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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Auto-pedestrian accident injures biker in Virginia

Police report that on Oct. 11, an auto-pedestrian accident in Virginia Beach left a bicyclist injured. The report did not disclose the nature and extent of the victim's injuries.

The accident transpired at an intersection around 4:30 p.m. when a sedan reportedly struck a biker. First responders took the adult victim to a nearby hospital for treatment of unreported injuries.

The real cost of car accidents in Virginia and nationwide

While annual statistics regarding the costs of motor vehicle accidents are compiled both in Virginia and nationwide, the actual cost of death or injury related to car accidents goes beyond an accounting of the money spent on medical bills and car repairs. The loss of life, suffering, time away from work and the cost of long-term illnesses associated with the trauma of an accident, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, are more difficult to accurately account for. However, these related costs can have a greater impact on accident victims overall.

In 2012, over 33,000 people died nationwide as the result of car accidents, and another two million were injured. In Virginia that same year, 775 died, and an additional 67,000 were injured. Of those, 542 deaths were related either to alcohol or speeding.

Statistics on drunk driving

While Virginia residents may know that drunk driving is dangerous, some may not know just how serious the problem is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, three people were killed every two hours in alcohol-related crashes on the highway; a total of 13,365 deaths were caused by automobile crashes involving alcohol in that year alone.

While fatalities are the most serious type of damage drunk driving can inflict, injuries and property damage are also very common. Per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, these types of accidents cost Americans approximately $37 billion annually. Much is being done to combat drunk driving, and 1.4 million DUI arrests took place in 2010, according to data from the FBI.

1 killed, 2 injured in head-on Virginia car crash

A 31-year-old man reportedly struck another vehicle head-on, killing the other driver and seriously injuring himself and his passenger on Sept. 27 around 1:10 p.m. According to Virginia State Police, the man was driving eastbound on State Route 643 when he suddenly ran off the road. In trying to correct his vehicle, he veered into the westbound lane and into oncoming traffic, where he collided with the other vehicle. The man's vehicle then spun out of control and caught fire.

The 29-year-old female driver of the vehicle that was hit was pronounced dead at the scene, while the male driver and his passenger were flown to VCU Medical Center. Police charged the male driver with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

1 killed, 1 injured in Virginia car accident

A single-car accident involving a pickup truck left one woman dead and her passenger severely injured on Sept. 14. According to police, the car veered off the right side of the road and then struck a jersey wall head-on when the driver overcorrected.

The deceased was ejected from the car and died at Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News three days after the car accident. Her passenger was severely injured, though the report did not state the condition of this passenger three days after the incident.

Virginia police file charges after fatal motorcycle crash

Police in Virginia Beach say that alcohol consumption and excessive speed have been ruled out as contributing factors to a Sept. 14 crash that claimed the life of a 58-year-old motorcyclist. However, a police representative has reported that the driver of an SUV involved in the collision has been cited for failing to yield. The truck and motorcycle accident took place on South Rosemont Road around 9 p.m.

According to an accident report, the motorcyclist suffered catastrophic injuries after being ejected from his vehicle near Silina Drive. The man had been traveling southbound when an SUV pulled into his path as its driver attempted to make a left turn. Prior to pulling into the path of the motorcycle, the SUV had been stationary in a left turn lane.

Truck accident on Virginia highway leaves man dead

According to Virginia State Police, a 40-year-old Rainelle man driving a dump truck was killed when a tire blew out on Interstate 64 around the 19.7 mile marker in Alleghany County at approximately 3 p.m. on Sept. 2. The vehicle veered off the right side of the roadway, crashed into a guard rail, hit a number of trees and caught fire.

Police say the victim, who had been wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. One lane of the highway remained closed while the scene was cleared. Details regarding the truck accident were unclear immediately following the incident.

What happens after a pedestrian car accident

When pedestrian accidents occur in Virginia, drivers face liability for those injured when their negligence caused an accident. To receive damages for an accident, a plaintiff must show that a defendant failed to fulfill a duty to the plaintiff and caused an accident that led to the plaintiff's injuries.

Drivers and pedestrians have a duty to others to act with a reasonable amount of care and could be liable for a crash when breaching this duty. Drivers may fail to use reasonable care and be negligent when driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not signaling while turning, not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks or speeding. Pedestrians fail to exercise care when darting in front of a vehicle, disrupting the flow of traffic or ignoring signals at an intersection.

Pursuing compensation for car accident injuries

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Virginia that was caused by another person, you may be entitled to compensation that might be obtained through a personal injury lawsuit. Our office has almost 60 years of combined experience in handling car accident cases, and we may be able to help you pursue some of the costs associated with the crash.

The expenses related to a serious accident that cause disability can high and vary depending on the circumstances. After some accidents, a victim might suffer disabilities that require long-term care, and individuals may be forced to make certain modifications to their lives to compensate for the loss of certain abilities. However, our firm may be able to represent your interests. We have experience working in cases who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, lost limbs and broken bones. Our firm also represents clients who have suffered paralysis due to spinal cord injuries.

1 dead in DUI crash in Virginia

An accident involving two vehicles left one man dead in Hampton on Aug. 16. The serious accident also resulted in a DUI charge against the other driver involved in the crash.

According to Hampton Police, the 53-year-old victim was driving a sedan south around 10:42 p.m. when he crashed into an SUV that was attempting to turn left from the northbound lanes. The sedan driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was later declared dead at the scene of the fatal auto accident. The 49-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense. He might also face additional charges pending further investigation.