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Richmond Personal Injury Legal Blog

What are some facts about dog bite liability?

The United States is a nation full of animal lovers. Pets are a large and beloved part of many family units here in Virginia and elsewhere. Most people love their pets as they do other members of their family and take measures to ensure they never harm another person. However, animal attacks—especially dog bites—do happen at an alarmingly frequent rate.

For injured victims of these attacks, a premises liability legal action is the best way to face the problem. Taking such action provides them with a way to seek compensation for the harm they have suffered. It also serves as a costly reminder to all pet owners to keep their animals under control at all times.

Fast facts about motor vehicle accidents in Virginia

When it comes to analyzing car accidents in the state, Virginia authorities are sticklers for details. Each year, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) publishes a detailed report about traffic crashes in the state. While it would take far too much space to provide all of this information in a blog post, the sections below do offer some facts about Virginia traffic accidents occurring in 2015.

Accidents related to speeding in 2015

Details emerge of fatal drunk driving accident in Virginia

As the driver in a fatal drunk driving accident made his first court appearance, disturbing details of the accident came to light. According to a news video, the defendant, a 31-year-old man, hung his head during his court arraignment, his face apparently still swollen from the accident.

Sources say the defendant crashed headfirst into an 18-year-old high school student's SUV on the day of the Virginia Beach drunk driving accident. Police and investigators believe the defendant lost control of his delivery box truck. When the driver attempted to regain control, he over-corrected and then crossed the median before striking the victim's automobile.

Is it possible to hold a doctor accountable for a mistake?

When you seek medical care from a doctor, it is with the expectation that you will receive treatment and counsel that meets a certain standard. When a Virginia doctor, nurse or other care provider fails to provide quality care, innocent patients can suffer harm, require additional medical care and take longer to fully recover.

If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, you could have grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim. It may seem overwhelming to take action against a health care provider or facility, but with the right help, you may be able to prove fault and hold liable parties accountable for the pain and suffering you experienced.

Summer comes with increased injury risks to your children

Warm weather and the end of school typically bring Virginia children outdoors in droves. Like most parents, you probably make sure that your home and your property is safe for your kids. However, your children will likely spend at least some time away from the house this summer. Public parks and pools as well as neighborhood homes attract children, but are these places as safe as you would like?

We know that losing a child does not bear thinking about, but as a responsible parent, you must consider the summertime hazards that may lay in wait for your children. Our attorneys are happy to offer the following list of potential hazards for parents to investigate before sending their children out the door for summer fun and games.

Man in fatal Virginia accident had laundry list of prior charges

The nation is becoming increasingly aware that many people somehow escape punishment for their wrongdoing. While it is true that jails and prisons are overcrowded, most people agree that something needs to be done about this widespread problem. A recent fatal car accident that occurred in Virginia Beach is just one tragic example of how the legal system can sometimes fail law-abiding citizens.

Last Friday afternoon, a high school senior was killed and another critically injured when a man with a laundry list of prior criminal and traffic charges crashed into the vehicle carrying the youths. The 31-year-old defendant was arrested on charges of "involuntary manslaughter, maiming, hit and run, DUI and driving on a suspended license."

Sleep apnea and trucking: Often a dangerous mix

What is sleep apnea? This condition is a sleep disorder affecting the ability to breathe properly while sleeping. It results in short instances in which the patient's breathing is interrupted during sleep. The interruptions can last more than 10 seconds each and can occur as many as 400 times in a sleep cycle. The condition is often undiagnosed and has the potential to be life-threatening.

Sleep apnea has many symptoms including loud snoring, choking or gasping while sleeping, reduced sex drive, depression and irritability. However, two of the condition's symptoms are particularly disturbing in patients who drive large commercial vehicles. These two symptoms are "excessive daytime sleepiness" and "concentration and memory problems."

Driver in fatal Virginia drunk driving accident out on bond

A drunk driving accident that occurred in the last week of April took the life of a 71-year-old pedestrian. Now, the man accused of striking the victim with his car is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

According to court reports, here is a brief outline of how the drunk driving accident occurred. The 22-year-old driver reportedly ran off Williamson Road in Roanoke, Virginia, crashing into the 71-year-old male pedestrian. Instead of stopping, the driver continued on to his home. Reports indicate that he thought he had struck a deer initially.

Guilty verdict in fatal Virginia pedestrian-car accident

Some pedestrian or car accidents are cut-and-dried, but others happen in a shadowy realm where it may be more challenging to identify fault legally. Last August, a 75-year-old Virginia man struck three members of a family as they were crossing a road. Unfortunately, one of the victims—a 57-year-old California woman—died and the other two suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The man who struck the victims said that he believed he accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes when he saw the family crossing the road. Witness reports say that the driver was "visibly shaken" after the incident.

Who can be held liable for a wheelchair accident?

Wheelchairs provide the freedom of mobility to disabled people nationwide, including those in Virginia. However, this form of transport can be as deadly as automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles. If you have to rely on your wheelchair to get where you need to be, many trips could be anxiety filled. Traveling in a parking lot can be as dangerous as riding on the side of the road or in a crosswalk.

While you -- as the operator of a wheelchair -- must comply with the same road safety rules that also govern drivers of all motor vehicle types, you might not receive the required consideration by other road users. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of accidents involving wheelchairs occur every year.