Left Turns and the Law

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

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

With alarming frequency, we receive calls from injury victims who were involved in motor vehicle crashes that occurred when a driver attempted to make a left turn at an intersection and was struck by oncoming traffic.

 In these cases, the driver whose vehicle was struck while unsuccessfully attempting the left turn sometimes takes the position that he or she is not at fault because the traffic light was green. 

While it is true that “Green Means Go,” Virginia law requires drivers intending to make a left turn at an intersection to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic if the traffic is close enough to constitute…

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Why are Car Crashes in Virginia Becoming More Frequent?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan Wind, Mechanicsville Personal Injury Attorney

Many Virginians have noticed a steady increase in their auto insurance rates the past few years even though they have made no claims. While not directly a result of your performance as a driver, the reason for these higher premiums comes from your increasing probability of being involved in a collision.

The higher frequency of collisions is linked to several specific factors, all of which contribute to your climbing insurance costs:

There are More Cars on the Roads

According to the latest data provided by a CNN study, a record-setting 17.6 million new cars were sold during 2016. The number of traffic fatalities, which…

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New Program Launched to Reduce Unrepaired Vehicle Safety Recalls

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The State of Maryland was awarded a $222,000 grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement its pilot program to notify automobile owners of unrepaired safety recalls.

What Happens When a Vehicle Has a Safety Recall?

With a standard safety recall, the manufacturer first notifies the NHTSA of the defect, then the manufacturer sends a notice to vehicle owners informing them to take their car to a local dealership to make the repairs free of charge. While most owners of new cars follow through with repair of these safety recalls, not all do. When a vehicle is sold, the buyer can research the list…

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The Truth About Auto Safety

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Most people believe that if a dangerous safety issue is found with an automobile or other motor vehicle, the manufacturer will take immediate action to notify its customers. Unfortunately, this is not always true. 


In 2010, Brooke Melton died in a crash caused by the sudden failure of the ignition in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Melton was 29 years old. She died when she skidded into another vehicle after the ignition module of her 2005 Cobalt slipped into the accessory position. Documents and evidence developed in the Melton case showed that GM knew about the ignition switch problem as early as 2001 – almost a decade earlier.  


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The Importance of Child Passenger Safety Week

Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

There is no greater danger for children of ages one to thirteen than a car crash. No other type of accident injures and kills children at the same rate. To raise awareness about this issue and the tragic victims of car crashes, the third week in September has been declared Child Passenger Safety Week. Throughout the week, entities and organizations all over the country host informational meetings and safety inspections designed to keep kids safe on the road. [1]


One of the major points of emphasis for Child Passenger Safety Week is proper car seat use. Children below the age of five who are using…

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Automotive Recalls: Are They Enough to Ensure Public Safety on the Roads?

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Takata, the world’s fourth-ranked airbag manufacturing company, recently initiated a recall of a number of cars assembled with their products. Since the announcement was made, the number of recalled cars has steadily increased, and Takata has stated that more than 33 million cars worldwide could contain a defective airbag.[1] Even with the recall in place, history suggests that the majority of recalled cars will remain on the road in their defective state.[2]

The recall was ordered due to a defect that caused the airbags to shoot shrapnel into the driver and passenger area of the car when deployed. This shrapnel produced…

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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Design Flaw in Keyless Ignition Switches


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

In August of this year, a class action lawsuit was filed in federal court claiming that major automakers failed to install an essential safeguard in the keyless ignition switches of their vehicles.[1]  With keyless ignitions, which use a key fob rather than a traditional key with teeth, an electronic signal is sent to the vehicle to start the engine. The key fob must be in close proximity to the vehicle in order to send this electronic signal to start the vehicle, which is accomplished by pushing an On/Off button on the dash. 

The lawsuit alleges that manufacturers, despite possessing the knowledge and capability to do so, declined…

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Automotive Technology and Safety Features

Author: Egena Younger

Automotive research and technology has shifted from creating safety features that protect passengers involved in an auto accident, to new technology that prevents the auto accident. There are several new safety features that are designed to inform the driver of potential hazards and futuristic alerts that warn the driver to change his or her manner operation of the vehicle.  2012 safety features range from computerized tire warning systems  that  warn of improper tire pressure, to blind spot  cameras and alerts.  Research has examined the most frequent causes of automobile crashes and tried to find solutions that will potentially prevent collisions with pedestrian and other automobiles.


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Automotive Safety: The "Top 10" Safest Cars

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you're driving or riding in a car, it is important to think about safety:  always drive carefully and wear your seatbelt. However, you can also improve your chances of surviving an accident before you ever get on the road. Although automotive industry safety standards for all vehicles have improved immensely in recent years, some makes and models are still significantly safer than others. Formulated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following list of the Top Ten Safest Cars[1]was compiled based solely on driver and passenger death rates:

Audi A6 Mercedes Benz E-Class Toyota Sienna Ford Edge Nissan Armada Land…

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