Summer is just around the corner, and that means people will be spending more time outdoors with their dogs. It’s been awhile since we’ve come across any news about dog bites in the Richmond, Virginia area, which is a good thing!
National Dog Bite Prevention Week was a couple weeks ago, but nonetheless, it’s important any time of the year to raise awareness about dog bite injuries. Proper education and training for dog owners along with advice and tips on how people can avoid being bitten will hopefully help decrease instances of dog bites. There were nearly 33,000 reconstructive procedures on dog bite victims in the United States in 2010, an 8 percent increase from 2009, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
If you are the owner of the dog, you may want to consider a homeowners insurance policy that provides coverage for dog bites. Make sure to review your policy carefully to ensure that you are protected and avoid any policy that does not include it. If your dog has a history of aggression and has been put in quarantine by Animal Control, they may require you to provide proof of insurance showing $100,000 in liability coverage.
In past blog posts, we’ve provided tips for preventing dog bites and offered advice on what to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog. Also, here is more information about dog bite laws in Virginia .
If you are a victim of a dog attack, make sure to contact a Richmond , VA dog bite attorney .
New Rider Alert Program Helps Virginia Motorcyclists Involved in Accidents | Richmond VA Motorcycle crash lawyer
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2009 there were a total of 2,115 motorcycle crashes in the whole state. Of those crashes, 1,938 resulted in injuries.
With May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to launch a new program to help motorcycle riders and drivers in case of an accident.
The Goochland Gazette reported that the Rider Alert program began last month, which was created by the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) and Bon Secours Virginia Health System, in partnership with Motorcycle Virginia, Inc.
The program consists of a Rider Alert Card that is inserted a motorcyclist’s helmet along with a decal on the outside that reads, “DO NOT REMOVE HELMET.” This warns bystanders not to take off the cyclist’s helmet in the event of an accident. It also alerts people that the cyclist’s critical information such as medical information and emergency contact information can be found inside the helmet.
The idea for the Rider Alert program actually came from the United Kingdom where it’s called the CRASH Card program. 325,000 CRASH Cards have been given to cyclists in Europe. In Virginia about 15,000 cards have already been distributed to riders since the program began. The cards are available via the Rider Alert website at: http://www.RiderAlert.org.
If you are a motorcycle rider and have been involved in an accident with another driver, it’s important to consult with a Richmond, VA motorcycle crash lawyer who can help make sure your legal rights are protected.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30 people die each day in a car accident that involves a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Also, The Century Council reported that alcohol-related traffic fatalities account for 41% of all traffic fatalities.
In the state of Virginia alone, 316 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2009. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a driver with a BAC of 0.15 is over 300 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a sober driver.
It’s sad that so many senseless, unnecessary deaths have taken place. Although steps have been taken to help drunk drivers and DUI laws have become more strict, accidents continue to happen.
It is illegal to drive with BAC (blood alcohol count) of 0.08% or higher. For a first DUI offense in Virginia, your license is automatically suspended for seven days. If you are a DUI offender, you may be required to attend one of the DUI programs offered by the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.
It’s unfortunate for all those who are involved in a DUI accident, especially innocent victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident because of a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to contact a Richmond, Virginia accident lawyer who is experienced with wrongful death and fatal accidents.
A fatal accident involving a SUV and a school bus is currently being investigated by Richmond, Virginia police.
The driver of the SUV, Karl Anthony McClendon, 46, of Richmond, died at scene which occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The passengers in Anthony’s vehicle had minor injuries while the students and bus driver were not injured.
Our hearts go out to everyone involved in that accident.
According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2009 there were 523 driver and passenger fatalities in the state. Of that number, 46 of the deaths occurred in the 46-50 age range. The majority of deaths occurred in the 21-25 age range.
Here’s another interesting statistic: In 2009, there were 4,761 car crashes in the city of Richmond. Over half of those crashes (2,525) involved injuries while 16 resulted in a fatality.
A car accident can happen at any time. If it happens to you, it’s important to speak with a Richmond Virginia car accident attorney to help you file a personal injury claim.
At O’Bryan Law Firm, we are dedicated to making sure you are fully compensated for any injuries and damages that have occurred. Keep in mind that insurance companies will try their best to give you as little as possible for your claim.
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A new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute seems to indicate that laws banning texting while driving seem to have not resulted in fewer crashes. In fact, some indications suggest an increase in accidents.
Researchers speculate that the reason for these findings might be that people are not complying with the new law, and are now looking down to text in their lap.
All the more reason for you to be extra careful while driving and look out for people texting in their lap.
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If you are a passenger in a car that is in an accident you are entitled to make a claim against the insurance of the driver who caused the accident. This includes the driver of the car in which you are riding.
For example, this accident that happened last week in Chesterfield, VA was caused by a driver making an illegal u-turn on the interstate highway. The driver’s Pontiac car got hit by a tractor-trailer and the passenger in the driver’s car and the tractor-trailer driver were both injured. They can both file a claim against the driver’s insurance company to get compensation for their injuries.
The people in the car are lucky they were not both killed. It is often fatal when your car get has a wreck with a large truck. Then there would have been two wrongful death claims.
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Central Virginia has been blanketed with snow more often then not this winter and with that comes unsafe driving conditions. Please make sure you avoid driving unless necessary and be especially certain to buckle your seat belt in case you slip or slide into something while driving.
Personally I have had enough snow this winter and could stand to not see any more until next year. But unfortunately there is more snow in the forecast. Stay safe!
The statistics for 2009 car accidents in Chesterfield County were released last week and there is an analysis of some of the most dangerous intersections in the county.
I expect that there will be some adjustment to these intersections to try and lower the amount of traffic accidents there. Look for new traffic patterns and stop light timing to be adjusted.
In the meantime, be extra careful as you drive through these intersections and try not to add another wreck to the list.
In total, 23 fatal crashes occurred last year in which 24 people died. Four of these fatal wrecks involved alcohol. Three pedestrians died in crashes in 2009.
2009’s most dangerous intersections
- 1. Jefferson Davis Highway & West Hundred Road 61 crashes
- 2. Hull Street Road & Courthouse Road 42 crashes
- 3. Midlothian Turnpike & Woolridge Road 40 crashes
- 4. Midlothian Turnpike & Pinetta Drive 37 crashes
- 5. Midlothian Turnpike & Providence Road 37 crashes
- 6. Midlothian Turnpike & Courthouse Road 37 crashes
- 7. Hull Street Road & Brad McNeer Parkway 32 crashes
- 8. Hull Street Road & Woodlake Village Parkway 31 crashes
- 9. Hundred Road & Old Stage Road 31 crashes
- 10. Midlothian Turnpike & Johnston-Willis Drive 31 crashes
- 11. Midlothian Turnpike & Moorefield Park Drive 31 crashes
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Toyota, the worlds biggest auto maker has stopped US sales of some of its most popular models to fix a very serious design flaw that could cause many car accidents. The company has had problems with faulty gas pedals that stick and cause unintended acceleration.
Needless to say, that is very dangerous. Toyota has known about the problem for several years but apparently has been unable to fix it.
So Toyota decided to shut down six of its North American car factories and stop selling the following models:
- Matrix hatchback
- Avalon large sedan
- Highlander crossover
- Tundra pickup
- Sequoia SUV
Several months ago Toyota recalled 4.2 million cars because their gas pedals could become trapped under floor mats, causing sudden acceleration. That caused several crashes and deaths.
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