Important Documents to Update and Organize for the New Year

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you want to make annual tax preparation a breeze or you’re preparing for an emergency, having an up-to-date set of important documents neatly filed and stored in a safe place is a great way to start the year off right.

The number of documents needing attention may seem overwhelming at first, but they can be easily tackled when sorted into groups and reviewed a few at a time.

These steps provide a simple plan to help you get started:

Build a Comprehensive List of Names, Addresses, and Phone Numbers

This may seem like an odd or unnecessary first step, but a list of resources could be an invaluable tool…

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How to Prevent Injuries While Sledding

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

After winter snowstorms hit, many families go sledding and take advantage of the snowy conditions. Although this fun winter sport may seem like a relatively safe activity, thousands of people suffer sledding-related injuries every year. Last winter, hospitals treated over 50,000 sledding, snow tubing, and toboggan-related injuries; the majority of reported injuries were suffered by children 14 and under.[1] While sledding can be safe and fun, it is important to recognize the risks and ways to reduce them.

The most common sledding injuries are cuts, bruises, and broken bones,[2] yet more serious injures can occur, such as traumatic…

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Complete Guide to Winter Driving Safety

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

It’s no surprise that freezing temperatures and slippery roads can cause havoc with both the safe operation of your car and with your nerves. Data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that snow and sleet are contributing factors to more than 24 percent of car crashes each year and lead to over 1,300 deaths. 

Those statistics are sobering, but winter weather happens whether we like it or not. We can’t stop the ice and snow, but we can better prepare ourselves and our cars to deal with these less-than-ideal driving conditions.

Avoid Driving In Dangerous Conditions Whenever You Can

If you are planning…

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What Type of Coverage Do You Need When Buying or Renewing Your Auto Insurance?

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

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

As a lawyer who specializes in the handling of personal injury claims, I often encounter clients that have been injured in serious motor vehicle collisions. Over the years, I have found that many clients don't know what types of coverage they have on their vehicles, the amount of the coverage they purchased, or how the answers to these questions may impact their case or our handling of it.

Being well insured is your best protection against the consequences of a collision—regardless of who is at fault. Consider these types of coverage and how they could shield your financial wellness in the event of a crash:


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Allen & Allen's Sober Ride Home

Hometown Heroes

For the sixth consecutive year, we are offering an incentive not to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve – a free cab ride home. Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM on December 31, 2017 to 5:00 AM on January 1, 2018 in the greater Richmond and Charlottesville areas. 

“The results of drinking and driving can be tragic, and we see too many sad stories in our practice,” said firm president Trent Kerns. “We want to do our part to keep our community safe on one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Anyone who is unable to safely drive home this New Year’s Eve will receive a free sober ride home courtesy of Allen & Allen.”


Drunk Driving is Dangerous


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Quick Tips for Safe and Stress-Free Road Trips with the Family

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

The look of disbelief on my friend’s face was priceless. She had spent the last ten minutes of an otherwise enjoyable lunch talking about how much she was dreading an upcoming family road trip over the holidays. Her jaw dropped when my only reply was, “I actually enjoy family road trips”.  How can that be?


Certainly as a family with four children and many road trips under our belt, we have had our fair share of fussy toddlers, car sick youngsters, and sullen teenagers buried in technology. But all in all, looking back over the years, we have had some pretty amazing times while enduring the challenge of being confined to a…

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Tips for Winter Storm Safety


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 in weather reports, and what they mean :1

• Winter Storm Outlook – winter weather is possible in the next 3 to 6 days• Winter Weather Advisory…

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How to Avoid the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

W. Coleman Allen, Jr. - Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

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

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of poisonings in the U.S., but less than 5% of those poisonings are reported because most go undetected until it's too late.

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a potentially deadly gas that is caused by unburned fuels.[1] A common source of carbon monoxide gas that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning is a vehicle left running in an enclosed area produces carbon monoxide gas. Appliances, such as dryers, water heaters, and ovens can also produce the gas. Generators used during power outages can also lead to carbon monoxide exposure.[2] 


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Tips for Fireplace Safety this Winter

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Irvine – Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

If you own a wood burning or gas fireplace, the cold winter months provide many opportunities to enjoy the cozy warmth they provide. Since these fireplaces haven’t been used during the summer, it is a good idea to review the following safety considerations for home fireplaces.

Maintain Your Chimney

Chimneys should be inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, to ensure that they are clear of obstructions and creosote. This should ideally be done at the beginning of the winter season to be sure the chimney will be safe for use over the coming months. Look for a professional sweep in your area that is certified by the…

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6 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Parties Safely

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles L. Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

It’s the time of year again where it seems like every weekend is filled with Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and plenty of champagne. Despite all of the excitement and good cheer, this is a potentially dangerous season for all kinds of merry-making mishaps. 

Whether you plan to attend your annual office blowout or host your own party for your family and friends, there are several safety tips you should keep in mind so that your fiesta won't turn into a fiasco.

If you are hosting a party: 


Clear your driveway, steps, and porch of ice and snow. The last thing you want is for one of your guests…

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