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Richmond Personal Injury Blog

Too much ringing in of the holidays can lead to a collision

If you've recently driven through your Virginia community, you might have noticed numerous homes with Christmas lights and lawn decorations. Some people like to get a jump on their holiday spirit. There are also those who like to get an early start on their holidays "spirits." Thanksgiving is just behind us, and that is typically the kick-off to a season of festivity. Imbibing alcohol is a common custom at many people's holiday parties. You might even host a gathering for family and friends and offer some.

Serving or consuming alcohol at a holiday party isn't necessarily a problem. It can become one, however, if a licensed driver (or non-licensed driver, which makes things even worse) fails to make responsible choices about drinking and driving. When you get the behind the wheel, state law requires you to be legally able to operate a motor vehicle. If you're traveling by car or on foot and a drunk driver hits you, your holiday season won't be as merry as you'd hoped.

It's apple butter season in Virginia. Stay safe at festivals

Throughout Virginia and surrounding regions, everyone is gearing up for Oktoberfest, homecoming and apple butter festivals. Perhaps, you will be manning a booth to earn supplemental income from your own handcrafted wares. Beautiful foliage, scents of hot cider and cocoa, and crisp temperatures that prompt you to take your favorite sweaters out of the closet might make you eager to check out your local fall festival schedule.

As with most public events, there are definite downsides to such gatherings. In fact, just walking around at a festival can be hazardous as trip and fall accidents are common at such venues. Alcohol is also available at many fall festivals and concerts, which means there will likely be an increase of drunk driving accidents in those areas. If you plan to venture out with your family or friends, it's important to know where to seek support if a problem arises.

Is a personal injury claim right for you?

After being involved in a serious car accident, you may think of the injuries you suffered and the damage to your vehicle as the immediate difficulties resulting from the incident. Of course, it can be hard to know exactly what type of hardships will result from a serious crash, and it is typically wise to assess potential damages as soon as possible.

When it comes to car accidents and resulting legal claims, damages do not simply refer to the physical damage that results from the event. You may have the ability to pursue compensatory damages in efforts to obtain financial recompense for various hardships that have resulted as a result of the crash. If another driver caused the collision, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against that person.

Injured in a Virginia car accident? You can seek damages in court

As you make your way downtown, your favorite song plays on the radio, and you could not feel better both physically and emotionally. All of a sudden, though, another motorist enters your lane, and you have little time to move out of his way. As a result, the motorist strikes your car, leaving you with major injuries.

You later discover that the driver who caused your accident in Virginia was behaving negligently behind the wheel at the time. Fortunately, in this situation, it is within your rights to seek damages through the civil court system.

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: