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Railroad Crossing Safety Tips

  As long as roads and railroad tracks have coexisted, railroad crossings have been hotspots for collisions and serious injuries.  According to Operation Lifesaver, a non profit organization for rail safety education a person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours.  While the frequency of these accidents is on the decline, railway […]

Virginia Debuts Motorcycle Rider Alert Cards

The state of Virginia has just announced a new program aimed at providing motorcyclists prompt and proper care after an accident.  The program includes new “Rider Alert Cards” that will be placed inside the riders’ helmet that contains medical information, emergency contacts and other pertinent information.  The goal is that first responders will have quicker […]

Ford Recalls 1.2 Million F-150 Pickups

Today the Ford Motor Company announced the recall of over 1 million of it’s popular F-150 pickup trucks due to defective air bags. An electrical short is the reported problem, causing air bags to deploy unexpectedly and injuring some drivers. Earlier this year, Ford acknowledged the problem, but only in 150,000 F150s, resisting the government’s […]

Faces of Distracted Driving

As car accident lawyers of Virginia, Rutter Mills sees distracted driving accidents happening constantly.  Distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people last year and injured 500,000 more.  While these disturbing statistics alone should help people think twice about picking up a cell phone on the road, the stories behind the statistics are much more moving.  Distraction.gov, […]

How Safe Is Your Rental Car?

According to the New York Times, California lawmakers are working to enact a bill that would force rental car companies to pull recalled vehicles off the road.  Wait, rental car companies are not doing this already?  No, apparently it literally takes an act of Congress to force some of our country’s largest rental car companies […]

Now that Spring Has Sprung, Beware of Motorcycles on the Highways

It’s springtime, and as temperatures increase more and more motorcyclists are hitting the road.  While motorists should always be aware of motorcycles on the road, spring is a particularly dangerous time for motorcycle related accidents as drivers aren’t as used to seeing them on the road. While motorcycles make up only about 3% of the […]

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Seat Guidelines

The car accident lawyers of Norfolk have some updated safety standards regarding keeping your little ones safe within car seats.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued complete new guidelines on car seats for children from birth to 12 Months.  Below is a summary of the study’s findings. Birth – 12 Months – Children […]

Traffic Accident Fatalities Fall For Fifth Straight Year

The US Department of Transportation releases it’s 2010 crash statistics this week,  showing the lowest level of traffic fatalities since 1949.  The number of traffic fatalities dropped 3% from 33,808 in 2009 to 32,788 last year despite the fact that Americans drove over 20 billion miles more.  The number works out to 1.09 traffic accident […]

Airbag Safety Tips

The car accident attorneys of Virginia here at Rutter Mills have some valuable advice for you to stay safe during transport.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a study on airbag deployment showing the increased risk of fatality in accidents that do not include airbags.  According to the study, out of the 2.5 […]

Did You Have a Depuy Hip Replacement?

Johnson & Johnson, and it’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary announced in August 2010 that it is recalling their hip implants due to a high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who have received these hips. These defective hip implants have been causing discomfort, hip pain and swelling and difficulty walking in recipients of these products all […]

Have You Read the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act?

If not, you should visit the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and read what rights you have. This can help you understand who and what you are up against when you file your claim. If you don’t know what your rights are, you may accept anything the insurance carrier or their attorney tells you without knowing […]

Accidents Caused By Speeding Aren’t Really Accidents At All

An accident by definition is something that happens when something occurs unexpectedly or unintentionally. Because we as drivers have to make conscious decisions on the road, auto accidents do not always fall under this definition. We choose whether or not to drive the speed limit or to obey traffic rules and regulations. Choosing not to […]

Report: Auto Insurance Accounts for Large Share of Consumer Complaints

A recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) shows that for the past three years, more than 1/3 of all complaints made by consumers to state insurance regulators have been about auto insurance.  The most frequent resons for complaints according to the report were delays, denials and unsatisfactory settlement sizes.    At […]

NHTSA Releases New Child Seat Guidelines

  This week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued new safety guidelines for child seats in automobiles. Under the new guidelines, the safety agency recommends using the restraints in the rear-facing position as long as children fit within the height and weight limits of the car seat as established by the manufacturer.  The rear-facing […]