Virginia Personal Injury Blog
Get ready, Virginia drivers! A new driving law may hit the roads in 2021, according to the Washington Post. Previous Virginia laws only prohibit reading or sending messages while driving and using cell phones while driving in a work zone. But this new law, known as House Bill 874, will outright ban drivers from holding a “handheld personal communications device” while driving.
Teaching your teenager to drive is stress-inducing for parents, to put it mildly. Even after a teen has his driver’s license and is demonstrating safe driving practices, we can still feel anxious about letting him on the road. This is especially true in the spring when traffic in Virginia typically rises drastically.
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys are enthusiastic to kick off our 2020 Texts=Wrecks Scholarship! There’s no better cure for a dangerous situation than preventing the situation to start with. For example, choosing not to drink and drive decreases your chances of causing a drunk-driving accident by 100%, and the same goes for texting while driving. You can’t undo a car wreck, but you can do everything in your power to be a safe driver and to avoid causing an accident.
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is expanding our annual “Texts=Wrecks” campaign this year to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers in Eastern Virginia.
Eighty percent of all Virginia vehicle accidents in 2018 were caused by drivers being distracted, either by their phones or otherwise, causing them to take their eyes off the road, according to Drive SMART Virginia. Further, 65 percent of all near-accidents – close calls that almost ended in collisions – were also caused by distracted driving.
As part of our “Texts=Wrecks” campaign, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is hosting a contest for elementary students (K-5th grade) in Virginia. Students can share their best ideas for ways to help adults focus more on driving and win a bike!
Filing a personal injury claim can be confusing, to say the least. Beyond dealing with your injuries, your damaged car or other property, and your emotional shock, you now need to know what the law says about your case. This can involve asking some big questions, which the everyday person may not know. You may turn to a personal injury attorney for help.
We all dread the thought that we could be in a car accident one day. We hold our breath when a big truck leans into our lane, or we see a car speeding toward us in our rearview mirror. Beyond the fear of injury, there’s the financial anxiety we all have.
Our generous community donated more than 675 coats during our annual coat drive. We gave many of the coats to the Gloucester Salvation Army, the Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST), and the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center
Ken Gibson began his legal career taking on violent criminals in court, both as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk, Virginia. That extensive courtroom experience is invaluable when GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys go to trial in personal injury claims today.
In the first moments after a wreck, try to remain calm, and take deep breaths. Move slowly, and pay attention to how your body feels. If you’re hurt, call 911 immediately. Here is more helpful advice from Virginia personal injury lawyers John Singleton and Ken Gibson:
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.