Virginia Personal Injury Blog

Keep safe in parking lots this winter

By Ken Gibson on January 15, 2023

Winter in Virginia is beautiful, and many people are out visiting friends and family, or just running errands. But unfortunately, winter is a time when parking lot accidents increase.

Weather conditions and extra traffic create hazards that lead to more falls, car crashes, and pedestrian accidents overall. Several factors make parking lots more dangerous in particular. Bad weather conditions reduce visibility, and snow, rain, and ice make it harder for cars to stop quickly. Drivers may be intoxicated from attending winter parties or after meeting friends in restaurants or bars. Driving safely also becomes more difficult when drivers have a car full of people.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What do tractor trailers have to do to keep you safe?

By John Singleton on January 5, 2023

A tractor trailer weighs up to 40 tons. Even under the best circumstances, the combination of a tractor and trailer take a lot longer to stop than a car. Aircraft carriers don’t stop on a dime either. And because trucks have so much mass, collisions with cars and motorcycles are likely to cause severe injuries.

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Posted in: Truck Accident

Attention, motorcyclists: Here’s how to stay safer this winter

By John Singleton on December 15, 2022

Enjoying a nice motorcycle ride in the fresh winter air is exhilarating. But colder weather, dangerous road conditions, and reduced visibility create greater challenges for motorcycle riders.

Taking a few precautions will help you stay safer and warmer while riding your bike in the cold. Remember to do your winter maintenance, wear the right clothes and gear, change your driving habits during the winter months, and take steps to avoid hypothermia.

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Posted in: Motorcycle Accident

Help these outstanding charities, or one you love, help others this Christmas right here in Gloucester and Mathews

By Ken Gibson on December 5, 2022

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

During this season when many of us are getting together to enjoy food and fellowship, it’s important to reach out to the less fortunate to offer a helping hand. We know that our generous community agrees and is always ready to help.

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Posted in: Firm News

Do dogs that bite people get euthanized in Virginia? And answers to your other most popular questions about dog bite cases in Virginia

By Ken Gibson on November 20, 2022

Dog owners are legally responsible when their dog attacks a person or another animal. In Virginia, irresponsible pet owners can face criminal charges and be held financially liable for damages caused by a violent dog.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

How can I avoid accidents involving deer and other animals?

By John Singleton on November 10, 2022

A driver who causes an accident in an attempt to avoid hitting an animal in the road may have to pay for any damage caused by the crash. This may sound harsh, but the law finds it unreasonable for someone to put the lives of human beings at risk rather than hit an animal.

It doesn’t matter if the animal in the road is wild or domestic–if the driver swerves to avoid it and this results in damage, the driver can be held liable for injuries suffered by their own passengers and by people traveling in another car.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Four questions to ask before you choose a personal injury attorney

By John Singleton on October 23, 2022

Finding the right personal injury attorney to help after you’ve been injured in a wreck can be difficult. That’s why our team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys put together a list of helpful questions to ask when you first call or meet with a potential law firm.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Does tailgating really get you there faster?

By Ken Gibson on October 2, 2022

When there’s a traffic jam on a highway, sometimes the reason is obvious. Maybe it’s an accident ahead, or road work is causing some lanes to be shut down. But a lot of times, traffic jams just happen for no apparent reason. Traffic engineers call these incidents “phantom traffic jams.”

Most people assume these phantom traffic jams are caused by too many cars being on a road, and traffic jams do happen more often during heavy commute times.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How long will it take to get compensation for my injury?

By John Singleton on September 15, 2022

“How long will it take to settle my claim?” Unfortunately, the other party’s insurance company often tries to prolong the process, while other factors make it impossible to predict precisely how long it will take.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Congress mandates new technology to prevent drunk driving: what you need to know

By Ken Gibson on September 1, 2022

Drunk driving accidents claimed the lives of 236 Virginians and more than 10,000 people nationwide in a recent year. Now the federal government has taken serious steps to address this issue. Legislation passed by Congress requires automakers to develop technology that prevents automobiles from operating if the driver is intoxicated.

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Posted in: Car Safety

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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.
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    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
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