From Charlottesville, Virginia

Covering the state of Virginia, Wilson & Hajek, a personal injury law firm, is centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis Hajek is an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney and lawyer who provides aggressive representation and personal service to his clients who have suffered injuries. Since 2007, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America. www.winjurylaw.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

700+ Car Accidents And One Snowy Day

Snow and car accidents seem to go together. Monday's snow resulted in over 700 Virginia car accidents and a host of personal injury victims. The problem with a car accident caused by snow is that the at fault driver often says that it wasn't his or her fault, it was the snow that caused the car accident. However, such defensive statements must be analyzed in the context of all the facts surrounding the car accident. Was the other driver going too fast for the conditions? If so, snow is not a defense. Di d the other driver fail to clear the snow off their vehicle and so had limited visibility? Is so, the snow is not a defense. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist you in looking at all the facts surrounding your accident and determine if there is a claim for damages. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bus Driver Causes Accident in Snow on I-95

I-95 was closed for several hours after a bus overturned in snowy conditions. The bus driver was charged with reckless driving as he was driving too fast for the conditions present on the interstate highway. The bus was en route from New York to Georgia. The circumstances of the accident are reminiscent of another recent bus accident that also involved driver error and resulted in serious personal injury to several bus passengers. Long distance travel by bus can be attractive because of low fares. However, sometimes the price can be high when the driver is fatigued and makes judgment errors that lead to a serious accident. The full facts are still not known for this most recent accident, but we do know that several bus passengers have already paid too high a price. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Punitive Damage Award

A drunk driver injures two people in a Virginia car accident. The injuries are not serious or life threatening, but not only is the driver drunk, he is also talking on his cell phone when he causes a car accident. Both cases go to trial and both accident victims obtain an award of compensatory and punitive damages. One injury victim gets an award of fourteen thousand dollars ($14,000) in compensatory damages and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) in punitive damages. The other injury victim gets an award of five thousand six hundred thousand dollars ($5600)in compensatory damages and also gets one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000)in punitive damages. The trial judge thought that the $100,000 was okay for the car accident injury victim who received an award of $14,600, but felt that the award of $100,000 for the car accident injury victim who received an award of $5600was just too much. In fact, the trial judge reduced the punitive damages award to $50,000. The Virginia Supreme Court recently reversed the decision of the trial court. The Virginia Supreme Court's decision is a good one. The drunk driver's conduct was terrible. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Albemarle Courts May Move

Virginia personal injury lawyers and attorneys who handle car accident cases and other personal injury cases in Albemarle county and the city of Charlottesville have first hand experience with the courts in those jurisdictions and the state of the courthouses. Charlottesville only has one courtroom for circuit court cases, such as significant and serious personal injury cases. It can take more than 18 months to schedule a trial date for a complicated and serious personal injury case that will take an experienced personal injury lawyer and attorney a few days to present to a jury. The Albemarle courthouse is also challenging for the experienced serious personal injury lawyer and attorney as meeting rooms are often used as courtrooms. The Daily Progress reports today that there is some discussion going on among supervisors to building a new court complex. While I hate to see the old and very historic courthouse in Albemarle put out of service, it is time to accommodate the needs of the citizens of the county who have to resort to the courts for justice. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Traffic Tickets For Cars And Bikes

Charlottesville Tomorrow reports that traffic tickets for bikes are on the rise in Charlottesville. As an experienced personal injury lawyer in the Charlottesville Albemarle area, I am aware that this area has a reputation as a bike friendly place to be. However, what many cyclists do not realize is that a traffic ticket for an infraction involving a bike has the same effect as a traffic ticket involving the operation of an automobile when it comes to your driver's license. If you are convicted of failing to stop your bike at a stop sign, it is just like failing to stop your car. You get the same number of points and you are subject to the same fine. Bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signs and signals. They are also required to use proper hand signals for turns. The failure to follow the traffic laws can result in a ticket. One issue the article did not address concerned the unlicensed bicycle operator. What happens if they receive a ticket? Well, they still have to pay the fine or go to court if they want to contest the charge, but since they do not have a license, there can't be an assessment of points. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

Monday, February 10, 2014

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Can't Loan Money

Virginia personal injury lawyers and attorneys can't loan money to their injury clients. To do so is a serious ethical violation and can subject the Virginia personal injury lawyer and attorney to a loss of his or her license. So what does a Virginia personal injury lawyer and attorney do when the injury client says that he or she is going to borrow money because of desperate times created by the injury. I think the attorney should counsel against the loan and try to see if there are other sources of funds for the client. Maybe a family member will help out. Maybe there is a possibility of a bank loan at a reasonable interest rate. If all of these options fail, the attorney should help the client avoid the lenders who charge truly excessive rates of interest. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Child Traffic Accident Deaths Decrease

Recent headlines announced that child car accident deaths decreased by 43% over the last decade. The decrease was attributed to increased use of seat belts and car seats. While it is good news, it underscores the increase in car accidents for teens and inexperienced drivers who are increasingly driving while distracted. Recent changes in Virginia law have made it a primary offense to text while driving. However, enforcement can only be random and sporadic, just as it is for speed limits. The odds of being pulled over for any traffic offense are incredibly low. So if we are to see a decrease in the teen car accident rate, there must be a change in the culture and a recognition by teens that such behavior is incredibly risky. To that end, parents must set the example and avoid talking on the cell phone while driving. I realize that it is unpopular to suggest that we don't answer the ringing cell phone while driving, bu tit is risky driving behavior. Most studies that have looked at talking on the cell phone while driving equate it to driving after having two or three drinks of an alcoholic beverage. But most of us will say that we can drive safely while talking on the cell phone, particularly if we are using a hands free device. Well, most of us are just wrong and science proves it. So if you want your children to drive safely, set a good example. Don't speed and don't talk on the cell phone while driving. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News