Traffic accidents usually happen in a few seconds. As a result, people in the colliding vehicles do not accurately perceive what is happening. For the same reasons, witnesses' accounts can be unreliable. Many media accounts of car accidents end with the statement that police are continuing their investigation. What, exactly, are they investigating?
Virtually everyone in Virginia understands that a person must be 16 years and three months old to obtain a driver's license and that the minimum age for a learner's permit is 15 years and six months. But, what about ATVs? Virginia law prohibits anyone under the age of 16 from operating an ATV, but the statute does not require a license. These laws will be under scrutiny following a recent ATV accident where three juveniles suffered serious injuries.
Emergency workers approaching an accident scene in Leesburg thought at first that the driver of an old school bus had missed a stop sign and smashed into a guard rail. But, as they closed in on the scene of the car accident, the emergency responders saw the horrible truth: the bus had hit an Audi station wagon, and the crumpled remains of the station wagon were pinned beneath the bus. Five people were trapped inside the Audi.
A stretch of I-264 in Virginia has been the scene of two fatal accidents in less than seven months. The Virginia Department of Transportation said after the second car accident that it will review the accident and the portion of the freeway where it occurred. In both accidents, an automobile crossed the grassy median and collided head-on with vehicles in the other lane.
Even a casual consumer of local news knows that accidental deaths are frequent occurrences in Northern Virginia. Such incidents frequently produce lawsuits by the decedent's family to recover damages from the party who is at fault. A common question about such suits is why does the family of someone who dies in a car accident or some other mishap have the right to sue someone else? The answer is provided by Virginia statute.
Anyone who has traveled on the interstate system in Virginia has seen the crossover lanes marked with the red "O" with a slash through it. Most motorists know that the sign prohibits vehicles from using the crossover. In a recent car accident in Albemarle County, a driver attempting to avoid police ignored such a sign and ended up killing himself and another driver in a head-on crash.
Long holiday weekends are often a time when Virginia residents take to the roads to visit their friends and family members. Just recently, residents of the commonwealth celebrated Memorial Day and the service that countless men and women have given to the nation through their work with the military. Unfortunately, though, not all who traveled by car arrived home safely, and the Virginia State Police report that more than a half-dozen people died on Virginia roads during the long weekend.
A historic community in Virginia was recently rocked by a violent three-vehicle crash that killed two people and sent many more to local hospitals. The crash occurred when one vehicle, which law enforcement officials report was speeding, apparently collided with a second vehicle at an intersection and pushed the then-two vehicle crash into a third vehicle. The driver of the speeding car was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and died. The driver of the first vehicle hit was wearing a seatbelt, but also died as a result of the collision.
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.