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Backseat Riders: Buckle Up!

  Wearing a seatbelt is the most important thing you can do when driving or riding in a vehicle – no matter where you are seated in a car. Failure to buckle in is a factor in more auto accident fatalities than any other safety-related action. “The most important thing you can do in any […]

Important Information for Drunk Driving Victims

  No one is more negligent than an intoxicated driver. Although the risks of drunk driving are well known, and the penalties if arrested are extensive, driving under the influence is still a major issue. Drunk driving accounts for roughly forty percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide. That’s more than 15,000 victims annually. Driving under […]

Fatalities Drop Among 2010 Teen Drivers

The number of teen drivers who have died in traffic accidents has dropped as Virginia lawmakers have tightened restrictions on teen drivers over the last few years.  Traffic fatalities among VA teen drivers fell 50 percent in 2009, and again by 43 percent in 2010.  In 2010, Virginia lost 35 teen drivers to traffic accidents, […]

$1.75 Million Settlement in Interstate Accident

The plaintiff was working on a traveling crew as a telecommunications lineman when he was rear ended in rush hour traffic by a defendant who had fallen asleep at the wheel.  The impact of the accident sent the plaintiff’s vehicle airborne before it flipped over several times into a ditch.  The plaintiff, a former Marine […]

Couple Receives $1,085,647 in Tractor-Trailer Accident Case

A couple that was seriously injured in an intersection collision with a tractor trailer was awarded a settlement of $1,085,647 last month.  The plaintiff was driving in Stafford County, VA with his wife as a passenger when the defendant ran a red light in his tractor-trailer and struck the plaintiff’s car.  The couple both suffered […]

Fatal Car Crash Leads to $3 Million Jury Award

A $3,000,000 settlement was awarded to the estate of a man who was killed in an auto accident.  The accident, which took place in March of 2009 involved a man traveling with his son and daughter in law who were struck at an intersection by a negligent driver driving a truck owned by a local […]

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

While Memorial Day is a great kick off to the summer season, it can also be a very dangerous time on the roads.  Holiday weekends traditionally bring heavy traffic on the roadways – including a higher than usual amount of drunk, distracted and reckless drivers.  Please buckle up and be alert on the roadways this […]

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle safety is an important issue, which is why each year May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. At the beginning of this month, we wanted to point out a few statistics. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Stats – In 2009 there were 4,595 fatal motorcycle crashes in the United States. Additionally, […]

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

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, the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving has an ongoing video series called […]

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 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 under the age of 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. 1-3 Years – Keep your 1 […]

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 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 million vehicles totaled and issued salvage titles by the insurance company, 40% are rebuilt and put back on the road for […]

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 […]