Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Melinda H. South

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Although Halloween is still several weeks away, decorations are already in the stores and preparations are getting underway. While Halloween is an exciting time for children collecting treats it is also an important time to address safety concerns so that everyone has an enjoyable experience. 

Costumes should be short enough so there is no tripping or falling hazard.  Any accessories to the costume such as wands or swords should be soft and have no sharp edges which may cause harm.  Using reflective tape on the costume and also on trick-or-treat bags improves the visibility of children to  motorists on the street.  The child’s ability to see where he or she is…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Ryan E. Wind

Ryan Wind

Ryan Wind is a personal injury attorney who has committed his career to fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt due to no fault of their own. His desire to defend others is a direct result of his passion for helping people. Ryan’s competitive nature is an advantage for his clients both in the courtroom and in negotiations with insurance companies.

Ryan is originally from Tappahannock, Virginia where he attended Essex High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. Ryan continued to the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond to receive his J.D. magna cum laude.

Ryan practices out of the Mechanicsville, VA office…

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Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication: The Next Stage Of Roadway Safety

David M. Williams, Jr.

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

The nation lost 33,561 people in motor-vehicle crashes during 2012.[1] In the wake of such staggering figures, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) is currently focused on vehicle-to-vehicle communication (“V2V”) as the next smart technology they hope will reduce fatalities and provide more roadway safety in America.

V2V communication allows cars to talk to one another and exchange important information like speed, location, brake status, and vehicle trajectory to warn drivers about impending crashes. It uses on-board dedicated short-range radio communication devices to transmit and receive…

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Working Together: The Importance of Maintaining Contact with Your Personal Injury Attorney

Sandra S. Gregor

By: Sandra S. Gregor, Fredricksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle collisions can be overwhelming. Aside from dealing with injuries sustained in the wreck, many people have to take time off work, go to numerous appointments with doctors, get their car fixed and deal with several insurance companies simultaneously. The constant phone calls alone can be exhausting. The attorneys at Allen and Allen help our clients sort through these complicated issues every day. It is important to remember however that hiring an attorney doesn’t solve every problem. Consistent communication is essential to the successful resolution of a personal injury claim.

At your initial consultation, your attorney and his or her staff discuss…

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Evaluating Dog Bite Claims in Virginia: The “One Bite Rule”

Egena Younger

By: Christopher J. Toepp – Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney & Egena Younger

Virginia is known for its rich history and traditions. Those roots stretch back to the founding of our county. For many residents, the Commonwealth’s past is a source of pride even as Virginia continues to grow, modernize and evolve. It is important to remember that some of Virginia’s laws have not evolved as quickly as our modern way of life.  One such example is the law that pertains to dog bites.

Historically, most Virginia dogs lived outside, roaming the streets unrestrained and with abandon.  Even today, there is no state-wide requirement that dogs be held inside a fenced yard or restrained on a leash while outside. Instead, the legislature…

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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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