How Injured Passengers Can Seek Damages for Virginia Car Accidents

A passenger injured in an automobile accident will rarely be considered at fault for a collision, even if they caused a distraction, because they were not driving the vehicle when the crash occurred. However, one or both drivers may be held liable, including the operator of a vehicle carrying the passenger. Drivers owe their passengers…

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Traveling for the Holidays? Make Sure You Buckle Up

Is Virginia part of a growing trend toward risky driving behaviors like speeding and lack of seat belt usage? The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) says it is. According to the 2021 Virginia Highway Safety Annual Report, men ages 18-34 represent the highest unbuckled population in Virginia. The purpose of VDMV’s November “Click It…

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Understanding Pelvic Injuries Caused by Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injury. Pelvic trauma in particular can be life-altering, if not life-threatening, depending on the exact nature of the injury. While most people think of the pelvis as synonymous with hips, it is really “a basin-shaped structure that supports the spinal column and protects the abdominal organs.” Contained…

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Virginia Highways Are Becoming More Deadly – Why?

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals a substantial increase in traffic fatalities here in Virginia, compared to the same period in 2021. The entire nation is experiencing these troubling statistics – an upward trend in motor vehicle accident deaths that began during the pandemic and continues through 2022. Axios…

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Should I File an Insurance Claim After a Car Accident?

Whether you own a car or a home, there is one constant – insurance companies. The reason why you pay for your insurance policy is for the event of an emergency; at least that’s what the agents will tell you. However, what they don’t tell you is that they want you to continue to pay…

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Study Reveals Driver-Assist Systems May Not Improve Car Safety

A moment of distraction. Misjudging the amount of time or space available to make a turn or stop the car. Following too closely. Speeding. The list of human errors that occur while driving goes on, with each mistake, every misjudgment or miscalculation putting drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and everyone else on the road at risk. Proponents…

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Good vs. Uber – a $63 Million Question

Uber and Lyft have millions of users across the country. Whether you are looking for a safe ride home after having a few drinks with friends, need a lift to a doctor’s appointment, or simply want some dinner but do not feel like cooking, rideshare companies have you covered. This means there are also many,…

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Are In-Vehicle Technologies Driving Distractions?

Driver-assist technologies like automatic braking, back up cameras, and lane or blind spot warning systems seek to limit human driving errors to increase road safety. These technologies hold great promise for reducing car and other vehicle accidents and protecting road users from serious injury and death. But what if some new technologies installed in cars…

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Why Car Accident Deaths Drastically Increased During the Pandemic

Much of our behavior as Americans changed when the pandemic hit in early 2020. Stay-at-home orders decreased the amount of traffic on roads and highways, and experts predicted fewer car and truck accidents. However,  while Americans did indeed drive fewer miles, road fatalities actually increased. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) attributed this rise…

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