Fatality, Liability Linked in Tesla Driverless Car Crash

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is under investigation following the death of a driver in a Tesla Model S electric sedan while the vehicle was in self-driving mode. It is the first known fatality in one of Tesla’s self-driving vehicles.[1]

Preliminary reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla and the vehicle failed to apply the brakes.[2] The collision occurred May 7 in Williston, Florida.

Federal agencies are in the early stages of setting guidelines and regulations for self-driving vehicles. These vehicles…

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Summer Firework Safety

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fireworks can be a popular and fun Fourth of July tradition. However, all types of fireworks - even sparklers- can cause serious injuries. It is important to be aware of local laws, and use common sense to stay safe when using fireworks. 

The following safety tips can help adults and children stay safe when using fireworks:

Firework Safety Tips Do not use fireworks while drinking alcohol. Obey all local laws and do not buy illegal fireworks. [1] Do not allow children to use fireworks. Always have a hose and a bucket of water on hand. Do not attempt to re-light “dud” fireworks. Keep pets far away from all fireworks.

It…

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2016 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Award Winners Announced

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The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2016 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was introduced in 2010 to honor the firm’s centennial anniversary, recognizes the positive impact of local individuals who give back to their community.

“Allen & Allen admires the bravery, dedication, and hard work of the people across Virginia who value the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. "Service to others, no matter the size of the gesture or good deed, connects each of us back to a basic human value. We can all find a way to make a difference."

The Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award is the firm's way of honoring…

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Falling Hard for a Hot Item: Hoverboard Safety Concerns & User Tips

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Back in the 2000s, the Razor Scooter was a hot new Christmas item.[1]  This trend was followed by the Segway.[2]  Christmas of 2015 was the season of the hoverboard,[3]  but this Christmas season was not followed by just fun and games.  Besides the various compilation videos of people falling off of hoverboards and suffering from bumps, bruises, and embarrassment, many people have been more seriously injured. Others have watched as their new toy burned before their eyes. 

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is still investigating the issue of hoverboards catching on fire, and cautions users not only about the possibility…

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E-cigarettes: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Danger

Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA  Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Despite steadily declining smoking rates over the years, more and more Americans are trading in traditional tobacco products for electronic cigarettes. While they are thought of as a safe alternative to regular cigarettes due to the absence of harmful secondhand smoke, e-cigarettes and the retailers selling them have become abundant. Proponents of e-cigarettes advertise them as helpful in “kicking the habit” for traditional smokers. There are many reasons people may choose to use e-cigarettes, and that use has increased exponentially since they hit the market. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 13 percent…

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Can I be Successfully Sued for Waving a Car in Front of Me?

J. David “Dave” Douthit, Esq., Richmond, VA Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

 Author: J. David "Dave" Douthit, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Yes, you can. Drivers who have the right of way will often wave to other cars, indicating that they may proceed before them. There are circumstances in which a wave of this manner can subject a driver to tort liability - when a person unfairly causes someone else to suffer loss or harm.

The Virginia Supreme Court has adopted a principle from the Nolde Brothers v. Wray trial in 1980. In Nolde Brothers v. Wray, the Court stated: If a driver’s waving signal was or could be interpreted to another driver as a signal to proceed across lanes of incoming traffic then the driver who waves has to be certain the other driver can cross…

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Simple Steps you can Take to Help your Personal Injury Case

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

 

Fredericksburg, VA personal injury attorney Christopher J. Toepp explains how clients and their attorneys are a team, and that effort from both sides increases the probability of maximizing the results in personal injury cases.

Our priorities in a personal injury case

 

My number one goal is to get the best results possible for my clients. In my mind, that means working together. Many of my clients ask “What can I do to help my personal injury case?”

Following your doctor’s advice is the most important thing you can do to maximize the results of your personal injury case. In the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, when you’re injured, you may see a variety of medical doctors:…

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Monsanto Roundup Linked To Cancer

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

 Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

The Monsanto Company, global producer of genetically engineered seed and agrochemical products, is currently being investigated for the health effects of its popular weed killer, Roundup. The product’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has been the subject of conflicting studies about whether the chemical causes cancer.[1]

Glyphosate Cancer Risk

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that glyphosate likely has the potential to cause cancer in humans. In response, the EPA conducted its own research, which is still ongoing. According to an EPA report from early May, conflicting evidence was reported regarding the…

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Allen & Allen Presents the 2016 George E. Allen Scholarship Winners

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The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen awarded the George E. Allen Scholarship to fifteen deserving high school seniors on May 11, 2016 at an awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm's Scholarship Program, now in its 25th year, recognizes students who have overcome unusual obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance.

Congratulations to:

Szhanesha Becoat Jacob Crowder Palmer Korpal Kaitlyn Vargas Jocelyn Lee Jacqueline Fore Kayla Rice Luke Morgan Katie Robbins Kirsten Engleman Lydia Dolvin Shannon Gallagher Taylor Thomas-Harris Emme Harvey Theresa Matthews

"In the face of great challenge,…

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Texting While Driving Illegal in Virginia (and Many Other States)

James Mick

 Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Sending a text message while driving is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia.[1]  But why?  Because more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[2] 

Texting while driving is the most dangerous distracted driving activity because it combines all three types of driving distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel, and Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving.[3]

In Virginia it is illegal to text while driving, and if you are under the age of 18 it…

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