Quick Tips for Safe and Stress-Free Road Trips with the Family

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

The look of disbelief on my friend’s face was priceless. She had spent the last ten minutes of an otherwise enjoyable lunch talking about how much she was dreading an upcoming family road trip over the holidays. Her jaw dropped when my only reply was, “I actually enjoy family road trips”.  How can that be?

 

Certainly as a family with four children and many road trips under our belt, we have had our fair share of fussy toddlers, car sick youngsters, and sullen teenagers buried in technology. But all in all, looking back over the years, we have had some pretty amazing times while enduring the challenge of being confined to a…

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Parking in Spaces Reserved for Persons with Disabilities

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Parking lots at the malls, shopping centers, and groceries stores are filled to capacity. You have circled the parking lot three times. Nothing is open. You see an available parking space, but it is reserved for persons with disabilities. You only need to run into the store for a few minutes. It’s just this one time. You’ll be right back. Can you park there? 

Unless you have and need a disabled parking license plate or placard, the answer is always no. 

Why? Because persons with disabilities need those spaces.  

In order for an individual to obtain a disabled license…

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MADD Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign and the Perks of Being a Designated Driver

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfied, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Snow and ice aren't the only dangers on the road during the holiday season. Driving under the influence of alcohol is the number one cause of car crashes that result in death in the United States with an average of 10,497 fatalities per year. The occurrence of these crashes is highest during the holiday season due to the increase in parties and other festivities where alcohol is served. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed in 1980 to increase public awareness of the growing number of alcohol-related crashes and to help the public understand that victims were real people with grieving families. The organization was created…

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Educating Teen Drivers and Their Parents During Teen Driver Safety Week

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers ages 15 to 19. In 2015, there were 2,333 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 100,000 teens were injured. [1] In other words, an average of six teens die every day from motor vehicle injuries. This age range coincides with the age most Americans begin driving. However, a study determined that only 25% of parents engage in a meaningful dialogue with their children concerning the dangers associated with driving. [2]

Parents can help improve teen driver safety

Led by the National Highway traffic…

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Asleep at the Wheel

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Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

In April of this year, thirty-two-year-old Jessica Marciano was on vacation in Crockett County, Texas. Driving at night, she fell asleep at the wheel, her pickup truck drifted to the center median, then flipped over, partially blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.  Marciano freed herself from the truck and climbed on top of it to wait for help. But a man driving a tractor trailer hauling a disabled vehicle did not see her. He hit her, killing her instantly, then swerved into an oncoming line of traffic hitting one vehicle and killing its three occupants.  

In Charlotte, North Carolina, also this year, twenty-three year old Trungquan…

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Headphones or Earbuds While Driving: Illegal in Virginia

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Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

In today’s tech savvy world, drivers are increasingly using earbuds or headphones to listen to music while driving. Some opt to use Bluetooth devices or other hands-free headsets behind the wheel. Laws regulating these activities vary widely from state to state.

What the Law Says

At last count, 32 of the 50 states have no statutes prohibiting headsets or earbuds for drivers.[1]  Virginia is not one of these 32 states.

Va. Code § 46.2-1078 provides that, “[t]t shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped…

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Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

With the end of the year holidays upon us, bringing inevitably heavy traffic and , congested highways, a little preparation can help avoid a calamitous and even tragic incident. At this time of year, the roads are full of drivers who are stressed, frustrated, anxious, distracted, or all of these. Here are some suggestions of what you should do before you even leave your house:

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Check traffic reports and weather forecasts before you leave. Bring a paper map, in case your GPS or smartphone are out of range, out of minutes, or out of charge. You may want to have an alternate route planned in advance. PREPARE…

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Automobile Safety: Additional Restrictions for Teen Drivers

Author: Kathleen Smith (Llewelyn-Duncan) - Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Texting while driving is illegal in Virginia for all drivers.  But did you know that using a cellular phone, whether hands free or not, is not allowed for any drivers under the age of 18?  Virginia prohibits the use of all cellular telephone and any other telecommunications device for drivers under 18 years of age, unless 1)  the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped, or 2) for driver emergency.

There are other restrictions for young drivers as well.[1]  Curfew restrictions are not only imposed by their parents, but also by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from driving between…

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Teen Driving: Teen Driving Mistakes

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Driving is serious business. It takes months, and even years, of driving to become experienced and learn how to safely react to sudden changes in traffic, drive in adverse weather, and know how to judge unexpected changes in road conditions. It is certainly no surprise to hear that teens have the highest death rates in car crashes of any age group of drivers.There are serious consequences when inexperienced drivers make mistakes on the road. Teen driving mistakes can cause car accidents that result in serious injuries, deaths, and extensive car damage.

Here is a look at ten of the most common teen driving mistakes:

Speeding

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Teen Drivers: Becoming A New Driver

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Virginia Accident Lawyer

Freedom! As a teen, isn't that what you are thinking now that you finally have your driver's license and can drive on your own? You must remember that with more independence comes greater responsibility. You've had to work hard to get to this point, so make sure that you don't do anything to jeopardize your new privilege. As a new driver, there are several key points to remember and follow in order to stay safe on the roads and highways.

What have you learned so far? To get to this point, you must have passed your driver's test and practiced driving with a licensed driver. Hopefully, you have spent time observing your parents and asking lots…

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