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:
Our personal injury lawyers at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys take their role as “defender of the little guy” seriously. In a recent interview, partner John Singleton talked about one of his most difficult cases, and the outcome:
In this interview, personal injury lawyers John Singleton and Ken Gibson discuss how a collision with a semi-truck isn’t the same as a collision with another car. So how can you get justice? Let’s hear what they have to say:
While motorcycle accident cases share many of the same characteristics as car accident cases, they tend to be more difficult to recover from—both physically and financially. John Singleton and Ken Gibson of GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys spoke about the significance of motorcycle collisions in a recent interview:
“Negligence” is a word lawyers use a lot. But what does it mean?
Well, negligence may be someone acting irresponsibly, or someone failing to act with a proper degree of care toward others—a degree which would be expected from a reasonable person in the same situation.
Medical bills are the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy in the United States, according to many experts. After all, few people plan on having sky-high medical bills, and no one expects to get seriously injured.
Fortunately, Virginia has a type of insurance that may help if you or your family member are injured in an accident. This coverage may already be on your auto insurance policy under the name “medical payments coverage,” or “medpay.”
Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of accidental deaths for teens in the United States. Wrecks account for one in every three teen fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Meanwhile, “the first six months of unsupervised driving are the most hazardous in a novice driver’s driving experience,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
How you can avoid them
Manual, cognitive, and visual: those are the three types of distracted driving. We’ve talked about cognitive distractions, as part of our “Texts=Wrecks” campaign in Virginia. We’ve talked about manual distractions. Today, let’s find out how to avoid visual distractions.
How can you keep your teens safer on the road?
Prom and graduation season is here. Although I’ve personally been spared having my daughter go on a date yet (she’s still in elementary school!), teens throughout Virginia are are eagerly diving into these rites of passage.
But what many soon-to-be graduates don’t realize is that, along with the privileges and freedoms of being an adult come some grave responsibilities—especially when it comes to getting behind the wheel. And statistically, they’re entering dangerous waters.
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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.