Attorney Courtney Van Winkle Talks About Distracted Driving with Huffington Post

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump Virginia

With the amount of technology readily available to any young driver, the temptation of checking that new text may be hard to resist, even when driving down the road. Teen drivers are at risk for believing themselves to be safe behind the wheel of the car, and statistics show that many teens feel confident in their abilities to text and drive. But those five seconds of distraction could mean the loss of someone else’s life – or your own.

Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle was featured in the recent Huffington Post article on “The Dangers Behind Teen Texting While Driving” by Dorit Sasson. In the article,…

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Tips for a Fun and Safe Fourth of July

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Short Pump VA Personal Injury Attorney

A gathering by the pool, a backyard barbeque and, at the end of the night, the all-important fireworks show. The Fourth of July is one of our most appreciated and cherished holidays, but the very traditions that make this holiday such a fun event also create serious safety hazards. Fireworks in the hands of untrained amateurs have a breathtaking potential for tragedy and destruction. Large gatherings at pools or other bodies of water can be very dangerous for less experienced swimmers. The dry summer heat increases the likelihood of fire when grilling or cooking outdoors. Swimming, grilling and watching a fireworks display are great…

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Happy Song Post Fatality Highlights the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

At 8:33 A.M. on Thursday, April 24, North Carolina resident Courtney Ann Sanford was making her way to work. The sun was shining, one of her favorite songs was playing on the radio, and the weekend was almost here. One minute later she was dead.

“The Happy song makes me HAPPY,” the last status update on Courtney’s Facebook, was posted just one minute before dispatchers received the first reports of the crash that claimed her life. Investigators would later discover that Courtney also posted several selfies during her drive.

A North Carolina police lieutenant called the crash a sad waste, as well as a sobering reminder of…

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The Allen Law Firm Participates in 8th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Federation of Virginia Food Banks

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

As the two-week "frenzy" of collecting donations and counting cans came to a close on April 11, we now have time to reflect on our 8th year of participating in this amazing competition. Lawyers and law firms do love to compete. The Legal Food Frenzy is a great opportunity for Virginia lawyers to challenge each other outside the courtroom while pursuing the critical goal of reducing hunger in Virginia. With more than 912,790 people in Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need is enormous. The food bank provides reliable and nutritious food to children who need adequate nutrition to succeed in school, to seniors…

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The Military's New Effort To Understand Traumatic Brain Injury: Take It To The Bank

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle – Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The brain is the body's most complex and important organ. Even minor injuries to the brain can result in massive, often permanent damage and a severe degradation of the victim's quality of life. Despite the brain's importance, it is also the least-understood organ in the human body. The sheer complexity and fragility of the brain makes any research program inherently difficult and frustrating. Brain injuries are often slow to develop and can present many different ways, making the development of a comprehensive system of treatment almost impossible.[1]

Experts may not have a full understanding of the progression and treatment…

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Tractor Trailer Accident Statistics - Infographic

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle - Virginia Truck Accident Attorney

Every day thousands of Virginians take to the roads alongside some of the largest, most dangerous vehicles in the world. It is estimated that more than 2 million tractor trailers are cruising America’s roadways and every year they are involved in more than 500,000 accidents. These truck accidents often result in catastrophic injury and even death. Shifting and falling cargo, drowsy drivers, and improperly maintained trucks all take their toll, but in fact only 16% of accidents involving a tractor trailer are the fault of the truck driver. By learning how to drive safely in the shadow of large trucks, motorists can greatly reduce their…

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Distracted Driving Statistic: Infographic

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted drivers are one of the greatest dangers on the roads today. Studies have shown that driving with a significant distraction such as texting is equivalent to driving drunk. In addition, distracted drivers are on the road in much greater numbers and at all hours of the day. Cell phones, food and drink, and even loud or disruptive passengers all slow the reaction time of ordinary people operating dangerous machines. Distractions caused by texting and talking on the phone account for more than 40% of all auto accidents.

We are only now beginning to understand the dangers of distracted driving. New laws are going into…

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Richmond Ranks as 20th Most Dangerous City in America for Pedestrians

 Author: Attorney Courtney A. Van Winkle

Richmond residents may be pleased to learn that their city has been nationally ranked as one of the Top Ten Best Cities to Find a Job[1], a Top 25 Best City for New College Grads[2], and The Best Small City of the Future[3]. They may also be dismayed to discover that Richmond has ranked near the top of another list, as the 20th most dangerous city in America for pedestrians. [4]

Pedestrian accidents have been a major problem in America for decades, accounting for nearly 10% of all automobile-related fatalities. Since 2000, more than 47,700 pedestrians have been killed, the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every month. In Richmond alone the death toll has…

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Keep Your Child Safe in the Car

Author: Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

As we walked out of the gym, I could tell my 8 year old was brimming over with excitement. He had just scored his first bucket in his first basketball game with a 10 foot hoop. His 13 year old sister pumped him up even more by telling him she didn't score a basket until the next to last game of her first year. As we walked to the car Matt said, "Hey Mom can I sit in the front seat to celebrate?" Like many parents, I was tempted, but ...

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for young children in the United States. Every year thousands of children are killed or injured in car crashes. As a personal injury lawyer, I know all too well the anguish and devastation…

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