Distracted Driving - Facts and Statistics

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Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Personal Injury Attorney

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 annually on 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 behind…

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Can One Brain Injury Really Change My Life?

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. This often results in a litany of difficult choices and medical treatments for the injured and their family. Brain injuries are among the most devastating and traumatic afflictions one can suffer. They are caused by a wide variety of factors and present with a massive array of symptoms and conditions that experts are still struggling to understand. Often, brain injuries are permanent; requiring a lifetime of treatment and care.

Even a minor brain injury has the potential to seriously impact the victim’s life. Additionally, once a person has suffered one brain injury,…

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Three Ways Your Smart Watch Can Impact Your Legal Case

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Personal Injury Lawyer

You've probably noticed that the market for wearable technology like fitness trackers and smart watches is on the rise, but did you know that the data they collect is admissable in court?[1] 

Fitbit is a company that makes wearable devices which gather information about your health as your wear them; they track statistics such as steps, heart rate, and will even monitor your sleep.[2] In 2014, Fitbit had approximately 6.7 million paid/active users and sold 10.9 million devices.[3] While the health benefits for these devices are numerous, a few precautions must be shared when it comes to your personal injury case.

1. Wearables May…

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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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Asleep at the Wheel: The Facts About Fatigued Driving

Christopher J. Toepp, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Lawyer

We live in a fast-paced world. Whether it’s working overtime, staying up late to finish a project, or socializing with friends, studies suggest that long days and restless nights are common for most of us. The National Sleep Foundation (“NSF”) estimates that millions of Americans suffer from “self-imposed sleep deprivation.”[1]

Most of us know that sleep-deprived drivers create serious and potentially deadly car accidents on America’s roadways. A lesser known fact is that fatigued driving has reached almost epidemic proportions in today’s society.

The NSF survey reveals that 36 percent of Americans drive drowsy…

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Will My Insurance Company Increase My Premiums Or Cancel My Coverage If I Make A Claim?

Robert C. Reed, Personal Injury Attorney

By Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond Personal Injury  Attorney

It seems strange, but it's true: people pay a lot of money for auto insurance coverage that they are afraid to use.

Everyone understands that car insurance protects you and your loved ones from financial ruin when you are the cause of a collision that injures others, but your insurance is also designed to protect you and your family in the event that injury is caused through the fault of another who has no insurance or inadequate insurance. You may also be entitled to medical expense benefits through your insurance if you elected that coverage when you purchased your policy.

It's common for people…

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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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Why Being A Good Patient Is Important For Your Recovery

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: Attorney Charles L. Allen

Many people who are injured in auto accidents fail to realize the importance of their relationship with their medical providers. As in any relationship, poor communication can create problems. I stress to my clients the need to be a "good patient", and it is advice that any injured person could benefit from.

Being a good patient requires three things:

You must keep your medical appointments. Be on time so you don't waste the doctor or other health care providers' time, and so you are not rushed or distracted when you see the doctor. You want the doctor to be fully focused on your health problems, and not irritated that you arrived late…

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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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Should I Try to Settle My Case Without an Attorney?

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

Sometimes I get asked if an injured person really needs an attorney to handle their case.  The internet is full of all kinds of advice about how to “do it yourself” and settle your own claim.  Most people who try to navigate the process on their own eventually discover that handling a personal injury case is far too complicated to manage without an attorney—or worse, they settle their case without knowing how much money they left on the table. 

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should work with an attorney if you are injured in a crash:

If the person who injured you has no insurance or minimal insurance…

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