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Virginia’s Highway Safety Ranked Worst

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jan-2010

 Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

                                                                                                                    

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group, has rated Virginia one of the worst states in the nation in highway safety, according to the Washington Post.  "This year, Maryland and the District were among the dozen ‘green’ (relatively safe) states. Thirty others were rated yellow (less safe), and Virginia descended into the red (least safe) zone."

According to the article, the group rates states based upon a wide variety of criteria, including the following factors: "mandatory motorcycle helmets, stricter seat-belt enforcement, open container bans, tougher drunken driving laws. But in the upcoming legislative sessions, it also will push for enforceable bans on text messaging and for graduated licensing for teenage drivers." a

Although no state has all of the safety laws the advocacy group recommends, Virginia lacks some crucial ones, including laws requiring blood-alcohol testing in fatal automobile collisions, banning open containers in vehicles, "mandating use of an ignition locking device that keeps people convicted of drunken driving from driving drunk again, and requiring applicants to be 16 before obtaining a learner’s permit."

The District was given the highest national rating by the group, and has nearly all of the safety-laws recommended by the group in effect.  Maryland fairs well in the ranking system, but needs to focus more on "nighttime restrictions on teen drivers, mandatory use of an ignition interlock for all offenders and blood-alcohol testing for drivers who die in accidents, not just those who survive," according to the Post.

Driving laws should be strong oin every state in our country.  The absence of stern laws lead to serious injuries and death.  Encourage your legislators to promote sate driving laws to protect all drivers and pedestrians on or around our community roads.

Travel safely.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.  

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.

Mr. Zambri has authored an article regarding how automobile collision cases are evaluated.  To read it, please click here.

To read an article published by one of Mr. Zambri’s clients, who was injured in a tragic automobile collision, please click here.

Many Americans are killed or critically injured each year in vehicular collisions.  If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899. 

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