Will My Insurance Company Increase My Premiums Or Cancel My Coverage If I Make A Claim?

Robert C. Reed, Personal Injury Attorney

By Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond Personal Injury  Attorney

It seems strange, but it's true: 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, but 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's common for people…

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Are Electric Cars Safer in Collisions?

Malcolm P. McConnell III, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell III, Personal Injury Attorney

Technological improvements and the dropping prices of electric vehicles have helped to usher hundreds of thousands of new models into the hands of consumers over the past two years. All-electric cars now available from Tesla, Chevrolet, Nissan, Volkswagen, and BMW have also helped to broaden drivers’ options with varied body styles, performance specs, and price points.

The shift in the market of electric cars and their resulting increase in competition with traditional gasoline-powered vehicles have triggered criticism from both auto manufacturers and insurance companies about how well these new advances perform in collisions.


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7 Safe Driving Tips for Rainy Days

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Attorney

The approach of spring and rainy weather go hand in hand. However, those "April Showers" can bring much more than just May flowers—they can lead to dangerous collisions on slippery roads.

A study of automobile crashes between 2005 and 2014 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that 22% of all vehicle crashes were “weather-related,” which was defined as crashes that occur in the presence of adverse weather and/or slick pavement conditions.[1]  On average, almost 6,000 people are killed and 445,000 more are injured in weather-related collisions each year in the U.S.[2] 

Of these weather-related crashes…

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Choosing an Attorney for Your Truck Accident or Tractor Trailer Accident Case

P. Christopher Guedri, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

The choice of a truck accident attorney is a serious decision that can have major implications on your case and your future. But in our modern world, advertising permeates our lives and it seems as though every firm claims you are surely doomed if you choose another to handle your case. How then, should you make an informed decision about the law firm that can best serve your interests and protect your rights?


By judging each law firm you consider on these four simple criteria, you can select an attorney who will best work for you:

1) Experience

When it comes to personal injury law, there is no substitute for years in the courtroom.…

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Trucking Accidents: Why Prompt Investigation is Essential

Trent S. Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney

Prompt investigation is important in every kind of accident, but is especially critical in obtaining a satisfactory settlement or an excellent jury verdict in a tractor trailer accident case.

Under Virginia law, the injured party, called the plaintiff, has the burden of proving how and why his accident happened. If the injured party cannot do this, he cannot win his case. The person who caused the accident can remain silent; they have no obligation to present evidence or a defense of any kind at trial as to the accident's cause. This may not seem fair, but it is a fact the injured plaintiff and their tractor trailer accident attorney must live with.


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Sharing The Road With Tractor Trailers

Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney

With Spring Break just around the corner and summer vacations not far behind, Americans are preparing to spend more hours on the highway and travel more miles than any other time of the year. These road trips are a time for fun and celebration, but these good times require drivers to exercise care and vigilance to prevent things from turning tragic.

For automobile drivers and passengers, a collision with a truck—especially a loaded tractor trailer—can have serious consequences. After the fact, it may not make much difference to the injured or dead which driver caused the accident, but studies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration…

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Purchasing a Car: Understanding Vehicle Safety Crash Ratings

Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan)

 Author: Attorney Kathleen Smith, Personal Injury Attorney

It’s a common mistake to believe that because your vehicle is on a "Top Ten Safe Vehicles" list that it’s actually one of the safest on the road. However, not all lists and not all safety tests are created equal.

With so much inadequate and conflicting information, how can you determine which vehicles provide the best crash protection when you’re shopping for a new model?

Know the Standards

Although all vehicles on the market in the United States must comply with the minimum safety standards and performance requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), many experts consider these standards…

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I Was Injured in a Hit-and-Run Collision: What’s Next?

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Abbigale Fredrick, Personal Injury Attorney

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, even when the other driver acts lawfully[1] and stops to exchange information with you. But what about the driver who hits your car and then drives away? 

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you may be feeling helpless and confused about your rights and responsibilities. The advice of an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and seek justice from an individual who hits your vehicle, causes you injury, and then flees the scene. 

There are some simple steps you should take immediately if you are involved in…

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Big Kids, Boosters, and Back Seats: How This Simple Combination Can Prevent Serious Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

If your children are anything like mine, they start insisting they are far too old or too big to ride in a booster seat when, in reality, they’re still too small to ride safely without one.

“But my friends don’t ride in them,” and “I’m not a baby anymore,” are common arguments that kids love to use to try and sway a parent’s judgement. Some booster seat manufacturers may even pressure parents further by labeling their product as only necessary for children up to a certain age or weight. After hearing these points often enough, you may be tempted to believe them. Here’s the catch: no specific age or weight limit can measure safety benefits…

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What You Need to Know About Winter Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Winter has arrived, and with it comes the chance of snow and ice.  With snow and ice present, there becomes an increased likelihood someone will slip and fall. 

Ordinarily, landowners have a duty to make sure that their property is safe, and to warn visitors about hazardous conditions (like snow and ice) that exist on the property.  If the landowner fails to do so, and someone is injured as a result, then the injured person could file a “premises liability” claim against the landowner.  This is commonly known as a “slip-and-fall” case.  However, not every “slip and fall” on snow or ice gives rise to…

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