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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

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Texting While Driving May Soon Be a Primary Offense in VA. | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

Texting while driving has been a big issue these past few years as more and more people have become glued to their cell phones and smart phones. In the state of Virginia, a cop can only ticket a person for texting while driving as a secondary offense, but that may all change soon. According to an article over at CBSDC, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee approved legislation that makes texting or e-mailing while driving a primary offense in Virginia.

A survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that 90 percent of drivers said that they feel very unsafe if a driver is texting or emailing when they are passengers. In fact, 71 percent of drivers support bans on handheld cell phone use while driving and 94 percent support bans on texting while driving. The NHTSA has now partnered with the Ad Council to launch a new campaign that urges people to “Stop the texts and stop the wrecks”.

It will be interesting to see whether or not this new law will decrease accidents in Virginia. Keep in mind that texting while driving can be a lethal combination because it involves three different distractions: visual, manual and cognitive.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Richmond car accident lawyer to help you with your case.

Snowstorms Lead to Dozens of Accidents in the Richmond Area | Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Snowstorms hit the Richmond area last month and Virginia police responded to dozens of car crashes over President’s Day weekend. According to this article published at the Washington Post, Virginia police had responded to over 700 crashes across the state.

Fortunately, the weather report for the next week or so looks pretty good with no snow being predicted. However, there will be some rain here and there, so be mindful of the road conditions and always stay alert.

It’s no surprise that there were many car accidents because of the snowy weather, but there are things that you can do as a driver to reduce the risk of getting into an accident. Here are a couple articles we’ve posted in the past that provide tips for driving during snowy or icy weather:

The best thing you can do when driving in snowy weather is to drive as slow as possible and to avoid driving on the highways.

If you are involved in an accident, and you don’t believe it was your fault, it’s important to consult with a Virginia personal injury attorney to see what your options are.

Virginia Drivers Ticketed For Not Providing Proof of Insurance | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

January 6, 2012 1 comment

The majority of states in the U.S. require that drivers carry car insurance, but Virginia is one of the few states that allow drivers to forego coverage if they pay a $500 fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Also, it is not a crime if a driver fails to carry their insurance card on them to show to police officers if they are pulled over.

Despite this law, however, there have been reports that drivers are being fined for failing to provide proof of insurance. Apparently, police officers and members of the courts have been misinterpreting Virginia code § 46.2-707. In actuality, in order to be charged under this law, a driver must admit that the car is uninsured and that the $500 DMV fee had not been paid. The consequences include a Class 3 misdemeanor, license suspension, plus a $500 fine.

Before making any statements to any insurance adjuster, we recommend reading our free accident injury book that will provide some insider information regarding car accident claims. If you have further questions about car accidents with uninsured drivers in Virginia, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Don’t Be a Victim of a Road Rage Accident | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

January 5, 2012 1 comment

From WTVR.com, Richmond VA: An update regarding the story of the road rage crash suspect. Christopher Sessoms and Charity Dees were scheduled to appear in court for a deadly crash that left Christopher Lee Fisher dead. The crash, which happened last September, was allegedly due to road rage and caused Fisher’s car to crash into a concrete wall. The suspects have been charged with felony hit and run.

There are millions of car accidents in the U.S. each year, and we can probably assume that many of them are due to road rage and aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 66 percent of all annual traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving actions. What people don’t know is that just like guns, cars can be used as weapons as well, causing harm and death to other people.

The best thing you can do to avoid getting into an accident with a “road rager” is to not feed into the other person’s anger. Don’t react to their honking, finger flipping, or aggressive driving. Just back off and calm down. In the end, it’s just not worth it. You don’t want the same thing that happened to Christopher Lee Fisher to happen to you. If you really feel the need to do something, you can visit sites like RoadRagers.com and file a report.

If you have been a victim of a road rage accident in Virginia, make sure to hire an experienced Virginia car accident attorney.

Richmond Bus Accident | Virginia injury lawyer

Bus accident victims recovering; truck driver charged.

A box truck ran a red light and hit a Boys and Girls Club bus full of children on the way to the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

Thankfully none of the children were seriously hurt, which is a real miracle considering the bus was flipped on its side. The lack of major injuries is probably due to the fact that the driver of the bus made sure that all the children were wearing their seat belts.

The top lesson from this accident is to always wear your seat belt when you are in  a car. It could save your life.

Distracted Driving Report | Hanover Car Accident Attorney

How important is that email or text you just received on your smart phone? Is it more important than being safe while driving on the road? Well, it seems like more and more people have given priority to texting over safety nowadays. As much as technology has given us access to quicker communication, it also has caused much headache for those who have been involved in car accidents because they felt the need to multitask.

An article on NBC29.com says that distracted driving deaths has increased 22 percent in the state of Virginia. Distracted driving is anything that takes your focus off of driving – whether it’s changing the channels on your radio, eating, applying makeup, or talking on the phone. However, we could assume that the increase in distracted driving deaths is probably due more to texting or talking on the phone.

So, what can we do to get people from not touching their phone while they are driving?

In the 80’s there was a famous public service announcement that featured an egg with the famous line: “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.” People would see that commercial or ad at least once a day on TV, on a billboard, or in a magazine. I think a similar PSA would work to get people to not text while driving. People need to see a message over and over before it registers in their mind. If people get consistent messages that texting while driving is dangerous, then more likely people will start to pay attention and take heed.

If you’ve been in an accident with a distracted driver, contact an experienced Virginia car accident attorney.