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Elderly Driver Seriously Injures Dozens In Parade Accident

By Jim LewisVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

A terrible accident took place over the weekend when authorities say a driver plowed directly into dozens of hikers marching in a parade in downtown Damascus, Virginia.

The accident, which took place during the Hikers Parade at the annual Trail Days festival on May 18th, left nearly 60 people injured. Officials say that the accident resulted in panic among many in the parade who feared for the worse. Three of the 60 injured suffered life-threatening injuries and had to be taken by helicopter to area hospitals. Several remain in critical condition according to authorities. Thankfully, no one died in the accident.

Police say they now believe that the accident that sparked the injuries was caused by a medical condition on the part of the driver and not the result of an intentional attempt to injure others. Police say at around 2 p.m. on Saturday and elderly man in a 1997 Cadillac who was participating in the parade suffered some sort of problem. The medical condition led him to accelerate the car to about 25 miles per hour where he then struck the crowd walking in the parade.

Though many are relieved to hear the accident was unintentional, some of the parade walkers have expressed dismay that the elderly man was allowed to participate at all. One witness says the man was driving because he could not walk in the parade which the man said raises questions about why he was allowed to drive a full-size vehicle rather than something less dangerous like a golf cart.

Tragically this was not the first time that something that was supposed to be a good time, like a parade, turned deadly. Just last year a train slammed into a parade float in Texas killing four people. Several years before that an elderly driver in California crashed his car into a farmer’s market, killing ten people.

Though this does not mean that older drivers should never get behind the wheel of a car, the man’s particular health condition may have been cause for concern. As the one witness pointed out, if he was truly too fragile to walk then maybe he should not have been driving such a large and powerful vehicle.

Those injured in the accident should contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney who has experience dealing with such auto accident cases. The attorneys at our Virginia accident firm have handled countless cases involving car accidents and have been able to secure much needed compensation for our injured clients.

If you or a loved one was injured in a Virginia car crash and have questions about what your next step should be, take a look at my firm’s answers to frequently asked questions about the personal injury claims process. The guide includes information about what kind of damages can be compensatedwhat not to put online in the event that you were involved in such an accident and how to handle insurance companies in the event of a car wreck.

Here’s a Google Map of the location of the terrible accident:

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Cana, VA Teen Driver Charged After Speeding Leads To Serious Accident

By Emily Mapp BrannonVirginia (VA) Accident Attorney

A teenager in Cana, Virginia has been charged with reckless driving after a crash this Monday morning caused four people to be transported to area hospitals. The Virginia State Police say that the accident took place Monday morning at 8:25 a.m. along U.S. Route 52 at the intersection Route 685 in Fancy Gap.

At the time of the crash, Imogene Dalton, 51, was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer south on Route 52 and was attempting to turn left when a 2003 Toyota driven by the 19-year-old driver approached from the rear and was not able to stop.

Virginia State Troopers say that the 19-year-old’s vehicle then collided into the left side of the Explorer, overturning the Toyota and ejecting the 19-year-old driver. Two other passengers in the Toyota were taken to the hospital with injuries, as was the driver of the Ford Explorer. Police say that the teen driver will be charged with reckless driving, as officers believe speeding was the cause of the car accident.

Our hearts go out to those injured in the accident, especially the unsuspecting driver of the Explorer who did nothing other than be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s especially frustrating that the Virginia State Police say they believe speeding caused the wreck. Going too fast for the conditions is incredibly dangerous, as this accident perfectly illustrates. Being alert, avoiding unnecessary distractions and remembering the rules of the road will help keep everyone safer on Virginia highways.

If you were seriously injured in a Virginia car, motorcycle or truck wreck caused by a speeding or otherwise negligent driver, it’s critical that you reach out to an experienced attorney who has successfully handled similar cases. The attorneys at my firm recently recovered nearly $70,000 for one of our clients, a student at a university in Norfolk, VA, who suffered serious injuries after being hit by a distracted driver.

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia car crash, consider reading this article which covers many of the basic questions and concerns raised by those involved in auto accidents. Additionally, the following answers to common frequently asked questions can help provide some basic information about why it’s important to obtain legal counsel after suffering an unexpected accident.

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the accident:

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West Virginia Crash Leaves Two Injured

by Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro.

A car accident on Route 9 in West Virginia sent two drivers to the hospital after their cars collided at an intersection. One of the drivers was airlifted to a nearby hospital after her vehicle’s door had to be removed; the other was taken by ambulance.  

To read the full story, follow this link: West Virginia Crash Leaves Two Injured.

About the Editors: North Carolina personal Injury Lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm practice only injury and accident law. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims. Take a moment to view our case results. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. In addition, our firm possess the “AV” Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. We have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC), but we often represent clients in Rocky Mount, Charlotte and Greenville, on the Outer Banks, and in other North Carolina cities.

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Nissan Recalls Thousands Of Vehicles Due To Brake Defect

By Kevin DuffanVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Nissan says it is recalling 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JX SUVs after problems with the braking system were uncovered. The issue is a defective brake part that can fail under certain circumstances and make it hard to stop the car.

