Auto Accidents

Prepare Yourself for the Unexpected with Our Comprehensive Guide to Virginia Auto Accidents

September is National Preparedness Month, a time when we remember the importance of planning and preparing for national disasters. This month is primarily geared toward developing an emergency preparedness plan for events that may affect your safety in your community. It’s also an ideal time, however, to prepare for any incident that could affect your safety and quality of life on a personal level – such as an auto accident. Given their sudden, unexpected nature, we know that it’s incredibly difficult – almost impossible – to “prepare” for an auto accident. If it’s ever happened to you, you know that the adrenaline rush you feel along with your “fight or flight” response can be overwhelming. In the moment, it’s hard to focus on what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and when it should be done. After impact, a myriad of questions may fly through your head, such as: I’ve been [...]

By |2020-09-24T10:51:48+00:00September 9th, 2020|Auto Accidents|

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|

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|

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|

Bicycle Safety and Virginia Law …FAQs

It’s pretty obvious that bicycles lack the many safety features that cars and other vehicles on the road have.  There is no enclosed cabin made of steel and plastic, no airbags, seatbelts, or other built-in safety features.  While riding a bike, you are completely exposed, and often hit the ground, tree, fence, other vehicle, or hard surface head first.  Bicyclists sometimes forget that they are “technically” driving a vehicle and must share the road and follow bicycle and traffic laws.  If you or someone else is injured in an accident involving a bike, failure to do so could impact your case in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk? It is legal in Virginia to ride your bike on sidewalks unless prohibited by local ordinances.  If riding on a sidewalk, you must always yield the right of way to pedestrians.  Sidewalks are constructed to keep pedestrians safe.  When attempting to [...]

By |2019-08-06T11:00:02+00:00April 12th, 2019|Auto Accidents|

I’ve been in a car wreck: Should I call a lawyer?

The short answer is YES! That was probably the answer you expected to hear, especially from a personal injury attorney, but my reasons are probably not what you’re expecting. A good personal injury lawyer can empower you to solve some of the problems arising from the collision yourself. Not everybody who has been in a collision needs to hire and pay a lawyer right away.  But if you’ve been in a car accident, there are things you need to know, questions you need answered, and real-world problems that you need to solve.  For instance: How does insurance work? How do I get my medical bills paid? What happens to my car? How do I get it fixed?  Who pays for the damage? Whose insurance company should pay for the property damage and medical bills? When should I use my own insurance? Should I accept a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company? Should I even [...]

By |2019-04-09T11:47:36+00:00February 14th, 2019|Auto Accidents|

7 Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Virginia

You’re on your way to work on the Beltway.  A car in another lane swerves toward you.  You try to avoid it, but . . . crash . . . Over 120,000 automobile accidents occur each year in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Most involve only property damage… damage to the vehicle, but just over 50% involve personal injury to the driver and/or passengers in the car.  And unfortunately, approximately 750-800 accidents result in a fatality each year. If you or a family member is in a car accident, it is important that you protect yourself and your interests.  Here’s a quick checklist of things you should do immediately after a crash. Stop! Never leave the scene of an accident even if it seems minor and you don’t think anyone was hurt.  Unless your vehicle is interfering with traffic, remain where you ended up after the accident.  Turn on your hazard lights.  If you are in [...]

By |2019-03-19T11:40:57+00:00January 11th, 2019|Auto Accidents|

How Child Personal Injury Cases Differ From Adult Cases

Whether walking or biking to school, or riding as a passenger in a car, any accident or serious injury involving a child is a traumatic event to both the victim and her family.  A child’s injuries can be very complex and can affect his life now and into the future, sometimes for the rest of his life.  If the child’s injury arises from the negligence of someone else, it is important to know that the law treats children differently than adults.  Let’s look at some of those differences and how they might affect your case. Contact us for a FREE legal evaluation of your case! Children are held to a different standard As I discussed in a previous blog, “Contributory Negligence – Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney”, Virginia is a contributory negligence state.  Contributory negligence is a rule of law that holds that if two people are involved in a collision and both [...]

By |2020-07-22T15:06:11+00:00November 21st, 2018|Auto Accidents, Injuries to Children|

Contributory Negligence… Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Steve is driving home from work, approaching a 4-way intersection.  Steve does not have a stop sign, but traffic on the side-street, attempting to enter the intersection from Steve’s right or left does, so Steve has the right of way.  Steve is driving in his lane, under the speed limit, doing everything right, except . . . he’s texting.  At the same time, John is driving a car that is approaching the intersection from Steve’s right.  John is in a hurry, is speeding and distracted, and does not see the stop sign.  John blows through the stop sign and the two cars collide.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, does Steve have a winnable claim against John?  Maybe not.  Why?  Virginia is one of a handful of states that still follows the law of contributory negligence.  Let’s take a look at contributory negligence and how can it affect your potential car accident case? What is contributory [...]

By |2019-04-09T11:39:51+00:00August 20th, 2018|Auto Accidents|