What To Do If You Are In A Car Crash This Holiday Season

First and foremost, you must stop. According to the Code of Virginia § 46.2-894, a driver has the duty to stop in the event of accident involving injury or death or damage to property under the circumstances described as follows:

The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident in which a person is killed or injured or in which an attended vehicle or other attended property is damaged shall immediately stop as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic, and report his name, address, driver's license number and vehicle registration number forthwith to the State Police or local law-enforcement agency, to the person struck and injured if such person appears to be capable of understanding and…

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Let Allen & Allen Be Your Auto Accident Lawyer in Richmond Virginia

When you are involved in a car wreck in Richmond, you need the very best medical attention first, but the second service you need is from an experienced auto accident lawyer. The personal injury attorneys of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen are respected auto accident attorneys in Richmond, Virginia and the legal firm of choice for many auto accident victims. When you are involved in an auto accident in Richmond, VA, it is ideal that you seek legal advice and representation as quickly as possible. You should look for an auto accident lawyer in Richmond, Virginia who is backed by a highly-skilled and dedicated team of expert investigators and support staff.

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has a strong reputation as auto accident…

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Current Research: Understanding the Psychology Behind Juror Decision Making

 Author: Attorney George E. Allen, III

A good lawyer must be able to reach people and particularly jurors.  Recent developments in the psychology of human decision-making are helping us do that.  The old teaching was that the minds of people serving as jurors are empty vessels and that you tell the story of your case and the jury takes that information and makes a decision.

The study of human decision-making shows that people actually do not "make decisions," they "realize" decisions and then write or re-write your case in their heads and search for reasons/facts to fit the decision.  They form early impressions and conclusions often based upon beliefs or factors arising at an unconscious level. …

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Ethics and Intimate Relations with a Client

Author: Attorney Chris Meyer

Lawyers are governed by rules of ethics which describe their conduct and try to insure, among other things, that a client will receive quality independent judgment from their lawyer free from any conflict.  In Virginia, these rules are called the "Rules of Professional Conduct" and they are administered and enforced by the Virginia State Bar.  All lawyers licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia are required to belong to the Virginia State Bar.  This organization disciplines lawyers who violate the Rules, and the penalties for violation can include revocation of the attorney's license to practice law.  Not only does the Virginia State Bar administer the Rules, but it also provides…

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Tort Reform is Un-American

Author: Attorney Malcolm "Mic" P. McConnell, III

A common theme in American political rhetoric has always been the wisdom of the common man.  The Declaration of Independence states that a just government derives its powers from the consent of the governed.[1] Abraham Lincoln referred to our government as "OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people."[2] We regularly hear politicians insist that power remain with individuals, because individuals can always do things better and smarter than Washington.  The worthiness of individual Americans to govern themselves is a sacred tenet and it is our patriotic duty to resist the expansion of government power at the expense of individual liberty and responsibility.…

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Texting and Driving - What the Law in Virginia Actually Says

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Distracted driving remains a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities.  CNN reports that distracted driving accounted for 16% of traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2009, which is unchanged from 2008.[1] Responding to this problem with regard to cellphones, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Va. Code § 46.2-1078.1, which became effective in July, 2009.[2] This statute largely prohibits driving while texting.

However, enforcement of this law presents some practical problems.  The statute does not make driving while texting a primary offense; that is, a driver cannot be stopped solely for driving while texting and can only be ticketed for violation of the…

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Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony of MADD of Virginia

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Recently I had the privilege of attending the Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Virginia Chapter) at the Chesterfield Airport.  It was a moving evening to see the men and women of the local police departments and sheriffs' offices recognized for their contributions in stopping drunk drivers and in turn making the highways safer. The evening recognized officers in Central Virginia from Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Prince George, New Kent, Surry, Sussex, Hopewell, Emporia, Colonial Heights and Greensville.

Speaking on behalf of the Allen firm and…

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Bad Calls: Mixing Driving With the Use of Cell Phones

Author: Attorney George Edward "Ted" Allen, III

The use of cell phone while driving has resulted in an epidemic of accidents.  The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis reports that each year cell phone distractions cause 600,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 3,000 deaths. This works out to more than 1,643 crashes, 940 injuries, and 8 deaths per day. [1]

The number of cell phone subscribers in the United States has skyrocketed from 44 million in 1996 to over 285 million in 2009.[2] The Insurance Information Institute reported that by the end of 2009, 152.7 billion text messages were sent in the United States every month, more than fifteen times the number just four years earlier.[3]

The…

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Products Liability Law Suits Making Consumers Safer - The AAJ Reports

The American Association for Justice Report: They Knew and Failed To...

Introduction by Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

As a trial lawyer who has handled a number of complex products liability cases over my career, I view one of the rolls of the American civil justice system to protect consumer rights against corporations who knowingly endanger and fail to protect their customers. A recent report out from the American Association for Justice (AAJ), outlines scenarios where corporation responsible for product failures which endangered the lives of consumers, some even resulting in deaths, not only had knowledge of the products' dangers, but also failed to do anything about it. Because…

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Building A Bridge - Offering Support to Traumatic Brain Injury Patients in Charlottesville

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Many of our clients have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury can drastically change the life of the victim and their loved ones. In some severe cases, the person who has suffered the brain injury is no longer able to live independently and needs temporary or permanent living assistance.

In Charlottesville one organization is dedicated to proving living assistance to adults with traumatic brain injuries: Building a Bridge.

The Building a Bridge (hereafter "The Bridge")organization, a tax-exempt Virginia corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, operates in the City of Charlottesville.…

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