Virginia Personal Injury Blog

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

Stay safe on the road this Labor Day – easy tips for travelling before and while you drive!

By John Singleton on August 25, 2022

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.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Seven tips to drive safely in construction zones

By Ken Gibson on August 1, 2022

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.

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What to do when you see a blinking yellow turn arrow in Virginia

By John Singleton on July 20, 2022

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.

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What are the penalties for Virginians using a handheld device while driving?

By Ken Gibson on July 10, 2022

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.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Is it dangerous to drive too slowly?

By Ken Gibson on June 22, 2022

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.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Safe Summer Driving

By John Singleton on June 10, 2022

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.

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Posted in: Car Safety

Congratulations to Our 2022 “Texts=Wrecks” Scholarship Winner!

By Beth Gibson on May 31, 2022

We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys would like to announce our 2022 scholarship winner. We have been awarding our annual “Text=Wrecks” scholarship to college-bound students since 2018. By offering this scholarship and the associated essay contest, we hope to benefit all communities by encouraging students to build a safer world.

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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.