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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.

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

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.

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: http://www.RiderAlert.org.

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.

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.

Chesterfield Virginia’s Most Dangerous Intersections | Richmond VA car crash lawyer

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Crash! Boom! Bam! | www.chesterfieldobserver.com | Chesterfield Observer.

The statistics for 2009 car accidents in Chesterfield County were released last week and there is an analysis of some of the most dangerous intersections in the county.

I expect that there will be some adjustment to these intersections to try and lower the amount of traffic accidents there. Look for new traffic patterns and stop light timing to be adjusted.

In the meantime, be extra careful as you drive through these intersections and try not to add another wreck to the list.

In total, 23 fatal crashes occurred last year in which 24 people died. Four of these fatal wrecks involved alcohol. Three pedestrians died in crashes in 2009.

2009’s most dangerous intersections

  • 1. Jefferson Davis Highway & West Hundred Road 61 crashes
  • 2. Hull Street Road & Courthouse Road 42 crashes
  • 3. Midlothian Turnpike & Woolridge Road 40 crashes
  • 4. Midlothian Turnpike & Pinetta Drive 37 crashes
  • 5. Midlothian Turnpike & Providence Road 37 crashes
  • 6. Midlothian Turnpike & Courthouse Road 37 crashes
  • 7. Hull Street Road & Brad McNeer Parkway 32 crashes
  • 8. Hull Street Road & Woodlake Village Parkway 31 crashes
  • 9. Hundred Road & Old Stage Road 31 crashes
  • 10. Midlothian Turnpike & Johnston-Willis Drive 31 crashes
  • 11. Midlothian Turnpike & Moorefield Park Drive  31 crashes

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