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

According to…

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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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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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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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I Was Injured in a Hit-and-Run Collision: What’s Next?

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Abbigale Fredrick, Personal Injury Attorney

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, even when the other driver acts lawfully[1] and stops to exchange information with you. But what about the driver who hits your car and then drives away? 

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you may be feeling helpless and confused about your rights and responsibilities. The advice of an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and seek justice from an individual who hits your vehicle, causes you injury, and then flees the scene. 

There are some simple steps you should take immediately if you are involved in…

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Big Kids, Boosters, and Back Seats: How This Simple Combination Can Prevent Serious Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

If your children are anything like mine, they start insisting they are far too old or too big to ride in a booster seat when, in reality, they’re still too small to ride safely without one.

“But my friends don’t ride in them,” and “I’m not a baby anymore,” are common arguments that kids love to use to try and sway a parent’s judgement. Some booster seat manufacturers may even pressure parents further by labeling their product as only necessary for children up to a certain age or weight. After hearing these points often enough, you may be tempted to believe them. Here’s the catch: no specific age or weight limit can measure safety benefits…

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The Hazard of Black Ice and How it Might Impact Your Personal Injury Case

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

Winter weather poses many challenges for drivers, and perhaps the most dangerous of them all is black ice.

What is black ice and how is it formed?

Black ice is a slippery, hard-to-spot, and potentially deadly road hazard that can be found anywhere that cold temperatures and precipitation mix.

"The biggest danger [with black ice] is that you are at the mercy of your vehicle and the ice until your car passes over it," said Julie Lee, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety.

Black ice is particularly an issue in Virginia where the weather may be too warm for snow, but the ground temperature…

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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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What You Need to Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you drive a vehicle in the United States that was manufactured after 2001, then chances are high that you could be affected by the largest automotive safety recall in history.

The Danger Could Be Right in Front of You

With tens of millions of cars recalled from 32 different automotive brands, the blame for this threat to safety falls to airbag inflators and their propellant chemicals sourced from Japanese supplier Takata. Faulty inflator design and the unstable chemical compounds within them are responsible for hundreds of gruesome injuries and 19 deaths to date.

Airbags fitted with this deadly combination…

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