What To Do After a Car or Truck Accident?

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

After law-enforcement officials have discharged you from the scene of an accident that caused injury or damage to anyone's vehicle or property, you should contact your insurance company and report the accident immediately. Contacting the insurance company to report an accident is required by your auto liability insurance policy. If you fail to do so, the company may deny you insurance coverage!

Here is what you should tell your insurance company:• That the accident occurred;• The date and time of the accident;• The location of the accident; and• The names and addresses of anyone involved in the accident.

However,…

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Texting and Driving - What the Law in Virginia Actually Says

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Distracted driving remains a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities.  CNN reports that distracted driving accounted for 16% of traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2009, which is unchanged from 2008.[1] Responding to this problem with regard to cellphones, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Va. Code § 46.2-1078.1, which became effective in July, 2009.[2] This statute largely prohibits driving while texting.

However, enforcement of this law presents some practical problems.  The statute does not make driving while texting a primary offense; that is, a driver cannot be stopped solely for driving while texting and can only be ticketed for violation of the…

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