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Motorists, What is Your Motorcycle Awareness Level on the Road?

Did you know that May is Motorcycle Awareness Month?  To help motorcyclists and motorists save lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched the new Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles campaign. This campaign is aimed at increasing awareness of motorcycles on the road and helping motorists understand motorcycle driving behaviors better. Through education and increasing awareness, the NHTSA hopes that motorists and motorcyclists can work together to reduce dangerous and fatal injury accidents. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk on the roads. Every year, thousands of bikers lose their lives in accidents that could have been prevented. In 2015, motorcyclists accounted for nearly 14 percent of all fatalities - even though they represent just 3 percent of the registered vehicles on the road. Sadly, the number of motorcyclists killed just keeps increasing every year. In 2015, the NHTSA reported an 8 percent increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities from the year [...]

By |2020-05-26T11:37:23+00:00May 26th, 2020|Bicycle Accidents|

Get Out Cycling! May is National Bike Month

Every May, the League of American Bicyclists celebrate National Bike Month. For over 60 years, bicycling enthusiasts have celebrated the benefits of bicycling, hoping to encourage more people to hit the road. As part of the festivities, National Bike to Work day is traditionally held during the third week in May. This day aims to get more people biking to work. This year, COVID-19 has changed the way National Bike Month will operate. Because of the Coronavirus, National Bike to Work day will now be held on Tuesday, September 22. Bike to Work Week will occur between September 21 - 27. As the Coronavirus spreads across the country, quarantine and lockdowns have many people searching for a way to get outside, while still maintaining social distancing. Bicycles offer a great way to do that. To encourage that this year, National Bike Month will focus on well-being and connection. They want to highlight how bicycling can [...]

By |2020-05-26T11:32:04+00:00May 13th, 2020|Bicycle Accidents|

Are you liable the first time your dog bites someone in Virginia?

Serving as a personal injury attorney on cases involving dog bites can sometimes leave people thinking that perhaps I’m not a “dog” person. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our family has rescued 2 dogs ourselves and one, Maybelle, has become a member of our family, almost like a 4th child! We love dogs. That’s why we try to educate dog owners on their duties to properly control their dog, so no one gets hurt and the police don’t have to come and take the dog away. It’s often said that Virginia law follows the “one-bite rule”, suggesting that a dog owner isn’t liable the first time hisa dog bites someone. In other words, the dog gets a “free bite”, so to speak. But this is not really an accurate description of Virginia law. Evidence of prior aggressive behavior can be enough to prove liability, even without a prior bite. Your Responsibility as a [...]

By |2020-04-20T11:20:47+00:00April 20th, 2020|Dog Bites|

Virginia Laws About Teens & Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is more than just a practice area at the law firm for me… it's personal. You see, my wife & I have 3 beautiful children. 2 of them are in high school. 1 just got her license and the other is a 14-year-old who’s almost ready to start driving. I’ve watched my kids struggle, as yours probably do too, to ignore their phones going off at dinner or while talking. They get a text or notification and can’t help but look at their phones. It’s a conditioned response. Watching their struggle, I can’t help but wonder if teens in general will be able to change this behavior to become safe drivers. That’s why it’s more important than ever to share information about how to stay safe on the road. Statistics About Teen Driving Safety Even if you don’t have teens of your own, you know someone who does. Either way, you’re guaranteed to [...]

By |2020-04-28T16:29:11+00:00April 13th, 2020|Auto Accidents|

The Importance of Pedestrian Safety in Virginia

Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic and life-changing. In the blink of an eye, your whole world may never be the same. Pedestrians that are injured in accidents with motor vehicles can suffer from permanent impairment and disability. This impacts their ability to work and provide for their family. It also prevents them from enjoying their life in the ways they did before. When this happens, it is important to call an experienced and skilled Virginia pedestrian accident attorney. In Virginia, pedestrian accidents are on the decline thanks in large part to increased safety campaigns. In 2016, 1,6087  pedestrian accidents occurred across the state. This resulted in 1,571 injuries and 114 fatalities. The majority of these accidents occurred in an urban setting where cars and pedestrians must share the roads more frequently. How Pedestrian Accidents Occur Pedestrian accidents most often occur because either the driver or the pedestrian is not using care and caution. Drivers may [...]

