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Richmond Personal Injury Blog

Why are fatal bicycle accidents on the rise?

The warmer weather and concerns about climate change have led many people to using bicycles as a mode of transportation more frequently. As well-intentioned as this is, they may be putting themselves in danger. Even when taking safety precautions, such as wearing a helmet, bicycle riders are more vulnerable in accidents with motor vehicles due to simple physics.

If you're a bicycle rider, you're well aware of the potential risks you face. Many cities, including Richmond and many other places in Virginia, are making a point to increase safety measures to protect both bicyclists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, studies show that the number of fatal bicycle accidents is on the rise.

Various types of brain injury can impact your life long term

You owe your consciousness, emotions, sensation and movement to your brain. In other words, your brain basically makes you human. It is for this reason that brain injuries can have a profound impact on your life and overall wellbeing.

Sometimes a traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of another individual's negligence. For example, perhaps a fellow motorist on a Virginia highway hits your motor vehicle and causes you to strike your head against the steering wheel, leading to a brain injury for you. In his scenario, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your injuries in civil court.

Knowing what steps to take in the fallout of a major collision

As you set out on Virginia roads to tackle your tasks for the day, you might give little thought to the possible hazards you may face in the process. Unfortunately, as you share the road with countless others, there is always some level of risk involved, and a motor vehicle accident can take place at any moment.

Since the fallout of your accident could leave you somewhat shaken up, you could be uncertain of what to do next. Before a crash even takes place, you might be able to reduce the amount of stress you experience by gaining a better understanding of the steps to take after one occurs.

Seek justice following a crash that has caused you pain/suffering

You received injury in a motor vehicle crash weeks ago, but you continue to experience the negative impacts of it in your daily life. For instance, you keep experiencing debilitating headaches, and you are growing more and more depressed.

Sadly, these health issues are keeping you from being able to live your life to the fullest. The good news is that, if your accident was the result of another driver's negligence, you can pursue compensation through the civil court system.

Injuries following your car wreck might be delayed

You were in a car crash several days ago, but right after the wreck, you felt okay. You simply took notes at the crash scene and gathered information about the motorist who caused the accident due to careless driving. Afterward, you drove off to get to work.

Things have since changed, though. Now, you feel some pain. Fortunately, it is within your rights to seek monetary damages for delayed injuries in this type of situation in Virginia.

Holding a drunk driver responsible

If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, it is likely that you are feeling a great deal of anger toward the driver that injured you. Even if you know that they were charged with a DUI as a result of the incident, you may want to ensure that justice takes place so that they never repeat the crime.

It may be possible to pursue a legal claim against the drunk driver who hit you, however, you may also be interested in how they will be held legally responsible for their recklessness. Here are some answers to common questions that victims have:

Motorcycle wreck might lead to significant injuries

You take a motorcycle joy ride, the wind blowing in your face, and you feel as though life could not get any better. Riding a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom that you cannot get with many other modes of transportation. However, when you use a motorcycle, you are susceptible to hazards that passenger car drivers simply do not face as well.

If the driver of passenger car strikes your motorcycle during your joy ride, your trip can quickly take a dark turn, leading to serious injuries. Fortunately, if the crash resulted from the car driver's careless behavior, you have the right to seek damages for those injuries in a Virginia civil court.

Taking action after an animal bite at work

If you or a loved one were bitten by an animal that belonged to someone else, it is likely that it was a scary and traumatizing situation. Animals can be unpredictable and can act without an obvious cause. However, animal owners have a duty to minimize the risks that their pets present to others.

Animal bites often lead to financial damages because you may need to take time off work, and medical bills will be likely to occur. Therefore, many animal bite victims decide to consider taking legal action in order to recoup these damages.

Two-vehicle crash leads to one dead in Virginia

On the morning of Oct. 29, a collision in Staunton led to the death of a 49-year-old Virginia woman. This collision occurred on the Staunton Loop between the Parkersburg Pike and Middlebrook Road exits a short time before 6:00 a.m.

The crash reportedly occurred when another car, driven by a 32-year-old man from Churchville was heading southbound on the Staunton Loop. His vehicle, a 2011 Nissan Maxima, drifted into the other side of the road and hit a 1995 Nissan Altima. It was reported that the driver of the Altima was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

Fight back after suffering a dog bite in Virginia

A dog has just bitten you, and now, you feel like a physical and an emotional wreck. Fortunately, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

The state of Virginia does not apply a strict liability law regarding dog bites. For this reason, if you are interested in recovering damages from the owner of the dog that bit you, you typically have to demonstrate that the person who owned the dog knew or should have known that the dog had a predisposition to biting or attacking. In other words, you must prove that the dog had vicious propensities. Here are some factors you can use to demonstrate this.