Don’t Drink & Drive This New Year’s Eve - Free Cab Ride Home in Richmond, VA & Charlottesville, VA from Allen & Allen

Once again the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is offering an incentive not to drink and drive in both Charlottesville, VA and the metro Richmond, VA area on New Years Eve 2013 – a free taxi ride home. Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve. “We started this program with the goal of keeping our community and our roadways safe,” said Firm president Trent Kerns. “Anyone who is unable to safely drive home this New Year’s Eve will receive a free sober ride home courtesy of Allen & Allen.”


Partnering with Napoleon Taxi, Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi…

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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


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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Clarification in Virginia Ethics Rules : Virginia State Bar Updates The Code on Legal Ethics Regarding Communication With a Guardian ad Litem: LEO 1870

Author: Christopher Allen Meyer

The Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Ethics issues Legal Ethics Opinions (LEOs) concerning the ethical obligations of attorneys.  Often a LEO explains or clarifies the application to a specific situation of a particular ethical rule governing the conduct of attorneys in Virginia.   On October 8, 2013, the Committee released LEO 1870, which clarifies the ability of a lawyer in a case to communicate with a person represented by a Guardian ad Litem (GAL)[1] without the consent of the GAL.  Under Virginia law, generally an attorney may not contact a person directly who is represented by an attorney; they should contact that person's attorney.  Apparently some attorneys…

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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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Bicycle Laws in Virginia – Protecting your Rights and Staying Safe

Author: Sandra S. Gregor - Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

When riding a bicycle on Virginia’s roadways, cyclists generally have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles.[1] They are required to ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals, lights, and markings.[2] Although cyclists may have these same rights, in the real world not all drivers appreciate having cyclists on the roads. Bicycles can cause delay or some drivers may think they simply get in the way. Knowing this, most cyclists try to be particularly courteous on the road. Since we share the road, it makes sense to be polite and cooperative while riding – staying to the far right of the roadway,…

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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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Motor Vehicle Safety: Dangers of Texting While Driving & The Legal Responsibility for Distracted Driving

Author: Tammy Stafford Ruble, Esq.

We learn more every day about the dangers of texting while driving. A recent decision in New Jersey may signal a new era of expanding legal responsibility, not merely for the driver, but for those outside the car sending the texts.

According to the New Jersey decision, in September 2009, teenager Kyle Best was driving down a country road in New Jersey while texting back and forth with a female friend, Shannon Colonna. His pickup truck drifted across the highway and struck David and Linda Kubert in the oncoming lane of traffic. The Kuberts, riding on a motorcycle, suffered devastating injuries, each losing a leg in the collision. David Kubert saw it coming. "What…

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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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