Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

This year, from August 21st through Labor Day on September 7th, law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk driving as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. [1]  Labor Day weekend and other summer holidays typically see lots of highway travel, as well as an increase in drunk driving.[2]  The NHTSA’s campaign against drunk driving is an effort to keep all drivers safer and unite law enforcement nationwide against the drunk driving epidemic.[3]

Drunk driving causes a significant percentage of crash fatalities in the United States.[4]  Specifically, about…

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Reducing Drunk Driving Injuries and Deaths – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The costs of drunk-driving are staggering – in the U.S., approximately one-third of all vehicle crash fatalities involve drunk-drivers. In 2013, that accounted for 10,076 deaths and an even greater number of injuries. In addition to the human costs, drunk-driving crashes cost an estimated $49.8 billion annually in our country. Yet these statistics cannot measure the unseen price in pain and grief that is paid by the loved ones of those involved in DUI related crashes.[1]

A 20-Day Campaign, A Lifelong Commitment

In an effort to combat the deadly DUI epidemic, state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide are cracking down on…

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What is Medical Malpractice? VIDEO


Richmond, VA based medical malpractice attorney Malcolm P. McConnell answers the question "what is medical malpractice?"

Doctors are human; they’re allowed to make mistakes

Bad things sometimes happen during medical care, it doesn’t mean that there’s been medical malpractice or that the doctor did anything wrong. And it’s not medical malpractice if another doctor would have done things differently from the way your doctor did them. Doctors sometimes reasonably disagree on what the best approach to a patient problem is.

The doctor does something unreasonable

It’s medical malpractice when a doctor does something unreasonable, something no reasonable physician would have done under the circumstances. And…

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Avoid Drunk Driving - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national drunk driving enforcement crackdown created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to combat drunk driving across the country. [1] This year, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will go into effect August 21st until Labor Day on September 7th. [2] During this crackdown, state and local law enforcement will increase efforts to stop drunk drivers, and media will make efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. [3]

Drunk driving accounts for approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States.[4]  Each year,…

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Allen & Allen Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America and as Lawyer of the Year in 2016


The Allen Law Firm is pleased to announce that six Allen & Allen attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America. For more than thirty years, Best Lawyers has published their list of exemplary legal professionals and it has since become one of the highest respected peer-review publications.

Edward L. Allen was selected in 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Fredericksburg, VA.  George Edward Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr. and P. Christopher Guedri were selected in 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA, Malcolm P. McConnell, III was selected in 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law…

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New Report Shows Self-Driving Cars Involved in Eleven Accidents


Author: James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Self-driving cars have been a major up-and-coming technology for more than half a decade.  In the past year Google has at last secured permits allowing them to test their latest self-driving models on public roads. As a part of this next phase of development, the company is required to disclose all accidents involving the self-driving cars. According to the most recent report released by the company, there have been three accidents since the new reporting rules went into effect in September, and eleven since the early days of the technology in 2009.[1]

Google accompanied the report with a statement describing all of the accidents…

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Why is medical treatment important in a personal injury case? VIDEO

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury attorney Edward L. Allen explains the importance of seeking medical treatment and being a good patient following a personal injury.

See a doctor

Going to the doctor and following the doctor’s advice is going to help you get better physically. if you've been injured, it’s going to help you recover from the injuries that you’ve had.

Keep records of your medical visits

Medical appointments and the records of those appointments provide documentation of what you’ve gone through. In the future, the doctor or specialist will be able to explain what injuries you have and what the future looks like for you.

Follow the doctor's recommendations

It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice…

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The Dangers of Red Light Running


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

Running red lights happens frequently at intersections.[1] Whether accidental or intentional, running a red light running can cause collisions, injuries, and deaths.[2] To keep yourself and other drivers safe, it is important to understand what it means to run a red light, and why it is so dangerous. 

What Does It Mean to Run a Red Light?

Many people understand that running a red light means driving through an intersection when the traffic signal is red. However, drivers who are unintentionally in an intersection when the signal turns red are not “running a red light” provided they entered the intersection under a green light. [3] This…

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Tips to Avoid BBQ Grill Accidents


Author: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Summer months often mean lots of time spent outside and grilling out.  But they also mean an increased risk of home fires and burn injuries.  Grilling causes an average of 8,800 home fires each year, and in 2012, grilling injuries were the cause of 16,900 emergency room visits. [1] While these numbers are alarming, grill fires and injuries can be avoided by taking a number of easy safety precautions.

Grill safety tips

The following safety tips can help avoid grilling accidents [2]:

Only use propane or charcoal grills outdoors.  Also, grills should not be used under tents or in other enclosed spaces.  Place your grill…

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What Are the Texting and Driving Laws in Virginia?: Video


Personal injury attorney Jamie “Mick” Kessel explains the dangers of texting and driving and the laws enacted to reduce this risk.

In addition to texting, any distraction that could divert a driver’s attention away from the road is a dangerous activity. These distractions include:

Using a cell phone or smartphone Eating and drinking Talking to passengers Grooming Reading, including maps Using a navigation system Watching a video Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Under Virginia law, texting while driving is a primary offense for drivers of all ages. A violation carries a fine of $125.00 for a first offense and a fine of $250.00 for subsequent offenses. This law does not apply to any…

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