New Texting Laws in Virginia: July 1, 2013

Save It 4 L8r: Virginia Cracking Down on Texting Behind the Wheel

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

As a parent of three young drivers with another not far behind I was thrilled to hear about the recent amendment to Virginia’s anti-texting and driving laws. Proposed by the governor and passed with strong Democratic support, this new law upgrades texting while driving to a primary offense and increases the fines for violators. This allows police to effect a stop on any driver they observe texting, whereas previously a texting ticket required the officer to observe another offense in order to pull the driver over. Furthermore, the fine for texting while driving skyrocketed…

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Kids Lighting Up? Not So Fast…Marijuana Is Still Illegal In Virginia And Most States

Author: Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

Colorado and Washington made the news in 2012 when both states legalized the recreational use of marijuana.  "As soon as the laws are certified, it will be legal under Colorado and Washington law for adults 21 years and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.  In Colorado, people will be able to grow as many as six plants.  In Washington, users will have to buy their marijuana from state-licensed providers."[i]  However, new laws on the other side of the country should not fool Virginia residents into thinking their local laws will be any less strictly enforced. Furthermore, federal law continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, equivalent to heroin and LSD.[ii]


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New Research on Sports Related Concussions in Children & Young Adults

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Brain Injury Attorney

Recent news reports about a Pop Warner football game in which five children suffered concussions have brought attention to a longstanding and under-appreciated problem in youth contact sports.   In a game played on September 5, 2012, five boys aged 10 to 12 years old were so severely injured that they missed various amounts of school, despite substantial rule changes designed to prevent such injuries instituted only months before by the Pop Warner Football League.[1]   The league officers in attendance and the referees did not enforce the new protective rules; therefore, they received sanctions which included suspensions.

Football has attracted…

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Trampolines: Unsafe At Any Speed

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Kids love them, pediatricians hate them, and parents buy them in hopes that their children will go outside and get some exercise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued an official policy statement in which the AAP concluded that "the home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged."[1] Although trampoline injuries have been decreasing in recent years, in 2009, there were an estimated 97,908 incidents involving personal injury from trampoline use, resulting in 3,164 deaths or hospitalizations.[2] Most injuries occur in the legs, but the most severe injuries result from head and neck trauma.

The six primary causes…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Courtney Allen Van Winkle - VIDEO

Courtney, a partner with the firm, concentrates her practice on personal injury, brain injury cases and wrongful death claims. She works in the firm's Richmond, VA office and Glen Allen, VA offices and serves clients across the state of Virginia. Courtney is a trial lawyer and a strong advocate for injured people. She has successfully resolved many cases involving children. As the mother of four children herself, Courtney is able to draw upon her own experiences to compassionately work with children. To learn more about Courtney, visit:


Video Transcript: My name is Courtney Van Winkle. I am a trial attorney with the…

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Do You Have An Emergency Car Kit?

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

I will never forget driving down 64 West after a wonderful weekend at Virginia Beach with my family when suddenly my Ford Explorer became impossible to control. With much difficulty and a racing heart I was able to steer my vehicle off the highway. I did not have a cell phone with me as that was back in the days when I fought the idea of being that connected to the world, especially while on vacation.  My mind changed on that scary day. Cars whizzed by while I stood on the side of the road with 2 small children, a baby, and a shredded tire. I vowed never to be in that position again. Now I am armed with a smart phone and older kids that have…

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Distracted Driving and Young Drivers

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

With summer in full swing there are plenty of young drivers on the road enjoying their new found freedom.  As the number of young drivers increases, unfortunately so does the risk of automobile accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading causes of teen car crashes are driver inexperience, alcohol and drug use, driving in inclement weather, risky behavior such as speeding, and driver distractions in the car.

When one mentions distracted driving, texting and driving immediately comes to mind.  Under Virginia law, Code § 46.2-1078.1, it is unlawful to operate a moving motor vehicle…

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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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P.I. firm offers accident guide phone app - VA Lawyers Weekly Article

By Alan Cooper

For years, the personal injury firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has provided a glove compartment guide with information about what to do after a traffic accident.   Welcome to 2011.   Another guide is now available as My Lawyer - Travels with Me, a free application for the iPhone and Android smartphones.   Accidents and their aftermath "can be a really confusing time. People are scared," says Courtney A. Van Winkle, a partner at the firm. It's comforting for them to be able to refer quickly to something they're likely to have handy and are familiar with, she added.   The home screen for the application has a big 911 button and another button to enter the application. Entering the app takes the user…

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New Car Accident Android App Launched by Virginia Accident Law Firm

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen's My Lawyer™ Accident App guides users through what to do during and after an accident.

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce the launch of its new, FREE mobile app for Android Smartphones. The My Lawyer™ Mobile Accident App guides users through the immediate steps to take after being involved in a car accident. Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is bringing this mobile app to Virginians because the firm had concern that drivers may not know what steps to take after an accident to protect their rights and secure evidence.

"There is a lot of talk about avoiding accidents but not a lot of discussion about what to do if you are in an accident. The minutes…

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