MADD Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign and the Perks of Being a Designated Driver

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfied, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Snow and ice aren't the only dangers on the road during the holiday season. Driving under the influence of alcohol is the number one cause of car crashes that result in death in the United States with an average of 10,497 fatalities per year. The occurrence of these crashes is highest during the holiday season due to the increase in parties and other festivities where alcohol is served. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed in 1980 to increase public awareness of the growing number of alcohol-related crashes and to help the public understand that victims were real people with grieving families. The organization was created…

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Proper Medicine Dosing For Children

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

When children are sick, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. However, giving your child the proper amount of medication can sometimes be difficult and confusing because the medication labels are unclear and do not match the dosing devices provided with the medication.  This is a problem, and the FDA has recalled some medications due to confusing dosing markings and additional markings that are unnecessary.[1]

It is not uncommon for young children to be accidentally overmedicated.[2] However, if you follow a few simple safety steps, you can avoid this problem and give your…

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Senior Driving: Safety On The Road

 Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Safety should be the number one concern of any person who gets behind the wheel and operates a motor vehicle.  This is true not just for young people, but for experienced drivers as well.  People of all ages need to be concerned about being safe while driving.  Our bodies change as we grow older and we each need to be aware of how those changes impact our ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Growing older does not mean that you have to give up the independence of driving, but it does mean that in order to continue to drive safely you might need to modify the way you drive or be pro-active about correcting any physical issues that may interfere…

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Trampolines: Unsafe At Any Speed

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Kids love them, pediatricians hate them, and parents buy them in hopes that their children will go outside and get some exercise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued an official policy statement in which the AAP concluded that "the home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged."[1] Although trampoline injuries have been decreasing in recent years, in 2009, there were an estimated 97,908 incidents involving personal injury from trampoline use, resulting in 3,164 deaths or hospitalizations.[2] Most injuries occur in the legs, but the most severe injuries result from head and neck trauma.

The six primary causes…

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Safe Teen Driving - How to Help Your Teenage New Driver

Just because you have a license does NOT mean you are ready to drive!

Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

What parents can do to help new drivers once they get their license? As a Virgina personal injury attorney that has seen many terrible car accidents- and as the father of twin boys that recently received their licenses - I cannot help but be worried every time they get behind the wheel of a car.  I know they have both taken the driver's education class in school, gone through "behind the wheel" training, completed the required amounts of driving during the day, at night, on the highway, and on back roads, but I know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things…

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Richmond Ranks as 20th Most Dangerous City in America for Pedestrians

 Author: Attorney Courtney A. Van Winkle

Richmond residents may be pleased to learn that their city has been nationally ranked as one of the Top Ten Best Cities to Find a Job[1], a Top 25 Best City for New College Grads[2], and The Best Small City of the Future[3]. They may also be dismayed to discover that Richmond has ranked near the top of another list, as the 20th most dangerous city in America for pedestrians. [4]

Pedestrian accidents have been a major problem in America for decades, accounting for nearly 10% of all automobile-related fatalities. Since 2000, more than 47,700 pedestrians have been killed, the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every month. In Richmond alone the death toll has…

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Keep Your Child Safe in the Car

Author: Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

As we walked out of the gym, I could tell my 8 year old was brimming over with excitement. He had just scored his first bucket in his first basketball game with a 10 foot hoop. His 13 year old sister pumped him up even more by telling him she didn't score a basket until the next to last game of her first year. As we walked to the car Matt said, "Hey Mom can I sit in the front seat to celebrate?" Like many parents, I was tempted, but ...

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for young children in the United States. Every year thousands of children are killed or injured in car crashes. As a personal injury lawyer, I know all too well the anguish and devastation…

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Is Your Vehicle Prepared for Winter Weather?

Author: Egena Younger

 It's that time again.  Everyone is busy shopping and looking forward to the festive events associated with the ending of another year.  We are all trying to spend less time outside and avoid the cold temperatures. The days are shorter and the nights are colder.  Yes, winter is upon us.  Iit is time to prepare for the cold temperatures and the unpredictable precipitation we have come to experience in Virginia.  Preparation takes a minimal amount of time and effort, but can prove to be essential to having a safe and enjoyable season.

Winter requires a lot of your vehicle and being sure it is functioning properly is just as important as being sure your home is properly prepared…

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Tips for Holiday Driving Safety

Everyone is looking forward to the winter holidays, whether they celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Years, other religious or national holidays, or just the winter break with family and friends.  Many people travel by car to get to their celebrations, and the preparations for exchange of gifts and entertaining often involve lots of shopping trips by car.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as elsewhere, motorists can expect heavy congestion during this period of holiday travel.  The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a number of helpful travel resources and information.[1]

Some Safe Holiday Driving Tips

Motorists can reduce the risk of a crash or serious injury…

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Child Proofing Your Car

Most of us with small children are keenly aware that everyday objects in our homes can be hazardous to babies and small children.  We spend time and money baby-proofing our homes.  We secure bookshelves to the walls, cover electrical outlets with plastic outlet covers, install gates at the top and bottom of stairways, replace or shorten venetian blind cords, and lock medicine cabinets, to name a few examples.[1] We should be equally vigilant about child-proofing our vehicles.

The most important safety concern for children in vehicles is the car seat.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants and toddlers up to the age of two ride in rear-facing car seats.  Make sure the car seat is appropriate for…

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