Fire Prevention Week 2015 (October 4-10): Fire Safety Tips and Information

Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, VA

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, VA

Fire Prevention Safety Week is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record in America.  This year, the theme of Fire Prevention Safety Week is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”[1] Looking ahead to the event, here are some tips and information on improving fire safety.

Use a Smoke Alarm Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying from a fire in half. Although only 1 in 5 home fires occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., 50 percent of fire fatalities occur during this stretch. Smoke alarms help to wake up potential victims in time to escape from a fire. From 2007-2011, 60…

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Safety Tips for Traveling with Infants and Toddlers

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Fall is a popular time for family travel, and with the right preparation, infants and toddlers can be very portable. Make sure your getaway with your infant or toddler is enjoyable and safe by following these simple safety guidelines:

Safe airplane travel with infants and toddlers

If you are traveling by air, make sure you contact your airline first and ask whether you can you bring your own car seat on the plane, whether the gate agent will allow pre-boarding for families with young children, and whether you can you gate-check your stroller or car seat. It is likely that if your airline allows you to bring your car seat on the plane, you will…

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The Allen Law Firm Participates in 9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Federation of Virginia Food Banks


Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Now that the two-week "frenzy" of collecting donations and counting cans has come to a close, there is time to reflect on our 9th year of participating in this amazing competition. Lawyers and law firms do love to compete inside the courtroom and the Legal Food Frenzy is a great opportunity to challenge each other outside the courtroom as well. Reducing hunger in Virginia is a cause we can all agree on. With almost one million people in Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need is enormous. Local food banks provide reliable and nutritious food to children who need adequate nutrition to succeed in school, to…

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Volkswagen Car Owners Defrauded in Virginia


Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, VA

Volkswagen AG (VW) admitted a software “defeat device” in its diesel-engine cars enabled the vehicles to evade EPA-required emissions standards by giving off significantly less pollutants during tests than during normal driving conditions.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 482,000 VW vehicles are affected. These models include:

2009–2015 Jetta TDI 2009–2014 Jetta SportWagen TDI 2012–2015 Beetle TDI 2012–2015 Beetle Convertible TDI 2010–2015 Audi A3 TDI 2010–2015 Golf TDI 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI 2012–2015 Passat TDI Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

Allen & Allen is currently investigating cases on behalf…

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Virginia’s New Campus Sexual Assault Laws

David M. Williams, Jr., Fredricksburg Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: David M. Williams, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Several new bills addressing the issue of sexual assault on Virginia’s college students were signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe and went into effect July 1st. The bills, primarily dealing with reporting requirements, are aimed at protecting students and combatting sexual assault.

House Bill 1930 and Senate Bill 712 were identical bills which passed unanimously. The bills deal with reporting requirements for the college administration. Highlights of this legislation include the following:

The bills require university employees to report acts of sexual violence to the campus Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator…

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Does Virginia Require Me To have Car Insurance? VIDEO

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville Personal Injury Attorney

Mechanicsville, VA based personal injury attorney Ryan E. Wind answers the question: “Do I have to have car insurance in Virginia?” and discusses why auto insurance is important.

Insurance Requirements in Virginia

My name is Ryan Wind, and I’m a trial attorney at Allen and Allen. Often I’ve been asked “do I have to have car insurance in Virginia?” Technically no, but if you choose not to have automobile insurance then you have to pay a $500 fee every year.

You Should Have Auto Insurance

It is important to have automobile insurance because it protects you in two different situations. One situation is when you cause a collision; the automobile insurance protects you so you will not be personally liable…

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Don’t Leave Pets in a Vehicle

Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

This time of year it is particularly concerning that anyone would leave their pet in a vehicle even with the windows open an inch or two.  In a short time, the temperature in the vehicle even in the shade can rise quickly putting the pet in danger. 

How heat affects pets

In an independent study when the outside temperature was between 72 to 96 degrees it was shown that in 10 minutes the vehicle was 19 degrees hotter than the outside temperature, in 20 minutes the inside temperature had increased 29 degrees! See  In a very short…

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Virginia Officials Require Strict Guardrail Endcap Crash Tests

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, VA

Note: Allen and Allen is actively investigating cases involving injuries resulting from ET-Plus guardrail endcaps. If you or a loved one has been injured by a guardrail during an accident, you may need an attorney to represent your interests. Allen and Allen offers free consultations to potential cases. Call us at 866-388-1307.

The manufacturer accused of producing a faulty guardrail that can jam and spear through vehicles, will face more rigorous and strict testing of its guardrails by officials with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus  is designed to slide down the guardrail in the event of…

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Brake Safety Week

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are vehicles such as large trucks and tractor-trailers that usually transport cargo.[1] The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sponsors programs throughout the year to promote CMV safety.[2] This September 6-12 will be Brake Safety Week.[3] 

Remarkably, violations involving brakes are the highest percentage of violations cited during roadside inspections.[4] These brake inspections include the inspection of brake-component systems (examination for missing or loose parts), as well as the inspection of antilock braking system (ABS) lamps.

Antilock Braking Systems (ABS)

Driving a vehicle…

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Child Safety Tips - Childhood Injury Prevention


Author: W. Coleman Allen, Jr., Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fifty-six thousand. That is how many children are injured every day in the United States. Every year 12,000 of those injuries prove fatal.[1] The sad fact is that many of these tragedies could have been prevented, by taking precautions and paying proper attention to safety. The “As Safe As Possible Campaign” works to create awareness and draw attention to these dangers by informing parents and other caregivers of the simple steps they can take to keep the children in their charge safe. The campaign was established to highlight some of the most serious and common forms of childhood injury and to explain how they can…

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