If your teen has completed a driver’s education course in Virginia, you may feel more confident about his or her abilities behind the wheel. While it is true that these training programs provide some experience on the road, as well as instruction about traffic laws, this is not enough to prevent many of the common behaviors that could lead to a motor vehicle accident involving your teen. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we encourage parents to go the extra mile to lower their young drivers’ risks of suffering an injury or fatality on the road.
In the aftermath of a serious car accident, your head can be spinning from all the chaos. Between the damage to your car, your injuries and the number of people who may be on the scene asking you questions, it can be way too much to take in.
The answer to the question in this headline is, in a word, yes. Texting while you are driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do because it is so distracting.
When there is a car accident in Virginia, determining how and why it happened are key to an accident investigation. This is particularly true when there is serious injury or death. Research is constantly being conducted to identify car wreck causes. Sometimes the results are based on obvious factors. However, certain aspects, such as generational behaviors, can also come into play.
The roads in Virginia can be dangerous, especially during the holiday season. Weather can obviously be a factor in an auto accident, but there are other issues that can cause a car crash. People not paying attention to what they are doing when behind the wheel, speeding, operating the vehicle recklessly, driving under the influence, or simply failing to adhere to traffic laws are also common causes of car accidents. In some instances, these wrecks can lead to severe injuries. In a worst case scenario, a crash can cause a person's death. When there is a car accident, those who are affected need to understand their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing, as such a filing may be justified.
When an auto accident in Virginia involves a vehicle and a pedestrian, the driver is expected to stay at the scene, see if the pedestrian is injured and provide assistance if necessary. If the driver does not do this, it can lead to criminal charges. For the victim in a hit and run car crash, the identity of the driver is important for insurance purposes and to file a lawsuit, if need be. The person who was hurt and that person's family members need to be cognizant of how the investigation into the hit and run is proceeding so they are prepared to file a claim seeking compensation.
A recent legal settlement will benefit the infant daughter of a man killed in a Virginia car crash last year. The settlement, in the amount of $100,000, was approved by a Roanoke Circuit Court judge following a lengthy accident investigation.
An intoxicated driver is a dangerous driver. Whether that motorist is intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, a driver who is not driving with clear faculties makes for a danger on Virginia's highways. Unfortunately, there is not much that individual Virginia drivers can do about other negligent and intoxicated drivers on the road, as even the most defensive driver may be susceptible to their errant ways.
Virginia drivers can use their turn signals, wear their seatbelts, and stay alert while driving in order to protect their own safety. They cannot, however, control what other drivers on the road do, and, unfortunately, the behavior of other negligent drivers can have dangerous and deadly consequences for Virginians.
In Virginia and across the country, there should be certain activities that are off-limits while operating a motor vehicle. Such activities can create a distracted driver, putting others in danger. These distracting activities include texting and driving, which is becoming a growing concern. While law enforcement attempts to reduce the number of people who are texting and using their smartphones while behind the wheel, such attempts are not always effective. Teens are particularly vulnerable to the temptation. This can lead to an auto accident with injuries and even fatalities. To compound matters, there is an increasing incidence of teens who are using their smartphones while driving not just for texting, but also for playing popular games. This makes the roads even more dangerous.