Virginia Traffic Laws: Virginia Set to Raise Speed Limit to 70 MPH

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Author: Fredericksburg Attorney David M. Williams

Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill passed by this year's Virginia General Assembly that allows the speed limit to be raised from 65 mph to 70 mph on certain sections of Virginia's highways. 1 While this law is set to take effect July 1st, it is likely to be months - or even longer - before drivers are allowed to push their accelerators a little harder.

§ 46.2-870 2 of the Code of Virginia was amended to read in relevant part as follows:

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the maximum speed…

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The Recent Toyota Recalls - Should You Be Concerned?

Author: Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

"We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations ...  Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families. For those reasons, we are seeking the maximum penalty possible under current laws." 1

With those stern words, the United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million against Toyota Motor Corporation for failing to notify the auto safety agency of the dangerous "sticky…

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Medical Issues: The Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury - What to Look For

For decades, the brain injury attorneys at the law firm of Allen & Allen have worked with clients who have suffered brain injuries caused by the negligence of others. Often these injuries are a result of falls, as a result of product defects, from car, motorcycle, or truck accidents, or from a myriad of other circumstances. Each year, approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) of some degree. 1 Because many of our clients have sustained this type of injury, our attorneys are accustomed to seeing the many and varied causes and manifestations of traumatic brain injury.

Of course, we are not physicians, and we do not diagnose brain injuries. However, we try to remain alert to…

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100 Hometown Heroes- Brought to you by the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen

As the Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen and Allen celebrates its 100 year anniversary, we are thankful for the communities we serve and for the everyday heroes who make this a great place to live. This year we are honoring 100 Home Town Heroes. Do you know a hero? Let's hear it for your neighbor, your friend, your co-worker or your relative. The person who has made a difference in your community and your life.

Click to nominate your Hometown Hero between April 19 - May 7, 2010.

100 Hometown Heroes will be selected and recognized in your community. Award winners will be notified by May 17, 2010. All 100 Hometown Heroes will be announced on June 16, 2010. Application Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2010. Applications…

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The Virginia Tort Claims Act: It's Not Enough to be Ordinary

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Editors Note: Under the old English common law, on which much of American law is based, a person could not sue the king or "sovereign government". This prohibition was carried over into American common law, and prevents claims against the government. However, this absolute prohibition has been changed in most states in some ways by written statutes. In Virginia, one of these ways is the Virginia Tort Claims Act, which allows civil claims for damages to go forward against the Commonwealth of Virginia and its subsidiary agencies and political subdivisions under certain circumstances. This article describes the Act and some of those circumstances.

The Virginia Tort Claims Act 1 (hereinafter,…

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Social Media and Personal Injury Cases - A Virginia Lawyers Weekly Article

At the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's annual convention in March 2010, Allen & Allen personal injury attorney Courtney Van Winkle spoke on the implications of online social networking in personal injury cases. Virginia Lawyers Weekly writer Alan Cooper covered her talk in an article published April 12, 2010. Source: Virginia Lawyers Weekly By Alan Cooper Published: April 12, 2010 Social media and P.I. practice One of the first questions Richmond personal injury attorney Courtney Van Winkle asks her clients is whether they are on any social networking sites.

If the answer is yes, she gives this legal advice: Shut it down. Or at least use the privacy settings on such sites as Facebook, by far the largest of the…

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Multiple Concussions are Dangerous for Young People

Concussions are among the most widely reported injuries in young people who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated there are as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions in the United States every year. 1

Classified as traumatic brain injuries, concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes the soft, gelatin- like substance of the brain to move rapidly back and forth inside the hard, bony skull. Concussions can change the way the brain normally works.

Although most of us associate concussions with "contact" sports like football, ice hockey, or basketball, they can also occur…

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Auto Insurance: Having "Full Coverage" Doesn't Mean You Have Enough Insurance

When I first meet a client who have been injured through no fault of their own, one of my first questions is: "How much insurance do you have?" Most clients answer, "I have full coverage." However, when we review their declaration page and policy, the clients are surprised to learn that they have minimal insurance coverage on their vehicles. The confusion comes from a misunderstanding of what the terms "full coverage", liability coverage and "amount of coverage" actually mean.

The situation becomes more difficult when we learn that the person that injured the client either doesn't have insurance or doesn't have enough insurance. The high cost of new automobiles, automobile repair work and health care often means the minimal…

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The Importance of Seat Belts

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Seat belts are important safety features of modern vehicles that save lives and prevent injuries. Below are some facts and statistics that illustrate the importance of using your seat belt while in a motor vehicle 1:

Safety Belt Statistics One out of every five drivers will be involved in a traffic crash this year. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among people age 44 and younger and the number one cause of head and spinal cord injury. Approximately 35,000 people die in motor vehicle crashes each year. About 50 percent (17,000) of these people could be saved if they wore their safety belts. More than 90 percent of all motorists believe safety belts are good idea, but less…

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Current Supreme Court Issues: Gun Control & the McDonald v. Chicago Case

  On Tuesday March 2, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in McDonald v. Chicago, a case involving the controversial issue of gun control.

The basic "right to bear arms" is found in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, where it states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." In 2008 in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court ruled that this right to bear arms is an individual right protected by the Second Amendment, and overturned a handgun ban in Washington, D.C. Since Washington, D.C., is a federal enclave, the 2008 ruling left open the question of whether the Second Amendment…

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