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Can You Blame a GPS for a Fatal Car Accident? | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

March 12, 2012 1 comment

Do you always do what your GPS says? If it told you to make a left turn, but there were stop signs and clearly visible“Wrong Way” signs posted, would you still make that left?

For a driver from Richmond, this miscommunication from her GPS system caused a fatal accident that left a 23-year-old Chase City man dead. She claims that the GPS told her to make a left, which turned out to be a one-way street. Apparently, she’s not the only one who has made this mistake. Troopers and people living in the area have witnessed drivers going the wrong way in that same area just off Route 460.

So, who is responsible for this accident? Is it the GPS company or the driver? That would probably be up to a judge to decide.

Keep in mind that you cannot always depend on a GPS system to provide accurate directions as sometimes the software is not up-to-date. Although you can usually trust what the system does tell you, you should always be aware of road signage and be more alert in areas that are not familiar to you.

Has your loved one been involved in a fatal car accident? Contact an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer who specializes in car accidents to help you get through this trying time.

Source: WSET.com – ABC 13

Car Plows Into Home | Richmond Accident Injury Attorney

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

What happens if someone drives a car into your home? Well, it’s definitely something you don’t want to think about, but it does happen.

On a Sunday night in South Richmond this is exactly what happened to Becky Lane. A man driving a SUV plowed right into a car parked outside her home on Oakland Avenue. The impact of the crash sent the parked right into Becky Lane’s home.

Richmond police report that the driver was 62-year-old Joseph Williams of Augusta, Georgia — and this is not even the first time that Williams has been cited for reckless driving.

When you operate a vehicle in a negligent way without any regard to the safety and well-being of other people or their property, it is considered reckless driving. Reckless driving can be caused by a number of reasons including:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Mental or psychological problems which takes away focus from the road
  • Distracted by phone or text messaging
  • Road rage

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident described above, however, if you have been injured because of a reckless driver, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Virginia accident injury attorney to help you with your case.

Read more: Driver charged in accident that sent car into home.

Car Accidents Can Happen At Any Time | Richmond, VA Injury Attorney

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.

Find out how to get more for your auto injury case by requesting our free accident injury book, “Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim”.

You need more uninsured motorist coverage | Richmond Virginia car accident lawyer

January 20, 2010 2 comments

I just heard a story on NPR this morning about the growing number of uninsured drivers in America. I highly recommend that you examine your own insurance policy and make sure you have enough uninsured motorist coverage. It might keep you from going bankrupt if you get put in the hospital from an accident caused by somebody driving without insurance.

I increased my uninsured motorist coverage a few months ago and was surprised at how cheap it is. For around $9 a month I increased the coverage immensely. I now feel that if anyone in my family gets in a bad car accident or truck wreck there will be enough money to cover even the worst hospital bills.

Insurance companies don’t like you to have increased uninsured motorist coverage because it means more money they have to pay out and that cuts into their profit margin.

Another thing to remember is that your uninsured motorist coverage also covers you if the driver that hits you doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your hospital bills. In this case it is sometimes called underinsured motorist coverage.

You can read more about this and other topics in my Richmond Virginia car accident lawyer book.

3 remain in hospital after fatal accident |Virginia car wreck lawyer

August 24, 2009 2 comments

3 remain in hospital after fatal accident | Charlottesville Daily Progress.

A sad report of teenage driving and a young girl’s death after a crash last Thursday evening on Nahor Manor Road in Fluvanna County, VA.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Rigsby was driving a 1997 Saab around 8:30 pm when the car went off the road and hit a fence and some trees.

Fourteen-year-old Caitlyn Conn was killed in the accident. Also injured were 15-year-old Morgan Winter and 17-year-old Dylan Saylor, who remain at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Police think speeding was a factor in the wreck, and they also think only Rigsby was buckled up.

What a tragedy for Caitlyn and her friends and family. Friends describe Caitlyn as a “really good girl. Very polite. Very sweet.”

Tractor Trailer Wreck | Virginia truck wreck lawyer

August 18, 2009 1 comment

UPDATE: Route 288 reopens at Iron Bridge Road after wreck.

Two tractor-trailer trucks had an accident early last Friday morning on Route 288 in Chesterfield County, VA.

One of the tractor-trailers pulled off the road onto the left shoulder, which is illegal. When it tried to get back onto the road it was rear-ended by another tractor-trailer.

Two people were taken to the hospital.

Paul J. Woods of Paris, Tennessee was charged with reckless driving.

For more information visit the personal injury tractor-trailer lawyer in Virginia.

