Public SafetyCan an Injured Passenger Sue the Driver After a Car Accident?
Most drivers understand what to do when they get into traffic accidents: remain at the scene, swap information with the other driver and file an insurance claim. As a passenger riding in the vehicle, however, your responsibilities and rights might not be as clear. You may not understand if and when you can file an… read moreWhat Are the Penalties for Driving Uninsured in Virginia?
Although it is legal to drive without car insurance Virginia, doing so can have downsides. Every driver must either purchase insurance before registering or operating a motor vehicle or pay a special fee to drive uninsured. If you or the other driver involved in the accident does not have insurance, it can make the auto… read moreSafety First
By Brett J. West, Trial Attorney with the Pendleton Law Team In order to get full and fair recovery for your personal injury claim, it’s important to show that while someone else’s negligence caused you injury, YOU were driving carefully and legally. Seat belts When driving or in the front passenger seat, it is critical… read moreThe Dangers of Texting and Driving
By Courtney Winston, Trial Attorney with the Pendleton Law Team When it comes to texting and driving, I think it’s fair to divide people into two categories: Those who admit to texting and driving; and those who don’t. In the United States, people send billions of text every month. Texting and driving falls into the… read moreI Was Hit by a Car While I Was Crossing the Street…What Should I Do?
Being a pedestrian in Virginia puts you in a vulnerable position. You are at the mercy of all the drivers around you – many of which drive distracted, drowsy or drunk. A single moment of driver carelessness could change your life. You could suffer a serious or catastrophic injury, including damage to your spine, brain… read moreWho Is Liable in a Rear-End Accident?
Many people share the common misconception that fault automatically goes to the second driver in a rear-end collision. After all, it is the following driver’s responsibility to keep a safe distance and pay attention to the road to brake on time. Yet this generalization does not apply to all rear-end accidents in Virginia. Some involve… read moreWhat to Do During a Traffic Stop
Most drivers will deal with at least one traffic stop in their lives. Common mistakes such as speeding, a broken taillight or rolling through a stop sign could lead to an officer making a traffic stop in Virginia. The way you conduct yourself during a traffic stop could not only convince the officer to let… read moreI Was Injured on an Airplane…What Can I Do?
Traveling by plane can be stressful enough without also having to contend with a personal injury. Unfortunately, not all airlines properly ensure the safety of their aircraft. Negligence such as failure to inspect a plane’s interior could lead to injury risks such as exposed metal, broken seats or loose carpeting. In other cases, hazards typical… read moreHow to Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
Slip and fall accidents send thousands of people to hospitals in America each year with serious injuries such as broken bones, muscle tears, and traumatic brain injuries. Most slip and fall accidents are preventable if a property owner regularly inspects and maintains the premises. It is when owners neglect property maintenance that accidents happen. If… read moreVirginia Dog Bite Law
It is extremely important to know your rights after a dog bite incident in Virginia. Otherwise, you may let a negligent pet owner off the hook for causing your injuries. Do not pay for your medical bills and lost wages yourself until you explore your potential right to file a lawsuit with the help of… read more