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Virginia DMV Driving Instructor Killed in Car Accident


            Driving instructors at the Department of Motor Vehicles are usually well aware of the risks involved with their occupation. Just recently, the Virginia DMV has seen one of their worst accidents yet. It occurred about two weeks ago in Williamsburg, and killed driving instructor Shirley Martin at age 56.  Martin was carrying out a driving test with a 36-year-old woman in Williamsburg.  The two were driving in a 1998 Honda south down Parkway Drive when the vehicle ran off the road, struck a tree, and trapped both women inside.  The roof was removed, and Martin was airlifted to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond.  She died the next day at 1:30 a.m. as reported in the Daily Press.

            The story seemed to really bother Karen Green, a driving instructor who had been involved in a serious accident with a student driver six years back.  She was issuing a young man a road test in Fredericksburg before the boy decided not to yield on a left turn at a green light, colliding with a tractor-trailer head-on.  Luckily both survived, and Greene went on to complete her 15 years with the agency.

            The accident has led Greene to support mandatory passenger-side airbags in road test cars.  The DMV doesn't want to discriminate against those drivers whose cars don't possess airbags, so it is not a requirement of theirs.  Thankfully for Greene's case, both the airbags in the car deployed.

            This accident really calls attention to the dangers driver instructors face when traveling with inexperienced drivers behind the wheel. Right now my Virginia Beach based law firm is working on two sever accident cases where young drivers hit motorcyclists causing life changing injuries.  We are also helping a private ed teacher who was hurt by a student's mistake.  I think even teenagers and young adult driver realize that inexperience makes a driver more dangerous.  If you or a family member has recently been injured in a car wreck, contact our injury law firm and we will be glad to assist.  My thoughts and prayers go out to any friends or family members of Shirley Martin.



About the Editors: Personal Injury Lawyers with the Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm do only injury and accident law. We have experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, van and SUV accident cases, and our case results speak for themselves. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John C., were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we often represent clients in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and Suffolk. If we agree to take your case, we will come to you at home or even in the hospital, to make it easier for you. We are ready to talk to you by phone at (757) 460-7776. We provide free initial confidential injury case consultations. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake & Suffolk Injuryboard, Norfolk, Portsmouth & Hampton Injuryboard, VA-NC Wrongful Death Lawyers, VA & NC Medical Surgery Malpractice Attorneys Blog and Virginia Trucking Accident/Injury Blog to provide important health, safety and legal information to the public.

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