November 30th, 2015
Numerous factors can lead to a motor vehicle collision. While you can’t eliminate all risks, some common causes of car accidents are completely preventable.
Speeding, for instance, is one cause of crashes that drivers have total control over. Despite the ability to prevent speed-related accidents, driving too fast is still a factor in as many as one-third of all fatal crashes. Data from the Department of Motor Vehicles shows that speeding claimed a total of 300 lives and led to almost 13,500 injuries last year in Virginia. Men accounted for roughly 58 percent of all speed-related accident victims.
Alcohol is involved in a similar number of crashes each year. Driving under the influence was a factor in roughly 33 percent of all fatal crashes in 2014. Drunk drivers were responsible for causing an estimated 6,500 Virginia car accidents last year.
One of the newest and most difficult to track risk factors is distracted driving. Some studies show as many as 40 percent of motorists engage in the behavior even though they acknowledge the risks that it poses.
If you were in a crash that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia Beach car accident lawyers can provide you with information and resources to help protect your rights. Learn more about the options that are available to you by visiting our website.
November 23rd, 2015
For years, statistics have shown the benefits of wearing your seat belt. Despite these numbers, data from Virginia’s Smart, Safe & Sober program shows a little less than 25 percent of Virginians chose not to buckle up last year.
With Thanksgiving and the influx of traffic the holiday can bring just around the corner, knowing the causes of car accidents and the importance of wearing your seat belt can help you stay safe on the road. One of the methods to raise awareness is the “Click It or Ticket Mobilization” campaign.
The program launched on Nov. 20 and will continue through Nov. 26. During that time, officers, deputies, and troopers will not only focus their efforts on enforcing Virginia’s seat belt laws, while also making an effort to provide the public with information about how seat belts can save lives.
Officials say they hope the campaign can help contribute to boosting Virginia’s seat belt compliance from around 77 percent this year to 82 percent in 2016.
The National Safety Council has announced that if everyone wore seat belts, it could an estimated 164 lives this Thanksgiving holiday. Programs like this could have a significant impact on achieving these numbers. That’s why the Virginia Beach car accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are happy that efforts are being made to protect motorists from accidents by providing them with information to help make safe choices.