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Autonomous Vehicle Crashes and What you need to know

An autonomous vehicle is capable of sensing its surroundings and navigating without any human control. These self-driving cars may be paving the way for future transportation, but are they really safer than human drivers? Here is what you need to know.

What to know about Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous cars have a lower crash rate. According to a study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which was commissioned by Google, the national crash rate is 4.2 accidents per million miles and the crash rate for self-driving cars is 3.2 accidents per million miles.

Their innovative systems could save lives. According to research, there are elements of autonomous cars that could eventually decrease road deaths by a third. These include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and head-on collision-avoidance systems. However, these systems are not standard features in all cars.

Most car crashes are due to human error. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that human error was to blame for 94% of traffic accidents. Autonomous cars have the potential to eliminate some of this human error.

Self-driving cars may lead to more distracted driving. Recent autonomous car crashes reveal that distracted driving may be an increasing issue with self-driving cars.

  • In March, a self-driving Uber hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Police reports show that the driver was looking down for almost 1/3 of the 22 minutes leading to the crash and that she was watching Hulu on her phone at the moment of impact.
  • In a crash involving a self-driving Tesla, the police report shows that the driver was distracted by her phone, put the car in autopilot and had her hands off of the steering wheel for 80 seconds before the crash.

Auto Insurance may have to adapt. Because of the growing presence of autonomous vehicles, insurance companies are going to have to figure out the grey area that lies between driver and manufacturer liability when it comes to self-driving car crashes.

Injuries caused by an autonomous car can be just as serious as those caused by a human driver. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with an autonomous car, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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U. S. News & World Report Best Cars Arriving in 2018

Are you in the market for a new car? Look no further! We’ve got the U. S. News & World Report’s official list of Best New Cars Arriving in 2018. Find the model that suits your needs and, as always, if you find yourself the victim of an accident, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

The below information is courtesy of USnews.com.

2018 Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in America, but it’s never been known for its dynamic styling or driving prowess. Toyota aims to change that with the 2018 model, which features an edgier design inside and out, a host of standard safety tech, plus more powerful yet efficient engines.

2018 Honda Odyssey

Competition in the minivan segment has heated up in the last couple of years with the arrival of the redesigned Kia Sedona and the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. For 2018, Honda aims to leapfrog the competition with the 2018 Honda Odyssey, which is loaded with family-friendly technology and seating features.

2018 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition has been around in the same basic form for a long, long time. For 2018, the Ford Expedition will feature a body made of lightweight aluminum, rather than steel. The weight savings, paired with an efficient new powertrain, is expected to provide significantly improved fuel economy.

2018 GMC Terrain

GMC’s popular Terrain compact SUV has been redesigned for 2018, with a bolder yet curvier look than the outgoing model. However, the big news is under the hood. Three turbocharged engines will be available, including an efficient 1.6-liter turbodiesel. The new gasoline-powered turbos will employ a nine-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Kia Stinger

When you think of high-performance sports sedans, Kia probably doesn’t come to mind. However, when Kia took the wraps off the 2018 Kia Stinger at the Detroit Auto Show, the shapely coupe-like sedan stole the show. It will go on sale in the United States late this year.

2018 Lexus LS

It’s a busy year at Lexus, with two major products due to come to market for 2018. Their flagship sedan, the LS, is completely redesigned, gaining a dynamic coupe-like silhouette that’s nothing like the outgoing model. It’s longer, lower, and wider than before, gaining 1.3 inches in wheelbase.

2018 Toyota CH-R

Arriving in dealer showrooms this April, Toyota’s new small four-door crossover comes with a starting price of $22,500. The 2018 Toyota C-HR brings aggressive looks and sporty intentions to a segment that’s better known for practicality and efficiency. The C-HR was originally destined for Toyota’s now defunct Scion brand.

