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Chain Reaction Leads To Four-Motorcycle Accident In Northern Virginia

By Kevin DuffanVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

A chain-reaction motorcycle accident led to serious injuries being suffered by four riders out for a drive over the Memorial Day weekend. The accident took place in Northern Virginia on I-66 in Fairfax County.  The four men injured were: David Morris, Earl Leonard, Steve Thompson and Jamie Fireline.

According to the Virginia State Police, the accident began a little after 2 p.m. when one of the drivers lost control of his Honda FLU. The accident happened in a work zone, but troopers say there was no construction at the time of the collision. Two other motorcycles were unable to stop and ended up rear-ending the first motorcycle. A fourth motorcycle attempted to avoid the collision and ended up running off the left side of I-66, ultimately striking a guardrail.

Thankfully, the four men were all wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Police say because of the helmets, the men suffered much less severe injuries than would normally be expected.

According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed on the nation’s roadways. During that same time an estimated 1.2 million others were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries.

In Virginia, the most commonly seen injuries to motorcyclists involve those to impacting the head. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions are all too common, even in those who wear helmets. As the recent accident indicates, wearing a helmet dramatically improves a rider’s odds of surviving. In fact, studies show that if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet at the time of a collision that rider’s risk of death is reduced by 37 percent.

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia motorcycle accident caused by another driver, it’s important that you turn to experienced attorneys who know how to handle your case. In one case, my firm was able to secure a $450,000 award for a client who was injured in an accident while riding his Harley to a nearby convenience store.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Virginia (VA) motorcycle accident and you want to learn more about your legal rights and possible options for pursing a claim against the responsible party, read through my firm’s car accident injury guide, which provides some important information about such claims.   Additionally, if you were recently injured in a Virginia car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure what steps to take first, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding accident claims.

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the chain reaction motorcycle crash:



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Norfolk, VA Tractor-Trailer Crash Results In Several Injuries

By Jim Lewis, Virginia (VA) Injury Attorney

Virginia State Highway Patrol says that they have launched an investigation into an accident that ended with a tractor-trailer overturning along Interstate 64 in Norfolk, VA.

Authorities with the state troopers say that the crash involved two vehicles, one of which was an 18-wheeler. The accident happened yesterday afternoon, just before 2 p.m. Police say the crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-64 near Military Highway.

All westbound lanes were closed for several hours as emergency responders tended to those injured and tried to lift up the overturned tractor-trailer. Police say the semi was especially heavy given the weight of its cargo and that it took much longer than anticipated to get the truck upright. According to an accident report, the semi was carrying several thousand pounds of wood flooring.

Troopers say that the crash was caused in part by the extreme weight of the semi. Reports indicate that as the driver of the tractor-trailer was coming onto I-64 the weight in his tractor-trailer shifted. This shift was severe and, in an attempt to correct the shift, the rig ended up overturning.

Eyewitnesses have said that another vehicle crashed into the median in an attempt to avoid crashing into the truck and its cargo. Police say the driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, as was the driver of the tractor-trailer.

Nationwide, there was a 1.9 percent increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks from 2010 to 2011, the most recent years of data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Though there are many causes for such accidents, drivers operating an overloaded vehicle are one common reason. Tractor-trailers are already large and difficult to control, but when they are packed with heavy cargo they can become almost impossible to safely steer.

My firm has successfully handled multiple cases against truck drivers and trucking companies that caused severe injury and death to innocent motorists in Virginia. In one case, my firm was able to secure a $650,000 jury verdict for a client who was injured in a serious wreck involving a MACK truck.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a crash involving or caused by a tractor-trailer or other large commercial motor vehicle, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free report.

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia tractor-trailer accident you likely are wondering what you should do to move the case forward. If so, consider checking out my firm’s library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding Virginia (VA) truck accidents.

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


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Virginia State Trooper Injured By Inattentive Driver

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Injury Attorney

A Virginia State Highway Patrol officer has been injured in an accident early Friday morning in Prince William County. The accident left Trooper R.D. Best, with serious injuries that required hospitalization.

