Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication: The Next Stage Of Roadway Safety

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

The nation lost 33,561 people in motor-vehicle crashes during 2012. [1] In the wake of such staggering figures, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) is currently focused on vehicle-to-vehicle communication (“V2V”) as the next smart technology they hope will reduce fatalities and provide more roadway safety in America.

V2V communication allows cars to talk to one another and exchange important information like speed, location, brake status, and vehicle trajectory to warn drivers about impending crashes. It uses on-board dedicated short-range radio communication devices…

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THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES: $871 BILLION ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) released a new study, “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010,” on May 28, 2014 that examines the  financial impact car accidents have in America.[1] According to the study, the price tag for car accidents on America’s roads and highways is a staggering $871 billion.

In arriving at this figure, the NHTSA study analyzed data from 2010. That year, 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million people were injured, and 24 million vehicles were destroyed in automobile crashes in the United States. Economic…

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Mature Driving Bill Dies in Senate

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

 A transportation related bill that sought to impose new and stricter driver’s license renewal standards on Virginia’s “mature” population, failed in the Virginia State Senate on January 29, 2014.

 Current law requires a Virginia driver who is 80 years of age or older at the time their license expires to renew their license in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office, pass a vision test and, in certain situations,  take and pass a written test about the rules of the road.[1] Senate Bill 180, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (Republican – Virginia Beach), would have made the following changes to the…

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Safety: "HOT Lanes" and "HOV Lanes" Extending South Into Stafford County

Author: David M. Williams, Jr. - Stafford County Personal Injury Attorney 

Work has already begun to extend the express lanes of Interstate 95 all the way south to Garrisonville in Stafford County from Northern Virginia.

High Occupancy and Toll (HOT) lanes, or high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, are express travel lanes that run alongside existing highway lanes and are typically reserved for travelers who are in multi-passenger vehicles or those willing to pay a toll. HOV lanes have been established in the Northern Virginia / DC area for years but now they will extend to Garrisonville in an effort to ease congestion and boost the economy.

Governor Robert McDonnell first announced the ambitious…

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Federal Government Issues: 'Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving'

Author: David M. Williams, Jr. - Stafford County Personal Injury Attorney

I have represented many clients who were injured as a result of the actions of a distracted driver. The use of hand held cell phones behind the wheel continues to be a deadly problem that many now view as an epidemic. On June 7, 2012, United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" which contains a comprehensive strategy to address the problem of distracted driving and take action to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths that are caused by distracted driving each year.

The Blueprint plan hopes to build upon the previous efforts made by the U.S. Department…

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Meet Virginia Personal Injury Attorney David M. Williams, Jr. - VIDEO

Fredericksburg, VA car accident lawyer David M. Williams, Jr. is an expert in the litigation and resolution of car accident claims, motorcycle accident cases, slip and fall cases and catastrophic injury claims. David has successfully argued multiple cases before the Virginia Supreme Court in more than 15 years of experience with personal injury law. David primarily serves clients in the Garrisonville, Stafford County and Fredericksburg areas. To learn more about David, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/david-m-williams-jr.html

Video: http://youtu.be/UE2ZFcmzunE

Video Transcript: I am David Williams. I am a trial lawyer with Allen & Allen. I practice law primarily in the Fredericksburg and Garrisonville offices.…

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Federal Government Gives Virginia the Initial Green Light to New Proposed Toll on I-95

Author: Attorney David M. Williams, Jr.

 On September 19, 2011, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has authorized the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to move forward with the Governor's plan to toll I-95.  Although there are a number of turnpikes, and other roads, that charge motorists, the interstate system has been largely free of tolls since its birth.  This has left many Virginians asking how? why? where? and when?... can I-95 be tolled.

HOW?

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21stCentury (TEA-21) is federal legislation governing transportation programs for highways, highway safety and transit.  TEA-21…

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New Virginia Law Sets Tougher Penalties for Teens Who Drink and Drive

Author: Attorney David M. Williams, Jr.

A new Virginia law increasing the consequences for underage drinking and driving went into effect July 1, 2011.

The 2011 Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a bill establishing a "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) for underage drinking and driving by making it punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor. The punishment for teens that drink and drive - teens convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - now includes two additional severe penalties:

1.    loss of their driver's license for one year from the date of conviction, AND

2.    either a mandatory minimum fine of $500.00 or 50 hours…

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WINTER SAFE DRIVING TIPS: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME SNOW?

Author: Attorney David Williams

Governor Robert F. McDonnell recognized December 5-11, 2010 as "Winter Preparedness Week" in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  That proclamation was well timed as much of Central Virginia woke up to a coating of snow on December 13th, and again on Christmas Day.  While those snowfalls were earlier than usual, , they could be a precursor of more and bigger things to come our way as we enter the winter season.

Virginia experienced severe winter weather last year which resulted in numerous record-breaking snowstorms. As a result, it appears that the Virginia Department of Transportation and other state agencies have taken early steps to prepare for whatever winter weather…

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Virginia Expands the "Move Over" Law

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Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

When driving on the highway, it's not unusual to see police or emergency vehicles on the shoulder. Sometimes emergency vehicles may be stopped on the highway, due to a motor vehicle accident, a tree or other debris in the road, or some other emergency. Many drivers do not realize that Virginia law requires a driver in these situations to move over into a more distant lane, unless it would be unreasonable or unsafe to do so. If you cannot move over safely, then you are required to proceed with caution and at an appropriate speed. Recently the law was expanded to include almost any vehicle that has flashing lights on the shoulder.

Virginia's…

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