What Happens When Road Hazards Damage My Car or Cause a Crash?

R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Christopher Jones, Personal Injury Attorney

Most drivers have experienced the cringe-worthy moment that occurs just after they’ve traveled over an undetected pothole and heard “THUMP!” 

Sudden hazards like potholes and road debris can cause serious (and expensive) harm to the tires and undercarriage, hindering the driver’s ability to control the vehicle.  Disabled vehicles, flooded roadways, and animals (dead or alive!) can also create situations that can lead to dangerous car accidents.

Here are some helpful things to know about road hazards and the possible damage they may cause to your car:

Create Clear Sightlines to Avoid Hazards and Debris

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The Rule of Seconds - Calculating Safe Following Distances

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The Virginia Commercial Driver's Manual outlines the information truck drivers must know to pass Virginia's exam to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). The manual describes a technique for a truck driver to use to calculate a safe following distance. Known as the "rule of seconds," practicing this technique could help to save your life.

Tractor trailers and cars

We have all looked in the rear view mirror only to see a tractor trailer bearing down on us. It can be frightening because we know that in an accident, trucks and buses most often strike the vehicle directly in front of them because their heavy weight prevents…

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Important Documents to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara Tighe, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Although having important documents like a will is not something we typically think about, everyone should have documents like these in place to protect you and the people you love in case something happens to you.  

What is a Will?

A Will is probably the document that we are most familiar with.  It states what you want to happen to your money and belongings when you pass away.  Is there someone in particular who should have your great-grandfather’s pocket watch?  Who will take care of your dog?  Is there a charity or organization you would like to donate to?  All of that can be stated in a will. For parents, one…

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Protect Your Head by Using Your Headrest Correctly

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

 Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Before we drive our cars, we take numerous precautions to ensure a safe trip. Wearing seatbelts, adjusting mirrors, making sure our tires are properly inflated, and that our brakes are in working condition help to protect passengers in our vehicles. There’s one more thing passengers can do to help protect themselves in the event of a car accident: properly adjusting their headrests.

When a vehicle is in an accident, passengers can experience a common injury known as whiplash.[1]  Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck snaps back and forth like a cracking of a whip, causing neck pain, stiffness, and headaches.[2] The National…

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Asleep at the Wheel: The Facts About Fatigued Driving

Christopher J. Toepp, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Lawyer

We live in a fast-paced world. Whether it’s working overtime, staying up late to finish a project, or socializing with friends, studies suggest that long days and restless nights are common for most of us. The National Sleep Foundation (“NSF”) estimates that millions of Americans suffer from “self-imposed sleep deprivation.”[1]

Most of us know that sleep-deprived drivers create serious and potentially deadly car accidents on America’s roadways. A lesser known fact is that fatigued driving has reached almost epidemic proportions in today’s society.

The NSF survey reveals that 36 percent of Americans drive drowsy…

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Will My Insurance Company Increase My Premiums Or Cancel My Coverage If I Make A Claim?

Robert C. Reed, Personal Injury Attorney

By Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond Personal Injury  Attorney

It seems strange, but it's true: people pay a lot of money for auto insurance coverage that they are afraid to use.

Everyone understands that car insurance protects you and your loved ones from financial ruin when you are the cause of a collision that injures others, but your insurance is also designed to protect you and your family in the event that injury is caused through the fault of another who has no insurance or inadequate insurance. You may also be entitled to medical expense benefits through your insurance if you elected that coverage when you purchased your policy.

It's common for people…

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Are Electric Cars Safer in Collisions?

Malcolm P. McConnell III, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell III, Personal Injury Attorney

Technological improvements and the dropping prices of electric vehicles have helped to usher hundreds of thousands of new models into the hands of consumers over the past two years. All-electric cars now available from Tesla, Chevrolet, Nissan, Volkswagen, and BMW have also helped to broaden drivers’ options with varied body styles, performance specs, and price points.

The shift in the market of electric cars and their resulting increase in competition with traditional gasoline-powered vehicles have triggered criticism from both auto manufacturers and insurance companies about how well these new advances perform in collisions.


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7 Safe Driving Tips for Rainy Days

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Attorney

The approach of spring and rainy weather go hand in hand. However, those "April Showers" can bring much more than just May flowers—they can lead to dangerous collisions on slippery roads.

A study of automobile crashes between 2005 and 2014 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that 22% of all vehicle crashes were “weather-related,” which was defined as crashes that occur in the presence of adverse weather and/or slick pavement conditions.[1]  On average, almost 6,000 people are killed and 445,000 more are injured in weather-related collisions each year in the U.S.[2] 

Of these weather-related crashes…

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Choosing an Attorney for Your Truck Accident or Tractor Trailer Accident Case

P. Christopher Guedri, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

The choice of a truck accident attorney is a serious decision that can have major implications on your case and your future. But in our modern world, advertising permeates our lives and it seems as though every firm claims you are surely doomed if you choose another to handle your case. How then, should you make an informed decision about the law firm that can best serve your interests and protect your rights?


By judging each law firm you consider on these four simple criteria, you can select an attorney who will best work for you:

1) Experience

When it comes to personal injury law, there is no substitute for years in the courtroom.…

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Trucking Accidents: Why Prompt Investigation is Essential

Trent S. Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney

Prompt investigation is important in every kind of accident, but is especially critical in obtaining a satisfactory settlement or an excellent jury verdict in a tractor trailer accident case.

Under Virginia law, the injured party, called the plaintiff, has the burden of proving how and why his accident happened. If the injured party cannot do this, he cannot win his case. The person who caused the accident can remain silent; they have no obligation to present evidence or a defense of any kind at trial as to the accident's cause. This may not seem fair, but it is a fact the injured plaintiff and their tractor trailer accident attorney must live with.


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