Like many Virginia residents, you may have a teen who is soon to become a driver in your household. While you want your daughter or son to have the independence that a driver’s license offers, you are also understandably concerned about the risks that she or he may face on the roadways. Here are some ways that you can model good driving behavior for your child that may help prevent your child from getting into an auto accident.
If you have been hurt in a car accident in Virginia that has left you suffering emotional trauma and distress, you may be wondering how compensation is effectively determined for the mental suffering you are enduring. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we are experienced in helping people work toward acquiring compensation for their injuries in a car accident.
Texting while driving is a problem in many areas of the country, and most states are updating their traffic codes to try to curb the problem. In Virginia, there are specific rules that govern the use of personal electronic devices while driving. Depending on what you use your device for and where you are driving, you may face different fines.
For many car accident victims, the consequences of the wreck are immediately visible. For example, someone may sustain a broken bone or some other type of injury and seek medical attention immediately. On the other hand, some car crash consequences are not easily detected and may come out in the days or even months following the accident. Some car accident victims may develop mental and emotional challenges following the collision, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, which can be incredibly detrimental.
Many in Roanoke County may believe that collisions between cars and pedestrians are relatively easy to avoid given that, in most cases, both sides often allow the others a wide berth on the road. Yet there may inevitably be times when pedestrians and motorists come into contact, making it necessary that both sides understand how to share the road. Crosswalks are the most obvious areas where pedestrians are likely to enter on to the roadway. Most likely think that they understand how to treat the situation where a pedestrian is crossing in a crosswalk, yet such assumptions have not stopped auto-pedestrian accidents from occurring in these areas.
Collisions between two vehicles on Virginia roadways are common. When it comes to determining fault, when a car hits another from behind, the driver in the rear vehicle is typically held liable. If there is an accident at an intersection, the person who did not stop at the red light or stop sign is responsible. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often represent clients catastrophically injured in a multi-car crash due to negligence or carelessness of another driver.
Some people believe that vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes, and this trend has become especially popular among younger people. Whether someone vapes because they think it will make them more popular or they are looking for a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is essential for drivers to be aware of how this behavior could increase the chances of a car crash. For example, a driver may become distracted or even drowsy if they vape while behind the wheel, which could lead to an accident.
An earlier article on this blog addressed the growing concern that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder may increase the chances of a car crash in Virginia and other states. It pointed out that young drivers with ADHD may be particularly susceptible to distractions on the road, as well as impairment caused by drugs and alcohol.
When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, many risk factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the road conditions and whether a driver is suffering from fatigue due to inadequate sleep or working for too long. However, there are other potential areas of concern, some of which do not receive very much attention. For example, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may increase the probability of a motor vehicle collision.
While you may not realize it at the moment, you take a risk anytime to choose to drive on Vinton's roads and highways. That risk may not necessarily arise because of your own driving skills, but rather from the lack of skill (or simple negligence) of others. Perhaps nothing is more frustrating than learning that a driver that hit you had a history of poor driving performance. Even more infuriating than that can be the knowledge that someone allowed such a poor driver to continue to have access to a vehicle.