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Lawsuit alleges Tesla door handle defect led to man's death

Tesla's electric cars get a lot of attention on Virginia streets with their sleek looks and forward-thinking technology. However, Teslas are also getting a lot of attention in the courts as plaintiffs allege that the vehicles' high-tech features are defective and dangerous.

One lawsuit filed recently in another state alleges that a man died after he crashed his Tesla and rescue workers could not open the car's doors to rescue him.

Are school buses safe?

Every parent knows the worry that comes with putting a child on a school bus. Some wonder if the vehicles are safe.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road. This, the NHTSA claims, is because school buses must adhere to a long list of safety regulations.

Teenager's story shows long aftermath of brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries can change a whole family's life in an instant. They are sometimes hard to detect, hard to treat, slow to heal and can lead to permanent changes in personality and cognitive ability. Some of the worst brain injuries lead to permanent, complete disability.

A recent story about a Virginia teenager suffering from a traumatic brain injury illustrates how these injuries can change families forever. The 17-year-old was driving near her home in Virginia Beach in December when she was involved in a serious accident involving another car. She has been in the hospital ever since, and has required 15 surgeries. For months, she was barely conscious. More recently, her condition has improved, and she can answer yes or no questions. She will have to stay in the hospital longer for more rehabilitative treatment.

Three hurt when semitrailer hits school bus

An adult and two children were injured recently in Virginia when a tractor-trailer truck crashed into a school bus. Officials said their injuries were not life-threatening.

According to a news report, the woman was the school bus driver, and the two children were her own. The truck driver was uninjured. He told a news reporter he hit the brakes but could not stop his truck in time to avoid hitting the bus. He described the situation as a nightmare. As of this writing, police had not released any of their findings about the accident, and had not made an official determination of who might have been at fault.

Electric scooters and product liability

Small electric scooters are becoming a common sight in American cities, including Roanoke. Companies such as Bolt and Lime leave the scooters at various spots so that people can grab one, for a fee, when they need a quick trip around town.

Many people enjoy the convenience of these services, as well as the thrill of zipping along city streets. However, they also have a lot of detractors. Some city residents resent the way riders simply leave the scooters at their destinations, sometimes blocking sidewalks.

Police track down hit-and-run driver in fatal accident

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, you can make a personal injury claim to hold the driver liable for your damages. But what if the other driver fled the scene of the accident?

Recently, a Virginia man was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after police said he fled the scene of a fatal accident. According to news reports, one man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in the Sept. 29 accident. Another man in a third car was also seriously injured.

Look out for low-ball settlement offers

After you have been injured in a car accident, you are faced with mounting medical bills, loss of income while you recover and other purely economic costs, in addition to pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages. If the other driver is at fault, their insurance company should offer you a settlement to pay for your bills. Think twice before you accept it. Talk it over with a personal injury attorney.

First, remember that insurance companies aren't in business because they want to lose money. They have an incentive to offer you less than you deserve. What's more, the insurance company may calculate your damages in a way that leaves out some of your actual losses. For instance, it may offer to pay the medical bills you have incurred so far, without paying for the bills you will incur in the future, even when they are related to the same accident. The insurance company may also fail to take into account the pain you are experiencing and the many ways it is negatively affecting your life.

Who has the right to file a wrongful death claim?

When a person is injured through the negligence of another party, the injured can file a lawsuit to hold the negligent party liable for damages. This is the principle behind most personal injury claims. A somewhat different type of legal action must be used in cases involving a fatal injury. These cases require a claim of wrongful death.

Under Virginia law, there are two main differences between suits for wrongful death and suits for personal injury. The first lies in who can file the claim. In a personal injury suit, the injured party, or their personal representative, files the claim. A wrongful death lawsuit is filed by the executor or administrator of the deceased person's estate, on behalf of the deceased's immediate family members.

Vaping and product liability

Electronic cigarettes and vaping technology have been growing in popularity, but along with this trend has come a worrying number of reports of lung injury. Some state and local governments have urged people to stop vaping after recent reports of an outbreak of lung disease connected to vaping products.

Authorities don't know yet what is causing the recent outbreak, but for years there have been reports of health problems associated with vaping. A growing number of people have filed product liability lawsuits against tobacco companies and others, seeking to hold the defendants liable for their injuries. These lawsuits allege design defects, failure to warn and other problems.

Legal protections for victims of trucking industry negligence

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and harm to victims, which is why it is essential for truck accident victims to be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Legal protections could help them with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered.

Depending on the circumstances, truck drivers and trucking companies may be liable to compensate truck accident victims for the harm and damages they have suffered. Both trucking companies and truck drivers could be liable, depending on the cause of the truck accident. Victims of truck accidents could recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

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