Shocking Volkswagen Commercial Puts Viewers Behind the Wheel of a Distracted Driver

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, Virginia

Car commercials are nothing out of the ordinary when going to the movies, and so a recent group of patrons at a movie theater in Hong Kong had no reason to suspect such a scare when the lights dimmed and the newest Volkswagen commercial began to play.

Many campaigns against distracted driving have used shock value to prove their point, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s commercial that was aired during Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April. But Volkswagen’s new commercial drives home the perils of distracted driving in a way that exceeds anything else – it puts every viewer right into…

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Social Media Boundaries and Your Nanny

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Social media, for better or worse, has quickly become a part of everyone’s life. There are many positive aspects of social media – for instance, people are now able to stay in touch with friends and family around the world. However, there are also some negative aspects about social media – one major concern people have is the lack of privacy that exists once things are posted online. If you employ a nanny, it is likely that he or she uses at least one form of social media.

If you are concerned about your family’s privacy, it is important that you set boundaries with your nanny about his or her use of social media on the…

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Intro: Standing Up to Powerful Insurance Companies

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you have ever been involved in an accident, you may know how difficult it is to get the compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Dan Shea, a business leader from Santa Fe, and his family found this out the hard way. In August 2011 his mother was involved in an accident that was not her fault and suffered major injuries that required extensive hospitalization and had long-term impact on her life. Dan attempted to negotiate with the insurance companies on his mother’s behalf, but the insurance companies were only willing to make minimal offers, worth less than his mother’s medical bills.

It was at this…

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A Reflection on Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

As we move into May, we have time to reflect on the many inspiring and heartbreaking stories that April brought through Distracted Driving Awareness Month. What were some of the ways people spread the word?

For the month of April, many states observed a zero-tolerance policy for distracted driving[1] and officials wrote up hundreds of citations as a way of showing their communities how serious they were about cracking down on distracted drivers. In one notable campaign in Calvert County, Maryland, dump trucks drove around police officers so that they could look down into other vehicles and catch drivers who were using cell phones.…

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What To Do After Your Child Is Injured at Daycare

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

You arrive at day care to pick up your child only to notice that he or she has suffered some sort of injury. Child care injuries are stressful, not only for you, but also for your child. You probably have many questions, chief among them, “What do I do now?”

If you notice the injury while you and your child are still on the day care premises, you should ask your child’s caregiver about the circumstances surrounding the injury. If he or she doesn’t have an explanation, you should speak to a director or supervisor about the injury. After these conversations, you should photograph the injuries. These pictures can help serve as proof…

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A Graphic Reminder of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The dangers of distracted driving are well documented, and no form of distracted driving is more prevalent today than texting-and-driving. This is why many states across the country have made it illegal to text while driving, giving police officers the right to pull over and ticket any driver they observe engaging in such activity. Unfortunately, drivers continue to text-and-drive every day, subjecting those around them to the consequences of distracted driving. This is why a number of different groups, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and It Can Wait, have started campaigns aimed at raising public awareness…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: James Mick Kessel - VIDEO

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer


 Jamie Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of Virginians who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His practice includes cases involving: car wrecks, tractor trailer accidents, wrongful deaths, distracted driving, dog bites and dangerous premises.


Jamie is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in both state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He enjoys being in court and believes every case he handles should be prepared from the beginning as if it will be tried before a jury. Jamie works primarily in Allen & Allen’s Richmond, Virginia and Short Pump offices.

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Safety During the Holiday Party Season

Party Safety & Helping Prevent Impaired Driving

Author: James Mick Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday season is upon us, which means parties to attend and parties to host. While hosting a party can be a lot of fun, there are risks and there are a number of factors party hosts must consider when planning their events - guest lists, food, drink, entertainment, and - most importantly - the safety of their guests.  The biggest safety concern for any host (or guest) is safe travel.

With an increase in parties during the holiday season comes an increase in the consumption of alcohol.   As a host, you should have a plan for those guests who have had "one too many."  Consider hiring…

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New Associate Attorneys Join the Personal Injury Law Firm of Allen & Allen

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that James Mick "Jamie" Kessel and Robert C. T. Reed have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys in the Richmond, Virginia office.

Mr. Kessel is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Virginia.  He has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of those who have been seriously injured or killed because of the negligence of others.

Mr. Kessel graduated cum laude from West Virginia University and received his law degree from the University of Richmond. He has obtained an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as a Rising…

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