Should I Call My Insurance Company After an Accident?

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

It's normal to have many questions following a car accident. One of the first things you may be wondering is whether or not you should contact your insurance company. Perhaps you feel it's unnecessary to call your insurance company if the accident was not your fault because you are expecting the other drivers insurance company to accept responsibility.

In this short video attorney Scott Fitzgerald discusses why it's important for you to contact your insurance company after an accident, even if the accident was not your fault.

There are several types of coverage on your policy that may help you

Even if you were not at fault, there are several…

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Winter Storm Safety Tips

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

Winter storms can quickly result in extremely dangerous weather conditions. A single storm could blanket several states in snow and ice, creating hazardous conditions and stretching emergency services to their limits. Every year people lose their lives as a result of such storms, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Education and preparation are the keys to riding out even the most serious of winter storms.

Below is a list of terms that are used…

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Car Seat and Winter Coat Safety

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Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know that the winter months bring additional driving hazards, but you might not have thought about the dangers associated with bulky winter coats and children’s car seats. The modern car seat is a highly specialized piece of equipment designed to absorb the impact of a car accident and disperse it into the seat. Strapping a child who is wearing a bulky coat into a car seat can cause the straps to become too loose, which can prevent the seat from performing properly.  If the straps are too loose, and an accident occurs, the child might slide forward in the seat, preventing the force of the accident from being properly distributed.[1]

How To Determine…

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How to Choose an In-Home Childcare Provider in Virginia

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

Many working parents across Virginia face the harsh reality of selecting a childcare provider to watch their children during the day. These parents often find that established daycare facilities are hard to enroll in, offer limited hours of operation and are exorbitantly expensive. On the other hand, in-home childcare providers often offer more flexibility and convenience at a lower price. More and more parents across Virginia are selecting in-home childcare providers to watch their pre-school aged children during the day.   

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What should I do with my car after an accident?

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Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Regardless of whether or not you have been severely injured, there is always much confusion regarding what happens to your car after an accident. You may be asking yourself some of the following questions.

Should I contact my insurance company? Should I contact the other drivers' insurance company? Where do I take my car to have it repaired? What should I do if I was injured in the accident?

Attorney Clayton Allen answers these questions and others surrounding what to do about the damage to your car after an accident.

1. Contact the other persons insurance company

If you were not at-fault in the accident, contact the other drivers insurance company…

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Can Creditors Take My Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Award in Virginia?

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Author: Paul McCourt Curley, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia's Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Exemption Statute

In Virginia, all proceeds recovered in a personal injury or wrongful death action are exempt from creditor process.[1]  This means that creditors may not claim an interest in, or attempt to collect from, proceeds derived from a personal injury or wrongful death claim.  The only limited exceptions involve statutory lienholders, including health care providers who provided treatment related to the personal injury or wrongful death claim, and holders of voluntary assignments of personal injury or wrongful death proceeds. 

Virginia is one of 25 states that allow some form of exemption for…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Ashley T. Davis

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Ashley Davis is the research and writing attorney for Allen & Allen. She joined the firm in 2014 to serve as a resouce for our entire team of trial attorneys. Ashley's support role is incredibly important, particularly in dealing with the large and complex personal injury cases that the firm handles.

Prior to joining Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Ashley spent 10 years representing large corporations and insurance companies. Her time spent representing defendants gives her an inside understanding of the legal arguments that are raised by  insurance companies and utimately helps her to better serve the needs of Allen & Allen clients.

Ashley serves as an adjunct professor at The Unviversity of Richmond's T.C. Williams School…

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Raising Awareness about Drowsy Driving

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

When it comes to safety on America’s roadways, impaired driving and distracted driving get most of the attention. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. Once the average person has been awake for 24 hours, their judgment and reaction time is just as impaired as if they were driving with a BAC over the legal limit. Every year more than 70,000 people are injured in the United States as a result of drowsy driving.[1]

Some organizations have begun to recognize the dangers of drowsy driving and have taken steps to combat it. The US National Sleep Foundation (USNSF) declares an annual Drowsy Driving Prevention Week designed to draw attention to this issue.…

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Why Should Someone Choose Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen?

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Coleman Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The aftermath of an accident is accompanied by a tremendous amount of stress. Not only are you trying to get back to your daily routine, you are probably also juggling doctors appointments, calls from the insurance company, and missed time from work. Maybe you think you need to hire an attorney but you're too overwhlemed to know where to start. This is where our experienced law firm comes into the equation.

Firm partner Coleman Allen discusses just a few of the many reasons someone should choose Allen & Allen to handle their personal injury claim in the short video below.

1. We are experienced

There is no substitute for experience. Our personal injury…

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#X: A Campaign to Stop Texting and Driving

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

AT&T has launched a new phase in their ongoing campaign against distracted driving: #X. #X is conceived as a conversation stop-gap, an easy to type pause button that lets the person you are communicating with know you are about to drive and will get back to them when you’re off the road. The majority of texting drivers are not initiating a conversation but instead responding to a text. Proponents hope that helping drivers eliminate incoming messages with #X will allow them to avoid the temptation created when their phone goes off in the car.[1] 

#X is part of AT&T’s larger It Can Wait campaign, which was launched in 2009 to address the burgeoning distracted…

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