For many of us, roadway travel is an indispensable, everyday practice. Whether by foot, car, motorcycle, or even big-rig, we rely on vehicles to get where we’re going.
The roadways, however, sometimes prove dangerous. 2.3 million Americans were injured in traffic accidents in 2013 alone, and 32,719 people died in crashes on roadways nationwide.
In Virginia, drivers have the duty to use ordinary care to keep a proper lookout, keep their vehicle under proper control, and to operate their vehicle at a reasonable speed under the existing conditions. Drivers who fail to use reasonable care and cause injury to others may be required to pay damages.Distracted Driving:
According to the Drive Smart Virginia highway safety organization, distracted driving is a contributing factor in nearly 80 percent of all crashes. Distracted driving includes texting, use of cell phone, eating or drinking, grooming use of navigation system or any non-driving activity. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) states that in 2012 approximately 421,000 individuals were injured due to distracted drivers.
“Rubbernecking” is the term commonly used to describe drivers looking at roadway conditions, such as police activity or motor vehicle accidents, rather than paying attention to the flow of traffic. This is also considered one of the major causes of distracted driving.
While a distracted driver may not have intended to cause your injury, they may still be held responsible for their carelessness. The attorneys at ReidGoodwin are prepared to represent your interests to the fullest extent of the law to ensure compensation for your injuries.Reckless Driving:
In Virginia, driving a vehicle at a speed or manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person can be considered reckless. Racing, driving too fast for road conditions, failure to give proper signal and failure to yield right of way are also considered reckless driving. It is easy to see how any of these behaviors can cause an accident which could lead to serious injury.
Reckless drivers act in clear disregard for the safety of others, often leaving destruction and devastation in their wake. At ReidGoodwin, we have the skills and experience to ensure that you are not left to face the consequences of reckless driving alone.DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated)
Being in a traffic accident is scary and stressful enough, but to find out that the other driver was driving under the influence just adds insult to injury. Driving under the influence does not just mean a driver consuming too much alcohol, but also being under influence of over the counter, prescription medication and/or illegal substances. Victims of DUI drivers may be entitled to receive compensation for their medical bills, therapy bills, medications, loss wages and punitive damages for the willful and wanton behavior of driving under the influence. Let the attorneys at ReidGoodwin, help you and your loved ones received the justice you deserve for your injuries.We’re here to help:
Under Virginia law, victims of traffic accidents may be entitled to recover medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. If you were injured in a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a pedestrian accident, a tractor trailer accident or a bus accident, the attorneys at ReidGoodwin are here to help. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.
ReidGoodwin is located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia; we represent injured individuals in the City of Richmond and all surrounding counties, including Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Powhatan, Charlottesville and all across the Commonwealth of Virginia.