April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

David M. Williams Jr.

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

Distracted driving is becoming a dangerous and deadly epidemic on our roads and highways. Every day, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people. The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released an updated summary of statistics on distracted driving and they are staggering:

Ten percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated additional…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Author: James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia [1], and the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen continues to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports the leading causes of teen car crashes are driver inexperience, alcohol and drug use, driving in inclement weather, risky behavior such as speeding, and driver distractions in the car. [2]

Texting and driving is the form of distracted driving that may be top of mind because of the media coverage and because it is illegal…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney 

Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States.[1] More than 18 million Americans suffer from some form of alcohol consumption disorder, and their affliction has a profound effect on millions of their family members and loved ones. More than one in four American children are directly exposed to adults who abuse alcohol. To combat these statistics the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) established April as Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987. By increasing awareness of and education about the dangers of alcohol abuse, this organization hopes to reduce binge drinking and other abusive behaviors.[2]

The…

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Walk Like MADD Brings Community Together to Inspire Change and Commit to End Drunk Driving

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 MADD Virginia hosts 8th annual signature fundraising event 

WHAT:  Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) in Richmond will host its 8th annual Walk Like MADD® fundraiser. Victims, survivors and supporters will line up for this non-competitive 5K run/walk to remember lost loved ones, inspire change and commit to a nation with no more victims.

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s lifesaving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology…

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Seeking Nominations for the 2015 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Award

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The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is actively seeking nominations for its annual Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award. The program celebrates local individuals responsible for giving back to their communities and promoting positivity through their inspiring acts of selflessness around Virginia.

The public is encouraged to visit http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes/and fill out a short nomination form to submit your local heroes and their stories. Nominations will be accepted through May 24, 2015.

“Doing things for others, no matter the size of the gesture, connects each of us back to a basic human value,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “The Allen & Allen HOMETOWN…

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Observing National Window Safety Week

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

As we emerge from the cold winter months with our eyes toward spring, it is an ideal time for every household to pause to consider window safety in the home.  Many will open their windows for the first time in months to let in the fresh air.  Spring cleaning chores often involve opening and washing windows.  With these considerations in mind, the National Safety Council has designated April 5-11 National Window Safety Week.

Open or unsecured windows can be particularly hazardous when children are in the home.  It is best to keep windows closed and locked when children are present.  Remember that window screens are intended…

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What Should I Do If I've Been Injured in an Accident?

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Speaker: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Car Accident Lawyer

The moments after a car accident can be scary, confusing, and overwhelming. Should you call the police? Should you contact your insurance company? Should you speak with witnesses? All of these are questions that may be running through your head.

Personal injury attorney Chris Jones explains what steps you should take if you've been injured in an accident.

1. Seek Immediate Medical Assistance

If you are injured, the most important thing you need to do is seek immediate medical assistance. If you are able, call 911 and explain your injuries as thoroughly as possible.

2. Contact the Police and Report the Accident

Contact…

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

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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,…

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Saves Lives

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

March 23 – 27, 2015 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week. As a personal injury attorney, I know firsthand how devastating work zone accidents can be. Safe driving habits in highway work zones protect not only Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workers, but also help ensure the safety of everyone on the roadways. The theme of this year’s Awareness Week is “Expect the Unexpected.” [1] The goal of the spring campaign is to encourage drivers to use extra caution in highway work zones.

Work zone accidents often happen when drivers do not have their full attention on the road.  This short video shows a VDOT employee narrowly…

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Headphones or Earbuds While Driving: Illegal in Virginia

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

In today’s tech savvy world, drivers are increasingly using earbuds or headphones to listen to music while driving.  Others use Bluetooth devices or other hands-free headsets behind the wheel.  Laws regulating these activities vary widely from state to state.

What the Law Says

At last count, 32 of the 50 states have no statutes prohibiting headsets or earbuds for drivers.[1]  Virginia is not one of these 32 states.  Va. Code § 46.2-1078 provides that, “[t]t shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped on the…

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