Virginia Youth Reach Out to Their Peers About Traffic Safety

Virginia students are using peer-to-peer education programs to protect each other from the dangers of unsafe driving. YOVASO, the Youth of Virginia Speak About Traffic Safety group, encourages students to work together to address unsafe driving behaviors and focus on the prevention of crashes, injuries and fatalities among drivers under the age of 21. The focus areas of YOVASO are:

  • Seat Belts – Increase awareness about the benefits of seat belts and increase seat belt use among youth and teens
  • Speeding – Increase awareness about the dangers of speeding and reduce speeding among teen drivers
  • Underage Drinking/Impaired Driving – Increase awareness about Virginia’s Zero Tolerance Law and reduce underage drinking and impaired driving among teens
  • Distracted Driving – Increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and reduce distracted driving among teen drivers
  • Defensive Driving – Educate teens about driving defensively and acquiring skills needed for crash avoidance and run-off-the-road recovery
  • Virginia’s Teen Driving Laws – Increase awareness abut Virginia’s laws and reduce the number of teens who break these laws
  • Risky Driving Behaviors – Increase awareness about risky driving behaviors and reduce these behaviors in teen drivers (driving with too many passengers, cruising, etc.)
  • Driving Attitudes – Help change the attitudes of youth and teens and impact a generation of young drivers who are better informed about and committed to practicing safe driving habits and attitudes

From September 18th to October 13th, they are running the Save Your Tailgate campaign. The campaign is aimed at educating all youth and teens to form a life-long buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are critical for every driver and passenger. In addition to promoting seat belt use, students are encouraging each other to slow down and obey speed limits. Speeding is another important step to reducing young driver-related crashes, that lead to injuries and fatalities. In Virginia, speeding is a key factor in all fatal crashes involving a young driver, approximately half of all fatal teen crashes are the result of speeding. YOVASO is encouraging all middle and high schools to sign up for this campaign, and their approaching Halloween Safety campaign, as a way to engage students and make safe driving programs a staple in all educational settings.

At Reid Goodwin we would like to remind you to talk to your children about the dangers of unsafe driving, and encourage them to be involved in programs such as YOVASO. Education, especially from peers, can curb unsafe driving habits before they begin. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured an accident caused by reckless driving, please contact our office and one of our attorneys will be able to assist you.

Virginia Students Aim to Eliminate Unsafe Driving

Safe teen driving is a serious concern for parents and teachers at this time of year.

State Police Teams Up With Students for Safe Driving Program

The Virginia State Police have teamed up with middle and high school students across the Commonwealth in a new public safety campaign. Arrive Alive is a program started by Unite to encourage safe driving practices; their programs rage from elementary to high school level students.

The Arrive Alive campaign will begin March 20 and extend through May 5. It is sponsored by the state police and Youth of Virginia Speak Out about Traffic Safety. The students will create resources like posters and pledge banners to promote safe driving among teens. The program comes to local schools just in time for prom and graduation season. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , during this time of year we see some of the highest teenage traffic accidents and fatalities of the entire year.

Here at ReidGoodwin we encourage parents and students to get involved with organizations such as Arrive Alive and EndDD to spread awareness and stay safe behind the wheel.

If you ever find yourself or a family member injured by an intoxicated or distracted driver, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

One Person Injured in Three Vehicle Crash


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CBS 6 News reports that after a three vehicle collision on the Powhite Parkway Wednesday night, one person was transported to the hospital. The crash occurred near the Route 288 ramp in Chesterfield County. Airbags were deployed in each of the three vehicles involved in the crash. Luckily, only one person was seriously injured in this wreck. By 11:52 p.m., all lanes on the Powhite Parkway had reopened.

Frontal airbags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal crashes, which are defined as crashes that are comparable to hitting a solid, fixed barrier at 8 to 14 mph or higher. This would be equivalent to striking a parked car at about 16 to 28 mph or higher. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 18,319 people are alive today because of their airbags.

At ReidGoodwin we hope you are never involved in an accident; however, if you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today to schedule a legal evaluation.



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Images are representative, not actual event

New Kent, VA

ABC 8 News reports that an accident on I-64 near Bottoms Bridge has left one person in critical condition. The accident happened in New Kent County on Sunday evening around 5:15 p.m. A single vehicle ran off the road and struck multiple trees. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The police have been unable to speak with the driver at this point and are unsure about the cause of the wreck.

Accidents involving motor vehicles remain the leading cause of serious injury and preventable death in the United States. In an average year, 1 in 25 Virginians are in a car crash. Approximately 800 Virginians are killed in motor vehicle collisions with over 300 fatalities from drunk driving every year. In many cases, a negligent driver is to blame for these life changing crashes.  A passenger in a single vehicle wreck may be able to recover for damages under Virginia law. 

