Deadly Distraction: The Consequences of Distracted Driving

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Driving is an activity involving huge amounts of skill and concentration, with your life and the lives of everyone around you at stake. Yet every day thousands of people insist on taking to the road with their mind on other matters. Every year thousands of preventable accidents occur because of drivers who are busy doing something else.

            On the road, a split second reaction can be the difference between life and death. If any one of an infinite number of complications or dangers arises, the driver needs to be prepared to react quickly and decisively. By keeping their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their mind on the task drivers keep themselves, their passengers, and everyone…

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Paying Attention: An Examination of a National Survey on Distracted Driving

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Distracted drivers are a growing problem on America’s roadways. With the increase in cell phone use and the frantic pace of modern life, more and more people are choosing to take to the road with their mind on something else.[1]

            Driving is an activity that requires very high levels of focus and concentration. When drivers split their attention between the road and something else, they put themselves and everyone around them at risk. In late 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study of more than 6,000 people with the goal of analyzing the behaviors and attitudes associated with distracted driving. [2]

            When the results were compiled, several…

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Building a Bridge: Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Community

By: P. Christopher Guedri

As personal injury attorneys, we work with and help many people suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many of these people and their families have been permanently affected, and will need aid and support for the rest of their lives. Building a Bridge is a Charlottesville organization dedicated to helping these people, particularly by providing living assistance.

            Operating with a tax-exempt status, the Bridge is able to provide living quarters and trained staff to adults who are unable to support and look after themselves because of a traumatic brain injury. Their approach is designed to foster the greatest possible degree of independence, allowing brain-injured adults to exist as…

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Secondary Brain Injury: The Danger of a Delayed Reaction

By: P. Christopher Guedri

A serious head trauma can strike almost anywhere. Driving on the road, walking down the sidewalk, or running in the park can turn in an instant from a carefree to a life-or-death situation. Head injuries inspire a type of fear rarely seen elsewhere, as parents rush to pick up their kids, spouses dash to the hospital, and entire families wait with prayers and bated breath. Yet most of the time the victim is fine. Only slightly worse for the wear, they are ready to go home. But the danger represented by the head injury is only just beginning.

                Severe head trauma decelerates the head so quickly that the brain keeps moving forward and impacts the inside of the skull. Often this has an immediate…

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In It From the Beginning: The High Cost of Delay in Seeking an Attorney

By: P. Christopher Guedri

                Large trucks and tractor trailers are the biggest and most dangerous vehicles on the road. Accidents involving these vehicles often cause death and devastation, leaving the victims shell-shocked and wondering what to do next. The trucking industry and trucking accidents are governed by a different and complex set of rules that may make it necessary for you to hire a truck accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Trucking companies employ many experienced lawyers, and the best way to level the playing field is to secure the secure excellent representation of your own.

                Virginia has a very reasonable statute of limitations for accidents, only requiring that…

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Case Study: Moyer v. General Motors

By: P. Christopher Guedri

            High-speed chases are the subject of thrilling books, movies, and television shows, but those mediums fail to capture the whole story. For State Trooper Jason Moyer, the danger was not the high-speed chase but the routine maintenance that followed it. His cruiser had lost a hub cap, and as he worked to replace it the air valve became bent and wedged. Upon reaching his hand behind the hubcap, Trooper Moyer cut himself badly on the razor sharp inner edge.

            The cut was a severe one, laying open the troopers finger nearly to the bone. Yet with proper medical care it should have eventually healed and left nothing but a faint scar. Unfortunately, Trooper Moyer developed a complication:…

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Race Against Time: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and the Importance of an Early Diagnosis

By: P. Christopher Guedri

As a personal injury attorney I’ve dealt with clients who suffered from a wide range of injuries and conditions. Their suffering always moves me, but I am particularly saddened by clients whose conditions could have been prevented if they had just been correctly diagnosed in time.

I once had a State Trooper for a client who felt the inside of a hubcap and cut his finger down to the bone. Sadly, from this seemingly simple injury he developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He was forced to watch helplessly as his hand shriveled into a misshapen claw. The injury prevented him from firing a gun or effecting an arrest, and ended his career.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is not well understood.…

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