Yard Cleanup Tips for a Safe Season

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many of us will have family and friends joining us to celebrate the upcoming holidays. While our yards may look festive with the seasonal transformation, there may be hazards lying beneath the brilliant leaves blanketing our lawns. 

Outdoor cleanup is a necessary part of the cooling season. You wouldn’t want your Thanksgiving shadowed by an injury to you or your family, especially one that could have been prevented through careful maintenance of your yard! 

When tidying your property this month, be sure to pay special attention to danger-prone areas by adding these tips to your do-do list: 

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Referring Attorneys and working with Allen & Allen

David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

At the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, we are proud to have a long history of handling cases referred to us by attorneys from across Virginia and the United States. We have successfully concluded, whether by trial or settlement, thousands of cases for other attorneys who have placed in us the confidence and trust to handle their client’s cases.

Our History

Allen & Allen is the oldest and largest law firm specializing in plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Virginia. Since its founding in 1910, the Allen Law Firm has been committed to aggressive advocacy for the rights of…

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Virginia’s Juvenile Driver’s License Ceremony

David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

During a recent visit to our local courthouse, I walked into the lobby and saw many nervous, nicely dressed teens and their parents.  The courthouse is the center of many legal and civic activities, and the teens waiting outside the courtroom were there for a special purpose – to receive their driver’s licenses.

The Code of Virginia §46.2-336  legislates and describes the Juvenile Driver Licensing Ceremony. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends all original driver’s licenses issued to applicants under the age of eighteen years to the judge of the juvenile and domestic relations court in the city or county…

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Data Shows Traffic Deaths are on the Rise

David M. Williams, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its latest estimate of traffic deaths. The 2016 announcement was sobering. It showed a 9.3% increase in traffic fatalities in the first nine months of 2015 compared to 2014 figures. The most significant increases came for pedestrians and bicyclists. [1]

According to this NHTSA report, an estimated 26,000 people died in motor vehicle collisions during the first nine months of 2015, a large increase when compared to 23,796 deaths in the first nine months of 2014. The regions that saw the biggest jumps in traffic…

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Major Automakers Commit to Include Auto Emergency Braking On All New Vehicles

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Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

A group of major automakers have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made this historic announcement at the recent dedication of IIHS’s newly expanded research center on September 11, 2015.

The ten automakers - Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo – represented 57% of U.S. light-duty vehicle sales in 2014. These companies have pledged to work with…

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Virginia’s New Campus Sexual Assault Laws

David M. Williams, Jr., Fredricksburg Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Several new bills addressing the issue of sexual assault on Virginia’s college students were signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe and went into effect July 1st. The bills, primarily dealing with reporting requirements, are aimed at protecting students and combating sexual assault.

House Bill 1930 and Senate Bill 712 were identical bills which passed unanimously. The bills deal with reporting requirements for the college administration. Highlights of this legislation include the following:

The bills require university employees to report acts of sexual violence to the campus Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator…

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Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication: The Next Stage Of Roadway Safety

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

The nation lost 33,561 people in motor-vehicle crashes during 2012. [1] In the wake of such staggering figures, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) is currently focused on vehicle-to-vehicle communication (“V2V”) as the next smart technology they hope will reduce fatalities and provide more roadway safety in America.

V2V communication allows cars to talk to one another and exchange important information like speed, location, brake status, and vehicle trajectory to warn drivers about impending crashes. It uses on-board dedicated short-range radio communication devices…

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THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES: $871 BILLION ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) released a new study, “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010,” on May 28, 2014 that examines the  financial impact car accidents have in America.[1] According to the study, the price tag for car accidents on America’s roads and highways is a staggering $871 billion.

In arriving at this figure, the NHTSA study analyzed data from 2010. That year, 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million people were injured, and 24 million vehicles were destroyed in automobile crashes in the United States. Economic…

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Mature Driving Bill Dies in Senate

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

 A transportation related bill that sought to impose new and stricter driver’s license renewal standards on Virginia’s “mature” population, failed in the Virginia State Senate on January 29, 2014.

 Current law requires a Virginia driver who is 80 years of age or older at the time their license expires to renew their license in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office, pass a vision test and, in certain situations,  take and pass a written test about the rules of the road.[1] Senate Bill 180, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (Republican – Virginia Beach), would have made the following changes to the…

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Buying Motor Vehicle Insurance: Who Are the Best Car Insurance Companies?

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

As a personal injury trial lawyer, I battle with insurance companies on a daily basis – both inside and outside of the courtroom. In today’s society, many view the insurance industry as employing a strategy to “deny, delay and defend” claims in an effort to put their profits first and policyholders / claimants second. People need to remember that insurance companies are not in business to pay claims… they are in business to collect your premiums every month.

Given the increasing problems my clients encounter with insurance companies, I am frequently asked the simple question: “Who is the best insurance company for my car?” Although…

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