Virginia Boating Safety: New Required Operator Licenses and Education

Summary by: Robert L. Mertig

As summer approaches, it's important to be aware of recent changes in the boating laws in Virginia pertaining to the operation of personal water craft (PWC) such as Jet Skis and motorboats. These changes include a schedule of required licenses and boating safety instruction that begin to take effect this summer. Over the next few years, eventually all users of PWC will be required to have licenses and take courses to obtain these licenses.

By July 1, 2009, all operators younger than 21 and are operating a PWC of 10 horsepower or more will be required to have a license. If you have a PWC like this and are in this age group, you should sign up now for a class, so you get your license…

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The Recorded Statement: A Trap for the Unwary

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Author: Attorney Elizabeth Morrell Allen

You've been in an auto accident that wasn't your fault. One day shortly thereafter, an adjuster for the insurance company of the person who hit you calls on the telephone and wants you to give a recorded statement telling her how the accident happened and provide her with some personal information. She says she wants to help you, and you certainly need help. She says that all she needs before she can pay you is a brief statement to "firm up liability". She's pleasant and seems so nice. Besides, you have nothing to hide because the crash wasn’t your fault. What could be wrong with answering her questions on tape? Plenty!

As a general rule, you should not…

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Securing Witness Information After an Accident

Author: Chris Cloude

You are driving to the grocery store taking your time and following your normal route. As you approach an intersection, the stoplight is green and you proceed into the intersection. Out of the corner of your eye you see a flash, and your car is hit on the passenger side.

A few days later, an adjuster calls you from the insurance company for the person that hit you. The adjuster informs you that the insurance company is denying your claim from your auto accident because their insured says they had the green light, not you.

This story is one we hear almost every day. Without other witnesses, often there is not much that can be done to make a recovery. If the insurance company won't discuss…

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What Happened to Fair and Reasonable?

Author: Egena T. Younger

I worked on the defense side for insurance companies for over 17 years. I experienced many years of investigating, evaluating, and negotiating automobile and commercial claims. From the first day of work, I was told to settle cases for a fair and reasonable amount. I was proud to represent the insurance company and its investors by checking every bill and report, to ensure that only what was necessary, related and reasonable, would be considered in evaluating an appropriate settlement offer. I gave a lot of consideration to the amount of property damage, the amount of the bills, the duration of the treatment, and how credible a witness our insured would make in defending his/her actions. I was…

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What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

By Attorney Charles L. Allen

"What is my case worth?" I am often asked this question by clients when I am first getting to know them. The simple answer is this; whatever a jury says it is worth.

Some people with personal injury claims are surprised to find out that they are not automatically entitled to a settlement from the insurance company. In fact, their only legal right is a trial to determine the amount of their recovery. The only way one can force an insurance company to pay is to successfully sue the person or company they insure. Cases involving very modest injuries are sometimes resolved by a judge in General District Court. However, more significant cases require Circuit Court trials which, in Virginia,…

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Safety Myth or Reality --Are Teenage Drivers at a Higher Risk for Crashes and Fatalities?

 

We frequently hear in the local news about automobile crashes and fatalities involving teenage drivers. Are teenage drivers involved in accidents more than other age groups ? Recently I had the opportunity to study reports from Virginia Commonwealth University Transportation Safety Training Center-Crash Investigative Team. The reports provide a comparison of crash frequencies and causes are examined to explore reasons why and what possible remedial actions can be taken to reduce these problems. In review of one report entitled Special Report #14: Special Report on Young Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes(January 2001), I found that not only are teenage drivers involved in more accidents with fatalities, there also appears…

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So you want to go to law school? How to get into the law school of your choice.

So you've been reading the Allen and Allen blog, and now you're inspired to become a personal injury lawyer. Next step: applying to law school! Here are some tips from my personal experience on getting into the law school of your choice:

Study what you love in college. College grades are very important in the law school admissions process. The more you love what you study, the better you'll do. Don't worry about majoring in a subject you think is an appropriate "pre-law" subject such as political science or economics. Major in what you love -- whether it is philosophy, religion, drama, to name a few examples -- and you'll be more motivated to actively learn and participate in class, study, and do well.

Participate…

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Chesterfield Personal Injury Law Firm Relocates to Hull Street and 288

The law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce the relocation of the Chesterfield office to 6123 Harbourside Centre Loop, Midlothian, VA 23112. The newly constructed office is located west of Interstate 288 in the Harbourside Centre shopping plaza on Hull Street Road next to Glory Days Grill.

Almost 20 years ago, Allen & Allen opened its first Chesterfield branch on Route 360 near Courthouse Road in Rockwood Park. Since then, Allen & Allen attorneys and their experienced staff have handled over one thousand personal injury cases for residents of South Richmond and Chesterfield. As the years have passed, Chesterfield has become one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, and Metropolitan…

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