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Avoiding motorcycle accidents in all weather conditions

All-weather riding knowledge is important for all people, regardless of the kind of vehicle you drive. Knowing the roads and how to act on them in any weather condition could save your life by preventing wrecks. Although that's the case, motorcyclists are in a special position; with only two wheels and a lack of protection against the elements and collisions, riding in all weather conditions can be a risk. Sometimes, that risk has to be taken, especially if your only vehicle is a motorcycle.

To help prevent injuries to yourself or others that could require you to make a legal claim for compensation, there are a few things you can do. Of course, it's still important for other drivers to keep an eye out for motorcyclists in all weather conditions. There is no time during the year when the roads will be completely free of motorcyclists, so drivers need to be diligent in making sure they don't strike one.

Individualized defense strategies necessary for DUI cases

Virginia has strict penalties for people who are convicted of drunk driving. In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed what can happen if you refuse to take a breath test when you are stopped under suspicion of drunk driving. That is only one of the charges you might have to worry about if you are stopped for drunk driving.

We realize that you don't want one mistake to ruin your life. When it comes to drunk driving charges, there are several defense options that might be used. Not all of the available options are appropriate for all drunk driving cases. We can look into your case and help you explore the possible options that could be used in your case.

What happens if you refuse to take a breath test?

When the flashing lights come on in the rearview mirror and you're pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, you need to decide what you're going to do. Technically, you do have the right to refuse the breath test if the officer asks you to take one. However, you should know that refusing the test does not mean there are no consequences, so don't assume they'll just let you drive away.

In Virginia, you can be charged with breath test refusal. Conviction of the same means you lose your license for a year, even if it's the first time you've done this.

What are bedsores, and can they be prevented?

Bedsores are known as pressure ulcers and pressure sores. These are conditions that don't have to happen, but they often do if a patient isn't moved often enough. The sores develop when tissues on the body are under prolonged stress and pressure. For instance, if you sit in a chair all day, you'll probably feel slightly sore. Imagine if you did that for several days; you'd probably develop a sore. Bedsores should not happen in a medical facility that is moving its patients regularly. If you or a loved one suffers them, you may be able to seek compensation and assistance in healing and moving to a facility that will treat you with more respect.

Bedsores most commonly arise on the bony areas of the body. Places like your ankles, hips, heels and tailbone can all easily develop these sores if they are under pressure too long. Normally, you move too much to develop ulcers on the body. However, if you suffer a medical condition that makes it hard for you to move your body, then you could need help changing positions and reducing your risk of bedsores.

Young woman allegedly flees from police, 2 young girls killed

Any fatal accident is a tragedy, but when the fatalities of an accident include young children, the tragedy is increased. A single-car accident that occurred on I-264 is one such tragedy. Two young children, a 5-year-old female and an 8-year-old female, died in the accident that was caused when the driver ran off the roadway.

The 20-year-old female driver, who wasn't related to the two deceased children, was taken the hospital along with a 1-year-old boy who was wearing a seat belt. Both of them have since been released.

Defendant cops a plea, faces 20 years

The heroin epidemic in and around Norfolk continues to ensnare local residents with its tentacles. Whether it's broken-up families, deaths from drug overdoses or arrests and convictions, the toll of the lethal drug continues unabated in the area.

Such is the case for a Portsmouth man who was the last defendant from an alleged heroin trafficking group to resolve his charges. According to federal prosecutors, the 31-year-old man entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to traffic heroin in Norfolk's federal court. His was the eighth, and final, case from that group. The other seven defendants had already entered their own guilty pleas.

1 killed in crushing crash in Virginia

Dangerous parts of the road can be common in your area. You can probably name a few places where wrecks are common, and you know when you need to slow down to avoid taking a sharp curve too fast or entering a dangerous intersection too quickly. The problem with these areas is that one miscalculation can lead to absolute devastation, like it has in this case reported in Virginia, where speeding was supposedly the cause of a wreck that crushed a vehicle.

In Virginia, a recent crash showed a truck crushing a car as it drove in Caroline County on the opposite side of the road. The crash resulted in a 64-year-old woman being killed, and it caused the truck driver to be charged with reckless driving. What happened to cause the accident, and could it have been prevented?

Motorcyclists can increase their safety as they ride

Motorcycle accidents can easily lead to horrible injuries since the motorcyclist isn't protected in the same way as occupants of a motor vehicle are. That is the reason why drivers should practice motorcycle awareness and motorcyclists should use proper safety practices as they ride. While it is impossible for motorcyclists to avoid the possibility of being injured if they are struck by another vehicle, it is possible for the motorcyclist to reduce the risk of injury.

One important point that motorcyclists must remember is that they have to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists and passengers have to wear a helmet that meets or exceeds the specifications and standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Snell Memorial Foundation or the American National Standards Institute. The reason for wearing a motorcycle helmet is simple -- unhelmeted motorcyclists are at a 40 percent greater risk to suffer from a head injury that is fatal than motorcyclists who have a helmet on.

Virginia family sues hospital due to medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is an area that most people don't talk about. It doesn't come up in every day conversation. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, nurse or medical professional does something wrong or fails to administer something that is vital to your health.

A Virginia family has entered into a lawsuit against a Hawaiian military hospital after the child they had delivered there suffered damage during the birthing process and now has cerebral palsy. They haven't brought the suit officially before the court, however a judge has approved a settlement of $9 million.

Woman's DUI charge dropped as medical emergency discovered

As a commercial driver or a person who often transports people to and from locations via taxi or other types of vehicles, you know that safety is important. When you're accused of being drunk behind the wheel or being unsafe, those allegations are very serious. You could lose your job or have your security threatened, and that is something you can't take lightly. You should fight back, because there are many reasons you could have been acting strangely and some are out of your control.

In Virginia, a woman driving a school bus was accused of driving under the influence, but those charges have now been dropped. According to the news, the woman had been driving a bus on Shore Drive at around 3:25 p.m. when she was reported for being reckless or intoxicated. She was driving children between the ages of 5 and 12 at the time. Now, the news has shown that there was no evidence that the woman was under the influence at the time when she was stopped.

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