After Market Tire Rims: Cash Buys Flash, but Will You Crash?

Are After Market Rims Safe?

Don't you love those flashy, huge rims that dress up cars today? Dubs, blades, speeds, spinners and twenties are beautiful and add personality that distinguish my car from the next guy who has the same make and model. 1

But those flashy wheels come with a risk. There have been many instances of after-market wheels collapsing or breaking causing serious car crashes. Rims available from suppliers other than your vehicle's manufacturer are after- market products, products not manufactured specifically for your vehicle. Wheel rims are typically forged or cast aluminum. For high stress applications like automobile wheels, aluminum is blended with other materials…

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Health Care Debate: Patients Rights to Seek Legal Recourse for Medical Negligence

Every year tens of thousands of people die due to preventable medical errors. The following web site emphasizes the importance of patients' rights to seek legal recourse. As trial attorneys, the lawyers of Allen & Allen have seen first hand how preventable medical errors have effected patients and their families. Learn more about the role of medical negligence in the civil justice system and current health care debate.


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Sovereign Immunity for State Doctors: When it is Good to be the King's Doctor


Sovereign immunity is the legal principle that the government (and its branches, departments, agencies and employees) cannot be sued or held legally responsible for their actions. This legal principle comes from the old English law that held the king was divinely chosen and therefore could do no wrong. As a result, the king could not be held accountable for his actions nor could his representatives. When the United States was founded, this principle of British law was adopted. Since early colonial times, however, the courts and congress have limited the original broad scope of this immunity, as have the individual states. However, except where limited by judicial decision or by law, the principle of sovereign immunity remains…

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Winter Driving Tips: Safe Driving in Cold and Inclement Weather

 Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Winter driving has its own challenges. In addition, in the winter the risk of exposure if you have a breakdown makes it doubly important that you properly maintain your car. Here are some tips that include both actions to take before you drive as well as some advice about driving in the winter.

Make sure your car is operating properly before driving. Some simple and inexpensive steps include topping off fluids, especially window washing fluid, and checking tire pressure. Keeping your gas tank as close to full as possible also helps by reducing condensation in the tank. You should also look at the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual, and get a tune-up if needed.


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Allen & Allen Celebrates 100 Years

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Product Liability: Drugs - Hormone Therapy Drugs & Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a woman's nightmare. For a woman to discover that her breast cancer was caused by a drug prescribed by her doctor just adds insult to injury. That is what has happened to thousands of women.

Wyeth, a division of Pfizer, marketed hormone therapy drugs, Premarin, Prempro and Provera, which were designed to moderate the symptoms of menopause. As early as 1975, Wyeth was on notice of the need to study whether combination hormone therapy causes breast cancer. Wyeth failed to conduct a single breast cancer study over the next 30 years. In fact, Wyeth downplayed and dismissed studies that associated such a risk. Wyeth assisted in "ghost writing" 1 medical articles minimizing the breast cancer…

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Ethics and Lawyers

Author: Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

We've all heard the lawyer jokes about ethics and whether they really have any. In fact, there are strict ethical standards that lawyers must follow that are quite specific about what lawyers can and cannot do. If you have watched any crime shows, you may at least have some passing knowledge of some aspects of legal ethics, but here are a few of the ethical constraints that we, as personal injury lawyers, must follow.

A lawyer must keep information given to him about a personal injury case or any case in total confidence. This is part of the "attorney client privilege"; it means under most circumstances, if you tell a lawyer something that is relevant to your case, your attorney…

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Top Auto Safety Picks for 2010: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Annual Awards

Author: Attorney David M. Williams

How does your vehicle measure up if it is involved in a crash? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its annual "Top Safety Pick" awards on November 18, 2009, to the following passenger cars and sport utility vehicles:


Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional stability control Kia Soul Nissan Cube Subaru Impreza (except WRX) Volkswagen Golf 4-door


Honda Element Jeep Patriot (with optional side torso airbags) Subaru Forester Volkswagen Tiguan


Audi A3 Chevrolet Malibu (built after November 2009) Chrysler Sebring…

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Closing Highway Rest Stops due to Virginia State Budget Cuts: The Impact on Drowsy Driving

Author: Attorney George E. Allen, III

This past summer, I read a newspaper article announcing that the State of Virginia was closing many of its highway rest stops because of the State's budget shortfall. A few weeks later as I drove along Virginia's major thoroughfare, Interstate 95, I observed that all but one or two of the rest stops between the North Carolina border and Washington, D.C., had been closed. Big orange cans blocked the entrances.

For a Virginia personal injury attorney who has represented victims of hundreds of truck and car accidents over the past three decades, this was upsetting news. I had recently handled and eventually tried a tragic case in a Henrico County court. The college student I represented…

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Motorcycle Safety Tips: How to Avoid Accidents

 Author: R. Clayton Allen, Esquire

Anyone who drives a motorcycle knows how dangerous it is out there on the roads and highways. Many of the cars, trucks and buses being driven are being operated by drowsy drivers, inattentive drivers, speeding drivers, aggressive drivers. And present economic conditions means that many vehicles on the road are poorly maintained or have defective equipment, including brakes, tires, and signal lights, which make the roads even more dangerous. Although many motorcycle drivers do drive defensively and safely, here are some reminders and tips for safer driving.

1. Get Proper Training in Operating Your Bike and Practice Regularly. Many accidents and…

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