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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.

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.

Contributory Negligence vs Comparative Negligence | Richmond, VA Car Accident Lawyer

I was injured in a car accident. If I am at fault in any way, can I still file a personal injury claim?

This is a common question that people have about personal injury cases. Unfortunately, Virginia is one of the few states that still follows the Law of Contributory Negligence, which says that even if you are at fault 1%, you cannot recover any damages.

So if you were in a car accident and injured due to another person’s negligence, but the court discovers that you may have contributed even just a little to that accident, essentially you will get nothing.

There have been few cases where a jury will rule for the defendant based on contributory negligence, but it rarely happens. In theory, this 400-year-old Law of Contributory Negligence is still in effect, but most juries in Virginia usually disregard it and go with comparative negligence. Comparative negligence says that if, for example, the injured party (plaintiff) is at fault 10% and the party who is negligent is 90% at fault, then the plaintiff can recover 90% of the damages. The judge or jury will be the ones who determine the proportion of fault to be assigned to each party.

Have you been involved in a car accident in the Richmond, Virginia area? Even if you feel that you may be partially to blame, we highly recommend seeking the advice of an experienced Richmond, Virginia car accident lawyer who can help protect your legal rights. There is still a chance that you can be compensated for any injuries or damages.

Richmond, Virginia Man Involved in Tractor Trailer Crash | VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer can be very tragic and cause severe bodily damage.  Unfortunately, this type of accident is common in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Recently a man from Richmond had to be airlifted to a hospital because of a traffic crash between his vehicle and a tractor trailer on Interstate 64.  The News Virginian reported that the man was traveling east on I-64 in his Volkswagen Jetta when he collided into a truck’s cargo trailer.

Witnesses to the accident said that the man was probably driving at 70-75 mph when the crashed occurred.  The driver of the tractor trailer was said to be traveling at 40 mph, which is the normal speed for trucks in that area authorities said.  The driver of the tractor trailer is not expected to be charged with any wrong-doing.

As Richmond, Virginia accident injury lawyers, we’ve heard countless stories that involve these big trucks.  More often than not, fatalities occurred in the passenger vehicles and sometimes the drivers of the trailers are to blame.  Truck drivers often drive non-stop and do not get sufficient rest, so the fatigue can affect the way they drive.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are over 500,000 accidents each year involving tractor trailers.  If you drive in an area with these types of vehicles, it’s important to stay alert and be a defensive driver.

Have you been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer?  Don’t hesitate to contact a professional, reputable accident injury lawyer who specializes in these types of accidents.

Truck tires kill driver on I-64 | Richmond, VA Tractor Trailer accident lawyer

May 14, 2010 1 comment

UPDATE: Driver killed in accident on I-64 identified.

A tractor trailer lost some of its wheels this morning while driving down Interstate 64 near Staples Mill Road in Richmond, VA. As the huge tires went careening over the highway, they hit a van and killed the driver. Luckily no other vehicles were hit by the tires, described by an eyewitness as “a dual wheel set with axle attached hurdling across the road.”

The driver of the van was Stephanie L. Bender of Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Mrs. Bender’s family likely has a wrongful death claim against the owner of the truck, Liesfeld Contractors Inc., of Rockville, VA. Read my article: A layman’s explanation of the Virginia Wrongful Death Statute from the Code of Virginia for more information.

A Richmond, VA wrongful death lawyer can help you through the tragic and emotional process of filing a wrongful death claim in Virginia.