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Car Accidents Archives

Two injured in auto accident caused by sleeping driver

Even the safest Virginia drivers are vulnerable to the recklessness and negligence of drivers who neither obey the rules of the road nor appear to care about keeping everyone safe. When there is a car accident in Roanoke and throughout Virginia, it can lead to injuries and fatalities. Some of the most dangerous types of crashes are of the head-on variety. But any accident can lead to major long-term problems to those who were involved. After car accidents have occurred, those who were affected must remember to protect themselves by considering a legal case to be compensated.

Daylight Saving Time can spark increase in car accidents

While many Virginians will be relieved at Daylight Saving Time as they will feel as if they are getting an extra hour of sleep until they grow accustomed to the change, there are also known dangers that they will rarely consider. Research has indicated that the number of people who are in a car collision because of drowsy driving rises right after the autumn time change. This information from AAA is concerning and should be factored in after a car accident.

Two-vehicle accident in Franklin County leaves 1 dead

A two-vehicle car accident in Franklin County, which many readers probably know is just south of the Roanoke area, killed one person and left two people serious injured. One of the injured victims had to be flown to the hospital from the scene of the accident.

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.

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