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Richmond Personal Injury Blog

The most common issues after a truck accident

The legal aftermath of truck accidents can be confusing and complex. This is because it is often difficult to find fault. Although truck drivers are typically highly trained and regulated drivers with a faultless record, they also drive long distances and can be prone to fatigue.

The judgment of which party is to blame is first the job of the insurance company. But many can disagree with the findings of these initial investigations. It is important that you document as much as you can at the scene, including taking photographs of damages and seeking out witnesses. The following are some common legal issues after a truck accident.

DUI murder and DUI manslaughter charges

When a person is operating a car and is over the legal influence of alcohol, an accident is likely to happen. It is against the law to even be driving when under the influence of alcohol; however, becoming involved in a fatal accident as a result is extremely serious.

If it is determined that a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol caused a fatal crash, they are likely to be held accountable for either manslaughter or murder. Whether the person is charged with manslaughter or murder depends on the exact circumstances. In both situations, the drunk driver can be held liable by surviving family members to pay for wrongful death damages.

How to deal with a hit-and-run accident

When you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, it can be a very scary and anger-inducing situation. You are likely to feel confused about how someone could leave the scene after potentially injuring another human being.

When it comes to the way that you react to the situation immediately after it happens, it is vital that you first of all make sure that those around you are safe. After this has been established, you can go about gathering more information.

Truck accidents: More deadly than accidents between ordinary cars

A car just doesn't stand much of a chance against a commercial truck if they're in an accident together. The typical commercial truck outweighs the average typical car by 25 times or more.

No matter what the size of the personal vehicle, it's still likely to be dwarfed by the sheer size and weight of the commercial truck that it gets into an accident with -- and that spells disaster for the occupants of the car.

Man lives through accident only to be run over by another car

A man crashed on Interstate 295 when an SUV and Acura ran into one another. They were traveling in the same direction. The crash caused the SUV to flip on the highway.

However, as the driver of the Acura was taken to get medical treatment, the driver of the SUV just got out of his vehicle and went to stand by the side of the road. He was fine.

Don't let a car wreck end up wrecking your health and life

Car accidents remain one of the biggest causes of injuries in the United States, with many accidents occurring due to driver negligence. Millions of accidents occur each year across the country, including many here in Virginia, and many of them involve serious injuries.

Car wreck injuries vary from one person to the next. However, certain injuries are more common than others are. Here are some of the most frequently occurring injuries to look out for if you have been involved in an accident.

Do I have a case if I’m injured on a wheelchair ramp?

As a disabled person that requires the use of a wheelchair, it is important that there are accessible features in place everywhere that you visit. You will depend on these, and it can be frustrating when they are not in place. But perhaps what is worse is a situation in which the accessible features are in place, but they are not safe, and you injure yourself as a result.

As a wheelchair user, it is important that you understand the rights that you have when it comes to accidents and injuries in relation to supposedly accessible features. This blog will run through how a personal injury case can be established in relation to this.

Can faulty traffic signals be to blame for an accident?

When a car accident or incident takes place, there are countless factors at play that could have contributed to it. Therefore, unless there is an obvious factor such as reckless speeding or drunk driving, it can be difficult and subjective to decide who is liable.

It is not just drivers and their behavior on the road that can be difficult to evaluate. Sometimes, a traffic system might be badly designed or just plain faulty. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) count it as their responsibility to decide on where to place things such as traffic signals.

Take note: Jotting down motor vehicle accident details may help

In an ideal world, accidents would never take place. You could drive wherever you need to go and not have to worry about defensive driving. Moreover, if you were an anomaly and happened to get into an accident, you would receive fair compensation immediately.

Unfortunately, the world isn't perfect. In addition, no matter how much defensive driving you practice, getting into an accident sometimes is unavoidable here in Virginia just as it is anywhere else. After you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in injuries to you, taking notes is one of the most important moves you can make, if possible.

What are the consequences of driving while high?

It is very common for people to talk about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. This is highly regulated primarily because it is legal to drink alcohol in high quantities, and drinking alcohol is very common and easy to do. Therefore, everyone in society is warned about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Driving under the influence of marijuana and the dangerous effects that it has may be less talked about, but this does not mean that it is any less of a serious crime. Although medical marijuana can be legally prescribed, this does not have any effect on the fact that it is illegal to drive under the influence of the drug.