Likely, many Virginia residents have, at some point while on the road, witnessed someone else driving recklessly. Such behavior often involves extremely high speeds and some of these drivers can even be seen veering into other lanes of traffic. These types of incidents can happen for a number of reasons, but in any case, drivers who behave irresponsibly are a potential danger to others, sometimes causing a serious or even fatal car accident.
Many Virginia residents enjoy getting together with friends and socializing over a few alcohol beverages. Most people, most times, do so responsibly. However, even with the proliferation of warnings about the dangers of driving after drinking, some people will still make the poor choice to get behind the wheel of a car when they should not. Such reckless behavior can result in car accidents, some of which are fatal. Unfortunately, this is what happened recently when a woman from a different state drove a car into a tree, causing death and serious injury to the occupants.
Many Virginia residents enjoy walking as a leisure activity, a form of exercise or simply as an inexpensive way to get outside and breathe fresh air. Some people must walk since it is their only available form of transportation. In any case, pedestrians often must share road space with various types of motorized vehicles, and unfortunately, when a car accident involves a pedestrian, the pedestrian does not usually fare well. Such was the case when a woman was struck by a vehicle and killed while crossing a Norfolk intersection.
Most people have a sense of moral integrity and compassion for others that would prevent them from fleeing a tragic situation, even if they may have been the cause. However, sadly, some people will run from such a situation, likely in an attempt to avoid the fallout. In a recent example, Virginia State Police located and arrested a man wanted for questioning following a fatal car crash in Culpeper County after he walked away from the hospital where he had been transported for treatment.
Virginia drivers know the importance of staying alert while behind the wheel. To ensure they are able to focus on the task at hand, drivers are smart to avoid drugs or alcohol prior to getting into a vehicle. They should also be well-rested and free from any health issues that may impair their abilities. Drivers whose attention is diverted for even a few seconds can cause serious car accidents, sometimes because they end up in the wrong lane where they may encounter vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. While many factors may contribute to this type of car accident, when two vehicles collide head-on, the drivers and passengers do not often all survive the tremendous impact.
Many Virginia residents enjoy walking as a form of exercise, transportation or perhaps both. Most people find walking is an inexpensive, healthy and safe way to get around, but unfortunately, the latter is not always true, especially in areas where pedestrians share space with a high volume of motorized vehicles. Occasionally, a car accident involving a pedestrian occurs, sometimes resulting in death. Such was the case in Hampton when a teenage girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Most Virginia drivers can relate to the experience of traveling on a highway and suddenly coming upon traffic that has slowed significantly or even stopped. To avoid a collision, drivers approaching this type of situation must follow the traffic laws and paying close attention to the road ahead so they can safely brake in time. Failure to do so may cause a car accident, and unfortunately, this was the case recently on a Roanoke County highway.
Many Virginia residents know that distracted driving is dangerous, but the specific provisions of the state's laws are not completely clear. While many states have enacted laws that ban drivers from even holding a cellphone or personal electronic device while behind the wheel, such legislation has not yet passed in Virginia. Confusion about what counts as distracted driving may make it more difficult to enforce existing laws.
After an injury in Virginia, the last thing you are probably thinking about is your social media exposure. However, attorneys for the other side of your case could discover anything you post leading up to or during your proceedings. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we believe is that controlling what you put online is almost always a good idea when you are involved in any type of lawsuit.
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.