Hometown Hero Ron Melancon -- Making Our Roads a Safer Place One Trailer at a Time

Authors: Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle

Utility trailers are one of the most overlooked dangers on the highway today. These types of trailers are designed for general use and are usually towed by a motor vehicle. Recreational travel trailers, horse trailers, small box trailers, and van trailers are all examples of utility trailers. The danger arises when utility vehicles are not well marked or when they become unattached from the towing vehicle.

Our Hometown Hero, Ron Melancon, has first hand experience with the potential hazards of utility trailers on the highway. In May of 2003, Ron rear-ended an empty, steel-mesh trailer. The trailer was so low-slung and transparent that he could only see the truck towing…

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100 HOMETOWN HEROES Announced: Law Firm of Allen & Allen Begins Celebration Series

 Richmond, Virginia -- The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen today announced the winners of the 100 HOMETOWN HEROES award in celebration of the firm's centennial anniversary.

"It's time to celebrate," said Douglas A. Barry, President. "In honor of Allen & Allen's one hundred year anniversary, we are thanking the people who make up the communities we serve and recognizing the everyday heroes who make Virginia a great place to live."

Nominations for the 100 HOMETOWN HEROES award were accepted from April 19, 2010 to May 7, 2010. The public was asked to complete a nomination form in honor of their favorite local hero. "We wanted to hear directly from the community what defines a hero. As a result,…

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Staying safe around the swimming pool

 Author: Personal Injury Attorney Paul D. Hux

Here comes summer and with it the opening of the multitude of pools that may be in your area. There is nothing better than jumping into a pool on one of our hot and humid days in Virginia. But pools can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken.

You can never be too careful when it comes to being around water, especially for children. Each year over 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools. Approximately 3,000 children in that same arge group end up in hospital emergency rooms for injuries received in and around pools and spas. Nationally, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age.

So what can…

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Attorney Mic McConnell Swims 7.5 miles Across the Potomac River

On Saturday June 5th, medical malpractice attorney Mic McConnell of the Allen Law Firm, accompanied by environmental attorney and friend Shannon Varner, participated in the annual Potomac Swim for the Environment.  The swimming route began at Hull Neck in Virginia, continued across the mouth of the Potomac, and ended at Point Lookout State Park in Maryland.

Out of 43 swimmers, McConnell finished 11th with a time of 3 hours and 55 minutes. He raised $950 in pledges. The charitable swim raises money to support the Chesapeake Bay and river organizations.

This is not the first time Mr. McConnell has taken to the water. In 1992, he received a Guinness Book world record for swimming in the longest continuous relay swim…

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Historic Sites in Petersburg, Virginia

Located along the banks of the Appomattox River and straddling Interstates 85 and 95 at the gateway to Southside Virginia, Petersburg is a town with a long and illustrious history. In its heyday during the first half of the nineteenth century, Petersburg was the eleventh largest city in the South. It was a manufacturing center and a railroad hub, and was well-known for its tobacco market and warehouses.

Today, one hundred and fifty years later, sightseers can catch a glimpse of what life was like during both the city's "golden age" and its time of misfortune during the Civil War. The City operates three museums which celebrate these periods of history.

Sitting majestically on a hill dominating the cityscape, Centre…

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Elena Kagan Nominated to the United States Supreme Court

Author: Attorney Tammy S. Ruble

President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court to take the place of the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. If she is confirmed, Ms. Kagan will be only the fourth woman to serve in the Court's history.

The authors of the Constitution established the Supreme Court in Section 1 of Article III of the Constitution, which reads simply:

The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall,…

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Memorial Day - A Time to Remember

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer - a day for picnics, barbecues, family reunions, parades and sporting events. Two auto races are run on Memorial Day: the Indianapolis 500 since 1911 and the Coca-Cola 600, since 1961. There is also a National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the United States Capitol.

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day because it was a time that people set aside to decorate graves of those who served in the Civil War. The use of the designation "Memorial Day" was more commonly used after World War II and made the official name in 1967. Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971. The holiday…

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Why do I need an attorney to represent me in my personal injury case?

The insurance policy requires the person who caused your accident to contact the insurance company promptly. As soon as the accident is reported to the company, they begin an investigation and begin preparing to defend the company against your claim. Insurance company employees are knowledgeable about claims and are trained to make your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible.

You need someone knowledgeable working on your claim and looking out for your interests as soon as possible also. If you've been injured after an accident, you should consult an attorney right away. A lawyer can help you decide whether it is in your best interests to pursue a claim and how to do so.

What can a personal injury…

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Does it matter which attorney I hire for my tractor trailer accident case?

Your choice of a lawyer in a tractor trailer accident case may be crucial to its success. The laws and regulations governing tractor trailer drivers and large trucking companies are unique in many ways. Special federal and state laws and safety regulations apply to the operation of large trucks and 18-wheelers. These laws and regulations are extensive. They cover a wide range of topics including requirements for thorough truck inspections and restrictions on the numbers of hours a truck driver may drive before he must take a break. You need a truck accident attorney who is familiar with these laws and regulations because they can play a major role in the outcome of your case.

An experienced truck accident lawyer will understand…

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Bicycle safety tips

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Obey traffic laws. While being operated on public roads in Virginia, bicycles are subject to many of the same traffic regulations that apply to motorists. See Code of Virginia sections 46.2-100 and 46.2-800. There are some exceptions to this general rule. For example, while it would constitute reckless driving for two cars to be driven abreast in a single lane, this would not apply to a car passing a bicycle in a single lane. See Code of Virginia 46.2-907.

Wear a helmet.

There is no state-wide law in Virginia mandating helmet use; the General Assembly has allowed localities to make their own rules. Many cities and counties -- though not all -- require riders under…

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