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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General District Court: An Overview for the Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

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

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

Trying personal injury cases in the general district court has become more attractive and fun over the past five years thanks to two significant changes fought for by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

The first significant change was the repeal of the removal statute. In “the old days”, defense lawyers routinely relied on Virginia Code §16.1-92 to remove cases to circuit court where the amount sued for was greater than $4,500.00. That statute was repealed in 2007 and removal was abolished. 1 The second significant change came in 2011 when the jurisdictional limit of the general district court was increased from…

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Federal Government Issues: 'Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving'

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

I have represented many clients who were injured as a result of the actions of a distracted driver. The use of hand held cell phones behind the wheel continues to be a deadly problem that many now view as an epidemic. On June 7, 2012, United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" which contains a comprehensive strategy to address the problem of distracted driving and take action to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths that are caused by distracted driving each year.

The Blueprint plan hopes to build upon the previous efforts made by the U.S. Department…

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Meet Virginia Personal Injury Attorney David M. Williams, Jr. - VIDEO

Fredericksburg, VA car accident lawyer David M. Williams, Jr. is an expert in the litigation and resolution of car accident claims, motorcycle accident cases, slip and fall cases and catastrophic injury claims. David has successfully argued multiple cases before the Virginia Supreme Court in more than 15 years of experience with personal injury law. David primarily serves clients in the Garrisonville, Stafford County and Fredericksburg areas. To learn more about David, visit:


Video Transcript: I am David Williams. I am a trial lawyer with Allen & Allen. I practice law primarily in the Fredericksburg and Garrisonville offices.…

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'Castle Doctrine' Bills Shot Down in Virginia's General Assembly

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

Two bills giving Virginians the green light to use deadly force against intruders into their homes died in the 2012 General Assembly session.

The "Castle doctrine" originated from old English common law rules protecting a person's home and the principle underlying the phrase "a person's home is their castle". The doctrine allows the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his/her home against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him/her or against someone else lawfully in the home. Many states have laws that are based on the Castle Doctrine.[1] One of the Virginia bills would have protected…

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New Virginia Law Sets Tougher Penalties for Teens Who Drink and Drive

Author: Attorney David M. Williams, Jr.

A new Virginia law increasing the consequences for underage drinking and driving went into effect July 1, 2011.

The 2011 Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a bill establishing a "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) for underage drinking and driving by making it punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor. The punishment for teens that drink and drive - teens convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - now includes two additional severe penalties:

1.    loss of their driver's license for one year from the date of conviction, AND

2.    either a mandatory minimum fine of $500.00 or 50 hours…

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Virginia Expands the "Move Over" Law


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

When driving on the highway, it's not unusual to see police or emergency vehicles on the shoulder. Sometimes emergency vehicles may be stopped on the highway, due to a motor vehicle accident, a tree or other debris in the road, or some other emergency. Many drivers do not realize that Virginia law requires a driver in these situations to move over into a more distant lane, unless it would be unreasonable or unsafe to do so. If you cannot move over safely, then you are required to proceed with caution and at an appropriate speed. Recently the law was expanded to include almost any vehicle that has flashing lights on the shoulder.


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