A new study confirms what many Virginians may have already suspected. Driving while tired or drowsy is dangerous. In fact, driving without proper rest can even be deadly. According to the study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, every day there are approximately 84 million American drivers on the roads who are sleep-deprived. This sleep deprivation contributed to many fatal car collisions in 2015, and resulted in the deaths of approximately 5,000 individuals. Sleep-deprived driving has been identified as a factor in almost 20 percent of auto accident fatalities.
Negligent drivers come in many forms. From a driver who is distracted while texting and driving, to a driver who is swerving in and out of lanes, a negligent driver has the potential to cause a dangerous car wreck in Virginia. Another form of negligent driving arises when a driver demonstrates angry or aggressive behavior. A new survey released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that angry and aggressive driving behavior is common.
A Virginia car accident victim likely has a long list of "to-dos." Between potential therapy and rehabilitation appointments, to extensive car repairs, to figuring out how to pay for mounting medical expenses and other costs of living if he or she is missing time away from work, the repercussions of a car accident can be daunting. Additionally, in some cases, there may be the emotional toll of a criminal trial looming over a victim's head, as this blog reported in a previous post.
A car crash can happen in an instant. The repercussions of an accident can last a lifetime for a victim and his or her family, however. It can take time for a victim and his or her family to heal, both physically and emotionally, particularly when an accident investigation can take weeks or months to complete. One Virginia family is living this reality following a car accident that occurred in June, 2015.
Every time a Virginian gets into his or her automobile, he or she faces the possibility of a dangerous car accident. Whether a collision with a large commercial vehicle on the interstate, or an accident involving a drunk driver on a two lane highway, as this blog reported in a previous post, there are a multitude of ways that Virginians might be injured in car accidents.
A car accident can happen in an instant. The aftermath and repercussions of an accident, on the other hand, may stretch out for months or even years. One family is learning this reality, as there have been recent developments related to a deadly November car accident that this blog reported on in a previous post.
Virginia drivers may instinctively feel safer on rural roads. With lower speed limits and fewer cars on these roads than busy interstates, drivers may think they are less at risk for car accidents. Interestingly, rural roads are not necessarily safer, and may actually pose an increased danger of fatal car accidents.
For some victims of a Virginia car accident, property damage, and not serious injuries, may be the biggest of their worries. Any car accident victim who emerges without major medical expenses is lucky, but property damage can still be extremely costly and annoying. It can help to know how best to approach property damage - as well as potential dealings with an insurance company - after a car wreck.
The holiday season is often a time for Virginia families to join together. When a family is missing a loved one due to tragic circumstances, such as this blog reported on in a previous post, what is normally supposed to feel like a festive season may not.
A tragic accident that killed a beloved Virginia teacher is being investigated by Virginia State Police. Earlier this month, a driver crossed the median on U.S. 220 and caused a head-on collision with another driver, killing her. The driver who crossed the median was driving a 2012 Dodge Journey southbound on U.S. 220 and hit the northbound driver of a 2015 Nissan Versa near Virginia 919.