Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

With the end of the year holidays upon us, bringing inevitably heavy traffic and , congested highways, a little preparation can help avoid a calamitous and even tragic incident. At this time of year, the roads are full of drivers who are stressed, frustrated, anxious, distracted, or all of these. Here are some suggestions of what you should do before you even leave your house:

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Check traffic reports and weather forecasts before you leave. Bring a paper map, in case your GPS or smartphone are out of range, out of minutes, or out of charge. You may want to have an alternate route planned in advance. PREPARE…

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Practical Tips for Driving in the Snow

As we move deeper into the winter weather season, we can expect more adverse conditions when we are driving.   Winter weather in Virginia brings wind, rain, sleet, and sometimes snow.  The infrequency of snow in Virginia means that many drivers are not used to driving in the snow; for that reason alone, often the safest course of action is to avoid driving on those rare occasions when there’s snow.  Even if you think that you are a skilled (maybe even experienced) driver in snow, don’t forget that a large number of drivers on the road are not.  

Sometimes, however, it’s unavoidable. So, if you have to venture out into the snow, be prepared, use caution, and know how to respond.  Driving in winter conditions is unpredictable.  …

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Passing and Overtaking on Two Lane Roads: Safe Driving

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Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald - Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Although less than 20% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, about 55% of traffic fatalities in the United States occurred there in 2010.  Many of these rural motor vehicle fatalities were on two-lane roads.[1]

An older study based on 2003 data revealed that two-lane primary roads in Virginia accounted for almost half of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth.  However, only approximately 1/3 of the estimated miles driven on Virginia roadways in 2003 were on two-lane primary roads.[2]

Serious accidents on two-lane roads occur for a variety of reasons, including driver inattention, excessive speed…

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How Long Will It Take to Settle My Personal Injury Claim?

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Frequently Asked Questions - My Personal Injury Case

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

How long will it take to settle your personal injury case? At the risk of sounding like a “lawyer answer,” the truth is that it depends. But we can give you a rough idea of how to make an estimate based on a few important factors. Every personal injury case is different, but there is a certain progression of steps that have to be taken in handling and resolving a personal injury claim. The length of these steps can vary, but we have provided some general estimates as a guideline.

The first factor is the type of injuries sustained and the period of…

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The Facts About Distracted Driving

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

There are roughly 8.2 million people living in Virginia[1], and approximately 5.4 million of them are registered drivers[2]. With this many people on our roads, it's a small wonder that there were only 124,000 reported traffic crashes in 2012[3]. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") does give statistics on alcohol and speed related accidents, but doesn't currently give any for accidents caused by distracted driving. However, the US Department of Transportation ("USDOT") does have some national statistics on the issue. It reports that distracted drivers caused or contributed to 10% of crashes involving injuries in the…

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Allen & Allen is ranked Tier 1 in Best Law Firms 2014 by US News & World Reports

On November 1, 2013, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® announced that the Virginia law firm of Allen & Allen has been honored with a Tier 1 ranking in “Best Law Firms” for Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice – Plaintiff’s in Richmond, Virginia. The "Best Law Firms" rankings will be published in US News & World Reports later in November. The 2014 “Best Law Firms” list recognizes firms for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers and signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments on which the 2014 Best Law Firms rankings were…

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New penalties for DUI first offenders in Virginia - Virginia Motor Vehicle Laws

By: Kathleen Smith - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

According to the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol related collision every 52 minutes.[1] To combat the tragic consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), Virginia joined 15 other states adopting harsher penalties for first time offenders. Other states that have adopted the new, harsher DUI laws have seen a decrease by as much as 52% in alcohol related deaths, and a reduction in repeat drinking and driving offenses by an average of 67%.[2]

The primary change in Virginia law concerning first time offenders was that, as of July 1, 2012, a conviction requires…

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Allen & Allen Family Fun Day - Gayton Elementary School - Saturday October 19th

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen has teamed up with Henrico Fire Station 13 for a Family Fun Day on Saturday October 19, 2013 from 10 am - 1 pm at Gayton Elementary School, located on Church Road, east of Lauderdale Road. This family friendly event will feature a fire truck from Station 13 with the opportunity for the community to meet their local heroes and touch the truck. Dimples the Clown will be on site for face painting and balloons. Ice cream will be served and there will be give aways and prizes.

Allen & Allen is the oldest and largest personal injury law firm in Virginia. This event highlights the firm's commitment to the communities there they live and work. Allen & Allen has eight offices located…

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A Note About Social Media and Juries

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By John G. "Jack" Berry, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Discussions about social media dominate today’s culture. Despite the inherent tendency of our legal system to move slowly in adjusting to cultural trends like this one, it, too, has been required to address issues raised by the pervasive use of social media.

The right to trial by jury is the most fundamental cornerstone of our democracy. We can trace its roots to the earliest days of our republic and across the Atlantic back to medieval England and beyond. While the infringement on the right to a fair and impartial trial before a jury of fellow citizens is often initiated by those in the halls of government and big business,…

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Motorcycle Safety: Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

Author. Bridget N.Long - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2012, motorcycle riders who were injured made up about 3% of all traffic injuries in Virginia.[1] Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents accounted for over 10% of all traffic fatalities in that same year.[2] When motorcyclists are involved in traffic accidents, the injuries they receive more usually more serious than other motor vehicle operators, and these injuries are more often fatal. The most common injuries from motorcycle accidents are injuries to the brain, the spine, and the internal organs, as well as broken bones (fractures), all of which can be life-threatening. A fracture can be debilitating…

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