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Tips From A Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer On Car Accidents

There are approximately 6 million automobile crashes in the United States every year. Approximately 2.5 million injuries and more than 30,000 people die in vehicle accidents. Annually, the rates go up. More and more, individuals are getting injured, if not killed, from car crashes.

Unfortunately, most of us will experience this type of incident at some point. That is why it is important for us to understand certain things that will provide significant assistance when we are in a car or truck accident.

Remain at the scene of the accident.

If you are in a car accident involving injury, or substantial damage to property, remain at the crash scene until law enforcement arriv

11 hours ago

Finding Virginia's Best Workers' Compensation Attorney for Your Injury

Finding Virginia's Best Workers' Compensation Attorney for Your Injury

15 hours ago

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Opens New San Diego Law Office

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--North County trial lawyer Ryan Harris, noted for his expertise in auto

accidents, negligence, and other serious personal injury cases, has

opened a new downtown San Diego office to provide residents with his


21 hours ago

Lead In Washington, D.C. Drinking Water May Have Caused More Stillbirths And Miscarriages

Did you need another reason to be concerned about exposure to lead?

This seems "to confirm the expectation, based on prior research, that about 20 to 30 extra fetal deaths occurred each year that the lead in water was high," Edwards told the Washington Post.

Long-established science suggests that the elevated lead levels should have also increased stillbirths, which are fetal deaths in the second half of the normal 40-week gestation period. The new study, published December 9 in Environmental Science & Technology, provides evidence that such an increase occurred during Washington's lead crisis. Edwards found that in 2001, Washington's annual fetal death rate jumped by 32-63 percent relative to the rates in 1997-1999; no comparable increase occurred in Baltimore, which did not suffer lead level spikes.

Washington's stillbirth rates returned to normal in 2004. But the city's fetal death rate rose again in 2007-2009, when pipe replacements released lead into some homes' drinking water.

The Washington Post writes that this study "contrasts sharply with government-led health studies that were released amid an outcry after people learned of hazardous lead in the water in 2004. Those studies largely rejected the notion that the water had harmed public health."

Edwards also revisits a "miscarriage cluster" in the USA Today building in Rosslyn, Va. -- an area just outside the District, which drew from the same water supply, and where women working on two floors undergoing renovations had a 100 percent miscarriage rate.

Federal investigators "were unable to determine what caused numerous miscarriages among employees at USA Today's headquarters" the Los Angeles Times reported in 1990.

Edwards writes in the new study that, reexamining the data, exposure to high levels of lead in drinking water "was a possible causal factor in the USA Today miscarriage cluster."

Lead "damages the brain, nerves, red blood cells, kidneys, and reproductive systems," according to the California Department of Health, and "can also cause high blood pressure, miscarriage, and other health problems." Lead has even been used to induce abortions.

But the study's authors caution that while their analysis shows a correlation between increased lead levels and stillbirth and miscarriage rates, "inherent limitations to the ecologic study design and the data used in this work [d]o not allow causal relationships" to be shown at this time.

"We generally believe lead in water is a great risk to human health, and that's why we have an extremely proactive program to respond to it," George Hawkins, director of D.C.'s water authority, told the Post. "We know it's a serious issue ... and we work with our customers if we think there is a risk."

It seems like lawyers are taking this risk seriously, too. One D.C. attorney, blogging about this new study, ended with the entreaty that "if you or someone you love was adversely affected by lead-poisoned water, contact one our dedicated Washington, DC personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation."

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Personal injury lawyers target Snapchat as reason for potential car crash suits

Attorneys have set up websites to explain local laws on distracted driving, sent out press releases about Snapchat's potential involvement in certain accidents, and written blog posts about the dangers of the app.

At issue are the app's "speed filter" feature that tracks how fast someone is traveling while they take a selfie. Because Snapchat photos and videos disappear after viewing, they demand more concentration, one lawyer argues.

"If they are behind the wheel of a car and they want to view a Snapchat picture, 100% of their attention has been removed from the road," California litigation attorney David Azizi writes on his blog.

Some lawyers make a more direct plea for potential clients.

"If you have been injured by a distracted driver, someone who was texting or playing with Snapchat or other social media apps call us today for a free consultation," writes Steers and Associates, a California firm.

"Is Snapchat causing car accident deaths?" Wolff and Wolff Trial Lawyers in St. Louis ask on a dedicated page.

Related: Snapchat speed filter blamed for 107-MPH highway accident

Earlier this week, Georgia resident Wentworth Maynard sued Snapchat and a young driver for a car crash that left him with serious brain injuries.

The suit alleges that the driver, a young woman, was using Snapchat while she was speeding at over 100 mph because she was using the speed filter feature.

While she was distracted, her car crashed into a Mitsubishi that Maynard was driving, according to the complaint. He suffered serious brain trauma as a result.

Jay Peavy, a general litigator from Atlanta, is co-consul with one of the Wentworth's attorneys on another case.

He told CNNMoney on Friday that Clayton County, where the accident took place last year, is a blue collar area where most drivers only have the minimum insurance coverage of $25,000.

Peavy suspects that the woman being sued had the minimum liability insurance, which is probably not enough to cover the medical expenses that Wentworth is seeking.

"Any good plantiff's lawyers [are] looking to see if they can get good deep pockets," he said.

Related: Teens rank Snapchat as 'most important social network'

Snapchat is not commenting on the suit, but has issued this statement: "No Snap is more important than someone's safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a 'Do NOT Snap and Drive' warning message in the app itself."

Snapchat isn't the only app that's been targeted by personal injury lawyers for new cases lately.

Steers & Associates, for example, also describe ways to deal with accidents involving Uber and Lyft.

CNNMoney (New York) First published April 29, 2016: 6:05 PM ET

2 days ago

Lead In Washington, D.C. Drinking Water May Have Caused More Stillbirths And Miscarriages

Did you need another reason to be concerned about exposure to lead?