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Richmond Personal Injury Blog

Making a claim against a drunk driver

Getting into a car accident can be a horrific situation to be in regardless of the circumstances. However, if you then learn that the other driver involved in the accident was over the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit, you are likely to feel angry and disgusted, knowing the damage that this person caused.

It is possible to take legal action against a drunk driver that was involved in an accident with you. The amount of damages that you may be able to claim will likely be dependent on a number of factors, however. In addition, it is important to note that a person blowing over the legal limit does not automatically mean that he or she will be determined to be at fault.

Did you trip over an electrical cord in a conference facility?

Does your employer require you to attend conferences, or do you go to trade shows? If you do, you will naturally expect the owners of the venue and the organizers of the event to ensure the safety of all the visitors and participants. The responsible parties at hotels and conference centers in Virginia should have a comprehensive knowledge of the laws that govern the hospitality industry.

If you suffer an injury or come to any harm while you are a guest at such a facility, and you can show the lack of reasonable care to eliminate known risks, you could hold the venue liable for your damages. Although it is impossible to anticipate all possible accidents, not addressing the common hazards can indicate negligence.

Calculating the negligence of aquatic centers

If you or one of your loved ones is injured at an aquatic center or public swimming pool, you may have a reason to believe that the property owner could have prevented the accident from happening. Swimming pools have the potential to be very dangerous, both in and out of the water. Wet floors can present slipping hazards, and the depth of the water can create a risk of drowning and related injuries for those who are not strong swimmers. Other faults in the pool, such as suction devices in the pool system, can create additional dangers.

As public premises, aquatic centers have the legal responsibility to provide safe environments for all visitors. They must also identify and mitigate all possible dangers when it is reasonable and possible to do so. This means that swimming pools should employ lifeguards and other staff to be constantly monitoring the safety of the premises.

The legal definition of reckless driving

Truck accidents can be extremely serious because of the heavy load of the cargo, and the sheer force that a truck creates. While a truck has the capacity to create enormous disasters, it is not always the truck driver's fault when an accident occurs, and it can often be the fault of reckless drivers in other vehicles.

This is why reckless drivers have the capacity to create so much danger. They often operate small vehicles but can cause multi-car crashes that can kill and seriously injure people. If you have been involved in an accident involving a truck, it is important that you understand the concept of reckless driving so that you can figure out whether reckless driving was a factor in the crash that you were involved in.

Injured by a negligent driver? Know your rights to pursue damages

As you make a quick trip to the store, another motorist suddenly runs into your car. So much for a quick trip. Unfortunately, in some cases, these types of accidents happen as a result of another driver's carelessness, and this could result in a myriad of serious injuries.

If you have been hurt in an accident stemming from another motorist's negligence in Virginia, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Here is a glimpse at the various types of damages you may be able to recover:

Many crashes can lead to serious injuries or death

Many different things can lead to car crashes. In recent blog posts, we discussed a few different situations that can come up that might lead to an accident. The tie that binds all of these crashes together is that innocent people can suffer from serious injuries or even die.

These tragic situations can often be prevented by using a little common sense. One of the best ways that drivers can keep other safe is by giving their full attention to driving. When they don't do this, they are putting everyone at risk.

Woman gets DWI charges after deadly wrong-way accident

A woman got into a fatal accident in Newport News, Virginia, and now she is facing serious charges.

According to reports, the woman was behind the wheel of a 2013 Chrysler 200 on June 8. It was about 1:30 in the morning. She was driving down Interstate 664.

Reality TV star pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

A woman who used to be a reality TV star recently entered a guilty plea for her part in a fatal car accident. She was allegedly intoxicated at the time. She went to court earlier this month and put in that guilty plea for wrong-way driving, not obeying the signs on the highway and causing involuntary manslaughter.

She was facing DUI charges, as well, and it is expected that she will eventually enter a guilty plea on those charges. However, there was a clerical error with the paperwork, so she did not get to put that plea in at the same time. She'll have to come back to court and do it at a later date.

Why parents can be the most dangerous drivers

We often have a stereotype image of what we believe dangerous drivers to be. Maybe it's a young teenager who takes too many risks, or perhaps it's a middle-aged drinker who drives under the the influence of alcohol. However, the people who we might least expect to be dangerous drivers can actually pose a danger.

Parents might not be the people that we first suspect of being dangerous drivers; however, having children present in a car can pose as a major distractaction and create risky habits. Children compete for the attention of the driver and this can mean that they make unsafe decisions and are more likely to become involved in a crash.

Here is what to do following an injury car crash

Your day has taken a turn for the worse thanks to a careless driver. You have just been involved in a car accident, and you feel pain as a result of the sudden impact.

Directly following a car crash, whether it takes place here in Virginia or elsewhere, the scene can understandably become chaotic. Here are a few steps that are important to take to protect your best interests following the wreck.