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October 2016 Archives

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New Virginia signage attempts to reduce reckless driving

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is taking a new step to make state highways safer. The department will be posting signs on Interstate 95 and Interstate 81 reminding drivers that they can be charged with reckless driving if they exceed the 70 mph speed limit by just 10 mph. The department will post these signs in sections of the highways where VDOT has found a higher incidence of motorists exceeding the speed limit.

CVSA publishes results of annual safety campaign

Semi-tractor trailers weighing as much as 80,000 pounds are a common sight on the roads of Virginia and around the country, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance works to ensure that they are properly maintained and operated by drivers who follow federal safety regulations. The nonprofit organization, which is made up of federal, state and local agencies, inspects thousands of vehicles and driver log books each year during a three-day safety effort, and the results of the 2016 International Roadcheck campaign were published on Oct. 20.

Reducing traffic fatalities to zero

In a move that may well set the bar for safety to the highest possible standard, the Obama administration has announced a goal of eliminating traffic-related injuries and deaths in Virginia and elsewhere across the country by the end of 2046. According to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, accomplishing this goal within the stated 30-year time frame will demand a commitment to think differently about safety on America's roadways from all concerned.

Workers' compensation benefits fell by almost 6 percent in 2014

Workers' compensation benefits provided to injured workers in Virginia and around the country fell by almost 6 percent in 2014. According to a National Academy of Social Insurance report, workers' compensation benefits per $100 of payroll fell from 97 cents in 2013 to 91 cents in 2014. Some experts were surprised by the drop as the workforce grew in 2014 thanks to an improving economy and a robust jobs market.

Necessary elements for wrongful death litigation

It might seem unlikely that an individual would be found guilty in civil court for the death of another party if a criminal court has arrived at a not-guilty verdict. However, many Virginia residents remember this outcome being the case for O.J. Simpson in the 1990s. The standard of proof for a guilty verdict in criminal proceedings is quite high, but only a preponderance of evidence is needed to arrive at a guilty verdict in civil action for wrongful death.