December 28th, 2011
December 28, 2011
A driver was arrested on charges of reckless driving and drug possession in Henrico, Virginia, after driving his truck into a utility pole. According to CBS 6 News, the man admitted to officers he was texting at the time of the crash.
The accident occurred last Saturday at the intersection of West Nine Mile Road and Bridge Street. A search of the vehicle by police uncovered drugs in the car. The man was subsequently charged with reckless driving for texting while behind the wheel and possession of marijuana.
Although the driver was not hurt, the accident serves as a lesson to others of the dangers that distracted driving poses.
Researchers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have found that cell phone use while driving is directly correlated with distracted driving fatalities in our country.
The Virginia auto accident attorneys with Geoff McDonald and Associates encourage drivers to put the phones down while behind the wheel of the car. If you have been injured by a distracted driving accident, contact an experienced attorney today to get the help you need.
December 21st, 2011
December 21, 2011
A 2-year-old Richmond, Virginia, toddler isn’t expected to suffer any permanent injuries after being hit by an SUV in the driveway of a home. Channel 12 News reported yesterday that the accident occurred at around 2:00 in the afternoon Tuesday on Powell Road in South Richmond.
The Richmond Police Department has not released many details regarding the case, but has confirmed that the child was hit, and not run over, in a driveway. The child was taken to the VCU Medical Center to receive treatment. The toddler, whose third birthday is less than a week away, was last listed in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery soon.
Police say their investigation continues, as they look to find out how far the vehicle rolled before the accident occurred and who was driving the SUV, in order to determine fault in the case.
According to KidsandCars.org, a non-profit organization aimed at ending accidents involving children and motor vehicles, 136 children died nationwide last year in similar accidents, 15 of which occurred in Virginia. That number was even higher in 2009 with 175 deaths.
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Geoff McDonald & Associates would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to be vigilant of your surroundings at all times when behind the wheel. Another important step is double-checking your mirrors before backing out. Many of the back-over accidents that occur are preventable if a driver simply looks twice before moving a vehicle.
December 14th, 2011
December 14, 2011
According to WVEC News, A Newport,Virginia, hospital is battling the problem of surgeons leaving gauze in patients by utilizing a new machine, called RF Assure detection system, that can sense the foreign objects in the body before a doctor closes up a patient.
Makers of the machine say that it uses radio frequencies to scan the body for foreign objects, such as gauze pads, that could create a severe infection inside a patient if not removed at a surgery’s completion. Officials at Riverside say they received the machine for free, but have to pay roughly $60,000 per year for supplies for the machine. They say this is a small price to pay to prevent a multi-million dollar lawsuit that could be caused by a mistake.
It is estimated that roughly 1,500 patients per year have a foreign object left behind in their body after surgery. Studies show that the problem occurs most frequently during cesarean sections. Complications can include infection and possible erosion of the bowel.
Doctors at Riverside say that despite using the machine regularly, the staff still counts all the medical supplies before and after surgery to ensure nothing is missing.
The Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Geoff McDonald & Associates are glad to see hospitals in the area using state-of-the-art technology to prevent patient injuries during and post surgery. If you have been injured due to a doctor’s negligence, contact an attorney today for a free initial consultation.
December 7th, 2011
A Sussex County Sheriff’s Deputy and another man were injured following a head-on collision this morning. According to CBS 6 News, the crash occurred while the deputy was responding to a crash involving two tractor-trailers on I-95.
Investigators stated that the trooper had his lights on as he sped down Route 40 to the scene of the tractor-trailer crash. Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Anaya stated the deputy lost control of his vehicle. The squad car went off the road and the deputy over-corrected, causing him to collide head-on with a blue sedan. Both the deputy and the other victim were unresponsive when they arrived. Paramedics quickly called in a Med-Flight helicopter to transport both victims to local hospitals for treatment.
The Deputy remains in serious but stable condition this afternoon. The condition of the other victim has not been released. The accident remains under investigation by state police.
Specific injuries a victim can sustain in head-on collisions include:
- Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Head Injury
- Lacerations and Bruises
- Spinal Cord Injuries, including Paralysis
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Geoff McDonald & Associates have experience handling cases for victims who were hurt in accidents at no fault of their own. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact us today for a free initial consultation.