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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Texting While Driving Illegal in Virginia (and Many Other States)

James Mick

 Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Sending a text message while driving is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia.[1]  But why?  Because more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[2] 

Texting while driving is the most dangerous distracted driving activity because it combines all three types of driving distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel, and Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving.[3]

In Virginia it is illegal to text while driving, and if you are under the age of 18 it…

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Practical Advice for Avoiding Texting While Driving

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Author: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know texting while driving is dangerous, but recent studies show that more than half of all drivers admit to doing it anyway. In 2012 distracted driving accounted for more than 3,000 deaths in the United States, with texting proving the most damaging and distracting activity.[1] What can we do to curb this destructive behavior?[2]

Prevention

One way to prevent yourself from texting in the car is make sure you don’t receive any texts, so that you don’t feel the need to respond. Silencing your cell phone, turning it off or putting it somewhere that you can’t reach it (for example, in the trunk) before you drive…

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#X: A Campaign to Stop Texting and Driving

By: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

AT&T has launched a new phase in their ongoing campaign against distracted driving: #X. #X is conceived as a conversation stop-gap, an easy to type pause button that lets the person you are communicating with know you are about to drive and will get back to them when you’re off the road. The majority of texting drivers are not initiating a conversation but instead responding to a text. Proponents hope that helping drivers eliminate incoming messages with #X will allow them to avoid the temptation created when their phone goes off in the car.[1] 

#X is part of AT&T’s larger It Can Wait campaign, which was launched in 2009 to address…

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Parents Can Contribute to the Distracted Driving Problem

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

Cell phone use has increased dramatically over the last decade. There is no doubt that cell phones have added a certain measure of convenience to daily life, but their use is not always appropriate. Increasingly, cell phones are being used behind the wheel, distracting drivers and causing accidents. Public outcry over news stories involving distracted drivers using cell phones prompted a number of states to take action and pass laws banning their use behind the wheel.

Almost every state has some sort of ban on cell phone use while driving and studies have shown that their enactment has been effective in reducing the number…

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Do Texting Bans Work? The Effectiveness of Laws That Target Texting While Driving

By: Malcolm P. “Mic”  McConnell, III, Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

Distracted drivers cause accidents every day. Many of these collisions result in serious or even fatal injuries on America’s roads and highways. Although many actions can take a driver’s attention off the road, texting while driving has become increasingly prevalent, especially among teenage drivers. As a result, many states have passed laws that impose fines on drivers who “text-and-drive.”

Delaware was the first state to pass such a law, which went into effect in April 2005.  Other states quickly followed.[1] Currently, 44 states ban drivers from texting while driving.[2] There are four kinds of texting bans:

(1)…

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Attorney Courtney Van Winkle Talks About Distracted Driving with Huffington Post

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump Virginia

With the amount of technology readily available to any young driver, the temptation of checking that new text may be hard to resist, even when driving down the road. Teen drivers are at risk for believing themselves to be safe behind the wheel of the car, and statistics show that many teens feel confident in their abilities to text and drive. But those five seconds of distraction could mean the loss of someone else’s life – or your own.

Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle was featured in the recent Huffington Post article on “The Dangers Behind Teen Texting While Driving” by Dorit Sasson. In the article,…

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A Graphic Reminder of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The dangers of distracted driving are well documented, and no form of distracted driving is more prevalent today than texting-and-driving. This is why many states across the country have made it illegal to text while driving, giving police officers the right to pull over and ticket any driver they observe engaging in such activity. Unfortunately, drivers continue to text-and-drive every day, subjecting those around them to the consequences of distracted driving. This is why a number of different groups, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and It Can Wait, have started campaigns aimed at raising public awareness…

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Motor Vehicle Safety: “Text Later Live Longer”: VCU Police Officers Launch A Campaign Against Texting While Driving

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Detective Shawn Kelley and Corporal Rebecca Ellison of the Virginia Commonwealth University (“VCU”) Police Department have started a campaign against texting while driving that is catching fire across the country. “Text Later Live Longer”, TL3 for short, is a bumper sticker program that lets other motorists know that texting behind the wheel is dangerous for everyone. In one month, their Facebook page[1] has received over 3,257 “Likes” and they have distributed 1,250 bumper stickers to residents of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 6 countries internationally.

People who visit…

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The Facts About Distracted Driving

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

There are roughly 8.2 million people living in Virginia[1], and approximately 5.4 million of them are registered drivers[2]. With this many people on our roads, it's a small wonder that there were only 124,000 reported traffic crashes in 2012[3]. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") does give statistics on alcohol and speed related accidents, but doesn't currently give any for accidents caused by distracted driving. However, the US Department of Transportation ("USDOT") does have some national statistics on the issue. It reports that distracted drivers caused or contributed to 10% of crashes involving injuries in the…

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