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Virginia Car Accident FAQ: When Should I Seek Medical Treatment? | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Richmond, it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.  The longer you wait to see a doctor, the less likely you will receive fair compensation for your accident.  If you don’t get medical treatment, the insurance company will think that you were not seriously hurt.

Many people who are involved in auto accidents sometimes do not initially feel any pain or think they are not hurt, but sometimes pains – especially in the back area – may not show up for days or even weeks after the accident.  That’s why it is important to see a doctor if you’ve been rear-ended.  If you experience any type of neck pain, pain in the arms and shoulders, headaches, or dizziness, you could be suffering from whiplash.

Remember that your health comes first, so you should not let lack of money stop you from seeking medical treatment.  Even if you don’t have health insurance, there are some clinics or chiropractors who will accept payment for treatment after you have received your settlement check.  Just let them know that you were in an auto accident.  They will verify with your lawyer, and so when you do receive the settlement check, your lawyer will send payment to the physician or chiropractor.

Read more frequently asked questions about Virginia auto accidents on our website.

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Richmond Police Looking For Hit-and-Run Driver

March 21, 2012 Leave a comment

From WTVR.com: A 44-year-old man was hit by a car while crossing Hull and 12th Street and now Richmond police are on the lookout for the driver.

According to witnesses, the driver did stop and walk back to see if the man was ok. However, the driver left the scene before police could arrive at the scene. The man who was hit suffered a broken arm and fractured ribs from the accident. Someone who witnessed the accident told the man who was hit that he needed to go to the hospital, but the man refused any help.

A Richmond police spokesperson said that in this type of situation, the driver could be charged with a felony hit-and-run because he/she did leave before the police arrived.

According to Virginia code § 46.2-894:

“The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident in which a person is killed or injured or in which an attended vehicle or other attended property is damaged shall immediately stop as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic, as provided in § 46.2-888, and report his name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number forthwith to the State Police or local law-enforcement agency…”

If anyone has any information about this hit-and-run accident, contact Richmond Police Sgt. John Bowman at (804) 646-1369 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

If you’ve been injured in any type of car accident, contact a Richmond lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury cases. The O’Bryan law firm is available at 800-372-4099.

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

Practice Safe Driving During Bad Storms | Richmond Virginia Accident Lawyer

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Hurricane Irene left its mark in many parts of the East Coast, including Virginia. We here at O’Bryan Law hope that you and your family were well and safe during the storm. There have been a few deaths because of the hurricane, most of them occurred due to fallen trees.

As you can imagine, Virginia state troopers were called to duty during this time, responding to a myriad of car crashes. A news release from Virginia police says that troopers fielded more than 1,677 calls the Saturday Irene hit between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. They also responded to 237 traffic crashes with the majority of them involving property damage.

We encourage you to avoid driving as much as possible while the streets and highways are being cleared of debris and fallen trees. Light poles have been damaged, so visibility is poor at night.

If you do have to drive, here are a few tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Check weather and news reports about current road conditions before heading out.
  • Avoid driving through flooded streets and standing water. Standing water can make your car stall and cause damage.
  • Don’t drive over fallen power lines.
  • Avoid driving behind or beside large semi-trucks and tractor trailers. Gusty winds can cause big vehicles to sway from side to side.

The most important things to remember when driving during bad weather is to always be alert and don’t be in a rush to get anywhere. It’s better to get to your destination late than to not get there at all!

Virginia Reduces Alcohol and Drug-Related Traffic Crashes | Richmond Accident Lawyer

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

According to an article published at the WashingtonExaminer.com, Virginia tops the region in slashing the number of crashes caused by drunk drivers. Officials say that the decrease can be attributed to a combination of aggressive enforcement and educating the public.

In 2006 Virginia had 11,736 alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes, but has steadily declined since then. In 2010, the number of crashes was 8,221.

Virginia has cracked down on underage drunk driving in addition to implementing frequent sobriety checkpoints. The state also offers various education campaigns such as the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. There is still more that can be done, but getting funding for extra enforcement and additional education has been a challenge for the state.

We believe that education –especially for young adults– is paramount in preventing car crashes due to impaired driving. Education can start with the parents, which doesn’t cost a dime. For everyone else, continuing to spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving through online forums, social media, and various sites can make a difference. Every little action does count. With your help, we can continue to reduce the number of impaired driving accidents.

Have you been a victim in a car accident with an impaired driver? Richmond personal injury lawyer O’Bryan Law specializes in helping you recover damages to your car, medical bills, and pain and suffering caused by the accident.

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.

FAQ: Car Accident With Uninsured Drivers in Virginia

October 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Q: I was involved in a car accident with an uninsured driver in Virginia. What can I do? 

Being involved with an uninsured driver can be frustrating, but there are a couple things you can do: 1) File a claim with your insurance company or 2) Personally take the uninsured driver to court.

If you have coverage through your own insurance company for uninsured drivers, all you have to do is file a claim. However, make sure that your insurance company doesn’t try to low ball you and offer a small amount to cover damages. If that’s the case, you may want to consider consulting with a Virginia car accident lawyer.

If you don’t have coverage for uninsured drivers, your next option is to file a small claims suit against the other driver. Keep in mind that the most that you can sue for is $5,000 in the state of Virginia. If your injuries and damages fall in the range of $4,500 to $25,000, you can file a claim with the Virginia Circuit Court.

While most states have made it mandatory to carry auto insurance, Virginia is one of the few states that allows some drivers to simply pay a $500 fee and go without insurance. If a person decides to pay this fee but is involved in a car accident, he/she is still personally liable.

Have you been involved with an uninsured driver in Virginia? Contact an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer to help you with your case.