According to a police report, Officer Best was heading north along Route 234 a little before 10 a.m. when a Nissan Altima pulled directly into the path of his motorcycle. Best then crashed into the front end of the Nissan and was thrown from his motorcycle. Police say the driver of the Nissan, William B. Hash, 86, has since been charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Given that the accident involved a car and a motorcycle it’s amazing that the officer’s injuries were not worse. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle it seldom ends well given the huge disparity in size and weight. Most motorcycles are no match for heavy passenger cars and even the best safety gear does little to protect incredibly vulnerable motorcyclists from the brunt of an impact with another vehicle.

Recent data from the federal government indicates that the motorcycle fatality rate is poised to hit and all-time high this year, with an estimated 5,000 motorcycle deaths on the nation’s roadways. Given the increase in fatal motorcycle collisions, those in passenger vehicles need to take extra time and lookout for nearby motorcyclists. Extra caution should be used whenever you come upon a motorcyclist. Never follow too closely or try and cut off a bike rider as this might lead to a deadly collision.

If your or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Virginia (VA) motorcycle accident or in a motorcycle accident in a neighboring state, and you want to learn more about your legal rights and possible options for pursing a claim against the responsible party, read through my firm’s car accident injury guide, which provides some important information about such claims.

If you were recently injured in a Virginia car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding car accident claims. For instance, you may be wondering what types of damages an injured person can recover or how you can go about calculating and recovering money for lost wages. For these answers and more, read my firm’s Virginian car accident FAQs. 

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


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Memorial Day Boating Accident Leaves Eight Injured

By Jim LewisVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

Authorities in West Virginia say at least eight people have been injured in a boating accident that took place on the Ohio River near Ravenswood. According to a spokesperson for the state Division of Natural Resources, one boat crashed into another stationary boat and the accident resulted in injuries to occupants of both vessels. The accident occurred in Buffington Island and authorities say they are still investigating the Memorial Day collision to determine the cause.

Sadly, accidents like this one are far from uncommon. The 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics from the United States Coast Guard revealed that there was a decrease in the overall number of accidents, but tragically, an increase in the number of deaths. In 2011, there were a total of 4,588 recreational boating accidents. Of those, 758 fatalities produced fatalities. Sadly, this represents an almost 13 percent increase in the number of fatalities seen in 2010, a worrisome trend.

The report also confirmed what many people already assumed, that summer was an especially deadly time for boating accidents. In fact, the report found that July was the month with the most accidents and the most fatalities – 1,215 accidents and 142 deaths. Busy afternoons were the most deadly time of day, with the most accidents taking place between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

The report found that the causes of these boating accidents frequently included operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed and machinery failure. The leading cause of boating fatalities was alcohol, with 125 deaths linked to the consumption of alcohol.

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia boating accident you should contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney who has experience dealing with such cases. The attorneys at our Virginia accident firm have handled countless personal injury cases and have been able to secure much needed compensation for our injured clients.

If you or a loved one was injured in a Virginia accident 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. There you’ll find some background information on a variety of important subjects to prepare you for a future consultation with a Virginia injury attorney.

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


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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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Chrysler Recalls 300,000 Jeeps For Transmission And Airbag Trouble

By Emily Mapp BrannonVirginia (VA) Injury Attorney

Chrysler has just announced that it will be recalling more than 300,00 vehicles from the Jeep brand after several problems with the gear shifting system were uncovered. The recall was announced by the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration and said that the issue revolved around an electrical failure in the car that could lead to unintentional shifts into neutral.

The problem with the cars shifting into neutral is that the vehicles could roll away if parked on an incline and also present a risk of accidents if the shift happened while the vehicle was in motion. The NHTSA says the recall will affect Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVS that were built between 2005 and 2010 as well as Jeep Commander SUVS built between 2006 and 2010. These two models make up more than 295,000 of the 301,000 vehicles included in the recall

Another 5,500 Jeep Wranglers built between 2008 and 2012 will be recalled for a different reason relating to airbags. Chrysler says that a problem with the airbag assembly systems could lead to broken airbag circuit boards. The problem is that if the malfunction occurs and the vehicles are involved in a crash, then the driver-side front airbag may not deploy.

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

The problem Jeep is facing with its airbag is not a new one. As we wrote about recently, 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, just like with Jeep, is making sure the airbags will inflate when they’re supposed to and that they do not inflate when they aren’t.

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. 

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 where one of our attorneys, Emily Mapp Brannon, discusses strategies for recovering the most money possible after a Virginia personal injury:


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