Using cell phones while driving is distracted driving. It is a plague that threatens every driver (and passenger) on all roads in the U.S. today. In fact, overall, there was a 10%+ increase in distracted driving from 2018 to 2019. In a recent study by Zendrive, Inc., only four states achieved any decrease in phone use while driving. For those of us living and driving in Virginia, we have earned the distinction of achieving the largest increase in the number of people who use a cell phone while driving of any state in the nation. [Read more…]
Three people were injured in a jet ski accident on Lake Gaston when the raft they were riding collided with a pier.
A life-long water skier and 20-year jet ski operator took a raft out on Lake Gaston. On this day, he was to tow a raft with passengers. They set out after he checked his equipment, and checked that all passengers were wearing a life jacket. He had reviewed safety rules and signals with the passengers. He had also posted a safety observer/lookout on the jet ski to ensure that the raft was towing properly.
The jet ski operator (defendant) entered a small cove along the shoreline with the raft in tow. While turning to leave the cove, the raft swung wider than the operator expected. It hit a wood pier. The operator and passengers estimated that the raft was moving at 20 mph or less or even at a no-wake speed. [Read more…]