At ReidGoodwin we hope you are never involved in a motor vehicle accident.  However, if you or a loved one has been injured as a passenger in an auto accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.


Police Remind Drivers To Be Safe When Traffic Lights Are Out

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Richmond, VA

NBC 12 News reports that some traffic signals remain inoperable after storms knocked out power around the Richmond Metro Area this past Tuesday. Chesterfield County police have been pulling over drivers who run through stop lights without power. The police want to remind everyone to that when traffic lights are out all intersections must be treated as four way stops.

Officer Whitlock made the following remark: “If the lights are not working at all, every approach to that intersection needs to be treated as if it were a stop sign. If they’re flashing red, then you can proceed after you stop, as long as nobody is in the intersection.”

Dominion reports customers in Stratford Hills and Bon Air areas may not have power until Friday afternoon.  As of  8:00 a.m. today, 6,000 customers were still without power. At the height of the storm, over 70,000 customers lost power.

Here at ReidGoodwin we hope everyone stays safe and drives carefully as power is being restored to the community.  If you or someone you know has been injured in an intersection with inoperable traffic lights, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.




Mother Runs To Raise Awareness About Drunk Driving

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CBS 6 News reports that after two years and several surgeries, a mother injured by a drunk driver is training to run in a “Walk like MADD” event.

On October 3, 2014, Lisa Black was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Route 15. Ms. Black was trapped inside her car. She remembers a first responder saying “I don’t think we have enough time to get her to the hospital.”  Ms. Black had broken both of her legs, her neck, and hand. She spent weeks in the hospital, had several surgeries, and endured what seemed like endless physical therapy. The drunk driver was not injured in the crash.

While in recovery she promised to educate others about the dangers of drunk driving and began working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Ms. Black’s goal today is to prevent this from happening to someone else. To raise awareness, Ms. Black and her family participate in the annual “Walk like MADD”. Last year Ms. Black walked the annual event, this year she is training to run. We here at ReidGoodwin wish Ms. Black the best as she continues on her path to recovery.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.


Teen Goes to College After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury

University of Vermont

ABC 8 News reports that after 16 months of recovery, a teen injured in a traumatic car crash will be going to college. Last February, Josh Speidel suffered a traumatic brain injury related to a car crash. Josh spent 117 days in three different hospitals as a result of the wreck. According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s office, Josh was involved in a two-car accident on U.S. Route 31. Firefighters had to cut Josh out of the car. He was hospitalized and in critical care at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Josh, a 6’8” basketball star, was being recruited by the University of Vermont to play basketball at the time of the wreck. After the collision, the University of Vermont agreed to hold Josh’s scholarship as long as necessary while he recovered. Josh plans to continue rehabilitation therapy while in school.

We here at ReidGoodwin are happy to hear of Josh’s recovery and his ability to continue with his college dreams. We wish him and his family all of the best.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of a car crash, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

SUV Accident Knocks Out Power in Shockoe Bottom

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Images are representative, not actual event

January 22, 2016- Richmond, VA

More than 600 Dominion Virginia Power customers in the Shockoe Bottom area lost power when a woman crashed her SUV into a utility pole early Friday morning.

The accident is believed to have occurred around 2:30 AM on East Main Street near Pear Street. Power was restored by 10:30 AM.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that alcohol may have been involved, and charges against the driver are pending.

According to traffic accident statistics published by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 251 people were killed and 5,003 injured in alcohol related crashes in the state of Virginia during the year 2014. In that same year, 24,895 Virginians were convicted of driving while intoxicated. Continue reading

Two Injured, One Dead After Head-on Collision

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Images are representative, not actual event

January 13, 2016- Richmond, VA

Helene V. Day, age 71, died as a result of life-threatening injuries sustained in a head-on collision near Richmond’s Byrd Park Tuesday night.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that at around 7:25 p.m., a 2013 Hyundai Sonata heading northbound on Park Drive crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2002 Honda Accord traveling southbound.

Day, who was a passenger in the Honda, was transported to the hospital, where she later died. The driver of the Honda, as well as an additional passenger, were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Continue reading

U-Haul Overturns on I-95, Injuring Driver

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Images are representative, not actual event

January 5, 2016- Richmond, VA

The driver of a U-Haul sustained non-life threatening injuries after her vehicle overturned near mile marker 79.5 on I-95 South.

According to ABC 8 News, the U-Haul – which was towing a trailer at the time of the single-vehicle accident – struck a barrier wall and overturned. The female driver was treated at VCU Medical Center for minor injuries and may face reckless driving charges.

U-Haul, like other rental truck companies, will rent trucks and trailers to just about any licensed driver – regardless of inexperience. Continue reading