For people in Virginia and across the country, there are always risks when heading out on the road or simply leaving one's home. One of the last things that anyone expects to happen is to be in a car accident. To make matters worse when there is a crash is if there is a hit and run. Unfortunately, the number of hit and run accidents that are occurring is rising and many of these are ending in fatalities.
While in Virginia it's well-known that texting and driving is a dangerous activity that can lead to a car accident and injuries, people still choose to do it under the impression that a sending or reading just one text will not cause them to crash. Often, there's a misplaced belief in certain drivers that as long as they're driving below a certain speed, wearing their safety belts and taking quick glances at the road, there's no harm in sending a quick message to a friend. There, however, is potential harm in this practice and it is now illegal under state law.
While most drivers in Roanoke City adhere to the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely, there is always the danger of a reckless driver, a negligent driver or a drunk driver causing an auto accident. Car accidents can have deadly consequences as well as lead to long-term legal problems for the person who is deemed to have been intoxicated in a drunk driving accident. Holiday weekends are times that are especially rife with the potential for such crashes.
Driving a car is a necessary part of life for most Virginia residents. Because it is such a common, day-to-day activity, many forget the dangers and risks associated with driving a motor vehicle. The reality, however, is that driving is likely one of the more dangerous activities that people engage in every day. It is unfortunately very common to hear of car accidents in which someone is severely injured or killed. While sometimes these accidents are due to unavoidable road or weather conditions, oftentimes they result from the reckless or negligent actions of others.
With sports becoming more and more serious -- even at a young age -- more attention is being focused on brain injuries. Playing on a sports team is not the only way that people end up with head trauma, however. Sports like snowboarding, biking and skateboarding are a common cause of head injuries, as well as falls and car accidents. Regardless of the way the injury was received, it is important to get it treated as quickly as possible in order to have the greatest chance of avoiding long-lasting damage.
After a serious car accident, one of the first things that may occur is an accident investigation. This is true regardless of whether the motor vehicle accident is relatively minor or a more serious collision. Investigating the scene of the accident can help authorities determine exactly why the accident happened and who was at fault for the accident. In some cases, the accident investigation may result in criminal charges for the at-fault driver.
Death is inevitable, but sometimes the timing and circumstances of one's death indicate that the death was prematurely caused by the actions or negligence of another party. In these cases, the death is often characterized as a "wrongful death" and Virginia residents are entitled by law to sue the responsible party.
Virginia residents know that when someone has had a night of drinking, that person should not be operating a vehicle under any condition. Alcohol can impair judgment and vision. It is also dangerous to other drivers on the roads because a drunk driver poses a greater threat of causing a car crash. It can cause irreparable damage to other drivers and passengers. Sometimes, it can even end in a fatality.
More and more people across the state of Virginia have elected to make a bicycle their primary mode of transportation. While this is certainly understandable given the environmental and financial benefits, this decision is not without certain risks as motorists often consciously ignore or simply fail to see the bicyclists with whom they must share the road.
Earlier this week, law enforcement officials, safety advocates and Governor Terry McAuliffe gathered at the State Capitol in Richmond to announce the launch of an ambitious new nationwide campaign designed to reduce the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents here in Virginia and across the nation