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Richmond Personal Injury Legal Blog

Preparing for a drug test as a truck driver

Drug testing is a vital part of making sure that a truck driver is safe to be on the road. But for any truck driver, whether being confident of passing the drug test or not, it can be a nerve-wracking experience.

This blog will provide a brief overview of what to expect as a truck driver going for a drug test, and will answer the most frequently asked questions.

How motorists can avoid being injured in drunk driving crash

Alcohol-induced car crashes are completely avoidable, yet Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) claims that during the average American's lifetime, at least two-thirds will have their life adversely impacted by a drunk driver. It's estimated that alcohol-related accidents result in medical and funeral costs that reach as high as $52 billion each year.

Car accidents are the number one cause of death among teens. Among those adolescents who become involved in car crashes, at least 25 percent are found to have consumed alcohol not too long before it occurred.

Know truth from myth when riding your motorcycle

You have likely heard your share of advice about staying safe on your motorcycle. For example, perhaps someone advised you to lay your bike down to avoid a crash. This is only one myth that may actually do more harm than good. In fact, laying your bike down can cause more severe bodily harm than simply applying effective techniques on the brake.

Of course, you know better than to drink alcohol in any amount before getting onto a machine that requires your ability to balance. You may also feel safer on the interstate, despite misinformed friends who advise you to stick to streets where traffic flows unpredictably in half a dozen directions, with pedestrians and intersections thrown into the mix.

How do truck accidents usually occur?

Trucks present very real dangers because of their incredible size and weight. When traveling at high speeds, they present a far higher danger to the roads than a normal vehicle.

This blog will highlight some of the most common ways that trucks and other heavy duty vehicles can get involved in accidents.

What is my case if I have slipped and fallen?

When an incident has happened at a private property that is not your own, and you have slipped, tripped and fallen, there may be a premises liability case. It is a property owner's responsibility to ensure that the place is safe for guests, and therefore they are liable if their property is not safe.

This blog will serve as a brief overview on "slip and fall" accidents, and how fault is commonly proven.

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a dog?

It's very common in America that people are bitten by dogs -- often by those of strangers when out in public. This can be a traumatic and dangerous experience for the victim, and therefore there may be legal rights to recover damages. This blog summarizes the circumstances in which the responsible party might be liable, and what damages the victim may be able to claim.

What to do immediately after a dog bite

How to handle insurance claims after a holiday accident

During busy holiday seasons, there are more drivers on the road. Should you find yourself involved in a drunk driving-related or other motor vehicle accident during any of these periods, there are a few steps that you can take to make filing an insurance claim easier.

In the aftermath of an unfortunate incident, you have enough on your mind dealing with personal injuries, medical bills and transportation issues. Luckily, there are processes you can follow and support readily available to you when it is time to file an insurance claim after a motor vehicle accident. 

Legal implications of refusing a blood, breath or urine sample

A breathalyzer test is often used by the Police and Highway Patrol to have a reliable indication of the amount of alcohol in a person's blood. This is generally done when there is reasonable cause to suggest that a person, most commonly a driver involved in an accident or an incident, is intoxicated above the legal blood alcohol limit.Since a person that has been asked to take a breathalyzer test is already under suspicion of being intoxicated beyond the legal driving limit, refusing to take a test therefore has serious consequences because it is seen as an effort to not disclose evidence for a potential crime.Initial refusal

Refusing a preliminary field breathalyzer test is more common than you might think - approximately 20 percent of suspected drunk-drivers across the U.S. refuse this. This is because taking a preliminary breathalyzer test on the scene in most states, including Virginia, is not mandatory and therefore can be refused without serious consequences.Full refusal

What are some common injuries car accident lawyers see?

Even small cars are heavy, hard objects typically traveling at high rates of speed in normal traffic flow. In an impact between two cars, two trucks or a car and a truck, you have two heavy, fast-moving objects striking one another. Unfortunately, common sense will tell you that any soft tissue (the human body) housed inside these objects will suffer damage in a motor vehicle collision.

While it is difficult to pinpoint the most common injury, you should know that victims of car accidents can suffer a very wide range of tissue and bone damage. Sometimes, a victim of a horrific car accident might walk away virtually unmarked. Other times, even the most minor-looking fender-bender can cause catastrophic injury or even death.

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.