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.


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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.


Snow-Plow Accident Temporarily Halts I-64 Eastbound Traffic

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Images are representative, not actual event

January 27, 2016- New Kent County, VA

ABC 8 News reports that a Toyota Highlander crashed into a snowplow on I-64 east in New Kent County Tuesday evening. The accident, which occurred at mile marker 217, temporarily shut down all eastbound lanes. No injuries were reported and police are still investigating what caused the accident.

Generally speaking, employees who are injured on the job are eligible for Virginia workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation cases usually involve two parties – the employee and their employer.

However, when employees – like the snowplow driver in this case – are injured in a traffic accident while driving on behalf of their employer by negligent, unaffiliated driver, they may be able pursue a third-party personal injury claim. This means that the employee can pursue both a workers compensation claim and a claim against the other driver to recover pain, suffering and loss of future economic damage.

If you drive for a living and are injured on-the-job, it is important to investigate whether third parties unrelated to the employer may be at fault. The experienced personal injury and workers compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin can help determine if a third party may be liable for your injuries. Call ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

SUV Accident Knocks Out Power in Shockoe Bottom

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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

Student Battles Life-Threatening Injuries After Being Struck by Passing Car

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January 14, 2016- Richmond, VA

A bus stop near the intersection of Warwick Road and Fernbrook Drive was the scene of a tragic accident Tuesday afternoon, when a passing motorist traveling north on Warwick struck a student exiting a Richmond Public School bus. The student is remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the crash to be interviewed by officers. Charges against the driver are pending.

In Virginia, passing a stopped school bus is not only incredibly dangerous; it is also illegal. 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

Tractor Trailer Accident on I-95 Leads To Delays

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Images are representative, not actual event.

October 12, 2015- Richmond, VA

NBC12 News reports that a tractor trailer accident on southbound I-95 at mile marker 77.8 near Lombardy in the City of Richmond is poised to cause substantial traffic delays as crews work to clear roadways.

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that more than 100,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving commercial trucks in the United States in 2012. Of this number, nearly 4,000 people were killed. In total, approximately 333,000 accidents occurred on U.S. roads that involved a large truck.

While the cause of the accident in this case has yet to be determined, a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration revealed the following leading factors shown to be causes of truck accidents in the U.S. including:

  1. Illegal drug use
  2. Speeding
  3. Over-the-counter medication use
  4. Driver fatigue
  5. Distracted driving

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a big-rig, tractor trailer, or other such commercial vehicle, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.


Elderly Driver Strikes Panera Bread During Lunch Rush

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Images are representative, not actual event

October 6, 2015- Colonial Heights, VA

For reasons unknown, the driver of a silver Toyota collided the Panera Bread restaurant on South Park Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, shattering a huge glass window.

While none of the restaurant patrons were injured as a result, ABC 8 News reports that the 70-year-old driver was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,560 older adults were killed and more than 214,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. In other words, 15 older adults were killed and 586 were injured in crashes on average every day during that year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined that while older drivers have low rates of police-reported crash involvements per capita; their per capita fatal crash rates begin to increase at age 70. Per mile traveled, crash rates and fatal crash rates also start increasing at about age 70.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an older driver, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.


Bicyclist Injured in Night-Time Crash

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September 29, 2015- Richmond, VA

A bicyclist was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Monday night, after being struck by a car at the intersection of W. Broad St. and Sundance Way.

According to NBC12 News, the accident happened at 8:20 p.m. in the left lane and the cyclist didn’t appear to have proper lights on his bike. The driver of the car was not hurt in the crash. Continue reading