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Recommended Ban on Cell Phone Use For Commercial Truck Drivers

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Distracted driving has been a big issue in recent years with all the technology we readily have at our fingertips. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that commercial truck drivers be banned from using both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving. Currently, truckers are banned from text messaging while driving, and can be hit with a $2,750 fine if caught.

Distracted driving and getting into an accident when you’re driving a regular car is bad enough, but imagine driving a huge tractor trailer and causing a car wreck because you were busy talking on the phone or looking down at your phone while texting. Trucks carrying heavy cargo can cause severe damage.

The recommendation of this ban on cell phone use stems from a case in Kentucky where 11 people were killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer. Investigators concluded that the truck driver was using his phone at the time of the crash based on the phone log. There were no signs of mechanical issues with the truck or driver health problems.

Whether you’re a truck driver or not, it’s important to be mindful of the road at all times. If you absolutely must make or take that phone call, pull off to the side of the road in a safe area. For truckers who drive alone, we understand that it can get boring driving all day by yourself, but really think about how you are causing danger not only to yourself, but to others who share the road with you.

To find out about cell phone use and texting while driving laws in your state, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck driver, make sure to contact an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney in Virginia.

Am I Getting a Fair Amount For My Richmond VA Car Accident Injury Case?

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Maybe you’ve been involved in a car accident in Virginia and decided to file a claim on your own without the help of a car accident attorney. Now you’ve received an offer from the insurance company, but you’re unsure of the amount. Yes, it may seem like a great offer, but oftentimes that initial offer is still pretty low. Keep in mind that insurance adjusters are in the business of saving money for the company they work for.

So, what is a fair amount? Well, it depends on a variety of factors including:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • How much your medical bills are
  • How much more you may have to spend for ongoing medical care if you were severely injured
  • Any loss of wages because of hospitalization and bed rest
  • Any loss of wages your spouse or loved one may face in order to take care of you
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Emotional pain and suffering. Don’t just think about the pain and suffering now. Also consider what you may experience in the future if the injury is severe.

Negotiating with the insurance company can be a hassle, but be firm in your counter offer. However, if all of this seems too much to handle, it may be in your best interest to contact a Richmond Virginia car accident lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. You don’t have to hire a lawyer to settle your case, but if you don’t feel comfortable negotiating with the insurance adjusters, then it might be better to have someone act on your behalf who has the confidence and experience.

Police Shoots Pit Bull | Richmond Dog Bite Attorney

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

In Williamsburg, Virginia the owner of a pit bull is upset that a police officer shot his dog, but the officer claims that the dog attacked him.

Robert Asbury said that the dog was not on a leash, but it was not acting aggressively towards the officer. Asbury allegedly called out to the 1-year-old dog to “Stop”, but claims that the dog could not hear him because the officer was yelling and being aggressive. That’s when the officer shot and wounded the pit bull in the jaw and is now recovering at a veterinary in Richmond.

Asbury says that the officer could have used a taser or mace to ward off the dog. There is an escalation-of-force policy that deals with aggressive people in which pepper spray or tasers can be used, but for animals there is no policy other than a “general use of force”.

Pit bulls are widely known to be an aggressive breed of dog with a “hold and shake” bite style. It’s been said that a pit bull’s aggression is unpredictable and that it may not growl, bare its teeth or offer a direct stare before it strikes. DogsBite.org, a group dedicated to reducing dog attacks, analyzed data from 88 dog bite fatalities between 2006-2008. They reported that 19 dog breeds were involved in these dog bite deaths and pit bulls accounted for 59% of the incidents.

If you have been attacked by a pit bull or an aggressive dog, don’t hesitate to consult with a Richmond dog bite attorney to help you with your case.

So You’re Hiring a Virginia Car Accident Attorney: Are You Making These 5 Mistakes?

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

So You’re Hiring a Virginia Car Accident Attorney: Are You Making These 5 Mistakes?  

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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.

Drowsy Driving? There’s an App For That

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The lifestyle of the average American has changed drastically in the last 20 years. People are busy and constantly on the go. They are in a rush to get to places – especially solo business travelers during long road trips. Because of this lifestyle, people are experiencing driver fatigue more often. There have been many suggestions offered to curb driver fatigue, and now companies are utilizing advances in technology to provide even more solutions to help solve the problem.

Earlier this year Danish company, ASP Technology, unveiled an anti-fatigue device and mobile app that alerts drivers when they are in danger of drowsy driving. The portable device is mounted on the dashboard and monitors the conditions that affect a driver’s fatigue level. It helps the driver stay alert by constantly testing their reaction times through tap-touch tests. The device also works as an alarm to alert the driver when it’s time to take a break.  The iPhone app (available at iTunes) is based on the same research and works much the same way as the dashboard device.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, driver fatigue is a factor in nearly 17 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. Meanwhile, nearly 41 percent of drivers admit to having “fallen asleep or nodded off” while driving.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a drowsy driver, make sure to order our free accident injury book before you consult with any Richmond accident injury lawyer.

 

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. 

Accident Case Mediation in Virginia | Richmond VA personal injury lawyer

February 25, 2010 1 comment

Mediation in Virginia accident injury cases.

I just posted a new article over at the best Richmond Virginia lawyer website about the mediation process and what it involves.

Mediation is a useful tool to settle cases without having to go to court. It can take a while, but, in my opinion, it is worth the effort if it avoids the expense of going to court. Taking an accident injury case to court can involved many thousands of dollars in fees for expert witnesses and other various things.

Check out my new article and while you are there make sure to order the Accident Injury Book: Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim for some great free information.

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.

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