The NHTSA released a statement on the recall, saying it would affect some 20,000 vehicles. The cars that are in the recall were all made in late 2012 and early 2013 at the Smyrna, TN Nissan plant.

Nissan has said that the issue is with the front brake torque member, which was improperly cast. That error has resulted in structural weakness that can lead to premature failure. When failure occurs, the brake caliper can move around and touch the inside of the road wheel which reduces the ability of the driver to properly stop the car, thus greatly increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan said it launched the initial investigation into the matter after a report was brought to its attention in March that the issue had resulted in a brake failure and accident.

Nissan will notify owners of the vehicles if they need to bring their vehicles in for an inspection and possible part replacement. If you have any specific questions, you can contact Nissan directly at 1-800-647-7261.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though it’s always good to see a company take the step of warning consumers about possible dangers associated with its products, the recall by Nissan raises some serious questions about why the improperly assembled vehicles were allowed to be sold in the first place.

Attorneys with my Virginia (VA) personal injury law firm have helped victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries. In one case, my firm represented a man who was injured as a result of a defect in a custom ski boat he had recently purchased. We were able to secure a settlement for the man to help compensate him for not only his medical expenses, but for the pain and suffering he endured as a result of the manufacturer’s negligent design.

Potentially Helpful Info:

Defective and dangerous products come in all shapes and sizes, from cars to cribs and everything in between. If you or a family member has been injured, sickened or killed by an unsafe product, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article. 

Have Questions? Check out our FAQs 

For those who have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, there are likely many questions that need to be answered. Our firm has a library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled products which can help provide some much needed background information on what is a very complicated subject.

Here’s a video of our attorney, Kevin Duffan, discussing what to do after suffering an injury:

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About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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3.4 Million Vehicles Recalled Due To Worries Over Airbag Shrapnel

By Randy AppletonVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

What Happened:

A major recall was announced earlier this week that affects more than 3.4 million older model vehicles across a variety of brands. The recalls impact six carmakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The vehicles are being recalled after reports surfaced that defective airbags can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment of the vehicle, potentially injuring occupants of the car.

The recall impacts cars sold mainly by Japanese carmakers, though a small number of vehicles made by BMW and GM are also included. The airbags all contained parts from the same parts supplier, Japanese firm Takata Corporation. The automakers will be checking for airbags that have faulty inflator mechanisms that do not properly route compressed gas into the airbags. Instead of inflating the airbag, the faulty devices use gas to spray the interior compartment of the vehicle with plastic and metal parts. Takata announced the major recall after six reported incidents of airbags improperly deploying were brought to light.

The recall comes as unwelcome news for all the automakers, but especially Toyota which has been working to overcome a reputation for defects that began after the sudden acceleration problems surfaced several years ago. Since October of 2012, Toyota has issued four major recalls, each involving more than a million vehicles.

The latest recall involves a total of 1.7 million Toyota vehicles worldwide, including nearly 600,000 in North America. The models include the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC 430 sports car, all made between 2001 and 2003. Honda has 1.1 million affected vehicles, including 680,000 in North America. Models include the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey minivan. Nissan is recalling 265,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra as well as several Infiniti models. Mazda, GM and BMW also announced recalls, though in much smaller numbers.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

As we wrote about last month, airbag troubles are frequent causes for automotive recalls. The issue is not whether airbags save lives, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that in one year airbags typically save upwards of 2,700 lives. The problem, in the case of many of these recalls, and in the recent Takata trouble, is making sure the airbags will inflate when they’re supposed to and that they do not inflate when they aren’t.

Attorneys with our Virginia (VA) personal injury law firm have helped several victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries. Contact us if this or any other recalled product has jeopardized your safety.

Potentially Helpful Info: 

Defective and dangerous products come in all shapes and sizes, from cars to cribs and everything in between. If you or a family member has been injured, sickened or killed by an unsafe product, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article.

Have Questions? Check out our FAQs 

For those who have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, there are likely many questions that need to be answered. Our firm has a library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled products which can help provide some much needed background information on what is a very complicated subject.

Here’s a video with a client expressing his thanks over Randy Appleton’s assistance with his case:

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About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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Texting-While-Driving Officially a Primary Offense in Virginia

by Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro.

Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill that makes texting while driving a primary offense in Virginia. The law had been up for vote earlier this year and amends a number of statutes that governed the practice of text messaging while driving: the fines have been increased, and motorists can also be charged with reckless driving if cited.

To read the full story, follow this link: Texting-While-Driving Officially a Primary Offense in Virginia.

About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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Fluvanna Accident Leaves One Dead, Four Injured

by Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro. 

A three-car accident in Fluvanna County resulted in the death of one driver, with four other drivers suffering injuries. The accident, which occurred on Route 250, came when a driver crossed the center line of the road, running into two pickup trucks; the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the others were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

To read the full story, follow this link: Fluvanna Accident Leaves One Dead, Four Injured.

About the Editors: Virginia personal injury lawyers with the Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm only handle injury and accident law cases. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident claims, and our case results speak for themselves. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

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