What Happens If You Are in an Accident While Driving Someone Else’s Car?

Have you ever borrowed a family member or friend’s car and wondered what would happen if you were to get in an accident? Whose insurance would pay? Yours? Theirs? Neither? Here is a breakdown of how it works in the DMV: Washington D.C. DC Code § 50-1301.08 states that “whenever any motor vehicle . . . shall be operated . . . by any person other than the owner, with the consent of the owner . . . the operator thereof shall in case of accident, be deemed to be the agent of the owner of such motor vehicle ….

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New Year’s Eve: Helpful Tips To Stay Safe and Enjoy!

3…2…1…. Happy New Year! This is probably the year to skip elaborate celebrations, but one thing that never changes is counting down til midnight to ring in the new year. New New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so remember commonsense safety practices in your celebrations. Drinking and driving is usually at an all-time-high during the holidays. According to the official CDC website, “every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashed that involve an alcohol-impaired driver” (CDC). Any amount of alcohol in your system can severely impact your response time. Some other ways alcohol…

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The Biggest Auto Accident Stories of 2020

  While COVID-prompted remote work has some of us staying at home and away from our local freeways, negligent drivers are as common as ever in 2020. If anything, negligence is even worse among some drivers, who assume that they can get away with irresponsible behavior when roads are less crowded. In other cases, road rage leaves drivers and passengers vulnerable to deadly collisions. A few of the year’s most noteworthy accidents are detailed below: Ashley “Ms. Minnie” Ross Dies in Disputed Accident In April, reality star Ashley Ross was involved in a head-on accident. Known as Ms. Minnie from…

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How to Drive Safely This Winter

As fall turns to winter, safe driving becomes more of a challenge. Amidst all the festivities, it is easy to forget about the precautions you should take to prepare your vehicle for the change in weather. However, following the guidance offered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help keep you and your loved ones safer throughout the holiday season. PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE Make sure that your car is ready for winter conditions before you get behind the wheel. Some important things to pay attention to are your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, and tires because they all suffer in…

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D.C. Council Moves to Widen Legal Protections for E-Scooter Riders Involved in Accidents

  Amidst ongoing changes with transportation, the D.C. Council recently passed transportation measures to help e-scooter riders collect damages after being injured in an accident.  E-scooter riders will be considered a “vulnerable road user” and thus no longer fall under D.C.’s contributory negligence tort regime. Under contributory negligence, an e-scooter rider would not be able to recoup any medical bills if the rider were even 1 percent at fault. However, this measure is set to only bar recovery if a jury finds an e-scooter rider to be beyond 50 percent at fault – making it much easier to recoup medical…

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New Year, New Law: It Will Soon Be Illegal to Hold Your Phone While Driving in Virginia

If you are a believer in new years’ resolutions, you might consider adding one more item to your list: don’t hold your phone while driving. While this certainly has always been a good idea, it is even more so now that Virginia’s new law will soon make it illegal to hold any handheld personal communications device while driving. The law takes effect on January 1, 2021. Under the current law, it is illegal for drivers to read or send emails and text messages. Under the new law, just holding a personal communications device while driving anywhere at any time will…

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Understanding Seat Belt Laws in DC, Virginia, and Maryland

  Fortunately, the days where seatbelts were optional are over. However, just because it’s illegal to not wear a seatbelt, doesn’t mean everyone wears a seat belt while in the car. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that of the 37,133 people that were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47% were not wearing seat belts. Tragically, that percentage is even higher for teenagers ages 13 to 15 (54%). Safety The most important reason to always wear a seat belt is because seat belts save lives. The NHTSA reports that between 1960 and 2012, seat belts…

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Crash Statistics: Drivers Involved in Crashes Admit Risky Behavior

  Distracted driving continues to be a major cause of accidents in America. While this unlikely comes as a surprise, what is surprising is how little improvement has been made. Recently, AAA released a report that analyzed data from drivers involved in at least one crash in the last two years. Here are some of their key findings: 50% of those involved in a recent crash admit to talking on a hand-held device while driving in the past month, compared to 42% not involved in a crash. 43% of those involved in a recent crash admit to texting while driving…

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The Dangers of Daylight Saving Time: How Can You Avoid Them?

  Daylight Saving Time isn’t a mere annoyance — it’s a verifiable source of danger. Every year, motor vehicle accidents and fatalities skyrocket right after we move the clocks forward or back. The human body simply can’t handle this sudden change. With a little preparation, however, it’s possible to plan ahead and avoid the worst of this dreaded date: Build Light Into Your Transportation Things are about to get a whole lot darker as we fall back. Spotting road hazards is tough enough when dealing with disrupted sleep, but the increased darkness certainly doesn’t help matters. A few simple steps…

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The Dangerous Drivers of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anxious and Out-of-Touch Drivers — And the Dangers They Pose During the COVID Pandemic When COVID lockdowns first took over, many people assumed that a silver lining would involve reduced car accidents and fatalities. After all, it stands to reason that more people working or studying from home will translate to fewer cars on the road — and a reduced likelihood of collision. Unfortunately, these predictions haven’t played out as expected. If anything, some drivers view the comparatively empty roads as an opportunity to behave even more recklessly than they did prior to the pandemic. Others are simply too anxious…

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