What is the difference between simple, gross, and willful negligence under Virginia law?

Simple negligence: The failure to exercise the duty of care a reasonable person would exercise in a similar situation.

Gross negligence: The disregard of the duty of care a reasonable person would exercise in a similar situation.

Willful negligence: The conscious disregard of the duty of care, with reckless indifference to the probable consequences, and knowledge that his or her actions will likely cause injury to someone.

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