Three hospitalized after wreck on Va. 122 | Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

July 17, 2009 1 comment

Three hospitalized after wreck on Va. 122.

There was a head-on collision on Virginia Route 122 near Moneta, VA on Wednesday evening around 5:30 pm.

Sammy Martin of Ferrum, VA was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus when he crossed the center line and hot a 1999 Chevy Malibu driven by Craig Powers.

Both drivers and Shanna Pudder, a passenger in Martin’s car, were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. All were wearing seat belts.

Martin was charged with reckless driving but it is still unclear what caused the wreck.

Recent motorcycle accidents in Richmond area | Virginia lawyer Attorney Wayne O’Bryan

April 17, 2009 1 comment

There have been several recent deaths of motorcyclists in the Richmond area recently.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes about the first one:Manchester Bridge crash victim identified .

Joseph Greene of Richmond, and Jorge J. Diaz Jr. of Chesterfield County, have each been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving by engaging in a race between two or more motor vehicles on a highway that resulted in the death of Bradley James Ferguson, 21, of Glen Allen, who died around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after his motorcycle crashed on Manchester Bridge.

Hanover County couple killed in motorcycle crash.

Two days later on April 9. a motorcycle crash claimed the lives of Robert C. Jones, 46, and his 44-year-old wife Elizabeth when the 2009 Yamaha motorcycle he was driving crashed on Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville around 7:45 p.m.

It seems that Mr. Jones lost control of the motorcycle and it ran off the right side of the road and then struck a mailbox, wooden fence and a tree.

Elizabeth Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and Robert Jones was transported to VCU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

“We ask the community to keep the family and friends of the Jones’ in their thoughts and prayers as they try to cope with the untimely loss of their loved ones,“ said Col. V. Stuart Cook, sheriff.

These accidents are tragic and show how easy it is to suffer personal injury from riding a motorcycle, weather it is from somebody else’s recklessness or through a tragic driving error, there is little to protect a motorcycle rider in the event of an accident.

O’Bryan Law offers some tips for staying safe on your motorcycle but there is no substitute for being extra careful and vigilant every time you ride.

Four killed in crash along stretch of Route 3 | Richmond VA personal injury lawyer

March 30, 2009 1 comment

The Culpeper Star Exponent has recently published several articles about four people killed in a wreck on Route 3 last week.
Investigation continues in deadly wreck.

The accident happened around 3am on March 22 when there was a head-on accident between a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV driven by Eugene Green and a 2004 Toyota Corolla driven by Tyler Harlow.

Green was driving the wrong way when he caused the accident. Four of the five people in Harlow’s car were killed, including Harlow, Joseph Sahnow, Tianna Jones and James Cook. All died at the scene of the wreck.

Green and the other passenger in the Toyota, Howard Steiniger were taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.

Alcohol is suspected to have been the major cause of the accident.

This stretch of Route 3 has seen several deaths in the past few years and local residents report many near misses. Some people call this dead man’s curve or Jake-break corner.

It is such a tragedy to hear of young people like this getting killed through somebody else’s fault. Hopefully the county can do something to fix the problems that cause this area to be so dangerous before another unfortunate accident occurs.

Five hurt in wreck at Fort Lee gate | Richmond Va car accident lawyer

March 10, 2009 2 comments

Five hurt in wreck at Fort Lee gate.

Five people were injured last Thursday morning, around 8:20 am March 5, in a multiple-vehicle collision on Virginia state Route 36 at Fort Lee‘s main gate.

Marcia Jones of Danville, Virginia, a Department of Defense civilian employee who was the most severely injured, was flown to VCU Medical Center in a MedFlight helicopter. She was listed in stable condition yesterday afternoon, authorities said. Ms. Jones was stopped at a light when her SUV was hit from the back three times and she was tossed about inside her big truck. She was apparently not wearing her seat belt which made her injuries much worse.

Sgt. Tim Wilson of Fort Lee Police says,

“She was thrown backwards, then her vehicle turns and she was thrown against her door and then at that time, when her vehicle made contact with the 3rd vehicle, she was thrown towards the rear of the vehicle.”

Three soldiers were among the injured. Spc. Passion Walker and Staff Sgt. Fred Saunders were taken to John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, where they were treated and released.

Chief Warrant Officer Gary Brown was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. His condition was unknown yesterday afternoon.

Another civilian suffered minor injuries and refused to be treated, officials said.

It is unfortunate that Ms. Jones was not wearing her seatbelt. If she had been wearing it, then this wreck would have likely caused little or no personal injuries. Just taking a few seconds to buckle up might make the difference between life and death.

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