2018 Audi Q5

The redesigned Audi Q5 arriving this spring will be faster than the last generation and loaded with the latest in safety and infotainment technology. It will feature a four-cylinder turbo, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and standard all-wheel drive that can propel it from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is expected in dealerships this fall. It will seat up to eight passengers, and access to the spacious third-row will be enhanced by a second row that both tilts and slides, even with a child seat installed. All three rows will have USB charging ports.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru used the Geneva Auto Show to introduce the redesigned 2018 Crosstrek. It’s the model’s first significant update since its 2012 launch. Subaru has yet to release details on the U.S. version of the car, but it retains its rugged design and high ground clearance.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The Land Rover Family continues to grow with the introduction of the 2018 Range Rover Velar. It will arrive in the U.S. later in 2017 with a base price of $49,900. It rides on the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, which is one of our top-ranked luxury compact SUVs.

2018 Ford Mustang

The redesigned 2018 Ford Mustang is going high-tech in both looks and features. The V6 base engine is gone, in favor of the more efficient 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s currently available. The venerable 5.0-liter V8 has been updated, and a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission can be paired to either engine.

2018 Lexus LC

An all-new model for Lexus is the 2018 Lexus LC, a high-performance luxury sports coupe derived from its LF-LC concept car. When they go on sale this spring, the LC 500 will carry a starting price tag of $92,000, while the LC 500h hybrid will be priced from $96,510.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Arriving this spring will be Volkswagen’s Tennessee-built 2018 Atlas seven-passenger SUV. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is set to compete in the heart of the midsize SUV segment, alongside rivals including the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. VW will offer a choice of an efficient four-cylinder or a powerful V6 engine.

2018 Ford EcoSport

Ford is entering the burgeoning subcompact SUV market in the U.S. for 2018 with an updated version of a model that has been sold in other markets for some time. The 2018 Ford EcoSport will be available with a choice of two engines, including a super-efficient 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Named after a famous mountain pass road in the Italian Alps, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV continues the reintroduction of the brand into the U.S. market. Leading the lineup will be the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a 505-horsepower monster that can leap from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

2018 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is set to receive its first major redesign since its initial introduction nine years ago. Volvo says the 2018 XC60 will be one of the safest cars ever built, employing such groundbreaking features as Oncoming Lane Mitigation to prevent head-on collisions.

 

 

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Uber Accidents

There is no question: The advent of ride-sharing services, like Uber, have made getting around easier and safer for a lot of people. No doubt, there will be studies coming out in the future that show that the increasing use of such services has led to a decrease in drunk driving accidents and injuries. However, behind the wheel of these cars, there is still a normal person driving and accidents happen. The question, then, becomes: Who is on the hook? The driver? Uber? Am I just out of luck?

The 3 States of a Ride-Share Driver

Off duty – In this state, the driver is operating their vehicle but not currently carrying or in search of any new riders.

Searching – In this state, the driver is actively seeking a new fare but has set to pick anyone up.

In the case of the first two states, the responsibility is primarily on the driver’s own personal insurance to help assist in the event of an accident. It is in the third state that things become a little complicated. While Uber does boast a seven-figure policy to protect passengers in the event of an accident, that policy does not extend to the driver or the other vehicles they may have made contact with. The key takeaway is that if you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver, whether as a passenger or in your own vehicle, let us help you fight for what you really deserve. And you deserve to have the pros on your side. Call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

 

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Christmas Safety Tips

We want to keep you safe this Christmas and holiday season. In order to enjoy your time with family and loved ones without worry, try out these 12 Christmas safety tips from Lawyers.com.

  1. Buy age appropriate toys from reputable manufacturers.
  2. Pick up and vacuum regularly, looking out for small items that could pose a choking hazard to young children. Common Christmas hazards are Christmas tree ornament hooks or small parts that have fallen off toys.
  3. Watch out for potential fire hazards; keep Christmas decorations and cards away from heat sources.
  4. Don’t leave burning candles unattended and never put real candles on your Christmas tree.
  5. Replace old lights with LED lights as they meet much higher safety standards. Disconnect the lights when leaving the house and while sleeping. Do not let children play with light bulbs as it is a swallow hazard.
  6. Keep Christmas decorations with small, removable parts out of reach of small children and pets.
  7. Set aside plenty of time to prepare and cook your Christmas dinner. Rushing in the kitchen can lead to accidents with knives, pots boiling over, and hot fat.
  8. Have scissors on hand to open packaging as they are much safer than using a knife. Have screwdrivers available to assemble toys. Using scissors instead of a screwdriver is a common cause of stabbing and cutting oneself.
  9. While installing and plugging in new electronics, gadgets and appliances watch out for trailing cables and wires and always read instructions.
  10. With extra people and clutter in the house, a trip and fall accident is more likely. Try to at least clear clutter as it accumulates and wipe spills right after they occur. Stairs and walkways should be kept well-lit.
  11. Do not drink and drive. Plan for a designated driver or to spend the night. If you are taking a road trip to see family for Christmas, plan to drive while you are wide awake.
  12. Keep your tree well-watered so that it is not a dried-out fire hazard by Christmas day.

We hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

 

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Holidays in Hampton Roads

One of the great benefits of being a part of this community is access to so, so many wonderful holiday events. We hope you enjoy our guide to your holiday season in Hampton Roads.

Holiday Lights at the Beach
Through January 1, 2017
The Virginia Beach boardwalk comes to life this year with Holiday Lights at the beach, a drive through lighting display set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Animated nautical displays blend with holiday-themed illuminations to help start the season with thirty blocks of festive lighting.
Dickens’ Christmas Towne
Through December 21, 2016
Join one of Hampton Road’s newest holiday traditions as it expands to encompass even more holiday magic this year. A Christmas tree forest welcomes visitors to the 15,000-square foot village and an animated puppet show delights kids of all ages. Visit any day for holiday fun, but experience a little extra magic Saturday mornings with Copperfield’s Petting Zoo.
Newport News Celebration in Lights
November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Now in its 24th season, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event reopens this year with over 800,000 individual lights coming together to create an animated holiday attraction. With new displays like cherry blossoms and penguin snowball fights, this display illuminates the spirits of all who attend.
Dominion Garden of Lights – Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Through January 1, 2017
Voted the #8 best light displays in the country, the Norfolk Botanical Garden comes to life once again this year with over 1 million individual lights making up fantastic displays all along this 2-mile drive.
Winter Wonderland: the Coleman Collection
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Coleman’s famous Winter Wonderland collection lives on as guests are treated to displays ranging from animated skaters to an enchanted forest and the big man in red himself. This Hampton Roads classic tradition is now held at the Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center where it continues to spread the magic of the season.
Busch Gardens Christmas Town
November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017 (select days)
Lights are only the beginning of this Holiday hangout. With a varied array of Christmas stores and shows, Busch Garden’s Christmas Town captures the spirit of the holiday and transforms it into a spectacle no reveler should go without. Grab a season pass and return multiple times throughout the season.
Christmas Tree Lighting in Yorktown
December 2, 2016
Upholding a tradition started in 1945, the Yorktown Tree Lighting celebrates the coming of the season in colonial fashion. Watch the procession of lights through the historic village and await the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Williamsburg Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016
Celebrate the season with a classic Christmas Parade in Williamsburg. Making its way down Richmond Road from Brooks Street all the way to Colonial Williamsburg, there’s no better way to start the holiday season.
Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
December 3, 2016
Give a nautical nod to the holidays as the lighted boats begin their cruise down the York River. Featuring hot apple cider and caroling around the beach bonfire, the parade of lights will end with an award for best in show.
Christmas Market on Main Street in Yorktown
December 3, 2016
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your shopping done. Every gift you need for friends and family is waiting for you at the Yorktown Christmas Market.
Williamsburg Grand Illumination Parade
December 4, 2016
Williamsburg lights up in the Colonial tradition once more during the Grand Illumination this year. Celebrate the season with fireworks displays, and musical performances and let the spirit of the season fill you with joy.
Hampton Holly Days Parade
December 10, 2016
Revel in the holiday spirit with the peninsula’s largest illuminated holiday parade. Afterwards enjoy the North Pole in Carousel Park with free carousel rides, a giant snow globe, interactive elves workshop, Make and Take Toy Crafts, Live Entertainment, and Food Vendors. There will also be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival
December 10, 2016
Let your holiday caroler run free with the Olde Towne business and museums this holiday season. Launched in 1998 this festival brings together revelers to sing, dance, and enjoy treats like roasted marshmallows, performers, and activities to delight all ages.
Toyland Parade in Historic Yorktown
December 10, 2016
Adorn yourself in holiday cheer and become part of the parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dance to the sounds of the fifes and drums and watch out for a special stop by the famous Polar Express.