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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Study shows that teens change clothes, do homework while driving

According to a new study published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, 27 percent of teenagers sometimes change clothes and partake in other distractions while driving. Teens also reported doing homework, applying makeup and putting in contact lenses. Virginia teenagers and adults alike should take care not to drive while their attention is divided; distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents among drivers of all ages.

Although distracted driving is still a widespread issue, awareness campaigns seem to be effective. The leader of the study noted that around 40 percent of the teens surveyed reported texting while driving, which is an improvement over earlier studies.

Truck driver in 5-vehicle accident on I-64 charged

The name of the woman who died in a five-vehicle accident on Wednesday, March 11, in New Kent County, Virginia, has been released by Virginia State Police. The accident occurred early on Wednesday morning on Interstate 64 in New Kent County. The individual who was killed on the scene was a 43-year-old woman. She was driving a passenger vehicle.

Five vehicles total were involved in this accident. It began around the 214 mile marker on Interstate 64 when a disabled vehicle began to slow the stream of traffic going eastbound.

Virginia driver kills two and injures one

On the evening of March 1, an auto accident on Interstate 64 resulted in the death of two sisters, ages 49 and 51. Traveling home from a family member's baby shower, the 2012 Nissan Centra that carried the two women and at least one minor was struck from the rear by a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Police reported that both vehicles had been heading west when the accident occurred near mile marker 170. Accounts indicated that the minor, a 16-year-old male, woke up following the accident to find one of the deceased lying in his lap.

It was reported that the 24-year-old driver of the Sonata rear-ended the Centra, forcing the car off the road and into a tree. The Sonata struck a second vehicle after hitting the Centra. That driver was reportedly unharmed. However, the initial impact claimed the lives of the two sisters and injured the minor in the car. The driver of the Sonata, who was treated at a hospital for serious injuries, was later booked at the Henrico County Jail and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Reports indicated that the driver had a previous DUI charge on his record.

Car accidents caused by distracted driving

Most Virginia drivers have probably heard about distracted driving but may not understand exactly what distracted driving is or consider themselves part of the problem. When a driver takes their eyes off the road, takes their hands off the wheel or is thinking about an activity other than driving, they are considered to be driving while distracted.

In the United States, distracted driving is a huge problem. Approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,150 people suffer injuries in car crashes that are caused by distracted driving daily. In 2012 alone, more than 3,300 people lost their lives and more than 421,000 suffered injuries in crashes that were attributed to distracted drivers. Texting or talking on cellphones is considered to be one of the biggest distractions for drivers. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of drivers in the United States reported talking on their cellphones while driving, and 31 percent reported texting or reading emails on their phones while driving.

Dislocation or fracture of the shoulder

Virginia residents who have been in car accidents may have suffered shoulder injuries as a result. A fracture or dislocation of the shoulder is a relatively frequent result of a high-speed car accident or collision. To understand what is involved with common shoulder injuries, it helps to understand the joints and bones that make up the shoulder.

The shoulder is made up of three joints and three bones. The bones that make up the shoulder are the arm bone, or the humerus, the collarbone, or clavicle, and the shoulder blade, or scapula. The joints that make up the shoulder are the sternoclavicular joint, acromioclavicular joint and the glenohumeral joint.

2 women die in head-on crash near Virginia state line

A 60-year-old woman and her 84-year-old mother were pronounced dead at the scene when their PT cruiser was hit head on by a minivan, according to Suffolk, Virginia, police. The accident happened on Whaleyville Boulevard near the Virginia and North Carolina border. Officials had to close the road for nearly five hours while attending to the accident.

A retired minister whose home was next to the accident scene called 911 when he saw what had happened. He then came outside to give what aid he could. He covered the victims with sheets and prayed with the injured male driver of the minivan. That driver had serious injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Other people pulled over to offer help as well.

The risks of driving with worn tires

Virginia drivers may be surprised to learn that tires can lose a substantial amount of grip well before they are worn out. According to a prominent consumer website, tests revealed that tread can lose a noticeable amount of traction when the wear is at its halfway point.

For reference, tires are classified as bald when one or more grooves is 2/32 of an inch in depth. New tires are approximately 10/32 of an inch. Bald or worn tires pose a serious risk for a car accident, particularly on wet roads.

Motorcycle accident facts

Motorcyclists in Virginia have a much greater chance of being injured or killed in traffic accidents than car drivers. According to the Insurance Information Institute, statistics gathered in 2012 showed that motorcyclists were likely to be fatally injured 26 times more often than passenger car occupants for each vehicle mile traveled. They were also five times more prone to suffer from injuries in an accident than the occupants of cars using the same metric.

The open design of a motorcycle has a lot to do with why motorcyclists are injured and killed in crashes more often than the occupants of closed passenger cars. Another reason motorcycles are more risky than cars is the fact that operating them requires greater physical and mental agility. While motorcycles are more vulnerable to road hazards, they are also less visible than larger vehicles.

Truck accident facts

Large truck accidents in Virginia can often be fatal for the occupants of other vehicles that are involved. According to 2012 data that was analyzed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 73 percent of the fatalities in large truck accidents were people in other cars. Ten percent of the fatalities were pedestrians or bicyclists, and the remainder of the fatalities were occupants of the trucks.

The NHTSA data showed that there were 3,921 large truck accident fatalities in 2012. During the same time period, approximately 104,000 people were injured in an accident involving a large truck. The numbers represented a 4 percent increase in truck accident fatalities and an 18 percent increase in truck accident injuries from 2011.

The dangers of post-traumatic stress after a car accident

Individuals in Virginia who have been in a car accident can sometimes suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder along with any physical injuries. While it is normal to think about an accident afterward and to have some anxiety, if thoughts become intrusive and emotions about the accident begin to interfere with an individual's life, the victim may wish to seek additional help.

There are some normal responses to the stress of surviving a car accident. These include anger, nervousness, disbelief and shock. These feelings tend to dissipate over time. When the feelings do not dissipate or become stronger, the individual might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.