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7/13/2010
Dena L. Anderson
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Virginia Sees Five Fatal Car Accidents Over Holiday Weekend

The Fourth of July weekend in Virginia is a fun time for everyone, but it is also a time of high rates of drunk driving, speeding, fatal accidents, and accident injuries.

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6/19/2010
Dena L. Anderson
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VA Fire Department Raises Money After Fatal Isle of Wight Car Accident

A fundraiser will be held for the family of a woman who died in an Isle of Wight County car accident this week. The VA car crash occurred when the woman drifted out of her lane, over-corrected, and ran off of the road and into a tree.

Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

6/18/2010
Dena L. Anderson
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Petersburg Motorcycle Rider Killed In Collision With Bus

A Petersburg, Virginia, motorcycle rider was killed when he seemed to lose control of his bike and ram into a school bus making afternoon student drop-offs. None of the children on board the school bus were injured in the VA motorcycle and bus accident.

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5/14/2010
Dena L. Anderson
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VA Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Car In Virginia Beach

A man who had been drinking was killed in a pedestrian accident in Virginia Beach last week - at an intersection with a history of serious injuries, accidents, and fatalities.

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5/11/2010
Dena L. Anderson
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Staunton Man Dies After Ejection From Pickup Truck On Rural Road

A man was killed on a rural road in Staunton, Virginia, after the pickup truck he was riding in left the road and rolled over. Virginia State Police believe that reckless driving was a factor in the fatal VA car crash.

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1/18/2010
Dena L. Anderson
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Mount Jackson Man Dies In Alcohol-Related Accident In VA

A Mount Jackson, Virginia, man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Friday night that Virginia State Police say was caused by alcohol. Police also say that neither man involved in the accident was wearing their safety belt.

Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

12/10/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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Winter Weather To Blame In One-Vehicle Fatal Accident In Swoope, VA

One person was killed and two were seriously injured in a Swoope, Virginia one-car accident. Police say that the cause of the fatal VA car accident was poor weather conditions.

Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

11/24/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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Three Richmond Men Die In One-Vehicle Car Accident

Three men were killed after their car ran off of the road (Route 60) and struck a tree. Two of the three men were not wearing seat belts at the time of the Virginia car accident.

Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

11/17/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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Project MEAR Hits Virginia Interstates This Week

Virginia police will ramp up their efforts this week with the Motor Enforcement, Accident Reduction (MEAR) effort. During this time, police officers on motorcycles will patrol high traffic areas in Virginia in hopes of reducing the number of car accidents.

Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

9/29/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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On Monday night, September 28, a bus carrying a team of Suffolk, Virginia, high school field hockey players crashed, injuring eleven girls. The bus, which was driving in heavy rain near Whippingham Parkway near Isle of Wight, ran off the right side of the road and hit a median on its way home from an away game.

The Suffolk's King's Fork High School team had finished playing a game at Woodside High School in Newport News, Virginia before the bus accident occurred. Twenty high school girls and three coaches were in the bus when it crashed, and eleven were taken to three local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the bus was given a citation for failure to maintain a lane of travel by Virginia State Police. No other vehicles were involved in the Virginia crash. Uninjured players were brought to the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department where they were picked up by their parents.



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8/8/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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Interstate 81 is the scene of yet another serious car accident in Virginia, this time just south of Harrisburg. The multiple-vehicle car accident took place just after noon on August 2 on the northbound side of I-81 south of the Weyers Cave exit.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the cause of the chain reaction crash was not known, although that area of the interstate is known for dangerous congestion. The Virginia State Police reported that the initial collision took place between a tractor-trailer and a passenger car and also involved at least one other passenger car and at least one other 18-wheeler. No one was seriously injured in the I-81 crash, though it was the second multiple-vehicle pile up in three days on Interstate 81 in Virginia.

Virginia State Police reported that traffic was backed up for hours after the accident on both I-81 and US 11.



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6/23/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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In Harrisonburg, Virginia this weekend, a Virginia State Trooper was injured in a car crash that took place while pursuing a perpetrator. The trooper was chasing a person on a motorcycle down VA 211 east of Luray when the motorcyclist crashed his bike and fled on foot. The officer hit the bike wreckage with his cruiser and was taken to a local hospital with injuries, according to fellow officer Bryan Hutcheson. The Virginia Police cruiser was damaged as well.

The seriousness of the Virginia police officer's injuries is not known. The criminal who caused the accident and fled was later apprehended. The accident occurred around 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon in Page County, VA. Little other information about the crash is available, though it is believe that the officer's injuries are not life threatening.



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5/12/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on two separate tragedies that occurred on Saturday, May 9, in Virginia.

In Farmville at 8:20 p.m., VA, 2-year-old Addison V. Mina was killed after running in front of a pickup truck on Longwood Avenue near E 3rd St. There have been 21 pedestrian deaths so far this year in Virginia - with toddlers making up many of the victims due to their tendency to run into traffic without warning.

On Highway 501 in Halifax near the intersection of State Route 795, 47-year-old Gary Anderson and 49-year-old Terry Anderson died at the scene of a one-car accident. Their Jeep left the roadway for unknown reasons and hit a tree on the side of the road. Virginia State Police reported that both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. The accident occurred a few minutes before 9 p.m. according to authorities.



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3/23/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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The Daily Press reports that a two-time DUI offender drunkenly hit a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) vehicle on the High Rise Bridge early on March 13, 2009. The two-vehicle accident affected early-morning commuters heading eastbound on the bridge for about an hour as workers cleared the scene of the accident.

