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Tractor Trailer Accidents Common on Interstate 64 | Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer

Interstate 64 has seen its fair share of car wrecks over the years, especially collisions involving tractor trailer trucks. It is one of the most dangerous highways in the state of Virginia. Just recently an accident took place on I-64 involving a tractor trailer and a car which shut down the highway for several hours.

The driver of the car, Jessica Aguero, 22, of Langley Virginia was flown to the hospital by helicopter while the driver of the tractor-trailer, Douglas Hartwill, of Richmond, Virginia was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Virginia State Police has cited Hartwill with following too closely.

Aguero currently has charges pending against her. Allegedly she had slammed on her brakes to avoid traffic. Her car skidded and ended up in a perpendicular angle to the traffic. Hartwill then slammed into Aguero’s car.

Tractor trailers are very common on Virginia highways. Unfortunately because of their size, many accidents involving tractor trailers are fatal.  Make sure you are aware of the dangers of driving around large tractor trailers trucks.

At O’Bryan Law we represent people who have been involved in an accident with one of these trucks.  It’s important to seek the help of a good Richmond tractor trailer accident lawyer who specializes in these types of accidents because there are many variables involved.  An experienced lawyer is well aware of the specific laws associated with tractor trailers in the state of Virginia and can do a thorough investigation.


School Bus Accident in Richmond Leaves Two Injured | Richmond Accident Attorney

On May 31st Richmond fire fighters were dispatched to a school bus accident on Commerce Road.  The bus driver swerved to avoid hitting a man on a moped.  The bus then hit a power pole and a truck parked in a parking lot.  Fortunately, a police officer witnessed the accident and was able to catch the man on the moped.

Fire fighters worked to remove the two injured people from the bus, but one person had to be transported to the hospital.

Fire fighters across the nation risk their lives everyday to fight fires and respond to emergencies, including vehicle accidents.  The reason why a fire unit will go to a scene of an accident is because rescue trucks are equipped with extrication tools and other special rescue equipment in case the vehicle catches on fire.  If there is a life or death scenario, you want all the equipment available immediately.

Fortunately the bus accident was not extremely serious, but regardless of how serious any accident is, it’s highly recommended to consult with a Richmond accident attorney  – especially if you are injured.

We’d like to recognize and pay tribute to all the fire fighters in Richmond who work selflessly so that people can be safe, especially the seven Virginia fire fighters who died in the line of duty this past year.  They were honored at the 14th annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service in Richmond.  

Fatal Bus Crash Calls For Reform | Accident Injury Lawyer Richmond

Whenever people ride on a bus – whether it’s the regular city bus system, a school bus, or a tour bus – they put their trust in the driver.  That driver has a responsibility to get everyone on that bus to their destinations safe and sound.  In light of a recent deadly accident 30 miles north of Richmond, people are becoming more aware of crashes involving buses and are pushing for more regulation.

The bus accident occurred on Tuesday, May 31st in which 4 people died and 54 people were injured.  The bus driver, Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, has been charged with reckless driving.  Police say that Cheung may have been experiencing driver fatigue at the time of the crash.

It’s even more disturbing that the bus company, Sky Express Inc., had been given an “unsatisfactory” rating by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Instead of being shut down, Sky Express had been given a 10-day extension.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 there were 307 fatalities involving buses in the state of Virginia and 24,000 more people were injured.

Let’s hope that changes to bus regulations will take place sooner than later.  Some changes that have been proposed include stronger roofs, emergency exits, higher standards for passenger seating compartments, and seat belt requirements.

At O’Bryan Law Firm we represent people who have been involved in all types of vehicle accidents in the Richmond, Virginia area.  You are entitled to compensation for damages and injuries suffered because of another person’s negligence.  Get more information about auto accidents in Virginia.

Help Prevent Dog Bites This Summer | Richmond, VA Dog Bite Attorney

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:

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.

Richmond, VA Fatal DUI Car Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer

 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.

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”.