By |2020-03-23T22:53:28+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Pedestrian accidents|

Observing National Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is the official Brain Injury Awareness month. Every March, the CDC and other health organizations raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries. Their goals are to help prevent these devastating injuries, while promoting strategies to improve the quality of life for traumatic brain injury survivors and their families. What most Americans do not realize is how prevalent brain injuries are in our communities. An estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer from a brain injury every single year. In addition, more than 5.3 million Americans currently live with a permanent TBI-related disability. Brain Injury Awareness Month For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America has led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness month. The theme for this year’s campaign is Change Your Mind. They have three goals. De-stigmatizing brain injuries through outreach within the community Empowering those living with brain injuries Promoting support in the community that is available to people living with [...]

By |2020-03-23T22:50:41+00:00March 16th, 2020|Event|

Post-Concussion Syndrome: An Invisible Illness

When most people think of a concussion, they think of a mild injury with few long-term effects. Concussions are often downplayed in our society as minor injuries or “just a bump to the head.” This kind of thinking has resulted in athletes continuing to play after a concussion and car accident victims walking away from the crash, believing they are uninjured. In reality, a concussion can have serious and dire consequences that can result in months and even years of pain and suffering. In fact, between 10% and 30% of concussion injury victims develop something known as post-concussion syndrome. This syndrome often results in months and years of symptoms and can interrupt normal daily functioning. Accident victims suffering from post-concussion syndrome may have migraines, vision problems, vertigo, and memory issues. In addition, they can suffer from “brain-freezing”. This is a condition where the brain becomes easily over-stimulated and shuts down. Unfortunately, because individuals suffering from [...]

By |2020-01-28T00:32:03+00:00January 28th, 2020|Auto Accidents, Post Accident Activities|

Could You Have a Herniated Disc?

Sometimes accident victims walk away from a crash believing that they are uninjured. That is because the adrenaline surge after a car accident can mask the symptoms of some injuries. Then, later, they end up in the emergency room in serious pain. Back injuries are an example of an injury that can worsen after a car crash. One of the most common back injuries after a car accident is a herniated disc. Your spine is comprised of 33 bones called vertebrae. These bones are supported by cushions of soft discs. These discs allow your spine to move and bend. In a car crash, the force of the impact can violently throw your body around, hyper-extending and tearing the tendons and ligaments in your neck or back, which can change the dynamics in your spine and put pressure on your discs. This pressure can cause a spinal disc to bulge, protrude, or herniate. A disc is [...]

By |2020-01-16T12:26:36+00:00January 16th, 2020|Auto Accidents|

Swimming Pool Accidents…a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Let’s begin with a sad story… a scenario that never had to happen.  Several years ago, on a Sunday afternoon, a young man invited a neighbor over to his mother’s house to help him work on a car.  His neighbor came over and brought his 2 ½ year old child, who played in the front yard while the guys worked on the car in the front driveway.   The house had a swimming pool in the back yard that was surrounded by a fence with a gate.  Initially, the gate was secured by a chain with a lock. A few weeks before, though, the lock was lost.  Instead of replacing the lock, the owner secured the gate by wrapping the chain around the gate and the gate post. At some point as they worked on the car, the men realized that the child was no longer playing in the front yard.  After a frantic search, [...]

By |2019-06-17T17:31:22+00:00June 17th, 2019|Injuries to Children, Wrongful Death|

Important Facts About Wrongful Death Cases in Virginia

Tragically, last year, 819 people lost their lives in car crashes on Virginia roads.  While this number is down slightly from the number of traffic-related deaths in 2017, it is still significantly higher than the 700 fatalities that occurred on Virginia roads in 2014, since which the number of deaths has been steadily increasing, suggesting that our roads are getting more congested, and more dangerous. While I pray that you will never need this information, here are some important things to know about cases arising from traffic-related fatalities in Virginia. Who can file a wrongful death suit? Historically, Virginia law is based on English Common Law (law made by the decisions of judges), under which there was no legal right to recover compensation for a death caused by another person’s negligence.  Indeed, under the Common Law, while there was a long-standing right to seek compensation for one’s personal injuries, if the injured person died as [...]

By |2019-08-06T11:02:23+00:00May 16th, 2019|Auto Accidents, Wrongful Death|