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Teen Deaths From Car Crashes Increase in Virginia | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

According to an article published over at the WSLS10 website, there has been a surge in the number of teenage deaths in Virginia due to car crashes. During the first three weeks of 2012, there were 11 teens who were killed, whereas only 3 died during the same period in 2011.

Reports from the incidents say that the majority of the crashes were caused by speeding, distractions, and going off the road. Because cell phone use is so high among teens, it would be interesting to find out if any of the teen drivers involved in these crashes were talking on the phone or texting while driving.

Safety organizations in Virginia have taken notice and are now on a mission to spread the word about safe driving among teens.

If you’re looking for helpful safety driving tips, read our article about keeping your teen safe on Virginia roadways. Another tip we would add is for parents to write up a teen driving contract that outlines safe driving practices and other car-related issues. This contract should be signed by the teen and the consequences of not abiding by the contract should be stated clearly. This lets your teen know how serious you are about their safety.

At O’Bryan Law we specialize in auto accidents in Virginia. Before talking with any insurance adjuster, it’s recommended to consult with an attorney to find out what rights you have as a victim of a car crash.

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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.

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.

Banning texting while driving doesn’t seem to reduce car accident | Richmond accident lawyer

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

IIHS news release.

A new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute seems to indicate that laws banning texting while driving seem to have not resulted in fewer crashes. In fact, some indications suggest an increase in accidents.

Researchers speculate that the reason for these findings might be that people are not complying with the new law, and are now looking down to text in their lap.

All the more reason for you to be extra careful while driving and look out for people texting in their lap.

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Truckers want a right to text while driving | Virginia tractor trailer wreck lawyer

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Driven to Distraction – Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab.

Truckers want to keep the right to use their on-board computers while driving, and to be exempt from a potentially nationwide ban on texting while driving.

This despite a study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute that found that truckers who use on-board computers had a ten times higher risk of crashing, nearly crashing or weaving out of their lane when using the devices.

The study also found that risk was 23 times higher when the truckers texted while driving.

This is especially concerning because drivers whose cars are in an accident with a truck often die or at best are severely hurt.

The article says that the truckers feel pressured to use the devices because of tight deadlines for their deliveries.

If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in Virginia by a distracted truck driver you need a good Virginia tractor trailer truck accident lawyer. We will take care of your injury or wrongful death case while you take care of more important personal matters.

Call the Virginia truck accident lawyers at O’Bryan Law today at 1-800-372-4099