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Truck accident claims life of beloved tow truck driver

A Madison Heights, Virginia, widow is suing a Georgia truck driver for the wrongful death of her husband in February 2010. Also named in that lawsuit are two Department of Transportation workers for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The plaintiff is seeking $10 million, and $350,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, respectively.

According to the suit, the 64-year old decedent was the owner of a garage and heavy wrecker service who had responded to the scene of an overturned gravel truck on Virginia 130. The plaintiff alleges that the two co-defendants who work for the DOT attempted to route traffic around the overturned truck as it lay across both lanes of the highway, restricting traffic flow.

Virginia man facing DUI charges for fatal accident

We all know that we should not get behind the wheel if we have had too much to drink. However, no one is perfect and people can mistakes. Unfortunately, making this particular mistake could get a person into some serious trouble. Virginia police and prosecutors are aggressive when it comes to pursuing a DUI conviction, so it can be crucial for someone in this position to protect themselves.

People who have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI in Virginia have a lot at stake. There may be huge fines, jail time, increased insurance premiums and even a suspended driver's license. These penalties can be even more serious if someone is injured or killed as a result of an accident caused by an alleged drunk driver.

Sentencing coming for 2 men found guilty of criminal charges

Being charged with a sex crime isn't something anyone really expects to happen. When people find out they are facing charges, such as rape, they must decide if a jury trial or a guilty plea is what they want to do. Two men involved in one woman's rape in Virginia Beach, Virginia, each chose to plead in a different manner. One man opted for a jury trial, and his friend opted for a guilty plea.

The two men were allegedly looking for someone to rob. They found a woman who was alone and going into her home at Mansard Apartments. According to reports, one man held a gun to the woman's head, forcing her inside. He then made her go to her bedroom, where he allegedly raped her. The other man, 28, searched the apartment, looking for food and items to steal.

Virginia truck accident injures firefighter, kills woman

A recent head-on collision involving two pickup trucks resulted in a man seriously injured and a woman dead in Virginia Beach. The motor vehicle accident happened on Princess Anne Road at about 7:30 a.m. on March 29.

According to a preliminary investigation, a 62-year-old woman was traveling north on the road in a pickup truck when she veered off the right shoulder. When she overcorrected the car, she traveled into the southbound lane. The firefighter was traveling south at the same time, and the vehicles collided head-on around the 1400 block of Princess Anne Road.

Man killed in hit-and-run accident in Virginia

On March 23, an accident on Interstate 95 in Lorton around 3:30 a.m. left 16 people injured and one dead. The incident involved a shuttle bus headed south on the interstate, which then overturned after being hit by a white vehicle that left the scene of the accident. According to the Virginia State Police, the shuttle bus had just passed Exit 163 when it was hit by the speeding vehicle, which had veered into the path of the bus. As a result of the impact, the bus hit the guardrail and flipped over.

The bus driver and 16 passengers were injured in the motor vehicle accident. Two occupants in the bus incurred serious injuries and were transported via air to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. One of them, a 24-year-old man from Woodbridge, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The driver and one passenger received treatment for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The injuries of the other passengers were minor in nature.

Bus flips on Virginia interstate

A bus that was traveling through Virginia on the way to Atlanta flipped onto its side during a snowstorm early in the morning on March 17. According to police, the bus was headed south on Interstate 95 and was carrying 54 passengers. Four people suffered serious injuries in the motor vehicle accident, but none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

The driver, a 50-year-old man, was allegedly speeding at the time of the accident. A passenger stated that, around 4 a.m., the man became concerned that he wouldn't be able to find any gas. The bus spun 180 degrees and rolled onto its right side, the passenger said. Another passenger suffered a broken rib after a passenger and luggage fell on her side. Investigators noted that the tour bus company that owned the bus had not had an accident in two years, but its drivers have been cited for speeding on three separate occasions.

Virginia motorcycle accident injures 2

A motorcycle accident in Lynchburg resulted in serious injuries to two people on the evening of March 11, authorities said. The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Leesville Road and Del Ray Circle when a Volkswagen Passat collided with a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Investigators believe that the driver of the Volkswagen was attempting to turn left from Del Ray onto Leesville. The motorcycle, then traveling on Leesville, crashed into the car. A 62-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman, both residents of Lynchburg, were injured and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. The man was later moved to University of Virginia Medical Center. Both were listed in critical condition on the night of the accident. The man's condition was upgraded to stable the following day. The woman, however, remained in critical condition.

Nurse education key in patient recovery

Virginia residents may be interested in a recent study focused on the impact of nurses on patient health. Specifically, the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research found that each 10 percent increase in the number of nurses holding bachelor's degrees lowered the risk of patient death within one month of hospital admission by 7 percent.

The study utilized data that had been compiled by the European Commission and covered more than 422,000 patients who had been treated in 300 hospitals. The data was gathered from 2007 to 2009 and came from about 9 countries. It covered patients over age 50 who had been admitted for relatively common operations that are not likely to result in death but still require an inpatient stay. The study found that relatively small changes in the number of nurses holding bachelor's degrees or the number of patients each nurse cared for can have major impacts on the patients' mortality rates.

Study reports nursing home facilities related to patient harm

Virginia residents may be concerned about a recent report claiming one-in-three patients has been negatively treated at nursing home facilities. The government report assessed patient records to determine its results and was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March. 3. The study revealed a connection between patient harm and medical negligence and inadequate treatment by skilled nurses at nursing home facilities.

The study worked with a random selection of 653 patients on Medicare from 600 different facilities to assess the results. The report determined that 22 percent of patients who were treated in a nursing home and had their medical reports examined experienced lasting harm from their care. The study concluded that this mistreatment was caused by delays or the failure to provide needed care, inadequate monitoring and substandard treatment at their facility.

Lexus, Toyota vehicles recalled due to inoperative parts

Virginia owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles may have recently heard that the automaker is recalling approximately 295,000 of its 2012 and 2013 vehicles. The move came after problems with the vehicles' safety systems were reported, but no car accidents or injuries had been linked to the issues as of yet. According to the report, the antilock brakes and the stability control system could be rendered inoperative due to a malfunctioning electrical part inside the brake actuator.

The brake actuator is the device inside vehicles that adjusts the fluid pressure inside each wheel cylinder. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this could mean greater resistance in that system, which could in turn cause a reduction in control of the vehicle. Should the safety systems that rely on proper pressure within the actuator stop operating correctly, such as traction control, a crash could result.

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