Car Accidents | Virginia Personal Injury Blog
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.
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.
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.
Labor Day is the day to honor the hard-working Americans who keep our economy going. It’s also a great time to take a break and celebrate with friends and family.
But, with so many people taking vacations or just enjoying local festivities, Labor Day weekend is a dangerous time to be on the road. In a recent year, 17 people died in car accidents on Virginia’s roads over the Labor Day weekend.
Keeping traffic flowing smoothly on our roads and highways is vital for maintaining a robust economy in Virginia. Our more than 6 million licensed drivers average one-way commutes of almost 30 minutes each day. Further, more than 10 percent of Virginia commuters work in another state.
When you’re getting ready to turn left at an intersection with a traffic light, you may have noticed a blinking yellow arrow with a sign next to it that says, “Left Turn Yield on Flashing Yellow Arrow.” The flashing yellow arrow is becoming more common at Virginia intersections. If you see one, it means you can turn left as soon as oncoming traffic is clear and no one is in the crosswalk.
With the increased popularity of talking and texting on cell phones in recent years, distracted driving has been on the rise for the past 20 years. A distracted driver is needlessly risking their own life and the lives of others. That’s why GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys initiated our “Texts=Wrecks” campaign – to help keep our neighbors safer by reminding everyone to focus on the road.
Is it dangerous to drive too slowly? This may seem like a silly question, but it’s actually a serious issue. And the answer is “yes.” Slow drivers can create a hazard by forcing other drivers to make sudden decisions that can lead to an accident.
A serious car crash can change your life. It can happen so fast, and then you have so much to deal with at once. You may be seriously injured, and if you had passengers, you may have loved ones or friends who also need help.
If you have been injured through someone else’s negligence, how much your case is worth will depend on several factors. There’s no such thing as a “personal injury loss calculator” — every case is different.
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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.