Items Hanging From Rearview Mirrors Are Illegal in Virginia

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

What do you have dangling from your rearview mirror? In Virginia, anything hanging in your line of sight could be a reason for a police officer to pull you over.

Remember when fuzzy dice were popular items hanging from the rearview mirror? If you are too young to remember that, what about graduation tassels, crucifixes, or air fresheners? Whatever is hanging from the rearview mirror in your car should be removed in order to prevent a citation.

According to Va. Code 46.2-1054, “It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle on the highway in the Commonwealth with any object or objects, other than a rear…

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Important Documents to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Although having important documents, like wills, is not something we typically think about, everyone should have documents like these in place to protect you and the people you love in case something happens to you.  You should consider having some of the following documents.

What is a Will?

A Will is probably the document that we are most familiar with.  It states what you want to happen to your money and belongings when you pass away.  Is there someone in particular who should have your great-grandfather’s pocket watch?  Who will take care of your dog?  Is there a charity or organization you would like to donate…

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Selecting the Proper Venue for Your Personal Injury Case

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Clients often wonder how lawyers determine the correct court to hear their case when we file a lawsuit to recover damages for injuries. Assuming that both the plaintiff and defendant are from Virginia, the case must be filed in state rather than federal court. In Virginia, however, every county and independent city has its own separate set of courts. With so many potential forums, how does one know which city or county to choose in any given case?

The answer lies in “venue” statutes that have been passed by the Virginia General Assembly. In most personal injury cases, the plaintiff may choose the venue for his or her case from…

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Airline Travel for Passengers with Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Airline travel can be an exciting and convenient way to see the world.  However, for passengers with peanuts and tree nuts, airline travel can present serious hazards and concerns.

This past May, a federal court in California considered a case involving a woman who suffered a peanut allergy attack while she was on an airplane.  The passenger in that case reportedly notified the airline about her allergy and was told that the flights attendants would make an announcement asking passengers to refrain from consuming peanuts and peanut-related products during the flight, but when she boarded the airplane, the crew members refused to make…

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Will Your Insurance Premiums Go Up If You Report Your Auto Accident To Your Insurance Company? - VIDEO


Fredericksburg, VA personal injury lawyer Kathleen Smith explains why you should report an accident to your auto insurance company, whether it was your fault or not.


Will your insurance premiums go up if you report your accident to your insurance company? The simple answer is no. Insurance companies cannot increase your rates or cancel your policy simply because you were in an accident.

Three reasons why your auto insurance policy can be canceled

There are only three reasons why your auto insurance company can legally cancel your policy:

You don’t pay your premiums. Your license is suspended or revoked. Your insurance company no longer does business in your state. You should…

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Jury Links Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder To Ovarian Cancer

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

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

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the company’s internal memos suggest they were aware of these risks, but gave no notice or warnings to consumers.[1]

A second civil lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson resulted in a $55 million award to a 62-year-old woman who said her ovarian cancer was the result of talcum in the baby powder. Talc was discovered in her ovarian tissues, and her cancer is in remission. [1] Previously, Johnson & Johnson faced a $72 million award after a woman lost her life.[2] Sixty-two year old Jacqueline Fox passed away last Fall after losing her two-year battle with…

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#IAmAnAllen: Rob Reed

Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Meet Robert C. T. “Rob” Reed, an attorney who joined Allen, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen in August 2012. Rob is a member of the Allen & Allen family who focuses on helping victims rebuild their lives after an accident. Read more about why Rob chose personal injury law and Allen & Allen.


Why did you decide to go to law school?Because I was an analytical thinker growing up and I was told from a young age that I might make a good lawyer someday. I particularly wanted to understand the law in a way that I could use to eventually help people. Did you always know that you wanted to pursue personal injury law?Not originally, but it occurred to me later that all of the elective…

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Kerosene Heater Safety

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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


Kerosene heaters are portable heaters that can be used to heat homes or small spaces, commonly used during power outages.[1] If you use a kerosene heater, you should be aware of the hazards associated with them and take proper safety precautions to avoid any accidents or injuries.

Types of Kerosene Heaters

There are two types of portable kerosene heaters.[2]  It is important to know the differences between the two types of heaters to ensure that you are using them safely.

Convective heaters – Convective heaters are typically circular.[3] These are designed to heat larger areas and should not…

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Automotive Recalls: Are They Enough to Ensure Public Safety on the Roads?

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Takata, the world’s fourth-ranked airbag manufacturing company, recently initiated a recall of a number of cars assembled with their products. Since the announcement was made, the number of recalled cars has steadily increased, and Takata has stated that more than 33 million cars worldwide could contain a defective airbag.[1] Even with the recall in place, history suggests that the majority of recalled cars will remain on the road in their defective state.[2]

The recall was ordered due to a defect that caused the airbags to shoot shrapnel into the driver and passenger area of the car when deployed. This shrapnel produced…

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Safety Tips for Hoverboards

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as “hoverboards,” were one of the most popular toys of 2015.[1] Despite reports of many hoverboards catching on fire, they were still under high demand this holiday season.[2] The high number of sales has resulted in many accidents due to fires and falls.

Fire Hazards of Hoverboards

In Los Angeles, a hoverboard explosion was caught on video after the board started sizzling while being ridden down the sidewalk.[3] Additional fire incidents have been reported while hoverboards are charging, and even while sitting on the floor at a shopping mall.[4] According to the Consumer Product Safety…

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