Five Easy Ways to Bear-Proof Your Home

R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Virginia is home to an estimated 17,000 black bears and they can be found in nearly every county in the Commonwealth. As strange as it may seem, it is not uncommon to come in contact with a bear during the fall. This time of year, black bears will begin foraging for food to prepare for winter hibernation, and unfortunately, their preparation efforts can sometimes lead them into residential areas.

Black bears are clever animals, so here are some tips on how you can protect yourself and your family from them.

Keep garbage inside. Garbage cans outside can serve as the perfect hunting ground for bears. Keep your garbage…

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Why are Car Crashes in Virginia Becoming More Frequent?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan Wind, Mechanicsville Personal Injury Attorney

Many Virginians have noticed a steady increase in their auto insurance rates the past few years even though they have made no claims. While not directly a result of your performance as a driver, the reason for these higher premiums comes from your increasing probability of being involved in a collision.

The higher frequency of collisions is linked to several specific factors, all of which contribute to your climbing insurance costs:

There are More Cars on the Roads

According to the latest data provided by a CNN study, a record-setting 17.6 million new cars were sold during 2016. The number of traffic fatalities, which…

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Street Racing: A Deadly Epidemic on the Roadway

Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA  Personal Injury Attorney

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

If you spend any time at all on the road, you have undoubtedly witnessed two or more vehicles weaving in and out of traffic at ridiculously high speeds in an attempt to outrun one another to some invisible finish line. Just watching these irresponsible drivers putting themselves and everyone else on the road in extreme danger can be a harrowing experience, especially when a crash occurs, as is often the case.

In fact, crashes resulting from illegal street racing are reaching epidemic proportions, and many involve serious injuries or death. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

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Yard Cleanup Tips for a Safe Season

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many of us will have family and friends joining us to celebrate the upcoming holidays. While our yards may look festive with the seasonal transformation, there may be hazards lying beneath the brilliant leaves blanketing our lawns. 

Outdoor cleanup is a necessary part of the cooling season. You wouldn’t want your Thanksgiving shadowed by an injury to you or your family, especially one that could have been prevented through careful maintenance of your yard! 

When tidying your property this month, be sure to pay special attention to danger-prone areas by adding these tips to your do-do list: 

Rake leaves

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New Program Launched to Reduce Unrepaired Vehicle Safety Recalls

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

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

The State of Maryland was awarded a $222,000 grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement its pilot program to notify automobile owners of unrepaired safety recalls.

What Happens When a Vehicle Has a Safety Recall?

With a standard safety recall, the manufacturer first notifies the NHTSA of the defect, then the manufacturer sends a notice to vehicle owners informing them to take their car to a local dealership to make the repairs free of charge. While most owners of new cars follow through with repair of these safety recalls, not all do. When a vehicle is sold, the buyer can research the list…

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Nurturing Community By Supporting Local Food Banks

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

As we enter the season of giving and sharing, I find myself reflecting on ways we at Allen & Allen can continue to support our communities. One of my favorite annual traditions is the Legal Food Frenzy, a fun and competitive food and fundraising drive that pits law firm against law firm to aid Virginia Food Banks in their efforts to feed tens of thousands of families in need.[1]

  

Gathering a Plentiful Harvest

In 2009, our first year participating in the event, Allen & Allen collected thirty thousand pounds of food during Legal Food Frenzy. Every year since, we have increased our contribution goal and succeeded in…

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Fire Extinguisher Recall Affects Millions

R. Clayton Allen, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Personal Injury Attorney

Kidde, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety equipment, issued a recall in early November, 2017 that includes 37.8 million fire extinguishers with plastic handles or plastic push-buttons manufactured between 1973 and August, 2017.

Models included in this historic recall include most Kidde fire extinguishers rated ABC or BC, the most common varieties purchased by consumers in North America for home use, and which are widely available at home improvement and hardware stores nationwide. Affected models were produced in red, white, or silver, and they can be easily identified by checking the date of manufacture for fire extinguishers…

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The Dangers of Trinity Guardrail End Terminals in Virginia

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

On October 9, 2011, Adam Coster lost control of his vehicle on I-64 eastbound in Newport News.[1]  His car ran off the side of the road and struck a guardrail end terminal, which impaled him.[2]  Adam died at the scene.[3]  His family filed suit against the manufacturer of the guardrail end terminal, Trinity Industries.[4]  In the lawsuit, the Coster family alleges that the end terminal, called the ET-Plus, pierced through the vehicle and impaled Adam rather than sliding harmlessly off to the side, as it was designed to do.[5]  

Trinity Guardrail Lawsuits

Trinity ET-Plus end terminals have been the source of countless…

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The Truth About Auto Safety

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Most people believe that if a dangerous safety issue is found with an automobile or other motor vehicle, the manufacturer will take immediate action to notify its customers. Unfortunately, this is not always true. 

 

In 2010, Brooke Melton died in a crash caused by the sudden failure of the ignition in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Melton was 29 years old. She died when she skidded into another vehicle after the ignition module of her 2005 Cobalt slipped into the accessory position. Documents and evidence developed in the Melton case showed that GM knew about the ignition switch problem as early as 2001 – almost a decade earlier.  

Cases…

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How to Organize a Food Drive in Your Community

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be feeling the generosity that flavors the season and are in search of different ways to give. If you want to support your community while also having fun in the process, you can easily organize your own food drive.

 

Collecting cans for your local food bank offers many opportunities to express your creativity and it serves as a tremendous value to those suffering from hunger during these chilly months. You can follow these tips for organizing a food drive in your community and enjoy the generous spirit of the holidays by helping those in need. 

1. Select…

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