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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New Law Affecting Cyclists in Virginia: Effective July 1

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump VA, Personal Injury Attorney

As biking grows in popularity in cities across Virginia, so does the number of accidents involving cyclists. Bike accidents are often very one-sided, resulting in irreparable damage to the bicycle and serious injury to the cyclist. And, though some people are quick to blame the cyclists in these situations, it is all of our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings, share the roads, and help make Virginia a safer place for bicyclists and motorists alike. The Virginia Legislature has recognized the risks that cyclists face on the roads, and has passed a new law aimed at reducing these risks and keeping cyclists safe.


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More Than Medical Bills: Full and Fair Compensation in Virginia Personal Injury Cases

Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

 Most people who are injured through no fault of their own understand that they can make a claim to recover money from the responsible party’s insurance company.  Unfortunately, many people are unaware of all the factors that must be considered before settling their claim.  Insurance companies often take advantage of this lack of understanding to convince injured claimants that they should accept a settlement that accounts for only a portion of their damages.  This can be a big mistake for an injured person. The following article explains all of the compensable damages under Virginia law.

Years of court cases involving…

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FORUM SELECTION IN LITIGATION: Where to File My Personal Injury Case in Virginia

The Difference Between District and Circuit Courts in Virginia

Author: Paul D. Hux, Personal Injury Lawyer, Chesterfield, VA

When negotiations break down and the insurance company will not offer what we feel is a full and fair settlement amount for your claim, the next step in your case is to file a lawsuit and begin the litigation process.[1] Your attorney must decide in which court your case should be filed. While this may seem simple, selecting the appropriate court is an important decision that is based on the individual circumstances of your case. Selecting the appropriate forum for your case can have important  consequences as the litigation proceeds.

Virginia has two levels of trial courts:…

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Mature Driving Bill Dies in Senate

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

 A transportation related bill that sought to impose new and stricter driver’s license renewal standards on Virginia’s “mature” population, failed in the Virginia State Senate on January 29, 2014.

 Current law requires a Virginia driver who is 80 years of age or older at the time their license expires to renew their license in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office, pass a vision test and, in certain situations,  take and pass a written test about the rules of the road.[1] Senate Bill 180, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (Republican – Virginia Beach), would have made the following changes to the…

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VIDEO: An Experienced Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney is the Key for Good Results

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In this video, personal injury attorney P. Christopher Guedri discusses his experience in handling tractor trailer accident cases. Tractor trailer accidents can be devastating. According to recent government statistics, 1 out of every 9 fatal traffic accidents in the United States involved a tractor trailer.

These accidents are responsible for close to 100 fatalities and more than 1,300 injuries annually in the State of Virginia alone. Victims and their families are often very confused about what to do next after they have been injured in a truck accident.  Immediately consulting an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney is essential after an accident involving a large truck. Prompt investigation of the…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Christopher J. Toepp - VIDEO

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney


Chris Toepp is a personal injury trial attorney dedicated to helping his clients through very difficult times in their lives. Working mainly out of the Allen Law Firm’s Fredericksburg office, Chris’s practice includes a wide range of personal injury cases including: car crashes, truck accidents, and motorcycle wrecks. Chris earned his reputation as an exceptional litigator in the courtroom early on in his career when he presented hundreds of bench and jury trials as a Richmond prosecutor and made his community a safer place. Through personal experience, Chris has an intimate understanding of what his clients go through in the aftermath of an accident including the physical pain, the impact on loved ones…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Sandra S. Gregor - VIDEO

 Sandy Gregor is an experienced litigator who dedicates her practice to standing up for the rights of those who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. She works out of the Allen Law Firm’s Fredericksburg office, and focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, automobile and trucking accident litigation, product liability, and premises liability in both state and federal courts. Sandy knows just how insurance companies and their attorneys evaluate claims and handle cases, because she practiced law with a Richmond insurance defense firm for many years before joining Allen & Allen. Sandy has combined her litigation experience with her deep understanding…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Bridget N. Long - VIDEO

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney


 Bridget Long, a seasoned litigator and consummate professional, has devoted her career to personal injury law and fighting for the rights of persons injured by the negligence or recklessness of others.


She is equipped with extensive litigation skills developed by handling hundreds of cases involving car accidents, tractor trailer accidents,drunk driving, premises liability, dog bites, wrongful death and other claims involving catastrophic injuries. Bridget has successfully litigated many cases to verdict in both jury and bench trials in stage and federal courts throughout Virginia. Bridget works in Allen & Allen’s Richmond, Virginia office and serves clients…

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