National Work Zone Awareness Week Saves Lives

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Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

March 23 – 27, 2015 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week. As a personal injury attorney, I know firsthand how devastating work zone accidents can be. Safe driving habits in highway work zones protect not only Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workers, but also help ensure the safety of everyone on the roadways. The theme of this year’s Awareness Week is “Expect the Unexpected.” [1] The goal of the spring campaign is to encourage drivers to use extra caution in highway work zones.

Work…

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Headphones or Earbuds While Driving: Illegal in Virginia

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Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

In today’s tech savvy world, drivers are increasingly using earbuds or headphones to listen to music while driving.  Others use Bluetooth devices or other hands-free headsets behind the wheel.  Laws regulating these activities vary widely from state to state.

What the Law Says

At last count, 32 of the 50 states have no statutes prohibiting headsets or earbuds for drivers.[1]  Virginia is not one of these 32 states.  Va. Code § 46.2-1078 provides that, “[t]t shall be unlawful for…

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

This year the theme is “Not Alone.”[2]  The campaign is meant to educate the public about brain injury and the needs of those who have been injured and their families.[3]  The BIAA actively strives to de-stigmatize brain injuries, empower survivors of brain injuries, and promote the support networks that are already in place for those suffering from brain injuries.[4]

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disrupts the normal function of the brain.  TBIs can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a penetrating head injury.  Not all bumps, blows, jolts, or penetrations will result in a TBI.[5]

How…

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Why Do You Need to Contact an Attorney Promptly After an Accident?

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Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

If you have never been involved in an accident, you may not realize how helpful the early advice of an experienced attorney can be. Contacting an attorney promptly after an accident is important for a number of reasons. Attorney Trent Kerns discusses a few of these reasons in the short video below.

Early Investigation

If you have been involved in an automobile accident, early investigation can be critically important. It may be necessary to preserve evidence at the accident and photograph skid marks, tire marks, and other physical evidence.

Wittnesses

People move, change phone numbers and get new e-mail addresses every day. The more time that passes…

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When to Use Headlights in Virginia

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Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

When are drivers required to illuminate their headlights?  In Virginia, drivers are required to use headlights at night, during inclement weather conditions, and whenever the vehicle’s windshield wipers are in use.[1]

Drivers must use headlights at night.  Virginia does not specify the exact hours that headlights should be used.  Instead, the law requires drivers to use headlights from sunset to sunrise.[2] Drivers must use headlights during poor weather conditions.  The law states…

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Practical Advice for Avoiding Texting While Driving

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Author: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know texting while driving is dangerous, but recent studies show that more than half of all drivers admit to doing it anyway. In 2012 distracted driving accounted for more than 3,000 deaths in the United States, with texting proving the most damaging and distracting activity.[1] What can we do to curb this destructive behavior?[2]

Prevention

One way to prevent yourself from texting in the car is make sure you don’t receive any texts, so that you don’t feel the need to…

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Should I still use my child's car seat after I've been in an accident?

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Author: Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia law requires child safety seats and booster seats for all children until they reach eight years old.[1] This requirement is based on age alone – not height or weight. If you fail to secure your child in a safety seat, you could face a $50 civil penalty, which could increase to up to $500 if you violate the law a second or subsequent time, on different dates.[2]

Car Seat Requirements as Your Child Grows

With these requirements, you may have to buy several different…

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The Dangers of Left Hand Turns: Alternative Traffic Patterns Seek to Reduce Intersection Collisions Nationwide

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Author: Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

I grew up and obtained my driver’s license in New Jersey, so I’m very familiar with the roadway design known as a “jug handle.”  Although a few other states use them as well, the design is primarily associated with New Jersey.  A jug handle[1] allows drivers to make a left turn at an intersection controlled by a traffic light by having them turn right off the main road onto a sort of access road, then turn left onto the crossroad, and wait for a green light to drive back across the main road.  The effect is the same as turning left from the main road onto the crossroad. 

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Should I Call My Insurance Company After an Accident?

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Speaker: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

It's normal to have many questions following a car accident. One of the first things you may be wondering is whether or not you should contact your insurance company. Perhaps you feel it's unnecessary to call your insurance company if the accident was not your fault because you are expecting the other drivers insurance company to accept responsibility.

In this short video attorney Scott Fitzgerald discusses why it's important for you to contact your insurance company after an accident, even if the accident was not your fault.

There are several types of coverage on your policy that may help you

Even if you were not at fault, there are several…

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Winter Storm Safety Tips

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Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Winter storms can quickly result in extremely dangerous weather conditions. A single storm could blanket several states in snow and ice, creating hazardous conditions and stretching emergency services to their limits. Every year people lose their lives as a result of such storms, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Education and preparation are the keys to riding out even the most serious of winter storms.

Below is a list of terms that are used in…

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