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Distracted driving: Is it time for Virginia to toughen its laws?

It’s an all-too-common sight around McLean: drivers with phones in their hands. They’re talking, texting and looking at the phone for directions and more. Unfortunately. the attention given to their electronics is not being given to the traffic, pedestrians and street signs.

According to a recent news report, many people believe Virginia’s reluctance to adopt stricter measures contributes to the growing number of distracted driving crashes around the state.

Hidden costs of divorce

When you go a McLean car dealer and purchase a new vehicle, it’s understood that you will pay additional costs in the course of ownership. You’re going to have to buy fuel for the car, whether it’s gasoline or electric, and you’ll have to fork over a certain amount every year for auto insurance. Other costs will come along from time to time, including new tires, windshield wipers, headlight replacements and, of course, repairs.

The same is true of divorce: it comes with extra costs that might not be immediately obvious. A recent article laid out some of the hidden costs of divorce.

Violent Virginia crash claims two lives

There is a terrible moment in some car crashes in which the driver knows right before impact that a violent collision is inevitable. It seems likely that a 49-year-old Virginia man experienced just such a flash of dread before a highway crash that left him seriously injured and two others dead.

State Police investigators said the Waynesboro man in a pick-up truck tried to swerve to avoid a vehicle coming toward him in his lane, but was unable to avoid the oncoming Volkswagen Jetta. Inside the VW were the 25-year-old female driver, a 27-year-old male front seat passenger, and in the backseat, the most precious cargo possible: three children. A 6-month-old baby was in a car seat and suffered only minor injuries, but a 5-year-old and 2-year-old were not in car seats.

Virginia business settles lawsuit, declares bankruptcy

It’s about a four-hour drive southwest of McLean to get to Salem. Many fans of Mac and Bob’s restaurant there in the Roanoke Valley would have argued that the drive was worth it to enjoy the fare at the Salem institution.

Though business has boomed at the eatery, the owners recently announced that they are filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to financial problems that began with a lawsuit filed against the Virginia business by a server who had quit.

Deadly 18-wheeler crashes on the rise

The violent crashes involving big commercial trucks on the highways, streets and interstates in the McLean area seem to be happening more frequently. Tractor trailers are the biggest vehicles on our roadways and the deadliest.

According to data tabulated by the federal government, truck-related highway fatalities have surged in recent years, increasing by 28 percent from 2009 to 2016. According to the Virginia-based Truck Safety Coalition, statistics gathered from last year indicates that deadly truck accidents continue to increase in frequency.

The photos you put on social media could hurt you in a divorce

Thanks to modern smartphones, most people have ready access to a camera everywhere they go. And social media makes sharing such photos with a wide group of friends and family as simple as the touch of a button. So, sharing photos of what is going on in your life has never been easier.

However, as with many things, when it comes social media, there can be a pretty big gap between what one can do and what one should do. It is always important to be cautious about what photos you put up online. However, such caution can take on a whole new level of importance when heading into a divorce

School’s resuming; drivers urged to keep McLean kids safe

It's that time of year: summer is drawing to a close, which means that in McLean and across Virginia, students have either started classes again or about to resume. It's an exciting time for parents and children, but also a time that calls for motorists to be extra cautious in and near school zones to avoid child pedestrian accidents and injuries.

Traffic safety experts say that if drivers follow a few simple rules during school years, kids going to and from schools can be kept safe.

Monster Energy v. small Virginia distiller in battle over logo

It appears to be what’s left behind after a monster sins its claws into metal and rips downward. The recognizable jagged, green “M” appears on cans of Monster Energy drinks.

The bottles sold by Virginia’s MurLarkey Distillery are also emblazoned with an “M,” but it’s a much more traditional, even stately looking serif letter.

Trucker goes through red light, hits four other vehicles

If you drive southwest of McLean for about seven hours, you'll arrive in St. Paul, Virginia. The small town was recently the site of a tractor-trailer crash in which the big rig apparently blew through a red light and then struck four vehicles.

The 18-wheeler wound up upside-down in the Clinch River, a news report stated. The truck driver was injured in the crash, though his condition was unknown at the time of the report. Motorists in three other vehicles were fortunate to survive with just minor injuries.

Trucker charged in Virginia interstate crashes

It is about a three-hour drive southwest of McLean to get to Afton Mountain in Albemarle County. The site in the Blue Ridge Mountains is where a recent multi-vehicle crash took place.

Virginia State Police said the driver of a tractor-trailer headed east on Interstate 64 is responsible. Officials said the trucker has been cited for reckless driving for failing to maintain control of his 18-wheeler. A Fishersville woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries sustained in the truck accident.

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