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Are autonomous vehicles safe? Self-driving cars and self-driving trucks are the future of transportation.  These vehicles are are also referred to as autonomous vehicles.  The future may be coming too soon for the safety of the motoring public and pedestrians. Autonomous vehicles use a combination of radar, lidar (complex sensors that use laser lights to…

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Rideshare Car Accident Lawyer

Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft make local travel simple and convenient, and more Virginia residents than ever are using these apps. However, if you have been in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, determining liability can be extremely difficult. If you or someone you love were in a car accident while riding in an…

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what happens after an uber accident

Most of us probably do not even think about the possibility of a car accident when we climb into an Uber or Lyft. But once a crash happens, you quickly realize that the aftermath of a rideshare wreck is anything but straightforward. How well do I really know this driver I just met? Who is…

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Tire Safety

While we love nothing more than a good road trip, summer can be a dangerous time to drive. Not only are there more Virginians traveling, but they are also driving heavily-packed vehicles on busy roads during some of the most dangerous months for highway travel. Tire blowouts are an unsuspecting danger that can change lives…

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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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Denied Insurance Claim

4 Common Reasons Insurance Companies Use to Deny Car Crash Claims After a traumatic car accident, victims would rather focus on their physical, emotional, and mental health than fighting for legal compensation. Most people believe they will make an insurance claim and receive the compensation they deserve within a few weeks. Unfortunately, that is not…

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delivery truck crash

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 been injured by a delivery truck, what are your options, and what should…

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truck driver asleep at wheel

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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