Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Voted Best Law Firm in Central Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Voted Best Law Firm in Central Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine

We are thrilled to announce that Virginia Living readers voted Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen as #1 in the Best Law Firm category for Central Virginia. Thank you to all of our clients and Virginia Living readers for this honor.

Virginia Living released their Best of Virginia 2016 issue on May 13, 2016 featuring nearly 1,500 businesses and services voted the best in Virginia. Virginia Living’s fifth annual Best of Virginia Readers’ Survey was conducted in January. More than 30,000 ballots were cast in 100 categories covering the best in Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Living & Recreation, Shopping & Services and Food & Drink.

Allen & Allen is the oldest and largest personal injury law firm in Virginia.…

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Items Hanging From Rearview Mirrors Are Illegal in Virginia

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

What do you have dangling from your rearview mirror? In Virginia, anything hanging in your line of sight could be a reason for a police officer to pull you over.

Remember when fuzzy dice were popular items hanging from the rearview mirror? If you are too young to remember that, what about graduation tassels, crucifixes, or air fresheners? Whatever is hanging from the rearview mirror in your car should be removed in order to prevent a citation.

According to Va. Code 46.2-1054, “It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle on the highway in the Commonwealth with any object or objects, other than a rear…

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Look Out For The Other Guy - Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

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With the economy constantly in flux, it’s easy to find ourselves looking over our shoulder for what comes next. What comes next could be an out of control car coming into your lane.

There's not much you can do to prevent a car crash caused by someone else, but there is a lot you can do to protect yourself from the consequences of being hit by an uninsured or underinsured motorist.

 

The health of the economy has a direct connection to the number of uninsured cars on the road. According to The Insurance Research Council, for each 1% increase in the unemployment rate, there is a resulting ¾% increase in the uninsured motorist rate. In 2014, the average number of uninsured cars on the road in the United States…

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How Judges Are Selected In Virginia

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Author: Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many states use elections to select the judges who preside over their courts.  Virginia is one of only two states, the other being South Carolina, in which judges are selected by vote of the legislature.[1]  Article VI, section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, states: “The justices of the Supreme Court shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly  . . . . The judges of all other courts of record shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly . . . .”[2]

The Constitution provides for those occasions when the General Assembly…

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Understanding Virginia’s “Dead Man’s Act”

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Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The Virginia Rules of Evidence contain a detailed set of requirements that govern what kind of information may be considered by the jury when a personal injury case is tried in court.  One such rule, derived from a statute commonly referred to as the “Dead Man’s Act,” applies when one of the parties to the lawsuit has died prior to the trial.[1] It is important to understand how the Dead Man’s Act works in such cases because it can change the type of evidence that the jury will be allowed to hear and consider.

At common law (prior to the enactment of Virginia Code § 8.01-397), in a case in which either the plaintiff…

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2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards

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Trial lawyers and lawsuits have a precedence of exposing corporate corruption. On June 8th Public Justice presented the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards – which go annually to lawyers whose pursuit of justice made the largest impact on public interest. Public Justice is America’s public interest law firm. The Trial Lawyers of the Year winners demonstrate trial lawyers holding corporations and irresponsible government officials responsible for abusing their power and violating the rights of ordinary Americans.

These summaries of their stories are just an example of the incredible work these teams did. Public Justice honors these lawyers because of their extraordinary work fighting injustice, taking…

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Responsible Gifting: The Importance of Checking for Recalls and Safety Hazards

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Attorney: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday season is a time for visiting with friends and family and for the giving and receiving of gifts. There is no better feeling than giving someone just the right present and watching their face light up. But the gift-giving season also creates some safety issues. Every year thousands of products are recalled from stores, yet still end up under the Christmas tree. For example, a recall has already been issued this year for 7.2 million single-serving Keurig coffee makers, predicted to be one of the most popular gifts this Christmas.1

If you are concerned about a particular present, the government…

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Virginia Bike Laws

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

Bicycles share the road with cars, trucks, and other automobiles. The Virginia Legislature has passed a number of laws to help foster a safe environment for everyone sharing the road. Many of these laws are aimed at cyclists and dictate where they may ride and how they should behave while on the road. These cycling rules can be separated out into a number of categories, listed below[1]:

Rights and Duties:

People riding bicycles on a highway are subject to the Virginia Code provisions on motor vehicles and have the rights and duties applicable to drivers of motor vehicles unless a provision clearly states otherwise.[2]

Traffic…

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Virginia Auto Insurance - Uninsured Motorist Coverage:Valuable Protection in the Wake of a Collision

Author: Charles L. Allen - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In the Commonwealth of Virginia you do not have to purchase automobile insurance to lawfully register a vehicle and drive on Virginia’s roads and highways. Instead, you may elect to pay an uninsured motorist fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles.[1] If you make the prudent choice and purchase auto insurance, every policy issued in Virginia must have bodily injury liability limits of at least $25,000 per person, and $50,000 per occurrence.[2]  This is sometimes referred to as Virginia’s “minimum limits.” This minimum coverage provides $25,000 in liability coverage to any one person who is injured in a motor vehicle…

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More Than Medical Bills: Losses Covered In Virginia Personal Injury Claims

Author: Charles L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

Motor vehicle accidents impact injured people’s lives dramatically. After a serious collision on the road people are often physically injured, left without a vehicle, unable to work for a significant period of time and are required to travel to and from countless medical appointments. Over time, many accident victims become depressed, overwhelmed emotionally or overcome with stress when they get back behind the wheel of a car. For a person injured through no fault of their own, the inconveniences of recovery can be substantial. In the aftermath of a collision, it is important that you understand what damages are financially compensable in…

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