Joeseph's Law and Improving Childcare Safety in Virginia

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

Placing a child in day care is a necessary option for many working parents in Virginia. These parents expect that their child will receive the proper attention and care they require while being kept in a safe environment. However, there are a number of risks and safety concerns involved with this practice that parents should consider.

One of the biggest threats to a child’s safety while in a care center is the lack of proper attention, usually due to the supervisor trying to watch over too many children at once. In some cases, children have died while being watched with as few as eight other children. Perhaps the most worrisome part of all is that the parents…

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Thinking Ahead: How to Make Sure Your Car is Equipped for Any Situation

By: Chris Guedri 

Every day millions of Americans take to the road without ever considering the full implications of their morning commute or afternoon run to soccer practice. Driving is such a normal part of our daily routine that many of us neglect the most basic safety precautions and preparations. Planning ahead for an emergency can make all the difference between escaping a dangerous situation and death or serious injury.[1]

To start, your car should always contain the basic tools needed for car maintenance and repair. A good set of jumper cables has the potential to save you hours of standing on the side of the road. A tire iron and a jack that is rated for a car of your size are also absolute necessities, but perhaps…

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Locked and Loaded: Virginia’s New Ignition Interlock Laws

By: Chris Guedri         

This summer Virginia’s General Assembly has taken another step forward in the fight against drunk driving on the Commonwealth’s roadways. Recent years have seen a marked increase in government efforts to catch and prosecute drunk drivers, with initiatives such as Checkpoint Strikeforce leading the charge. With more arrests and convictions helping to combat this chronic problem, Virginia is now seeking reform in the rules governing convicted offenders.

Beginning July 1st the Virginia DMV requires that all DUI offenders must install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle they own or that is registered to them. The interlock devices require the driver to blow into them in order to start the car,…

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Tips for Choosing a Day Care

By: P. Christopher Guedri

With all of the child care options available in Virginia, choosing the best day care for you and your child can be a daunting task. At first glance, it might seem impossible to tell the difference between two similar day cares. The best way to distinguish between child care centers is to prepare a list of questions to ask. The answers to these questions can help you determine which day care is the best fit for you and your child. Selecting the right day care is an important decision, because you are entrusting them with the safety and responsibility of caring for your child. As such, this process can be overwhelming for many parents. Fortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics, in conjunction with HealthyChildren.org,…

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What to do at the Scene of an Accident

By: P. Christopher Guedri

You are driving along when you suddenly find yourself involved in a car or truck accident. What do you do? Remain calm, and follow these steps:

Stop! Any driver of a motor vehicle (car, truck, tractor trailer, or motor cycle) involved in an accident must stop immediately if (1) a person is injured or killed or (2) if an attended vehicle or other attended property is damaged.

But where should you stop? If you are physically able and your car is operable, stop as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic. If they are working, activate your emergency lights.

Call the police! You should call either the State police or the local law-enforcement agency to report… Read more

Trucking Log Books

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Falling asleep while barreling down the highway at 65 mph behind the wheel of a 26,000 pound truck can cause catastrophic injury or death. Since a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh over 25 times a passenger vehicle, trucking accidents are often much more severe than automobile accidents. Due to the discrepancy of size between a truck and a car, the most severe injuries usually occur to the occupants of the car. The Department of Transportation has placed strict regulations on truck driving to keep the truck drivers alert and safe. Log books are used to regulate the activities of truckers and help ensure that every trucker is well rested. The log book is used to track when a driver is driving, off duty,…

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Drowsy Driving

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Drowsy driving is a huge threat to safety on America’s roads. According to a AAA study, 41% of drivers admit to falling asleep at the wheel at some point, with 10% having done so in the pas year. And these are just the ones who actually fell asleep. More than 25% in drivers admit to driving while having difficulty staying awake within the last month.[1]

                Drowsy driving is particularly dangerous because it can be so difficult to recognize. In the early stages of fatigue, the driver may well be unaware that their response time is decreasing and their attention is wandering. However, there are early signs of drowsiness to watch out for. Drifting out of your lane, wandering and disconnected…

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Aggressive Driving

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Aggressive driving is a very broadly defined term encompassing many of the behaviors that lead to car accidents. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that “any single unsafe driving behavior (deemed aggressive) can constitute aggressive driving provided the action was performed deliberately and with ill-intent.”[1] Aggressive driving can be caused by many things, including road work, lateness, and general stress, but at its core it always represents a loss of control and a disregard for safety behind the wheel.

                Aggressive driving is not just a minor threat. AAA estimates that more than half of all fatal auto accidents involve at least one behavior associated with aggressive…

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Child and Car Seat Safety

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 12 in the United States. Improving safety standards and education is a pressing issue with implications for the life and health of every child in America.[1] 

                The most important aspect of a child’s safety in the car is their car seat. All the design innovations and safety features that make modern cars so much safer than their predecessors are meant for adults. Seatbelts that fit snugly in an adult’s lap and across their collarbone ride up onto a child’s stomach and come down across their shoulder. Air bags designed to catch an adult in the chest will impact a child in the face. Until they have grown into the car’s…

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What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Whether you’re driving to the corner store or across the country, it’s important to keep yourself and your passengers safe. Good maintenance and proper inspections can prevent most problems, but even the best cared for car is still in danger of breaking down. A non-functional car, especially on the highway, is a dangerous situation that needs to be handled very carefully. Owing to the wide variety of possible circumstances, it is impossible to construct a comprehensive set of rules for this situation. However, there are general guidelines you can follow to help keep you and your passengers safe.

            First, remain aware of your surroundings while driving, and always know the path to safety.…

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