During the long, difficult winter, many Virginians are eager to enjoy the summer months. They look forward to grilling food outdoors and having parties on back patios. Alcohol will be a big part of these parties and, unfortunately, many people will drive away from these parties when they are too intoxicated to make good driving decisions.
Car accidents are common in Virginia, especially on busy roadways, certain dangerous intersections and highways with excessive traffic. While many accidents are relatively minor fender benders that cause primarily property damage with no physical injuries to any of the parties involved, other accidents are more serious. Depending on the severity of the accident or the effect it has had on you or your family, filing a car accident claim against the driver responsible for causing the accident may be an important way to protect your financial interests and ensure that you have the financial resources necessary to meet you and your family's needs.
Driving a vehicle is such a common and everyday activity that many people drive as if they are on autopilot. While a person can go through months or even years without being in accident, however, the reality is that motor vehicle accidents are quite common, and often deadly. Especially when the accident is a truck crash, the effects of the collision can be quite severe. In many situations, the size of a tractor trailer will result in an accident involving several different vehicles and resulting in serious injuries.
A person can sue a property owner under premises liability law when he or she is injured on the property due to the property owner's negligence in maintaining a reasonably safe environment. Many people who are injured on someone else's property initiate premises liability lawsuits because they need compensation for their injuries or losses. A plaintiff is only awarded compensation or damages if he or she is able to successfully prove that the property owner was legally liable for the injuries suffered. Once liability is proven, the determination of damages is a separate analysis.
Although some accidents are caused by factors that individual drivers cannot control - such as weather conditions or vehicle failure - the majority of car accidents are caused by the drivers themselves. Negligence is the most common form of driver action that results in car accidents; a negligent driver can easily cause injury or even death. However, recklessness and aggressive drivers are also common causes of motor vehicle crashes.
The lasting effects of Virginia brain trauma are becoming more and more known and understood as the medical field continues to study the issue. The issue has especially been emphasized in relation to youth sports, most notably football and other high-contact sports. Because of the real and documented possibility for brain injuries, especially repeated injuries, to cause permanent disability and other significant long-term problems, many youth sports have been investigating ways to minimize the risk.
After a serious Virginia truck accident, one important piece of evidence related to establishing liability on the part of the truck driver is determining whether or not he or she was an unqualified truck driver. Despite the licensing requirements and federal regulations that relate to truck drivers and trucking companies, not all drivers or companies adhere to the law. In order to understand whether a driver was qualified at a most basic level, it is important to understand the relevant licensing requirements that apply to truck drivers.
Virginia accidents that cause physical injury often result in medical bills. Serious accidents and injuries can result in a range of expenses, including not only medical treatment and care, but also rehabilitation, lost income, etc. If you had an accident, such as a fall, in a public place or on someone else's property, you may be unsure about whether the accident was solely your fault or whether the property owner may have some kind of liability for the accident. In such cases, you should not hesitate to investigate but should instead call us to discuss your story and see if there are any legal options available to you.
Many Virginian's are aware that the designers and manufacturers of products--including automobiles, toys, prescription drugs, medical devices and many other products--can be held liable for the injuries caused by use of those products if the products had a design flaw or were manufactured improperly. However, there is another way that products can be considered dangerous or defective, which can also result in legal liability for injuries: insufficient warning.
Accidents involving automobiles are common through Virginia because it is easy to get distracted while driving, make poor decisions, have obstructed vision, etc. Unfortunately, many car accident injuries are quite severe and require emergency medical care and extensive treatment, care and rehabilitation afterwards. This kind of medical treatment is not inexpensive and, when compounded with an inability to work while recovering, can cause victims of car accidents severe financial hardship. This will likely be the case for an unfortunate victim of a car accident in Arlington, Virginia.