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    An Overview of Virginia's DUI Laws

    Last updated 6 months ago

    DUI stands for “driving under the influence” of drugs or alcohol, and is one of the most common causes of auto accidents next to excessive speed and driver distractions. While the legal BAC limit for each state is 0.08 percent, the penalties for a DUI vary from state to state. This article will provide an overview of Virginia’s DUI laws. 

    First Offense

    The state of Virginia has enacted some of the toughest laws and penalties for DUI offenses. Individuals convicted of their first DUI will face a mandatory fine no less than 250 dollars, as well as a one-year license revocation.

    Second Offense

    Individuals convicted of a second DUI may face a number of penalties based on the specifics of the case. For example, if you are convicted of a second DUI, you will have to pay a minimum fine of 500 dollars, have your driver’s license revoked for at least three years, and may even face up to one year of jail time. However, individuals who are convicted of a second DUI within 10 years of a prior offence will face at least 10 days in jail, while anyone convicted of a second DUI within five years will face at least 20 days in jail.

    Third Offense

    Anyone convicted of a third DUI will be forced to pay a fine of no less than 1,000 dollars, have their driver’s license revoked for an indefinite amount of time, and will be charged with a Class 6 felony. If convicted of a third DUI within five years of a previous conviction, you may also face a minimum of six months in jail.

    When you have been involved in a car accident with a driver who was under the influence, it is important to ensure that you are working with an auto accident attorney who has a great deal of experience. For more information about our practice areas, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 330-6300 or visit our website.

    A Look at the Costs Associated with Car Accidents

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Many people do not realize just how expensive being involved in a car accident really is—because they are only considering the amount of money they will have to pay to fix the car or purchase a new vehicle if their automobile has been totaled.

    In fact, individuals who are involved in a car accident may have to deal with a number of expenses, such as the cost to have their vehicle repaired if the other driver does not have insurance, the cost to have the vehicle towed, expenses for any medical care for accident-related injuries, and increased insurance premiums. In the event that the accident was your fault, you may also have to pay compensatory benefits or damages to the victim. Furthermore, individuals involved in a car accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may also face fines anywhere from 250 to 1,000 dollars depending on whether they have had previous convictions.

    With the high cost of auto accidents, it is important to work with a auto accident lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis. Call the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers (703) 330-6300 to schedule a free consultation.

    Causes of Knee Ligament Tears

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The ligaments in your knee refer to thick bands of tissue that support the joints and provide stability. This video discusses some of the most common causes of ligament tears in the knee.

    Most ligament tears affecting the knee are caused by a traumatic event. This may be a fall during sports activities, a slip and fall injury, or a car accident. Watch the complete clip to learn more about knee ligament tears and their causes.

    For more information on obtaining compensation for your personal injuries and car accident injuries, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers online or call our Woodbridge, VA office at (703) 330-6300.

    How Whiplash Can Change Your Life

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the neck is subjected to sudden acceleration and deceleration motions, meaning that it snaps forward and backward quickly and causes injury to the soft tissues within the neck. Whiplash is one of the most common motor vehicle accident injuries, and it can lead to serious complications.

    Whiplash may not cause any immediate symptoms, and is therefore one of the most dangerous injuries as individuals do not always seek immediate care. Some common symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, visual disturbances, and ringing of the ears. However, individuals who have suffered from severe whiplash that causes tears of the ligaments and tendons within the neck may have to deal with more serious symptoms. In some cases, whiplash may lead to permanent damage and deteriorating neck conditions, including herniated discs, spinal cord damage, and even paralysis.

    Get the information you need about common auto accident injuries by contacting the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Virginia at (703) 330-6300. We offer services in Woodbridge, Dale City, and Prince William.

    Tips for Safe Night Driving

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When most of us think about nighttime automobile accidents, our first thought tends to be of older drivers and those with vision disorders that increase glare and halos around lights. However, night driving is especially dangerous for individuals of all ages, regardless of their visual acuity. Continue reading to learn what you can do to protect yourself from nighttime car accidents.

    Prepare Your Vehicle

    It is important to prepare your vehicle before you drive at night. This includes cleaning off your headlights, taillights, and signals to remove any dirt or debris that dulls your lights—as well as cleaning the inside and outside of all windows on a weekly basis. Another important part of preparing your vehicle is ensuring that your headlights are properly aimed, as misaligned headlights not only reduce your visibility but may also make it more difficult for drivers around you to see clearly.

    Reduce Your Speed

    Another way you can increase your safety while driving at night is to reduce your speed by at least five miles per hour. You will also want to increase your following distance so that you have plenty of time to stop, especially if the vehicle in front of you does not have properly working brake lights or taillights.

    Do Not Drive Under the Influence

    One of the best ways to stay safe on the road, at night and during the day, is to avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is also important to try to avoid smoking while driving at night, as the nicotine and carbon monoxide can actually interfere with your night vision.

    Whether you have been involved in a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Virginia is here to help. Call our law firm at (703) 330-6300 for more information about our Woodbridge, Dale City, and Prince William legal services.

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