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Alcohol likely a factor in fatal car crash

A fatal accident recently occurred in Gloucester County. The Virginia investigators initially suspect that a man driving a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck an SUV, killing the passenger in the second vehicle and injuring the driver. Additionally, the law enforcement officers believe that alcohol was a factor in the car crash.

Young woman killed in car accident on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is typically a holiday where families who celebrate it gather and enjoy spending time together. However, for one Virginia family, the holiday turned into a nightmare. A 19-year-old woman was killed in a car accident on her way to her grandmother's house to celebrate the holiday. The driver of the vehicle faces numerous criminal charges resulting from the accident.

1 dead following car accident in Virginia

One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a serious multi-car crash in Suffolk on Dec. 12, according to local sources. Virginia authorities had to close down Route 460 following the car accident. It is currently unclear what caused the crash, which is still under investigation by local authorities. No charges have yet been filed.

Woman seriously injured in car accident outside of concert

Large events such as a sporting event or a concert typically bring a large crowd. This means that numerous people will be walking in and out of the event area, and some may even walk from nearby locations to and from the event. One Virginia woman was walking in Portsmouth after attending a concert when she was hit by a car. The car accident caused her to be seriously injured, and the driver was arrested.

GM issues another recall in connection with ignition switch issues

GM, as is well known, has been in a fair amount of trouble lately with respect to product liability issues. Now, the auto manufacturer has recalled more vehicles, 3.36 million according to sources, over more problems with ignition switches. The recall is separate from but similar to a previous recall of 2.6 million vehicles connected to ignition switch issues. The recent recall is specifically attributed to ignition switches getting knocked out of the run position and negatively impacting the functionality of the cars’ brakes, air bags and power steering.

States: insurance coverage a potential issue in ridesharing accidents

Ridesharing, as some of our readers may know, is a growing trend across the United States, and one which offers folks the convenience of scheduling a ride with the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger. But while ridesharing services have become rather popular and successful in competing with traditional taxi and limo services, there are still some concerns about the use of ridesharing.

Correlating pregnancy and motor vehicle accidents

According to a recent study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, pregnant women may be more likely to become involved in a serious car crash. According to the study, women in their second trimester of pregnancy were 42 percent more likely to go into the emergency room for car crash injuries than they were prior to becoming pregnant. No significant increases in ER visits were seen in the first or third trimesters, and the study suggests that certain pregnancy symptoms, particularly absentmindedness due to stress and fatigue may be to blame.

Winter storm blankets DC area

It seems like a recurring theme in the Washington D.C. metro area: snow is in the forecast. Yesterday’s storm brought nearly a foot of snow to the region. This storm was much different than previous storms because the air temperature was so cold. It was estimated that the nation’s capital only reached 15 degrees.

NHTSA to create standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

In our last post, we highlighted what the future of driving in Fairfax County may look like in the next decade with autonomous vehicles on the road. While this reality is still years away, there are important steps being taken between the federal government and automakers. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will draft rules and standards for installing vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in future vehicles. 

Why drivers should take the time to clear their vehicles

It looks like the dreaded polar vortex is making an encore appearance in the D.C. metro area. While the temperatures will be milder this time, the ice and snow that forms on windshields will be a hazard that drivers will have to contend with even before dealing with other drivers. Despite this hazard, some drivers will ignore it only scrape a small section of their windshields, leaving their window defrosters to do the rest of the work.

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