Protect Your Head by Using Your Headrest Correctly

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

 Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Before we drive our cars, we take numerous precautions to ensure a safe trip. Wearing seatbelts, adjusting mirrors, making sure our tires are properly inflated, and that our brakes are in working condition help to protect passengers in our vehicles. There’s one more thing passengers can do to help protect themselves in the event of a car accident: properly adjusting their headrests.

When a vehicle is in an accident, passengers can experience a common injury known as whiplash.[1]  Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck snaps back and forth like a cracking of a whip, causing neck pain, stiffness, and headaches.[2] The National…

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Why You Should Avoid Posting Accident Details On Social Media- VIDEO

Amy S. Whitelaw

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family across the globe.  You can share pictures or thoughts, update people on what’s going on in your life, or even follow the news.  But when you’re in a car accident, social media can make your personal injury claim more difficult.

If you're ever in an accident, you should avoid posting information about that accident or your injuries on social media. There’s very little you can do on social media that can help your case, but there’s a lot you can do to harm your case.  Social media can certainly complicate things but there are ways to protect yourself and…

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What is the Virginia Consumer Protection Act?

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Consumers purchase goods and services with the expectation that they will be safe and function properly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Products may fail and consequently cause injury to innocent people. If the product itself is what causes the injury, a person may have a products liability claim.[1]  But if a person is harmed by the way a product has been advertised or offered, there may be another avenue under which they can recover for the harm.

The Virginia Consumer Protection Act was first enacted in 1977 to “promote fair and ethical standards of dealings between suppliers and the consuming public.”[2] The…

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Virginia Law and Smoking in Your Car

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Smoking in your car is never a good idea. In addition to the health effects, lighting a cigarette could turn you into a distracted driver.[1] And now there’s one more reason not to smoke in your car. As of July 1, 2016, in Virginia, smoking in your car while a child is present could result in a $100 fine.

It’s all because of a new law that reads:

“It is unlawful for a person to smoke in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, when a minor under the age of eight is present in the motor vehicle. A violation of this section is punishable by a civil penalty of $100 . . .”[2]

The law bans lighting and holding,…

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Tips for Driving Safely This Winter

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Winter is almost here. Driving in bad weather can be a challenge, and before you know it, the roads will be covered with ice and snow.  Even here in Virginia, snow and ice can become a problem, especially when drivers are not prepared for or accustomed to these road conditions.  Weather related crashes can be particularly stressful around holiday seasons; in 2012, they accounted for 4 percent of traffic fatalities around Thanksgiving.[1]  On average, 58,000 people are injured every year in traffic accidents as a result of snow or sleet.[2]

Practice these good winter weather-driving habits to keep you and your family safe:

Slow…

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