Posts by Michael Phelan

Virginia Bus Crash Kills Two and Injures Dozens

Many of us have hopped on a charter bus headed to a sporting event, casino, or amusement park. However, you may not realize that some discount bus lines value profits over their passengers’ safety. A recent charter bus crash highlights this risk. Below, the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Phelan Petty discuss a series of…

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Drugged Driving Is a Serious Threat to Virginia Motorists

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Drugged Driving: A Growing Threat on Virginia Roads Drugged driving is becoming increasingly problematic on Virginia roads. When people who are not in condition to drive get behind the wheel, impairment can cause crashes that lead to injury or death. Keep reading to learn more about drugged driving in Virginia, and what to do if…

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Churches Continue to Trickle Out Names of Sex Abusers

I was raised in the Catholic Church and it pains me to write this article.  What hurts me, even more, is that countless children endured sexual abuse while the Church did nothing. Recently, there has been an outpouring of admissions that the Catholic Church received “credible claims” of sexual abuse against thousands of priests. The…

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Virginia Catholic Dioceses Admit Sexual Abuse Victims Have Credible Evidence: What You Need to Know

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Recently, two Catholic dioceses in Virginia publicly named 58 priests as having been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children. The abuse went on for decades and involves an unknown number of innocent victims. This startling and seemingly transparent disclosure of the identity of pedophiles in the clergy has been viewed by many as an attempt…

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Everything You Need to Know About Paragard IUD Injuries

What is Paragard? Paragard is a small, hormone-free IUD made of plastic wrapped in a layer of copper.  Remarkably, copper is its only active ingredient in the device. Copper wires coiled around the device produce an inflammatory reaction, which is toxic to sperm and eggs (ova), preventing pregnancy.  The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved this…

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Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries

A recent article published in the Daily Beast focused on the uptick in e-cigarette explosion cases seen at Vanderbilt University’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. The surgeon interviewed for the article has treated 30 people for exploding e-cigarette injuries.  The injuries treated include third degree flame burns, chemical burns and damage to teeth and…

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4 Steps You Need to Take After a Delivery Truck Crash

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4 Steps You Need to Take After a Delivery Truck Crash in Virginia Every day, more and more delivery trucks take to our roads in Virginia. As we begin to rely on home delivery for everything from Amazon orders to groceries, crashes and injuries involving delivery vehicles are becoming more common, too. So, if you’ve…

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When Gas Lines Explode, Who Pays for Victims’ Injuries?

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In September 2018, a series of violent natural gas explosions in Boston shocked the country. While the devastation caused by the Boston gas explosions stood out, gas leaks and resultant injuries happen throughout the country every year. Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of gas utility lines and find out how you can…

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What Happens When a Truck Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel?

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In 2015, drowsy driving caused 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths across the nation. While federal and Virginia trucking regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate their vehicle, drivers sometimes experience pressure from their employers to violate these rules so they can make deliveries faster. Keep reading to learn more…

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How to Protect Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident

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While the rates of drunk driving-related car wrecks have declined in Virginia over the past two decades, annual spikes in accidents still occur around the holidays, and even the most careful motorists can fall victim to a drunk driver. As the holiday season approaches, it’s especially important to understand the steps you can take to…

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