A Norfolk, Virginia resident, 27-year-old Amanda Murray was driving on a suspended license following a number of other traffic violations, including another driving under the influence (DUI) charge. She has been charged with driving with a suspended license and with a second DUI.

The accident took place early in the morning on I-64, minutes after 4 a.m. One eastbound lane of the highway was closed for roadwork, and the VDOT vehicle was parked in the closed lane. Murray was driving in the closed lane and struck the vehicle with her Chevy pickup truck. She was brought to Chesapeake General Hospital by emergency workers with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The VDOT worker who was in the vehicle at the time of the crash suffered minor injuries, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Sergeant Michelle Cotton.

The eastbound lane was reopened around 6 a.m.



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2/8/2009
Staff
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The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that 80-year-old Richard Smith Anderson of Pittsville was killed when his vehicle cross the center line of the Virginia 608 on Friday, February 6. His car hit an oncoming truck driven by 25-year-old Joseph McAndrew of Bedford, who was taken by ambulance to the Bedford Memorial Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police reported that it was possible the crash was the result of a medical condition of Anderson's, although the case is still under investigation.

Anderson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Head-on accidents can be some of the most deadly car crashes, since the impact of the crash is doubled. If you or someone you love has been involved in a head-on accident that resulted in serious injury or death, be sure to talk to an experienced, specialized car accident attorney as soon as possible.



Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

1/24/2009
Dena L. Anderson
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As a firm with offices in Northern Virginia, we are just as concerned with what happens on the streets and highways of D.C. and Maryland as well.

So we are very happy that the inauguration of Barack Obama occurred with hardly any injuries or arrests.

It says something very positive about our area when we can handle an influx of over a million people without anyone getting hurt. It makes us wonder why it cant be like that all the time.

Finally, some good news.

However, we imagine that things will be getting back to what passes for "normal" around the Northern Virginia suburbs soon enough.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Northern Virginia, contact the Chandler Law Group for a free legal consultation today.



Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

12/19/2008
Dena L. Anderson
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If you drive a car in Virginia, you certainly know about safety inspections by now.

Every year we are required to take our cars to a participating mechanic who, for a small fee, gives your car the once over. 

He checks your tires, brakes, blinkers, lights, horn, and anything on your car that can conceivably keep you from running into someone or something. If something isn’t up to standards or needs repair or replacement, you fail the inspection until you get it fixed.

To most of us, failing an inspection is an inconvenience. The odds are you waited in line long enough to get that car inspected in the first place. And the repairs are usually so trivial; blinkers, horns, or one burnt out headlight.

But how would you feel if you didn’t get those repairs done and they caused an accident? Or how would you feel if you got hit by someone because they didn’t needed repairs done? What if you slam into the back of someone who neglected to fix their turn signal? What if someone’s brakes fail and they slam into you in an intersection?

This is meant to simply illustrate that while safety inspections are time consuming, they exist in Virginia for a good reason. Get your car inspected on time, and make sure that any needed repairs are done as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident in Virginia, contact the Chandler Law Group for a free legal consultation today.



Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

11/17/2008
Staff
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The NHTSA has released it's annual statistics for 2007, including the number of DUI fatalities, and the news was not good for Virginia.

To read the report, follow the link below.

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811016.PDF



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11/17/2008
Staff
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What do the following accident and injury scenarios have in common?

Automobile Driver Collides with a Pedestrian
• Medical Doctor Botches a Surgery
• Poorly Designed SUV Rolls Over on the Interstate
• Customer Is Assaulted in a Poorly Lit Parking Lot

The answer is that any one of these can result in a fatal injury for the victim and all can be caused by someone else’s negligence. When someone dies as a result of another party’s negligence, legally it is known as a "wrongful death."

Obviously, losing a family member can be emotionally devastating. When the death is related to carelessness on the part of another person, then the loss becomes much harder to accept. The death of a person has an IMMEDIATE impact on the family members left behind. In an instant, lives are changed forever. That’s why the law provides a legal remedy for surviving family members in the form of a wrongful death claim. If successful, the family members may be rewarded compensation for:

Medical Expenses
• Funeral Expenses
• Loss of Future Wages
• Mental Suffering
• Loss of Assistance and Care Provided by the Deceased

It is important to remember that just because a person dies in an accident, the death may not be "wrongful." Instead, a wrongful death suit is valid only where someone else causes the person's death through a wrongful act, neglect, or carelessness. In other words, a suit for a wrongful death should be filed only if the death is caused by the intentional act or negligence of someone else.

While nothing can replace a lost loved one, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can provide some level of comfort and assurance in the face of uncertainty and grief. No one would trade the life of a family member for a check, no matter how large. However, there are some kinds of losses the law cannot fix, such as death. The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death suit are intended to make the loss more bearable by compensating the family.

A wrongful death lawsuit is complex, so it is important to seek experienced, capable legal help as soon as possible. It is also important not to delay unnecessarily—there are laws called "statutes of limitation" that require lawsuits to be filed within a certain period of time. If a family waits too long to file a wrongful death suit it may lose the right to file suit at all.



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11/17/2008
Staff
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If you want some frightening reading, check out this poll by Gallup and the NHTSA.

It seems that everyone in the country is engaging in distracted driving.

To read the poll, follow the link below.

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/
research/distracted03/ExecSummary.htm


Category: Automobile Accident Attorneys

11/17/2008
Staff
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According to the NHTSA, the teenagers aren't putting on their seatbelts when they drive at night.

The end results are, predictably, that teenagers are dying.

Follow the link above to see the study, and make sure that you teach your teen driver the importance of wearing a safety belt at all times, not just when they drive with you.



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