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.
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.