Virginia Car Accidents
- Free Book: The 5 Keys to Winning Your Virginia Accident Case
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an automobile accident in Virginia, we strongly suggest that you read our book before hiring a lawyer or speaking with the insurance company. Insurance companies have vast resources to prevent you from receiving a maximum settlement, and this book provides the tools you need to stay informed and protect yourself.
- Three Important Things to Keep in Mind When Reviewing Your Auto Insurance Policy
Description: It is not unusual in Virginia for one accident to result in multiple insurance policies potentially providing for payment to one injured person. It is important in severe injury cases to understand all of the potential sources of coverage, or you may be left with an inadequate recovery.
- How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse, and Refuse By the American Association for Justice [PDF]
Description: How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse, and Refuse is brought to you by the American Association for Justice. The publication reveals the tricks of their trade, and what you can do about it! “This report describes some of the most egregious ways the insurance industry attempts to make money at the expense of consumers.”
- Training by military helps reduce motorcycle accident deaths
Description: There had been an increasing numbers of motorcyclists being killed in Virginia and a significant number were of these bikes were ridden by service members. Thanks in part to a mandatory military training program for all servicemen/women motorcycle riders, fatalities are down across the state for the year.
- Got a teenage driver needing a car? Which one(s) is the safest?
Description: Need a car for your teenager? It is easier than ever for parents to do the research on the safest, most reliable vehicles for their teenager. Before buying a car, parents can look up crash ratings at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site, safercar.gov.
- Client Resources: Auto Accident form
Description: Use the attached auto accident form to gather pertinent information at the scene/time of an accident to ensure you have everything you need to protect yourself.
- Client Resources: Cell phone rules
Description: The attached document give the Virginia guidelines for drivers under the age of 18 for cell phone usage while driving.
- Client Resources: Driver’s License guidelines for kids under 18
Description: Attached please find a document regarding Virginia’s guidelines for drivers under the age of 18.
- Client Resources: Licensing Requirements and Restrictions
Description: Attached please find the Virginia Licensing Requirements and Restrictions
- The 6 Most Common Causes of Automobile Crashes
Description: Norfolk, Virginia attorney Richard Serpe lists the most common causes of automobile crashes in the United States. Before you hit the road you need to be aware of the dangers that await you and arm yourself with the best defense, knowledge, out there. If you should get into an accident, the Law Offices of Richard Serpe is ready and able to help you protect your rights during a chaotic time.
- 10 rules for dealing with insurance companies after you have been in a car accident
Description: If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Norfolk, VA area the insurance companies will do their best to limit the benefits you receive for your injuries. Victims need to know and understand their rights BEFORE dealing with the insurance companies.
- Top Ten Worst automobile Insurance companies: Accident victims should not think their car insurance company is on their side
Description: STOP before you damage your serious injury claim by dealing directly with one of these TOP TEN worst insurance companies.
- What Car Drivers Need to Know About Truck Accidents
Description: Because large trucks account for about 1,300 accidents a year in Virginia, it is important that motorists educate themselves about the dangers of truck accidents and know ahead of time what to watch out for if they’re involved in a collision with a tractor trailer.
- Kids in Car Accidents – The Importance of Specialized Research
Description: Auto accident research has been steadily improving over the years, and recent innovations involving pediatric car crash dummies, real crash test data, and virtual computer modeling are contributing to improved auto safety features.
- Avoid automobile accidents: Drive Smart Virginia promotes programs to improve automobile safety for Virginia drivers
Description: DRIVE SMART Virginia (DSV) is the only 501c3 non-profit in Virginia dedicated entirely to making Virginia’s roadways the safest in the nation. Founded by automobile insurance companies that represent more than 85% of the driving insured on Virginia’s roads, DSV is a formidable presence in the homes and businesses of Virginia citizens. Almost everyone rides or drives in a motor vehicle daily. That makes car crashes the most indiscriminate killer in existence.
