Teen Drivers: Becoming A New Driver

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Virginia Accident Lawyer

Freedom! As a teen, isn't that what you are thinking now that you finally have your driver's license and can drive on your own? You must remember that with more independence comes greater responsibility. You've had to work hard to get to this point, so make sure that you don't do anything to jeopardize your new privilege. As a new driver, there are several key points to remember and follow in order to stay safe on the roads and highways.

What have you learned so far? To get to this point, you must have passed your driver's test and practiced driving with a licensed driver. Hopefully, you have spent time observing your parents and asking lots…

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Food Lion Case Ties for Largest Verdict in Gloucester: $5,000,000

Attorney: P. Christopher Guedri

Case Type: Premises Liability / Traumatic Brain Injury

Virginia personal injury lawyer Christopher Guedri represented Ella Cousins, who was a 64 year old gainfully employed college graduate and a long time resident of Gloucester County. On August 11, 2006 she was shopping at the Food Lion in the Gloucester Courthouse area. While pushing her shopping cart down the main aisle, she was struck by a stock cart of freight being pushed in her direction by a Food Lion employee.

The collision knocked her to the ground and she struck her head on the concrete floor. She developed a large subdural hematoma and sustained a massive traumatic brain injury. Ms. Cousins was left with profound…

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Distracted Driving - Facts and Statistics


Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Driving requires the simultaneous use of multiple skills: focus and attention, coordination, as well as split-second decision making. When any one of those skills is compromised due to distractions behind the wheel, the driver immediately becomes more likely to be involved in a car accident. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and causes thousands of accidents annuallyon our nation's roads and highways.

Most drivers don't consider themselves distracted while driving. People assume that they can handle multiple tasks at the same time without any consequences. That may be the case outside of the car, but once a person gets…

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Senior Driving: When Is It Time To Stop Driving?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The decision for an older person to stop driving is an emotional one. Who determines when it is time? Sometimes the driver makes that decision, but most often it is a family member, either a spouse or a child. For many reasons, the decision to give up the car keys is a step that every family member involved with wants to avoid, but if you have concerns about a family member's driving ability do not ignore them. The last thing you want is for your loved one to be involved in a car accident. Even though a lot of senior citizens continue to drive safely well beyond their 80th birthday, many older drivers face issues such as hearing and vision…

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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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Senior Driving: How Your Health Can Affect Your Driving

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

For senior citizens, driving is a sign of continued independence, but it should never overshadow the importance of safe driving. Sometimes the normal aging process can affect an individual's health and one's ability to drive safely. These health changes can occur slowly over a period of time or sometimes they can be brought on suddenly. Either way, they need to be taken very seriously. Ignoring these signs can increase the risk of being involved in a car accident.

The aging process affects people differently at different points in their life. Because of this, senior drivers should not compare their driving ability to their peers,…

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DRIVING SAFETY: Causes of Road Fatalities and Injuries In Virginia

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Hundreds of people are killed in car crashes every year throughout the state of Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Virginia residents under the age of thirty. While car accidents are caused by a variety of circumstances, there are three factors that contribute to a large number of Virginia highway accidents and death: driver behavior, vehicle safety, and environmental factors.

Highway accidents are frequently caused by drivers' actions. There are many distractions that cause a driver to take his or her attention off the road: talking on a cell phone or texting,…

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Virginia Pedestrian Accident Statistics and Safety Tips

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

There were over 1700 pedestrian accidents in the state of Virginia in 2011. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, life threatening injuries or death often occur because the victim doesn't have the protection of being inside a vehicle with air bags or seat belts. In many of these cases, the pedestrian accidents could have been prevented if the drivers had followed some simple safety rules.

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by a wide variety of circumstances. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include driver distractions such as talking on a cell phone, aggressive driving such as speeding, drivers who are drinking impaired,…

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When A Truck Driver Is Injured Due To the Negligence of Other Drivers

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney

When most people see a highway accident involving a truck, they usually assume the accident was caused by the truck driver. This is not always the case. A lot of tractor trailer wrecks are actually caused by the carelessness of other drivers on the highway.  These accidents occur because other drivers on the road don't take extra precautions when driving in close proximity to a tractor trailer.

Truck drivers face extra challenges associated with driving big, heavy vehicles. Because of this, it is important for other motorists to give trucks extra room on the highway and avoid driving errors that can lead to a deadly truck accident.…

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The Distracted Driving Epidemic

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's primary attention is taken away from the essential task of driving a motor vehicle. This common behavior endangers the life of the driver as well as other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  Unfortunately, distracted driving has risen to epidemic levels on our highways all across the country.   Thousands of car accidentsoccur each year due to this extremely dangerous manner of driving.

Drivers should be focused on the road and be prepared to respond in a split second to unforeseen circumstances that might suddenly arise. When a driver becomes distracted, at least one of these three things…

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