Causes of Trucking Accidents: Truck Driver Fatigue

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Truck Accident Attorney

 Commercial trucks are the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the highway. As a result, they can also be the most dangerous. The size and weight of these vehicles means that most accidents involving tractor trailers result in serious injuries or death. There are many factors that contribute to truck accidents, such as faulty maintenance and repair, shifting or falling cargo, and improperly adjusted brakes, but a major cause is certainly truck driver fatigue.

Truck drivers are usually compensated by the number of miles they drive.  Unfortunately, this gives truckers an incentive to drive as many miles as possible, which means long hours and, inevitably,…

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National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

Author: P. Christopher Guedri

Distracted drivers cause car accidents.  Every day, on our roads and highways, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people.[1] Many times these are friends or family members who are in the vehicle with them.

When a driver takes his or her focus away from the primary task of driving, the risk of being involved in a car crash immediately increases. What are people really doing while they are driving? Why do drivers get so distracted? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a recent survey (11/2010 - 12/2010) to look at distracted driving behaviors and attitudes of drivers over the age of 18. Over 6,000…

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: An Enigmatic Enemy

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

In my years as a Virginia personal injury attorney I've helped clients with a dizzying array of injuries and medical conditions. It always saddens me when I see someone whose suffering could have been mitigated if their condition had been diagnosed in time.

One client, a State Trooper, fell victim to misfortune and a defective product. After slashing his finger to the bone on a hubcap, he developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and watched helplessly as his right hand curled and warped into a misshapen claw-like appendage. This injury ended his career as a state trooper.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, is a chronic, progressive disease characterized…

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Case Study - Product Liability Case: Moyer v. General Motors

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

A vehicular pursuit can result in all sorts of unpleasant outcomes, and losing a hubcap would generally rank among the least worrisome. But for one unfortunate trooper, it was as devastating as a high speed crash.

State Trooper Jason Moyer was engaged in the pursuit of another vehicle when his squad car lost a hubcap. He dutifully obtained a replacement and set about its installation, but during the process the air valve became wedged underneath the new hubcap. Trooper Moyer reached behind the hubcap in an attempt to free the valve, and sliced his finger to the bone on the razor sharp inner edge of the hubcap.

Under ordinary circumstances this would…

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The High Cost of Delay in Tractor Trailer and Trucking Accident Cases

  Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Large truck accidents and tractor trailer accidents leave death and devastation in their wake, and in the midst of grief it can be very difficult to know what to do next. You may be wondering if you need an attorney to represent your interests and protect your rights. Tractor trailer accidents come with complications a cut above those associated with a normal accident, and most people find that they do in fact need an attorney to help them understand their legal position. You can rest assured that the trucking company will have experienced legal representation, and if you do not seek counsel from a truck accident lawyer you may find yourself at a distinct disadvantage.


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Secondary Brain Trauma: A Silent Killer

 Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

It can happen in an instant. A puddle you never saw, a ball that bounced the wrong way, or a moment of inattention behind the wheel and you are forced to deal with a serious head trauma. Few things are more frightening than hearing that a loved one has suffered this type of injury. Parents drop everything and rush to schools, spouses hurry to hospitals, and entire families wait and pray. Only to find that most of the time, the victim is alright. A little shaken up and perhaps a bit confused, but starting to feel better and ready to go home. Whew. The crisis is over, right? Wrong.

When a person experiences a head trauma the head decelerates so fast that the…

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CBS 6 News Video Coverage: $23 Million Verdict in Tractor Trailer Accident

Richmond, Virginia jury awards $23 million dollar verdict in a case resulting from a 2007 tractor trailer accident.

Richmond Personal Injury Attorneys: P. Christopher Guedri & Douglas A. Barry

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A Richmond man involved in a serious accident four years ago is awarded 23-million dollars.

A jury found Moen Inc. should pay 42-year-old Ricky Jones millions in damages for the 2007 accident.

Jones was driving a tractor trailer on I-295 when a Moen tractor-trailer pulled onto the interstate and collided with his vehicle.

Jones had to be cut from his vehicle and med-flighted…

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Products Liability Law Suits Making Consumers Safer - The AAJ Reports

The American Association for Justice Report: They Knew and Failed To...

Introduction by Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

As a trial lawyer who has handled a number of complex products liability cases over my career, I view one of the rolls of the American civil justice system to protect consumer rights against corporations who knowingly endanger and fail to protect their customers. A recent report out from the American Association for Justice (AAJ), outlines scenarios where corporation responsible for product failures which endangered the lives of consumers, some even resulting in deaths, not only had knowledge of the products' dangers, but also failed to do anything about it. Because…

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Building A Bridge - Offering Support to Traumatic Brain Injury Patients in Charlottesville

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Many of our clients have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury can drastically change the life of the victim and their loved ones. In some severe cases, the person who has suffered the brain injury is no longer able to live independently and needs temporary or permanent living assistance.

In Charlottesville one organization is dedicated to proving living assistance to adults with traumatic brain injuries: Building a Bridge.

The Building a Bridge (hereafter "The Bridge")organization, a tax-exempt Virginia corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, operates in the City of Charlottesville.…

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How the American Legal System Contributes to Safety: Motor Vehicle Safety - AJJ Reports

An American Association for Justice Report: Driven to Safety

Introduction by Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

We hear a lot these days about the costs that the American legal systems imposes on the economy, in terms of supposedly unnecessary additional expenses, such as medical tests, safety equipment, large verdicts, and ridiculous warnings.  Those claims support the views of those who want to limit legal rights of consumers and who want to be able to ignore safety with little risk of being held responsible for the results of their actions.   What we don't often hear about is the tremendous benefits of the American legal system in terms of making us all safer.   Nowhere is this…

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