Pedestrian Safety Tips

Author: Melinda H. South

Pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle very often result in death or serious injury. Every time they step into the roadway, pedestrians are confronting forces many times faster and more powerful than they are. The twin keys to avoiding one of these devastating accidents are visibility and predictability. If drivers can see where pedestrians are and can predict where they will be, they have a much easier time avoiding them. All too often, however, pedestrians don’t worry about their visibility to drivers or fail to behave in a predictable manner, resulting in more then 4,000 pedestrian deaths every year.[1]

All of us have seen examples of pedestrians displaying a…

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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2013


During the fall of 2012 and the Spring of 2013, I was fortunate to participate in the Leadership Charlottesville program created by the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce which allows a diverse group of community/business leaders to learn about and become more engaged in the Charlottesville community. We started with a day of Orientation at Branchlands, a retirement community in Charlottesville. That in no way prepared me for our second meeting at the Falls River Center, a ropes course! The ropes course pushed each of us to understand how to function as a team with people we had just met. The eleven educational meetings were as diverse as our group of thirty five students. We listened to political leaders…

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Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Eight Attorneys from Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen

The 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list has been announced and eight attorneys from the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were included: Edward L. Allen, George E. Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr., P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, James Mick “Jamie” Kessel, Jason, W. Konvicka and Malcolm P. “Mic” McConnell. Richmond Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine released Virginia Super Lawyers on June 14, 2010. Only 5% of lawyers in the state of Virginia are named Super Lawyers.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement from more than 70 practice areas. Research, polling and selection are performed by Law…

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Winners of HOMETOWN HEROES 2013 Award Announced; Law Firm of Allen & Allen Begins Annual Celebration Series

Richmond, Virginia – June 11, 2013 -- The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2013 HOMETOWN HEROES award in celebration of local acts of kindness and heroism.

“This is an exciting time of year for Allen & Allen -- it’s time for the firm, and the community at large, to celebrate the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “For over 100 years Allen & Allen has been greatly inspired by the heroes around us -- the community members who spend each day improving the cities, small towns, and neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Nominations for the annual HOMETOWN HEROES award were accepted from April…

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I Won My Jury Trial, But My Case Has Been Appealed! Now What?

By: Malcolm P. McConnell, III

In Virginia, virtually any judgment from a jury trial can be appealed to our Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court does not agree to hear every case that is appealed. So, if your personal injury verdict and judgment are appealed, what can you expect?

The purpose of most appeals is to persuade the Supreme Court of Virginia that the trial court did something wrong – i.e., made a decision before, during or after the trial which was legally incorrect and that the wrong decision resulted in the wrong outcome of the case. The person complaining of the mistake asks the Supreme Court to reverse that incorrect decision. Sometimes that reversal may mean the end of a case, or…

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Motor Vehicle Insurance - What is a "Claims Reserve" and why is it important?

By: Kathleen Smith (Llewelyn-Duncan) - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Many of us begin the new year with a resolution to save money, and a logical first step to achieving this goal is to create (and stick to) a budget.   Insurance companies use a similar approach to estimate what claims will cost for the year.  Throughout the year they collect premiums, but for planning purposes they need to estimate how much of that they will pay out for claims.  The “reserve” is an estimate of what an individual claim will cost, and that amount of money is set aside (or reserved) in order to pay that claim.  By adding all the reserves together for all of the individual claims, the company can estimate what they…

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The 2013 George E. Allen Scholarship Winners - Presented by Allen & Allen

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen awarded the George E. Allen Scholarship to fifteen deserving high school seniors on May 14, 2013 at an awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm’s Scholarship Program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes students who have overcome unusual obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance. 

Congratulations to:

Joshua Bagshaw, Hopewell High School - Plans to attend Barton College Brandon Buncher, Mills E. Godwin High School - Plans to attend The College of William & Mary Alexander Curnow, Eastern View High School - Plans to attend community college in Florida Meghan Davis, Buffalo…

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What is a Life Care Plan?

By:  Jason W. Konvicka, Esquire - Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

A person with chronic injuries or illnesses often requires a “life care plan”.  A life care plan is a document that identifies a person’s future medical and supportive care needs.[1]  The document is created by a professional known as a life care planner.

A life care plan can be used in consultation with patients, families, rehabilitation professionals, and case managers to coordinate the best medical care and support for an injured or chronically ill person.  A life care plan can also be used in a legal setting to accurately project the nature and cost of an injured person’s long term care needs.

Most respected life care planners follow…

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What is “Discovery” in a Civil Case?

Author: Charles Littlepage “Litt” Allen -  Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Our Circuit Courts[1] across the Commonwealth of Virginia adjudicate both criminal and civil cases.  However, the right of the parties to require disclosure of information from each other before trial is quite different in a civil case than a criminal one.  The scope of discovery in civil cases is quite broad.  In fact, there are specific rules, commonly called “the Rules of Discovery,” which apply to the disclosure of information in civil cases filed in our Circuit Courts.  These Rules state that “parties may obtain discovery regarding any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending…

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2013 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES; Call for Nominations by Virginia Law Firm

Richmond, Virginia --The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen announced today that it is seeking nominations for the firm’s annual Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was formed in 2010 to honor Allen & Allen’s centennial anniversary, is designed to celebrate local heroes who are making a lasting impact in the community.

“We look forward to our Hometown Heroes award every year as a way to thank those who make it their mission to make the community a better place,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “Our firm was founded on this type of service and we gain inspiration from the impact makers around us -- the real heroes who give back to Virginia on a daily…

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