week of driving, including two consecutive nights of sleep that includes sleeping during the hours of 1 and 5 a.m.

Spinal cord injuries can be severe and life-changing, causing everything from a lack of sensation to total paralysis. People suspected of having suffered a back or neck injury that impacted the spinal cord should not be moved until professional help arrives. New technologies may give victims of spinal cord injuries new hope, although treatments are often expensive, and not all are covered by insurance.

Common causes of car accidents include distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving. People making left-hand turns sometimes fail to gauge the speed of oncoming traffic, which can also result in accidents.

Punitive damages are not intended to compensate victims for specific expenses incurred as a result of an accident, but instead are intended to recognize the egregiousness of an act and prevent other people from engaging in such behavior. Punitive damages are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Seniors are among our most vulnerable citizens and can easily be injured by a range of products. Injury can happen through negligent design of a product or unapproved use of a drug, among other causes. As Virginia's population continues to age, the state could very well see an increase in product liability lawsuits on behalf of injured seniors.

Virginia police now have an officer in the passenger seat take photos of drivers who are texting while driving. This method helps police enforce distracted driving laws. A citation for texting while driving brings a $125 fine for a first offense and a $250 fine for subsequent offenses.

Talking on the phone while driving might seem safer than texting, because it doesn't require drivers to take their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road. But the human brain is unable to concentrate on multiple tasks at once, so instead of what they think of as efficient multitasking, what people are doing who drive while talking on the phone is quickly shifting their focus between conversation and road, over and over. That split attention, also called cognitive distraction, can lead to deadly consequences.

Each year many people are killed in drunk driving accidents, or by a driver who was impaired by a drug other than alcohol, such as marijuana or cocaine. Young people are particularly likely to be involved in a drunk driving accident. Victims or family members of deceased victims of such accidents can sue for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of financial support.

Truck injuries can arise from truck driver negligence, as well as poor road or weather conditions or inappropriate weight distribution of the load. Drivers should be extra cautious around big rigs, staying out of blind spots, passing quickly and on the left, and giving trucks extra leeway to turn or stop.

Motorcyclists are vulnerable to being injured on the road, often sustaining head injuries, fractures or internal injuries as a result of an accident. Drivers can help to avoid accidents that injure motorcyclists by watching for motorcycles in blind spots, giving motorcycle riders plenty of room to stop or change lanes and being extra mindful of a motorcycle's speed, which can be difficult to gauge.

If you see a driver who is driving too slowly or too fast, who is weaving in and out of lanes, or who does not have his or her lights on, this could be a sign that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or another drug. Avoid these drivers, as they often cause accidents that can lead to serious injury or death.

Traumatic brain injuries may be treatable depending on the nature, location and severity of the injury, as well as the age and health of the person who has suffered the injury. In the immediate aftermath of an injury, often medical professionals' first priority is making sure that the accident victim does not suffer secondary damage from an interruption of blood flow or oxygen. Doctors can better evaluate the extent of an injury and the possibility of rehabilitation after the danger of secondary damage has passed.

Cheap gas, reduced unemployment and distracted driving, particularly among teens, are thought to be factors that may contribute to a greater number of fatal car accidents. While reducing the reason for any upsurge in car accidents to a single factor or handful of factors, drivers should exercise extra caution on the road and make sure not to engage in distracted driving by texting or talking on the phone while driving.

While the stereotype of the distracted driver might be a teenager texting friends while behind the wheel, adults also engage in distracted driving. In addition, the presence of children or minors in the car doesn't seem to deter adults from talking on the phone while driving. Texting or talking on the phone while driving significantly increases your chance of getting in an accident on the road that could cause injury to you, your passengers or other drivers on the road. This applies for teens and adults alike.

Crashes involving commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles often result in serious injuries, or death, for the occupants of the smaller automobiles. However, by allowing large trucks ample space, signaling their intentions, staying out of the no-zones, avoiding tailgating and using caution when passing, drivers may reduce their chances of being involved in these types of accidents.

Learn more about the risks that drunk and drugged drivers pose to other motorists, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. Read statistics that show how many people die and are injured in these tragic accidents every year.