Electronic Stability Control Now Required on Trucks and Buses

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

Americans consistently rate the safety and quality of their car as one of the most influential factors when deciding which model to purchase, and recent decades have seen enormous advances in safety equipment and systems.[1] Anti-lock brakes, side airbags, and stronger, more absorbent chassis have all played a role in making our roads less dangerous than before. Out of all these advances, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) has distinguished itself as perhaps the single most beneficial safety system added to our cars.

Growing from the same technology and system as anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) senses the beginning of a slide and automatically…

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Stop on Red Week 2016

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

Many people have been guilty of speeding up to get through a “yellow light.” However, the dangers are not worth the risk. Between 2004 and 2013, an estimated 7,799 people lost their lives running red lights or “trying to beat the light.”  In 2013 alone, more than 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in similar crashes. Such risks are even higher in urban areas, where stop-light-related crashes are more common than any other type.  Even though the general risk created by running stop lights may be obvious, 36% of drivers continue to run lights even though 73% of drivers acknowledge that “running red lights is unacceptable.”[1] In 2014, it is…

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Proper Tire Care and Maintenance

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

Most of us hardly ever think about the convenience and safety our tires provide us, yet we rely on them day after day. They are the only part of our car that actually comes into direct contact with the road. They travel thousands of miles, rotate millions of times, and their failure can immediately put a driver in a deadly situation. Proper tire care, maintenance, and replacement are all essential parts of being a safe driver.

You should perform a visual inspection of your tires at least once a month, more often if you drive on poor roads, drive long distances, or live in a cold climate. There are a number of specific issues to look out for during a visual…

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Headlight Safety Concerns and Tips

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

A study by the American Automobile Association recently revealed that most automobile headlamps are inadequate on low-beam setting for drivers to safely react to obstacles in the roadway. According to AAA’s research, it takes approximately 500 feet for a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour to identify, react to, and safely stop before encountering an obstacle.[1] However, halogen headlamps, installed in about 80% of U.S. automobiles, only illuminate up to around 300 feet in front of each vehicle while on the low-beam setting. Both high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lights come closer to the 500-foot mark, but they still fall short.[2]

While…

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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

Many organizations across the country are striving to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.  In the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,100 are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[1]

What is “distracted driving?”  Distracted driving is any activity that can divert attention away from the primary task of driving, including but not limited to: texting, using a cellphone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting the radio.[2]  These activities are dangerous because they involve one or more types of distraction:

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Cargo Securement on Commercial Vehicles

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

Commercial trucks and buses are usually the biggest vehicles on the roads, and are a common cause of vehicle crashes. In 2012, nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks.[1]  Because these large vehicles can be such a safety hazard, it is important that all commercial vehicles comply with all specified safety requirements. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is working towards safer conditions for all drivers by regulating safety hazards common to large, commercial vehicles. [2]  Each year, the CVSA conducts an International Roadcheck, targeting a specific safety issue for large trucks.[3]  2015 marked the CVSA’s 28th annual International…

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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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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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Practice Safety During National Work Zone Awareness Week

Following safe driving habits in highway work zones helps protect highway workers, other drivers and everyone on the roadways. During National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week – March 23 – 27, 2015 - Richmond personal injury lawyer Chris Guedri shared tips to reduce highway work zone accidents on RichmondBizSense.com.

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