Although data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that drunk driving crashes occur less frequently in Virginia than they do on average throughout the rest of the country drunk driving is still a major contributor to fatal accidents around the Commonwealth. This post will discuss some CDC statistics that demonstrate how frequently drunk drivers cause collisions between motor vehicles and how often those accidents result in deaths.
Virginia readers of the Northern Virginia Personal Injury, Business, Family Law, Consumer and Estate Blog may be aware that when someone is injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence, they may be entitled to receive compensation. This compensation, known as damages, covers various facets. The most commonly known damages are those that cover medical expenses and vehicle repair costs. However, damages also include compensation for the pain and suffering that resulted due to the crash.
Distracted and dangerous drivers are a major problem in Fairfax and throughout the rest of Northern Virginia. All across the DC metropolitan area, individuals become victims of car accidents when others fail to use reasonable care in the operation of their automobiles. Distractions come in many shapes and sizes, including but not limited to talking or texting on a smartphone, consuming food or drinks, programing GPS and music devices and others.
Catastrophic injuries can result from car, truck and other types of accidents and leave victims and their family members struggling in the wake of unexpected physical, financial and emotional changes and associated challenges. This blog recently discussed the sometimes catastrophic nature of brain injuries, however, other injuries can be suffered by victims in car and truck accidents that can also result in disability and impact victims and their families for a lifetime.
Victims of car accidents commonly face struggles associated with paying for medical bills, especially while the ability of many victims to work may be frustrated by the injuries they suffered in the car accident as well as challenges associated with recovering physically and mentally from a car accident. When victims have been harmed by a car accident that resulted from the negligence of another party, the negligent party, such as a negligent driver, may be financially liable to compensate the victim for their damages.
Distracted driving is a problem we all hear a lot about and includes any behavior or activities conducted while driving that can divert the driver's attention from the roadway. Distracted driving includes texting while driving; operating a cell phone or smart phone while driving; using a navigation system while driving; operating a radio, CD player or other similar device while driving; watching a video while driving; reading or referencing maps while driving; eating and drinking while driving; grooming while driving; and talking to passengers while driving.
Drivers of any age can cause a car accident in Fairfax County, Virginia, but there are some drivers who are more likely than others to be involved in fatal car crashes, specifically, teen drivers. A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), reveals that deaths from teen-involved car collisions are on the rise.
Distracted driving is dangerous. Without a driver's full attention on the task at hand, a driver cannot react quickly to an obstacle in the road, to another driver's change of lanes or to unclear weather conditions. A driver of any age can be a distracted driver, but teen drivers are particularly prone to one alarming form of distracted driving according to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Drivers of all ages populate Virginia's highways. From young teen drivers who have just received their driver's licenses, to elderly drivers who have been driving for decades, there is a wide variety of drivers on the road at any one time. Each of these population segments poses unique risks for accidents. While experience can be beneficial behind the wheel, elderly or mature drivers who have been driving for many years nonetheless may have characteristics that may make them more likely to contribute to dangerous car accidents.
Many people are injured in Virginia car accidents every year, and their injuries can be debilitating and even fatal. Fortunately, car accident victims may have legal recourse in the form of a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent or distracted driver who causes an accident. It can be helpful for Virginians to be aware of some of the many different types of accident injuries for which they may be able to recover compensation.