Impatience may not immediately come to mind when you think about car wrecks, but an impatient driver can be just as dangerous as a distracted one. Impatience can lead to speeding, tailgating, illegal lane changes, even road rage, all of which cause collisions. How can impatient driving affect you?
Drivers, start using Bluetooth or storing your cell phone out of reach. In just a few weeks, it will be illegal for anyone to hold a cell phone while driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This new law, as outlined in House Bill 874, was signed by Governor Ralph Northam in July, and it goes into effect on January 1, 2021.
Although most motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries and trauma, many riders can’t wait to get back on the road again. They may send their bike to a repair shop or decide to scrap it and start over. But often, they will quickly agree to a payment for property damage and injury from the insurance provider.
Have you ever debated between buying the car of your dreams and getting the most affordable option instead? Have you given up your goal of off-roading adventures in a jeep and bought a pickup for work? Or did you choose the SUV to keep up with your growing family, instead of the Mustang you really wanted?
Well, beyond the obvious pros and cons of these choices, each of these vehicles also brings its own safety risks and rewards if you are ever in an accident. But how do know what those safety risks are so that you can make an even more informed decision?
Hearing loss is an often-ignored injury that can occur in a car accident. That’s why it’s important to know that even minor damage to your hearing can develop into a lasting medical condition. For example, what may start as ringing in the ear can lead to vertigo and even deafness if not properly treated.
Car accidents can be chaotic and confusing, even when you’re getting medical check-ups afterward. You may assume you need an X-ray if your hand is broken, but what about other tests? You may have heard of a CT-scan or MRI, but who understands what they are and when we might need one?
Seeking medical attention is one of the most important steps you can take after a car accident, even if you don’t think you have a serious injury. Your adrenaline can spike during trauma, and the shock can mask a major injury. If in doubt, visit a nearby emergency room immediately, or at minimum, get checked out by a doctor within 24 hours.
Quick delivery is a mainstay of our culture now, whether it’s from Amazon, FedEx Express, or UPS. These delivery services have become especially important during Virginia’s Stay at Home Order, because we in the Commonwealth need a safe way to order and receive essential goods. In addition, many e-commerce sites, from independent artists to healthy food advocates, rely on delivery services to support their businesses. But as important as fast delivery is, these services should be operated safely to prevent serious accidents.
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.
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.