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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.
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.
Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy beautiful Virginia. Picnics, barbecues, and holidays are opportunities to take a break from work and spend time with friends and family. But summer is also the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road.
Cars are constantly getting safer. Automatic braking systems, rear-view cameras, tire pressure monitoring systems, and blind spot detection are just a few of the recent innovations that help protect you and your family when you’re on the road.
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys are launching our Texts=Wrecks Scholarship for 2022. The past few years have certainly been challenging for students, but we are confident that they will once again impress us with their ambition, ingenuity, and compassion!
When you imagine a car accident, you might think of two or more cars, one being drunk or distracted, on a busy highway or at a crowded intersection. While this is a common scenario, car accidents happen just as often on a rural road as in a heavily trafficked urban center. Furthermore, the remote nature of rural roads can make it difficult for emergency services to respond quickly, sometimes resulting in greater loss of life.
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.
Why GibsonSingleton hopes you’ll observe Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
Sixty percent of Americans have driven while sleepy in the past year, while 37 percent admitted having fallen asleep behind the wheel, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll.
We hear a lot about the dangers of drunk driving, drugged driving, speeding, and distracted driving, but not much about fatigued driving. The truth is that drowsy driving can be every bit as dangerous.
It can save you and those you love
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Traffic accidents resulted in more than 37,461 fatalities and 2.2 million injuries in 2016 alone. That’s about 102 people killed each day in car crashes—or one person every 14 minutes!
Yet a simple, highly effective measure you can take to prevent injury and death on America’s roads is using your safety belt. Safety belts have been required in all new vehicles sold in the U.S. since 1968, and most states require all vehicle occupants to wear them.
The “100 deadliest days of driving” end on Labor Day, according to the National Safety Council. And sadly, they often end with a bang because Labor Day consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous days of the year for people on the road, along with Memorial Day and Independence Day.
This year, 45,800 serious traffic-related injuries and 402 traffic fatalities are predicted across the country for the Labor Day weekend, according to the NSC.
Let’s all do our part to lower those numbers here in Eastern Virginia!
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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.