Parking in Spaces Reserved for Persons with Disabilities

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Parking lots at the malls, shopping centers, and groceries stores are filled to capacity. You have circled the parking lot three times. Nothing is open. You see an available parking space, but it is reserved for persons with disabilities. You only need to run into the store for a few minutes. It’s just this one time. You’ll be right back. Can you park there? 

Unless you have and need a disabled parking license plate or placard, the answer is always no. 

Why? Because persons with disabilities need those spaces.  

In order for an individual to obtain a disabled license…

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Left Turns and the Law

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

With alarming frequency, we receive calls from injury victims who were involved in motor vehicle crashes that occurred when a driver attempted to make a left turn at an intersection and was struck by oncoming traffic.

 In these cases, the driver whose vehicle was struck while unsuccessfully attempting the left turn sometimes takes the position that he or she is not at fault because the traffic light was green. 

While it is true that “Green Means Go,” Virginia law requires drivers intending to make a left turn at an intersection to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic if the traffic is close enough to constitute…

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Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15): Fire Safety Tips and Information

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fire Prevention Safety Week, the longest-running public health and safety observance on record in America, is this week with “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” as its theme. [1]

Smoke alarms should be replaced if they are ten years old or older. To check the date of manufacture for your smoke alarms, remove them from the ceiling and look at the date on the back of the alarm. If the alarm is less than ten years old, put the alarm back on the ceiling. Otherwise, the alarm should be replaced. [2]

In keeping with the event, here are some tips and information…

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EpiPen Manufacturer Under Fire for Faulty EpiPens That Resulted in Patient Deaths

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Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Just one year after a Congressional investigation regarding the skyrocketing price of EpiPen, a medical device used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), the manufacturers of EpiPen are embroiled in yet another controversy.

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to the Pfizer company that manufacturers EpiPen and EpiPen, Jr. auto-injectors (Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc.), regarding “significant violations of current good manufacturing practice requirements.”  [1]

The letter accuses Meridian of failing…

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Passing on the Right

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

All states allow drivers to use the left lane to pass a slower moving vehicle, as long as there is more than one lane traveling in the same direction. But have you ever wondered whether – and when – it is permissible to pass a vehicle on the right?

The answer to this question depends upon the state in which you are driving. In most states, it is legal to pass on the right under certain conditions.

In Virginia, a driver is allowed to pass another vehicle on the right:[1]

When the other vehicle is making or is about to make a left turn, and its driver has given the required signal;[2] On a roadway that is wide…

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Staying Safe at the Mall

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

For many people, Black Friday sales kick off the start of the holiday season. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and crowds of people flock to the mall to take advantage of one-of-a-kind sales. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe at the mall during this hectic, but fun, time of year.

Staying safe inside the mall Choose restrooms that are located in central areas, or areas that have a lot of foot traffic.  Stay in public, well-trafficked areas, especially near closing time. Staying safe in parking lots If possible, walk to and from your vehicle with other people. Keep…

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Safety Tips for Travelers Staying in Hotels

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia law requires hotels to take precautions to protect their guests.[1] One such precaution required by Virginia law is that  hotels provide “suitable” locks on the doors and windows of all guest rooms.[2]

The Virginia Supreme Court declared that innkeepers and guests have a “special relationship” because guests entrust their safety to the innkeeper. Guests have little ability to control their environment, and therefore rely upon the innkeeper to make the property safe.[3] For these reasons, if the hotel knows or should know of any dangers or threats on the premises (i.e., if the criminal misconduct is “reasonably foreseeable”),…

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Airline Travel for Passengers with Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Airline travel can be an exciting and convenient way to see the world.  However, for passengers with peanuts and tree nuts, airline travel can present serious hazards and concerns.

This past May, a federal court in California considered a case involving a woman who suffered a peanut allergy attack while she was on an airplane.  The passenger in that case reportedly notified the airline about her allergy and was told that the flights attendants would make an announcement asking passengers to refrain from consuming peanuts and peanut-related products during the flight, but when she boarded the airplane, the crew members refused to make…

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Safe Driving – Stopping for School Buses

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Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

School is back in session.  Every morning and afternoon, fleets of yellow school buses can be seen transporting thousands of children to and from schools throughout Virginia.

To protect the safety of is children, Virginia law requires drivers to stop their vehicles when approaching a school bus that has stopped to take on or discharge children until all of the children are clear of the roadway and the bus is back in motion.[1]  Failure to stop for a school bus can result in a reckless driving conviction.  Even worse, it puts the lives of innocent children in danger.

All drivers are required to stop for school buses, as depicted…

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Avoiding Food Poisoning – How to Find Out if Your Favorite Restaurant Passed Inspection

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Food poisoning is a common – yet preventable – public health problem.[1]  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each year.[2]

Most cases of food poisoning last a few hours to several days, and are accompanied by symptoms that resemble intestinal flu.[3]   However, food poisoning can be deadly – particularly in cases of botulism, or when food poisoning strikes infants, the ill, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.

In Virginia, facilities that prepare and serve…

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