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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Use gear to prevent injury in motorcycle accident

Riding a motorcycle is so much fun. It is a great way to travel and can be thrilling. However, there are certain precautions that need to be mentioned and adhered to in order to be safe and avoid an accident.

In the state of Virginia, you must have a motorcycle driver's license. It is a specialty license and in order to legally drive, you must have a valid class "M," "M2" or "M3" designation on your license. Also, your cycle must be registered with a Virginia title, registration card and license plate in order to be on the road legally.

What is the legal limit for driving under the influence?

The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) in Virginia is .08 percent. This means that a person cannot operate a vehicle if that person is over this limit. If a person goes ahead and drives and is caught he or she will face a fine, and possibly jail time, depending on the level. This type of driving is considered impaired driving.

There are mainly two ways in which a driver can be in violation of the Virginia Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, laws:

Virginia has a plan to keep pedestians safe

Alternate means of transportation in Virginia translates to more walkers along the roadways. As a matter of fact, the State of Virginia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program promotes these activities and have published a guidebook and a website that provides tips to staying safe.

Because there are more pedestrians, there are more accidents that usually mean the walker is injured when struck by a vehicle that is sharing the road. Following the program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Transportation can alleviate many of these unfortunate accidents.

There is action you can take if victimized by a negligent driver

Being involved in a car accident that is not your fault is traumatic, terrifying, emotionally and financially wounding and infuriating because you are injured due to someone else's poor choices. The accident was totally avoidable. Now not only are you or loved ones hurt, but your car may be damaged, too.

The law office of Miner Martin & Hahn, PLC, takes this very seriously. We are in the business of helping and guiding those who have been injured due to someone else's reckless attitude. There are steps that you can take to ensure that you get a sense of justice that this person pays for his or her actions. First of all, contact the police and stay put until they arrive.

Important facts about seat belt usage in the United States

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the more people we can convince to wear seat belts in the United States, the more lives will be saved. Therefore, it is important that drivers wear seat belts and demand that any passengers in their cars wear seat belts too.

Indeed, among individuals between the ages of 1 and 54 in the United States, car accidents are the most prevalent cause of death. Over 2.2 million adults were treated in emergency rooms for car accident related injuries in 2012 alone.

What categories of damages are included in car accident claims?

There are a variety of categories of damages that injured individuals can seek in a car accident-related personal injury cases. Those include but are not limited to medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages or lost opportunity. This article will discuss these categories in detail.

First, medical expenses can include hospital care costs related to any kind of injury stemming from an accident, from cuts and bruises to the costs of trauma center care for catastrophic and long-term injuries. Medical expenses can also include money spent on continued medical care and rehabilitation therapies related to a permanent disability, paralysis or slowly healing injury.

Teenage girl dies in tragic tow truck accident

A Virginia Beach teenager was killed on Wednesday after a tragic car accident with a AAA tow truck. The incident happened in Virginia Beach at the corner of Kempsville Road and Princess Anne. The deceased 18-year-old girl was a riding as a passenger in the backseat of a vehicle that her mother was driving at the time of the accident.

In addition to the fatally injured teen, the girl's mother and her sister were both hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. As of last reports, the sister was still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Can I recover compensation after an 18-wheeler jackknife crash?

Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than the typical motor vehicle, which is why semi-truck versus car crashes often result in serious and deadly injuries. A very common type of accident involving big trucks happens when the vehicle jackknifes during a turning maneuver.

In a jackknife incident, the trailer attached to the cab of a semi-truck doubles back. This usually happens when a truck driver is trying to back up and turn at the same time. However, just because a jackknife occurs, it is not automatic proof that the driver of the semi-truck was negligent.

Tips for staying safe as a pedestrian

Being a pedestrian is healthy. It gets you outside in the fresh air and gets your legs pumping with some great exercise. However, as pedestrians, Virginia residents also have to share their space with automobiles and this presents some very real risks and dangers. By following the tips in this article, Virginia pedestrians will be able to limit these risks and help avoid accident and injury.

First, never cross any roadway unless it is by way of a designated crosswalk or at an intersection. Simply running out in the middle of the road is extremely dangerous because drivers may not be keeping an eye out for you. By choosing to only cross the road at a crosswalk, you will be increasing your visibility to drivers and this will do a lot to limit your chances of getting hit.

Bicyclist killed in Virginia Beach car accident

An unsuspecting bicyclist was fatally struck by a motor vehicle in Virginia Beach on Thursday. Police confirmed the news and said that they were currently completing a fatal accident investigation regarding the unfortunate incident.

Although investigations have yet to be completed, what police do know is that the incident happened at the intersection of Salem Road and Independence Boulevard, and it resulted in the closure of multiple lanes of traffic along these major thoroughfares. The roads were closed until 4 p.m.