The Dangers of Left Hand Turns: Alternative Traffic Patterns Seek to Reduce Intersection Collisions Nationwide

Christopher J. Toepp

Author: Christopher J. Toepp - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

A 2010 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) revealed that nearly 36% of all motor vehicle collisions in America took place at intersections.[1] The single largest contributor to these intersection collisions were vehicles making left turns.  Shockingly, the study shows that left-turning vehicles account for nearly twenty percent of all automobile accidents.

With these statistics in mind, common sense leads to the conclusion that eliminating left turns would improve safety at intersections with the added benefit of moving traffic through intersections more efficiently. Accordingly, mandatory alternatives to left…

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GM Website is Defective

James Mick Kessel

Author: James Mick Kessel – Short Pump & Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The issues GM experienced with a number of its vehicles are well-documented, as is the fallout over how long the company took to recall the affected vehicles. As the months progressed and the recall grew to encompass millions of vehicles, GM began to to acknowledge that its initial response was lacking. As part of an effort to be more transparent about the recall and investigation process, GM developed a website to help consumers find out if the vehicles they owned were involved in the recall.

The premise behind the website www.gmignitionupdate.com/ sounds simple – entering the VIN of a GM vehicle would display whether or not that specific vehicle…

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Will My Insurance Company Increase My Premiums Or Cancel My Coverage If I Make A Claim?

Robert C. T. Reed

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

People pay a lot of money for auto insurance coverage that they are afraid to use.  Everyone understands that car insurance protects you and your loved ones from financial ruin when you are the cause of a collision that injures others.  Your insurance is also designed to protect you and your family in the event that injury is caused through the fault of another who has no insurance or inadequate insurance.  You may also be entitled to medical expense benefits through your insurance if you elected that coverage when you purchased your policy.  It is common for people to be reluctant to make claims for these benefits from their own insurance company for fear of increased premiums…

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Personal Injury Case: Liens Against Personal Injury Recoveries in Virginia

J. David Douthit

Author: J. David “Dave” Douthit, Esq. - Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

A lien is a security interest asserted by one party against another party’s property.  Common examples are car notes or mortgages. In these situations, the lender retains an interest in the car or the house until all of the payments have been made and the lien is lifted. If payment is not made, the lien allows the lender to recover from a forced sale or take possession of the property entirely.  In the context of personal injury law, liens are claims against the injured person’s ultimate financial recovery which must be paid before any proceeds can be distributed to the injured party.

Health care providers such as ambulance services, hospitals, doctors…

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Virginia Auto Insurance - Uninsured Motorist Coverage:Valuable Protection in the Wake of a Collision

Charles L. Allen

Author: Charles L. Allen - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In the Commonwealth of Virginia you do not have to purchase automobile insurance to lawfully register a vehicle and drive on Virginia’s roads and highways. Instead, you may elect to pay an uninsured motorist fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles.[1] If you make the prudent choice and purchase auto insurance, every policy issued in Virginia must have bodily injury liability limits of at least $25,000 per person, and $50,000 per occurrence.[2]  This is sometimes referred to as Virginia’s “minimum limits.” This minimum coverage provides $25,000 in liability coverage to any one person who is injured in a motor vehicle collision and will provide a total of $50,000 in…

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GM Issues Third Recall for Sport Utility Vehicles: Vehicles Should be Kept Outside to Prevent House Fires

Paul D. Hux

Author: Paul D. Hux - Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In the wake of massive recalls issued to correct problems with faulty ignition switches, the safety of General Motors’ vehicles remains in question. Amidst concerns that faulty power window switches could cause fires, General Motors recently recalled a group of sport utility vehicles.[1]

In North America the recall affects approximately 189,000 vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2007. They include: GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, and the Saab 97-X. General Motors advises all customers who own these vehicles to park them outside until the issue is resolved. Their concern is that a fire started in the garage could spread to the house.  

This…

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Claims for Lost Earning Capacity in Virginia

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Esquire, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond Virginia

Being injured in an accident can be a devastating and life-changing experience.  With time, some accident victims are able to recover from their injuries and resume the life that they were living before the accident.  Others might not be so fortunate.

You might have heard that accident victims can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  But what if that is not enough?  What happens if you are forced to give up your job, because you are physically or mentally unable to do it anymore?   What happens if you have been forced to give up on your dreams and career goals, because you were injured by someone else?  If so,…

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The Check is in the Mail: Explaining the Delay Between “Notification of Payment” and Closing a Personal Injury Claim

Author: J. David Douthit, Esq., Richmond Virginia Attorney

In 2013 the General assembly enacted Code of Virginia section 38.2-236.[1] This section requires an insurer to give written notice whenever it makes a payment of $5000 or more to settle an injured person’s claim.  Pursuant to Virginia’s Code, this notice of payment must be made directly to the injured person within five business days from the date the payment is made or sent to the injured person’s attorney.  An injured person who receives a notice of payment from an insurance company often, and quite reasonably, expects that their attorney has received the settlement check when they get the “notification of payment” in the mail.  In cases that are settled without a lawsuit…

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Suspected Child Sexual Abuse at Day Care

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Many parents trust day cares and other child care providers to keep their children safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. In order to foster that trust, the Virginia legislature has mandated that any employee of a child welfare agency who is involved in the “day-to-day operations of the center or who is or will be alone with, in control of, or supervising one or more of the children” must pass a background check[1]. Among other barriers to employment at a day care, a day care may not hire any applicant with a “founded complaint of child abuse or neglect within or outside” Virginia[2]. These standards have helped diminish the occurrence of day care abuse.…

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Common Head Injuries in the NFL

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

America’s national pastime has been under increased scrutiny over the past couple of years, from complaints over team names to controversies over head injuries among its players. It was the relatively recent string of suicides among NFL veterans that prompted a closer examination of football safety practices, eventually culminating in a number of lawsuits filed against both the NFL and the NCAA. Many hope that this will lead to a better understanding of head injuries and a clearer focus on player safety.

There is no denying that football is, and always will be, a highly physical sport. Player collisions are an inescapable part of the game, and though…

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