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Teen drivers in Virginia are known to cause car accidents

While the stories may sometimes be a little overblown, there is considerable truth behind the common perception that teenage drivers tend to cause car accidents at a higher rate. For example, recent statistics showed that, financially, teenage drivers are costing more than their fair share when it comes to car accidents.

Specifically, teen drivers account for 8.4% of all costs related to accidents involving a bodily injury. However, drivers ages 15 through 19 make up only 6.5% of the total population nationwide. On another rather grim note, motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death for people ages 16 through 19.

Despite increase in wrecks, feds set to relax rest rules

This blog has previously talked how many truckers and other commercial drivers in Virginia must follow federal hours of service regulations.

These so-called rest rules limit how long these drivers can stay on the road, or on duty, before stopping for several hours. The goal of these rules is to make sure truckers get enough sleep, which in turn prevents truck accidents due to fatigued driving.

Why car crashes tend to occur near home

Virginia is a comparatively safe state for motorists. In fact, according to researchers, the Old Dominion is the 37th most dangerous state for drivers. Still, because around 70% of motor vehicle accidents occur within 10 miles of home, state safety statistics may not paint a realistic picture of your risk. 

You probably cannot avoid driving altogether. You can, though, understand why car crashes tend to occur near home. Here are three primary reasons: 

Study suggests law enforcement take high driving more seriously

Even in states where it remains illegal, most people would probably agree that marijuana use is becoming more socially mainstreamed.

With more people using the drug recreationally and believing they can do so responsibly, police in Virginia are facing the problem about what to do about high drivers.

Overview of business succession planning

While it might be easy for a small business owner in Virginia to think that she has arrived after forming her business and taking the first steps in organizing it for the long haul, there will always be a need for ongoing business planning.

For a family-owned business or other closely held enterprise, for instance, business succession planning is important. Without a proper plan, the transition to new leadership once the original owner retires or can no longer run the business can be rockier than it should be.

Distracted driving a serious concern to Virginians

The Governor of this state recently announced that, according to an online town hall meeting about traffic safety, Virginians are very concerned about distracted driving on Virginia's roads.

According to the results of the online forum, almost half of those asked, over 49%, said that distracted driving was the most serious safety issue on the roads of this state. Additionally, slightly over 17% of respondents described the issue as the second most serious safety issue.

How different drugs impair your driving

Using drugs can make it unsafe to operate a vehicle, just like driving after consuming alcohol. Drugged driving is a widespread issue. An estimated 44% of motorists in deadly accidents test positive for drugs. In 2017, 12.8 million people drove while under the influence of illegal drugs

Illicit, prescription and over the counter drugs can all impair your driving abilities in different ways and lead to criminal charges. It is helpful to know how different drugs can affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

A few important things to consider in a commercial lease

The Blacksburg area can be a great place to start a business, but one of the keys to doing so successfully is picking out the right location for that new enterprise. After all, even in this day of online shopping and service, most businesses will still need some sort of traditional brick-and-mortar presence.

Instead of investing in real estate outright, some business owners may decide that leasing commercial property is the best route to take for their business. In this respect, though, it is important to remember a couple of things about commercial leases. First, unlike a residential lease, they tend to be much more open to negotiation.

Speeding truckers are a hazard in bad weather

Any truck driver traveling too fast on Virginia's roads is a potential hazard to other motorists with whom the trucker is sharing the road.

Even in the best weather conditions, the faster a truck goes, the longer it will take for the vehicle to come to a stop in the event of an emergency. At a highway speed of 65 miles per hour, for instance, it can take a fully loaded truck 525 feet to come to a complete stop, whereas it would take a sedan going the same speed 316 feet.

Legal issues with business mergers and acquisitions

While the biggest mergers and acquisitions make national news, the reality is that a whole range of business organizations of various sizes in Virginia may come to a point in which their leadership wishes to buy another business outright. Alternatively, the leadership may wish to combine forces with another business, perhaps even under a new name. At each stage of the process, a business merger presents legal issues that can be difficult to resolve yet are of utmost importance to the interests of all parties involved.

For instance, once they start discussing the possibility of merging, oftentimes businesses will sign agreements about how their negotiations will proceed. These contracts need to be carefully drafted in order to make sure trade secrets, sensitive financial information and other important and confidential information get the protection they deserve.

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