Technically Legal: Social Host Responsibility Regarding Drunk Drivers

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Chesterfield VA Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday season is approaching, and the time is here for friends and family to gather and celebrate. You may even wish to throw a party this season, but the prospect of serving alcohol to a large group can be worrisome. What level of responsibility do you have? What if a guest at your party drives drunk? What if they hurt themselves or someone else?

The answers to these questions are rooted in a Virginia legal doctrine known as contributory negligence. Contributory negligence states that if a person is injured, they can only make a recovery for their injury if they did not contribute at all to the accident. In this case, the drinker…

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Boating Accidents – Statistics and Prevention

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Personal Injury Lawyer, Chesterfield, VA 

As summer rolls across the United States and families take to the water to escape the heat, many people will find themselves on boats of all shapes and sizes. Boating is generally a safe activity, but accidents can and do occur. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety routinely publishes recreational boating statistics, the latest accounting for 2013. The 2013 report reveals that, although the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths all decreased from the previous year, improvements can be made in the realm of boating safety[1].

In 2013, there were 4062 recreational boating accidents across the United States.…

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New Auto Recall by Honda, Mazda, and Nissan Affecting Millions of Vehicles

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney, Chesterfield VA

Amid the fallout from GM’s recent massive recall, some of the world’s largest automakers have recently issued recalls of their own. BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota have announced plans to recall millions of cars sold in the US. Whereas GM’s recall involved a faulty ignition switch, this new round of recalls involves air bag systems installed in older-model cars and affects areas with hot and humid weather.

The reason this recall affects more than one automaker is that the automakers have a common supplier for the air bags. Some of the air bag systems have air bag inflators that can rupture. If an accident occurs…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Trent S. Kerns - VIDEO

Trent S. Kerns is a Partner and the President of the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. Trent works in the firm's Richmond personal injury law offices and serves clients across the state of Virginia. He has more than 30 years of experience helping injured victims both in and out of the courtroom. His practice is primarily focused on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases including car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents.

To learn more about Trent Kerns, visit:


Video Transcript: My name is Trent Kerns; I am a partner with Allen & Allen. If someone is injured in a car accident, they should come…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Announces New Executive Committee and President

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has elected the following officers as members of the firm's Executive's Committee: President Trent S. Kerns, Edward L. Allen, and Jason W. Konvicka.

Newly elected president Trent Kerns, who joined Allen & Allen in 1992, manages the law firm's Chesterfield office. He is one of the firm's 14 partners - seven of whom are Allen family members. Kerns has over 25 years experience litigating personal injury cases in Virginia.

Allen & Allen has been representing Virginians in their personal injury legal claims for over 100 years.  The firm currently has 23 attorneys who handle wrongful death cases as well as personal injury cases involving motor vehicle…

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Household Safety: Using a Ladder Safely - Ladder Safety Tips

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Chesterfield Personal Injury Lawyer

As Spring quickly approaches, many of us will start making our lists of do-it-yourself household projects. Some of our upcoming projects will no doubt involve using a ladder, and usually when there is a ladder involved, some tools are also involved. Painting, replacing shutters, cleaning gutters, spring cleaning, and putting in ceiling fans or new lights may all require a ladder, ranging from a simple step-ladder up to a heavy duty, several story, extension ladder.  All of these ladders can be dangerous if not used properly.

According to a study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 97% of ladder-related injuries…

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Critical Things To Do If You Have An Injury Claim

Author: Attorney Trent S. Kerns

You've just had an accident. You're heart-rate is understandably high and you're likely frazzled. While you are dealing with the initial shock, there are important things you should try and remember that can help you if you have an injury claim.

1. SEE MEDICAL HELP FOR INJURIES. First, if you or someone else is injured in the accident, dial 911 or ask someone else to call for you, so that anyone injured  can receive medical care as soon as possible. If you're not seriously injured, you may want to postpone getting medical attention until after you've spoken to a police officer, but generally, the sooner you receive  treatment…

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The Shoulder of the Highway is a Dangerous Place

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Each year, a staggering number of people are killed on the shoulder of interstates. Approximately 12% of all interstate highway deaths are pedestrians in the roadway or on the shoulder. That's an average of about 610 people per year in the U.S.[1] To avoid becoming one of these statistics, you should follow the following safety guidelines.[2]

If there is not an emergency, don't stop on the shoulder.

It is incredibly dangerous, especially at night, because drivers are often fatigued and cannot see what is on the shoulder. Many times accidents happen when fatigued drivers see lights ahead and think that they belong to a car traveling…

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