Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

This year, from August 21st through Labor Day on September 7th, law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk driving as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. [1]  Labor Day weekend and other summer holidays typically see lots of highway travel, as well as an increase in drunk driving.[2]  The NHTSA’s campaign against drunk driving is an effort to keep all drivers safer and unite law enforcement nationwide against the drunk driving epidemic.[3]

Drunk driving causes a significant percentage of crash fatalities in the United States.[4]  Specifically, about…

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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

This year the theme is “Not Alone.”[2]  The campaign is meant to educate the public about brain injury and the needs of those who have been injured and their families.[3]  The BIAA actively strives to de-stigmatize brain injuries, empower survivors of brain injuries, and promote the support networks that are already in place for those suffering from brain injuries.[4]

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disrupts the normal function of the brain.  TBIs can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a penetrating head injury.  Not all bumps, blows, jolts, or penetrations…

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#X: A Campaign to Stop Texting and Driving

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

AT&T has launched a new phase in their ongoing campaign against distracted driving: #X. #X is conceived as a conversation stop-gap, an easy to type pause button that lets the person you are communicating with know you are about to drive and will get back to them when you’re off the road. The majority of texting drivers are not initiating a conversation but instead responding to a text. Proponents hope that helping drivers eliminate incoming messages with #X will allow them to avoid the temptation created when their phone goes off in the car.[1] 

#X is part of AT&T’s larger It Can Wait campaign, which was launched in 2009 to address…

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Why You Shouldn’t Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company

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

After you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may receive a telephone call from the adjuster of the person who hit you. She seems pleasant on the phone, and she just needs you to answer a few questions to “firm up liability.” Don’t fall for her trap! What she really wants is for you to give a recorded statement that the other person’s insurance can use against you to avoid paying you the money you deserve. This is why, as a general rule, you shouldn’t give a recorded statement concerning a motor vehicle accident to anyone without the advice of an attorney. You shouldn’t give an oral statement either.

But what could…

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Statutes of Limitations

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

You have suffered a personal injury that was not your fault, but you decide that you just don't have the time or energy to contact a lawyer. But don't wait too long, or your claim could be subject to something known as a "statute of imitations."

Statutes of limitations are laws passed by the Virginia Legislature that set strict time limits on how long you have to file a "civil" lawsuit, like a personal injury claim [1]. There are two rules to keep in mind regarding statutes of limitations[2]:

1. The time period starts running down on the date your claim arises or "accrues" (the date of your personal injury); and

2.…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Paul Christopher Guedri - VIDEO

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 

 P. Christopher Guedri is a Partner Emeritus and personal injury attorney with the Allen Law Firm for more than 25 years. Chris has focused his practice primarily on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases including trucking accidents, product liability, bus accidents and brain injury litigation.

 

With a broad range of experience handling personal injury cases, he has been able to master complex technical, scientific, and medical information that has made him a strong adversary against the defense. His forceful personality compliments his formidable litigation and negotiating skills, which in turn often results in the insurance companies offering premium settlements…

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What To Do After a Car or Truck Accident?

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

After law-enforcement officials have discharged you from the scene of an accident that caused injury or damage to anyone's vehicle or property, you should contact your insurance company and report the accident immediately. Contacting the insurance company to report an accident is required by your auto liability insurance policy. If you fail to do so, the company may deny you insurance coverage!

Here is what you should tell your insurance company:• That the accident occurred;• The date and time of the accident;• The location of the accident; and• The names and addresses of anyone involved in the accident.

However,…

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Distracted Driving - Advice For Parents

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal car crash caused by distracted driving. What role can parents take to reduce the risk that their child will be involved in a car accident because of distracted driving? While you can't be with your child every minute, you can have an influence on what kind of driver your teen becomes. It is possible to help your teen develop a lifetime of good driving habits by following these three simple steps:

Have the Talk About Distracted Driving

Talk to your teen about the serious responsibility required…

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Teen Drivers: Becoming A New Driver

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Virginia Accident Lawyer

Freedom! As a teen, isn't that what you are thinking now that you finally have your driver's license and can drive on your own? You must remember that with more independence comes greater responsibility. You've had to work hard to get to this point, so make sure that you don't do anything to jeopardize your new privilege. As a new driver, there are several key points to remember and follow in order to stay safe on the roads and highways.

What have you learned so far? To get to this point, you must have passed your driver's test and practiced driving with a licensed driver. Hopefully, you have spent time observing your parents and asking lots…

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Food Lion Case Ties for Largest Verdict in Gloucester: $5,000,000

Attorney: P. Christopher Guedri

Case Type: Premises Liability / Traumatic Brain Injury

Virginia personal injury lawyer Christopher Guedri represented Ella Cousins, who was a 64 year old gainfully employed college graduate and a long time resident of Gloucester County. On August 11, 2006 she was shopping at the Food Lion in the Gloucester Courthouse area. While pushing her shopping cart down the main aisle, she was struck by a stock cart of freight being pushed in her direction by a Food Lion employee.

The collision knocked her to the ground and she struck her head on the concrete floor. She developed a large subdural hematoma and sustained a massive traumatic brain injury. Ms. Cousins was left with profound…

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