Concussions Protocol in Professional Sports

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The media’s increased coverage of concussions in professional sports has led to heightened awareness of the issue. Recently, a number of incidents have led to questions about what protocols professional sports teams follow when dealing with concussions.

In this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs, thousands of viewers saw Stephen Curry fall to the court and strike his head on the floor. He was removed from play and tested for symptoms of a concussion, but returned later in the game. One game later, Curry’s teammate, Klay Thompson, suffered his own head injury. While Thompson also passed the required tests and was cleared to return to the…

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Hayride Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Hayrides are a traditional part of the holiday celebrations at this time of year, but recent accidents have shed light on a serious lack of safety and regulation in this area. Just last year, a tragedy occurred in Maine when a 17 year old girl was killed when the trailer she was riding on overturned. More than 20 others were injured in the accident, which investigators say was caused when the driver of the tractor ran off the track and the trailer jackknifed into a tree.[1]

Hayrides are an industry with almost no regulation or oversight, because the tractors are not used in an unusual manner or for anything not resembling their intended purpose. In Virginia,…

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Drowsy Driving - Prevention Information and Tips

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Drowsy driving is a serious threat to automobile drivers and passengers in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsiness or fatigue is the principal cause of up to 100,000 passenger vehicle crashes every year as reported by police. These accidents result in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries annually.[1]

Risks of Drowsy Driving

While many drivers are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, drowsy driving can have similar dangerous effects. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows the body’s reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs a driver’s judgment, and increases the risk of an accident. It…

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Increased Traffic Enforcement During Operation Safe Driver Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Throughout the week of October 18-24, 2015, there will be an increased law enforcement presence on streets across North America with one simple mission in mind: increasing traffic enforcement and driver awareness. While many folks may groan at the thought of additional police administering traffic justice, that feeling is misplaced – in 2012, more than 4,100 deaths and 126,000 injuries occurred through bus and truck crashes alone.[1] Operation Safe Driver Week aims to curb these losses by reducing the risks that day-to-day drivers take, and it is executed though enforcement and education for both commercial and private drivers. [2]

Enforcement

Over the past…

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Fire Prevention Week - Safety Tips and Information

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The longest-running public health and safety observance on record in America, Fire Prevention Safety Week, returns this week [October 4-10] with “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” as its theme. [1] In honor of the event, here are some tips and information for improving safety and preparing for the risk of fire.

Use and Maintain a Smoke Alarm Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying from a fire by half. Although only 1 in 5 home fires occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., 50 percent of fire fatalities occur during this stretch. Smoke alarms help to wake up potential victims in time to escape from a fire. From 2007-2011,… Read more

Tips for Avoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents are dangerous, and those involving tractor trailers often result in serious injury or death. These behemoths of the road so vastly outweigh standard passenger cars that more than 3 in 4 deaths caused by tractor trailer accidents were riders in the other vehicle. Recognizing the dangers posed by tractor trailers and knowing how to respond accordingly is an absolute necessity for any driver, and the first step is understanding the conditions that cause tractor trailer accidents:[1]

Fatigue – Truck drivers are often on the road for long hours, and drivers of passenger vehicles also have an unfortunate tendency to push their limits. Fatigued… Read more

Large Truck Inspections During Brake Safety Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Vehicles such as large trucks and tractor-trailers are commonly known as commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).[1] Because these vehicles can pose a serious safety threat to other drivers, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) works to promote CMV safety, as well as the safety of other drivers. [2] Each year, the CVSA sponsors a Brake Safety Week. [3] This year, the event will take place September 6-12.[4]

CMV Brake Systems

Large trucks and tractor-trailers need properly functioning brakes, just like all other vehicles.  However, brake-related violations made up about 46% of violations of commercial vehicles during the 2014 CVSA International Roadcheck.[5] …

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Five Questions To Ask In Order To Ensure Beach Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

For many people, spending time at the beach is as essential a part of summertime as fireworks on the Fourth of July.  Although the risk of injury along the seashore may not be obvious, it is very real.  Here is a short list of questions that can help minimize some of the common, subtle, threats to life and limb that arise while visiting the seashore.  To be safe, ask yourself each of these five questions each time you head out for some surf and sand:

How’s the weather? Take a moment to check the weather forecast, even if it seems to be an obviously clear day.  The power of summer thunderstorms makes them a looming presence on any hot summer day.  Thunderstorms… Read more

Running Red Lights: The Dangers of Violating Basic Rules of the Road

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Red lights are one of the most basic and recognizable pieces of safety equipment on our roads, yet according to the 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts Report, 762 Americans were killed and 165,000 were injured by drivers who ran red lights in that year alone. More than half of these deaths and injuries were innocent motorists or passengers. The human costs of running a red light are devastating, and the statistics are staggering. More than one-third of people claim to have personally known someone killed in an accident that involved running a red light.[1]

But why do so many drivers  ignore red lights? In general, drivers…

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The Dangers of Distracted Walking

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving receives considerable national attention, but almost any activity you do while on your phone carries a certain level of danger. Even something as simple as walking down the street could be deadly if you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Each year about 1,500 Americans are injured and hospitalized as a result of distracted walking.[1]

Texting while walking

Texting while walking may not get the same level of attention as texting while driving, but pedestrians tend to look at their phones much more often and for much longer periods. It is all too easy to become completely absorbed in your phone and lose track of your surroundings.…

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