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Car Accidents Archives

A look at the problem of distracted driving in Virginia

In Virginia, 8 out of 10 traffic accidents are related to distracted driving. When a driver removes their eyes from the roadway, a serious accident can result with serious injuries to passengers, occupants of other vehicles and others using the roadway. It is important to keep in mind that when a driver is on the phone having a conversation while driving, their brain activity focused on driving is reduced by nearly 40 percent. Using a cell phone has been identified as a serious cause of distraction while driving.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

While many Virginia residents see many benefits to motor vehicles, they are also aware that there are many risks. Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is a good opportunity to understand what distracted driving is and the dangers it poses. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that greater than 40,000 victims died in car accidents during 2016 and cell phone use was the leading cause of those accidents. In Virginia, drivers who use their cell phones while driving can receive a traffic infraction totaling $125 the first time and $250 the second time.

A look at the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a dangerous phenomenon on roads and highways throughout the country. It is a risky activity that not only put a motorist's life in danger but also risks the lives of other travelers on the roadway. It causes a driver to take their mind off the primary task of driving and is the cause of numerous accidents in Virginia and other states across the nation each year.

Types of damages that may be available for car accident victims

Car accidents can result in a variety of different types of damages for victims. Victims may suffer damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages and loss of companionship. These damages may be available in a variety of personal injury cases, including car accidents, and can result in punitive damages as well in some circumstances. For those who do not know, punitive damages are designed to punish the negligent party such as when a victim has been harmed by a defective product such as a defective vehicle.

Soft tissue injuries are serious for car accident victims

A variety of injuries can result from car accidents in Virginia. For instance, though their seriousness may sometimes be overlooked, soft tissue injuries are both common and serious injuries that can result from a car accident. Soft tissue and related whiplash injuries may not be noticed immediately. It is important for car accident victims to understand these injuries and their rights if they are harmed in a car accident by a negligent driver.

Virginia multi-car accident kills two and injures six

Car accidents can unexpectedly change the lives of victims and families in an instant. A 3-car crash in Virginia recently claimed the lives of 2 people and injured 6 others. According to authorities, the multiple vehicle accident occurred when a mini-van crossed the median and struck a passenger vehicle head on. The impact of the multiple vehicle accident caused the passenger vehicle to flip and strike another van. The 44-year old driver of the minivan that crossed the median was transported to the hospital with serious injuries; the 20 year old passenger in her vehicle was killed in the accident.

Motorcycle accident victims have legal rights in Virginia

Most motorcyclists in Virginia are safe and law abiding, but they can suffer tragic consequences when other drivers are negligent. In fact, in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents another driver violated the motorcycle rider's right of way and caused the accident. Motorcycle accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries due to their lack of protection in a collision.

Understanding how to approach a personal injury claim

The decision to bring a claim for damages after being injured by another party's negligence is an important one. Injuries can occur because of a car or truck accident or a defective product. There are a variety of considerations to take into account and each situation is unique. When victims experience serious injuries that last for longer than a few days and require medical care, they will likely suffer damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and future medical care costs so it is important they are familiar with legal resources available to help them recover compensation for the damages they suffer.

Understanding how to approach a personal injury claim

The decision to bring a claim for damages after being injured by another party's negligence is an important one. Injuries can occur because of a car or truck accident or a defective product. There are a variety of considerations to take into account and each situation is unique. When victims experience serious injuries that last for longer than a few days and require medical care, they will likely suffer damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and future medical care costs. It is important for the victims to be familiar with legal resources available to help them recover compensation for the damages they suffer.

Victims of ATV accidents enjoy legal protections

ATV accidents can occur for different reasons with the same impact on the victim, including damages, injuries and harm. ATV riding is a growing past time, especially in Virginia and surrounding areas. ATV use can be fun; however, ATVs are able to operate at high speeds, over difficult terrain, including mountains, but lack important safety features found on other vehicles that are similarly able to perform at high speeds.

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