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, August 6, 2014

Tractor Trailer Accident Shuts Down I-64

A tractor trailer accident has shut down I-64 near Black CatRoad according to reports from the Charlottesville Daily Progress. Apparently five vehicles were involved including two tractor trailers. Unfortunately, the accident resulted in one fatality. The Progress reports that the accident happened when a tractor trailer failed to stop in time for a crash on the interstate that had already happened. The tractor trailer struck an SUV and there was a chain reaction crash. One vehicle burst into flames. This type of accident is not unusual on heavily trafficked portions of interstate highways. There have been recent attempts to limit the hours that truck drivers can operate their rigs and there have also been a number of laws recently enacted that focus on distracted driving, including texting and using a cell phone without a hands free device while driving. We don't know yet why the tractor trailer driver failed to stop. Since there was fatality, the investigation will be detailed and the cause of the accident should be determined. I have worked with the former lead investigator for the Virginia State Police in looking at accident causes. In an accident involving a tractor trailer, there are many sources of information. In this case, the speed of the driver before the accident could be a factor as well as the hours that he or she had been on the road. For most of us who travel the interstates on a regular basis, an accident like this on wis just an inconvenience. But for the people involved, it can be life changing. 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, August 4, 2014

Ban on Texting Lowers Injury Death Rate In Automobile Accidents

Personal injury lawyers and attorneys in Virginia and other states know all too well that a significant number of accidents are caused by drivers, particularly teenage drivers, who are trying to text and drive at the same time. The Washington Post reports today that a new study has concluded that "texting bans can reduce teen fatalities by as much as 11 percent." Virginia is one of the states that has such a ban in place. However, the study also found banning all handheld devices is the most effective way to reduce traffic deaths across all age groups. Thirteen states have such a ban. Virginia is not one of the states that bans all handheld devices. Our neighbors to the north, Maryland and Washington D.C., do have such bans in place. Hopefully, all states will realize that the use of handheld devices poses a risk to all drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians and so take measures to limit their use 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

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