Many meteorologists predicted a huge blizzard for the Central Virginia area, as people went about getting their milk and bread.
Then it happened.
Reports from the Daily Progress in Charlottesville showed the city blanketed by over 15 inches of snow on January 23 as dusk fell. Snow continued to fall during the night, and as residents woke up in Charlottesville and across the region, they were met with brilliant white drifts inundating sidewalks, driveways and everything else.
It was a big enough snowfall that the state of Virginia allowed its employees to work from home. Flights out of Charlottesville airport were temporarily grounded and a parking prohibition was in place along parts of Market Street and other busy downtown areas. State police also reported over 1000 traffic crashes.
Public planners know that these types of huge winter storms are situations where business as usual goes out the window, and emergency safeguards help to protect residents from harm. One of the first priorities is evaluating transportation safety. We take for granted that we are going to pop into our vehicles and go anywhere at any time, but in inclement weather, this routine process becomes much more dangerous. There is the possibility of shearing ice and snow from other vehicles. There’s the limited visibility. There’s the slickness of road surfaces.
How an Attorney Can Help
All of this only begins to describe the very real elements of danger that face a community as it digs out of a storm like this one. Personal injury lawyers understand how storms are a mitigating factor in many accidents. These legal professionals are experienced at looking at the whole context of the case. Many personal injury cases take place in the context of unusual circumstances, whether it’s a storm, a machinery failure, a high wind situation or anything else.
As they fight for their clients’ rights in court, personal injury attorneys pay a lot of attention to the ways in which communities manage risks. They start to see the tendencies and trends behind the rates of injury in their communities, and they rely on this, as well as a knowledge of federal, state and local law, to evaluate a case.
Throughout a case, a qualified injury lawyer will do the right research to support the client’s claims. He or she will help a family or household understand their rights and legal options under the law to seek compensation for their injuries. All of this is part of the comprehensive service of “being there” for an injury victim and his or her loved ones and fighting the good fight with them to put pressure on responsible parties.
MartinWren: A Virginia Injury Law Firm On Your Side
If you or a family member has been injured in the Albermarle County area, talk to the experienced personal injury lawyers at MartinWren, P.C. Let our attorneys help you obtain the just compensation you need to cover the costs of your care and recovery after an accident.