- Taking the Kids for a Ride – Tips for Staying Safe and avoiding car accidents
Description: Distracted drivers are a major source of accidents on American roadways, and parents are no exception. In fact, driving with passengers – especially little ones in the backseat – can cause a usually safe and cautious driver to become distracted and make dangerous mistakes. It is a good idea to constantly remind yourself that even taking your eyes or your attention off the road for “just a second” can result in disaster.
- Virginia’s 2008 Highway Safety Plan to help reduce car accidents
Description: The Virginia Highway Safety Office proposed a number of measures in their 2008 Highway Safety Plan intended to address the biggest problems on Virginia’s roadways today. They are working to address occupant safety, impaired driving, traffic record access, motorcycle safety, and aggressive driving and speeding.
- Making Virginia’s roadways safer to avoid serious injuries in automobile accidents: Click It or Ticket – Getting Serious About Seat Belts
Description: Seat belt use can dramatically improve your odds of surviving in an auto accident. Virginia police are participating in a nationwide effort to educate the public about the importance of seat belt use, in the NHTSA supported “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
- New Law Aims to Enhance Auto Safety for Children
Description: Few people consider the non-traffic dangers of automobiles. However according to Kids and Cars, in the last 7 years over 1,350 children died in non-traffic incidents. While this is only about 10% of all automobile deaths each year – the remainder can be attributed to auto accidents – advocates say it’s a significant enough number to warrant further government oversight. The good news is that on February 29, 2008 President Bush signed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act into law, which supporters hope will prevent many needless injuries and deaths.
- Need Repairs after an Auto Accident? Beware of Scammers!
Description: If you’re been in an auto accident, one of the hurdles you’ll have to jump is getting your vehicle repaired to your satisfaction. Not only will you have to deal with the insurance company, but you’ll also have to find a body shop that you trust to perform the work. Most mechanics and body shops are honest and dependable, however there are enough scam artists out there that you need to be aware of potential problems.
- Drunk and Distracted – Fighting Back Against Bad Drivers
Description: If you’ve been the victim of an automobile accident, then you can probably guess some of the causes for the large number of injuries and deaths on America’s roads. Driver intoxication, distracted drivers, driving and texting, speeding, fatigue – the list goes on and on. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligence you may want to know what is being done to keep drunk and distracted from wreaking further havoc on Virginia’s roads.
- What Makes Teenagers Such Bad Drivers?
Description: What makes teenagers such bad drivers? Most people can guess why teens and cars are such dangerous mixes. Teenagers are more likely to engage in and enjoy risky behavior than older people. Teens are new to driving, and like any new skill it takes time to learn one’s limitations and develop the coordination needed to navigate a busy road (and ignore distractions like cell-phones, music players, or loud friends). What is less well understood is why risky behavior is so appealing and what it really takes to develop the skills needed to become a “good” driver and avoid auto accidents.
- Safety Tips for Avoiding Automobile Accidents
Description: The State of Virginia is on-track to hit 1,000 traffic accident fatalities this year, which probably has you wondering what you can do to keep safe on the roads. Various Federal and State agencies have tips for safe driving, everything from buckling up to being extra-cautious while driving at night. Richard J. Serpe is concerned about your safety on the roads this holiday season, and urges you to follow these tips to keep safe. If you or somebody you love is injured in an automobile accident, please contact Mr. Serpe immediately.
- Top Safe Automobiles for 2008 – and Some Surprises
Description: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its Top Safety Pick award winners for 2008. The law office of Richard J. Serpe has put together this summary of the 2008 IIHS results to help Virginians stay safe and informed about the vehicles they buy. Consumers wanting the best and safest vehicle for their family should consider the IIHS findings when shopping for a new vehicle, and they should also be aware of some of the surprises this year. There were few American automobiles on the list, and not a single minivan performed well in low-speed crash tests. Consumers should also keep in mind that IIHS and NHTSA testing may not reflect the “real world” safety of trucks.