October 26th, 2011
October 26, 2011
A woman was injured last week in Richmond, Virginia, after her car struck a steel beam that was part of a temporary wall being used during construction of a bridge along Interstate 95. According to CBS 6 News, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is blaming the accident on a human error as well as a possible mechanical error.
Reports say the accident happened on October 19, at 3:00 in the afternoon as the 53-year-old victim was driving her Mitsubishi SUV southbound along the interstate. For a reason that has not been released yet, the wall gave way, sending a beam pummeling across the southbound lanes of the highway and blocking traffic. The woman did not have time to respond and hit the beam head-on, sending her car into the wall. Luckily, the woman only suffered minor injuries and was taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment.
Construction stopped at the site while VDOT, Police, and the contractor each conducted an investigation into the accident and to determine what steps can be taken to prevent an accident like this form occurring again. Investigations are expected to be completed by next week.
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Geoff McDonald & Associates often handle cases involving auto accidents. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident, contact Geoff McDonald & Associates for a free initial consultation today.
October 19th, 2011
October 19, 2011
A cyclist was struck by a minivan Tuesday morning in Richmond, Virginia on her way to the Occupy Richmond protest. According to CBS 6 News, the accident happened mid-morning on 8th Street, between Canal and Cary Streets.
Reports say the female cyclist was riding near Kanawha Plaza to participate in the Occupy Richmond protest. A tan minivan struck her and sent her to the asphalt where she lay until paramedics arrived. The victim was only able to move an arm as she was loaded into the ambulance to be taken to a local hospital to be checked for injuries. The driver of the minivan was uninjured in the accident.
Investigators are still working to determine fault in the accident, but reports show that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. This could have proved deadly as the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of injury and fatality.
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Geoff McDonald & Associates urge cyclists to do their part in maaking roads safer by wearing proper safety gear and obeying traffic laws. If you have been the victim of a cyclist accident, contact our attorneys for a free initial consultation to answer any questions you might have regarding your case.
October 12th, 2011
October 11, 2011
A Marine was killed and two others were injured when a vehicle struck them while they were training along a road in Yorktown, Virginia. According to Channel 12 News, the accident happened on Halstead Road outside the Naval Weapons Station where the men were posted.
It happened 6:45 Tuesday morning as the daylight just began to break over the horizon. The men were running in formation as part of routine morning training, when a vehicle plowed through their ranks. One Marine sustained life-threatening injuries and rescuers attempted to airlift the soldier to Norfolk General Hospital; however, he coded in the helicopter and was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital instead, where he was declared dead just after 8:00 AM. The other two injured Marines were taken to Riverside Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, where they were treated and released.
The Marines were part of the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, Marine Security Force Regiment. A spokesman for the Marines stated that all the soldiers were wearing reflective clothing at the time of the accident.
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Geoff McDonald & Associates understand the difficulty in handling the details of such an accident. That is why they urge anyone who has been injured by a vehicle at no fault of their own contact them for a free evaluation of your case.
October 5th, 2011
October 5, 2011
A three-year-old child was injured Saturday at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, when a fan cover was knocked off and the child stuck his fingers in the path of the blades. According to CBS 6, the child was rushed to the hospital with several lacerations.
It was a typical Saturday at the museum, with children playing throughout the facility. The Museum’s Communications Director, Michelle Rosman, said that during one of the daily routine safety sweeps, it was discovered that the grating over a wall fan had been knocked off, exposing the blades.
The fan was part of an exhibit called Sun Tubes, which has been at the museum more than two years. Children insert objects into tubes, and the objects then are spit out the other end by fans.
Rosman said that as an employee was rounding the corner to close the exhibit for repair, a three-year-old boy rushed over to the exposed fan and stuck his arm in. The fan blades caught his fingers, giving him four deep cuts along his hand.
The Richmond Personal Injury Lawyers with Geoff McDonald & Associates want to know the public’s opinion on the accident. Are the child’s parents responsible for not watching their son, or is the Museum responsible for not ensuring the safety of every guest?