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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Four Tips to Help Protect Your Family at the Beach

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

With school out of session and summer in full swing, it’s tempting to take a trip to enjoy the simple pleasures of the seashore – sun, sand, and surf. It is easy for these same things we love most about the beach to also cause us harm and turn a relaxing excursion into an ordeal. Here are a few factors that we think deserve special awareness, and, with proper attention, can minimize the risk of injury and keep your beach trip safe and fun.

Watch the Weather

Though it may seem silly to do on a clear sunny day, take a moment to check the weather forecast for your beach of choice before you or your family take to the sand. Paying attention…

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Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart Settle after Crash

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Last year, actor/comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a car. The crash killed one and injured two other passengers in his vehicle. Morgan, 45, was on his way back to New York following a show in Delaware. His vehicle was struck from behind by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer. The collision caused a chain reaction. Six cars were involved in the crash.[1]

The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Roper had been awake for 24 hours prior to the accident. He had been on the road for more than nine hours when he rear-ended Morgan’s vehicle. The police report indicated that he failed…

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Sled Injury: Facts and Prevention Tips

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

After winter snowstorms hit, many families go sledding and take advantage of the snowy conditions. Although this fun winter sport may seem like a relatively safe activity, thousands of people suffer sledding-related injuries every year. Last winter, hospitals treated over 50,000 sledding, snow tubing, and toboggan-related injuries; the majority of reported injuries were suffered by children 14 and under.[1] While sledding can be safe and fun, it is important to recognize the risks and ways to reduce them.

The most common sledding injuries are cuts, bruises, and broken bones,[2] yet more serious injures can occur, such as traumatic…

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Motorcycle Accidents: Protective Safety Gear

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and liberating experience. However, because motorcyclists are exposed to the elements while they are riding, they need to take extra care in order to avoid injury. Being alert and aware of one’s surroundings is an important component of safe riding as is choosing appropriate personal safety gear to wear while riding. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published a guide to help current and prospective motorcyclists select the right helmets, face protection, footwear, gloves, riding suits, and hearing protection.[1]

Helmets

A helmet that complies with Department of Transportation…

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Why Do You Need to Contact an Attorney Promptly After an Accident?

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If you have never been involved in an accident, you may not realize how helpful the early advice of an experienced attorney can be. Contacting an attorney promptly after an accident is important for a number of reasons. Attorney Trent Kerns discusses a few of these reasons in the short video below.

 

Early Investigation

If you have been involved in an automobile accident, early investigation can be critically important. It may be necessary to preserve evidence at the accident and photograph skid marks, tire marks, and other physical evidence.

Wittnesses

People move, change phone numbers and get new e-mail addresses…

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Raising Awareness about Drowsy Driving

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

When it comes to safety on America’s roadways, impaired driving and distracted driving get most of the attention. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. Once the average person has been awake for 24 hours, their judgment and reaction time is just as impaired as if they were driving with a BAC over the legal limit. Every year more than 70,000 people are injured in the United States as a result of drowsy driving.[1]

Some organizations have begun to recognize the dangers of drowsy driving and have taken steps to combat it. The US National Sleep Foundation (USNSF) declares an annual Drowsy Driving Prevention Week designed to draw…

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Trust Fall: Virginia's Negligent Entrustment Doctrine

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

Did you know that you can be held liable for an accident when you weren’t even there? Virginia’s negligent entrustment doctrine supports liability against third parties who negligently empower or facilitate collisions whether or not that person ever got behind the wheel of a car.

The vast majority of personal injury disputes in Virginia are between the person who caused the injury and the person who was harmed. In rare instances, a third party, identified as negligent by the injured person, may be brought into the claim under Virginia law. [1] Under the doctrine of negligent entrustment, knowingly providing someone with a dangerous article…

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Virginia Bike Laws

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

Bicycles share the road with cars, trucks, and other automobiles. The Virginia Legislature has passed a number of laws to help foster a safe environment for everyone sharing the road. Many of these laws are aimed at cyclists and dictate where they may ride and how they should behave while on the road. These cycling rules can be separated out into a number of categories, listed below[1]:

Rights and Duties:

People riding bicycles on a highway are subject to the Virginia Code provisions on motor vehicles and have the rights and duties applicable to drivers of motor vehicles unless a provision clearly states otherwise.[2]

Traffic…

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Technically Legal: Social Host Responsibility Regarding Drunk Drivers

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

The holiday season is approaching, and the time is here for friends and family to gather and celebrate. You may even wish to throw a party this season, but the prospect of serving alcohol to a large group can be worrisome. What level of responsibility do you have? What if a guest at your party drives drunk? What if they hurt themselves or someone else?

The answers to these questions are rooted in a Virginia legal doctrine known as contributory negligence. Contributory negligence states that if a person is injured, they can only make a recovery for their injury if they did not contribute at all to the accident. In this case, the drinker…

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