Buying Motor Vehicle Insurance: Who Are the Best Car Insurance Companies?

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

As a personal injury trial lawyer, I battle with insurance companies on a daily basis – both inside and outside of the courtroom. In today’s society, many view the insurance industry as employing a strategy to “deny, delay and defend” claims in an effort to put their profits first and policyholders / claimants second. People need to remember that insurance companies are not in business to pay claims… they are in business to collect your premiums every month.

Given the increasing problems my clients encounter with insurance companies, I am frequently asked the simple question: “Who is the best insurance company for my car?” Although…

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Federal Court: Jurisdiction and Venue Defined

Author: Melinda H. South

In filing a lawsuit, an attorney must consider both jurisdiction and venue to determine in which court a case can be filed and in which court a case should be filed. “Jurisdiction” means that a court has the power to exercise authority over all persons and things within its territory. To properly file a lawsuit, you must file the lawsuit in a court that has jurisdiction. “Venue” is the geographical location of a particular court. To properly file a lawsuit, you must file the case in an appropriate venue.

There are two ways a lawsuit may end up in federal court. First, a case may be filed in the federal court directly. Second, although a plaintiff files a case in state court,…

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Cutting Through Funeral Processions – Are you breaking the law?

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Author: Tammy S. Ruble

We often hear people speak of a decrease in civility these days. One notable example is the increase in the number of drivers that attempt to cut through funeral processions. A recent article in the Washington Post[1] cited a study by the Automobile Association of America which indicated that at least two people have died and 23 were injured in 2012 as a result of accidents caused by drivers exhibiting such discourteous behavior.[2] In Virginia, such impatience is not merely rude; it’s against the law.

A Virginia statute provides that any funeral procession under a police or sheriff’s escort has the right-of-way in any highway and that no vehicle, not part of the…

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Brain Injury Association of Virginia – What They Do For Our Community

Author: Paul D. Hux, Personal Injury Attorney

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) is an amazing group created to help those that have suffered brain injuries along with providing assistance to their family and loved ones. Since its founding in 1983 by families and concerned professionals, BIAV has worked solely for the benefit of individuals living in Virginia that have in some way been touched by a brain injury. It is the only statewide non-profit organization in Virginia exclusively devoted to serving individuals with brain injury and their families. BIAV creates a helping community that focuses on all the needs of the brain injured individual, including all-important training, education,…

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Do You Text When You Drive? For What It’s Worth, You Should Know The Law

Do U txt when U drive? FWIW, U shud no the law.

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III, Richmond Injury Attorney

On July 1, Virginia law changed and anyone who is tempted to text while driving should take heed: Before the change, texting while driving was what is called a “secondary offense,” meaning that a driver had to be stopped for some other offense before he could be charged with texting and driving. However, as of July 1, texting while driving is a PRIMARY offense, allowing police to stop drivers who are merely suspected of texting or reading text messages while driving.

The new law is Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-1078.1.[1] It provides, in pertinent part:

A. It is unlawful…

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New Texting Laws in Virginia: July 1, 2013

Save It 4 L8r: Virginia Cracking Down on Texting Behind the Wheel

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

As a parent of three young drivers with another not far behind I was thrilled to hear about the recent amendment to Virginia’s anti-texting and driving laws. Proposed by the governor and passed with strong Democratic support, this new law upgrades texting while driving to a primary offense and increases the fines for violators. This allows police to effect a stop on any driver they observe texting, whereas previously a texting ticket required the officer to observe another offense in order to pull the driver over. Furthermore, the fine for texting while driving skyrocketed…

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Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Eight Attorneys from Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen

The 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list has been announced and eight attorneys from the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were included: Edward L. Allen, George E. Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr., P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, James Mick “Jamie” Kessel, Jason, W. Konvicka and Malcolm P. “Mic” McConnell. Richmond Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine released Virginia Super Lawyers on June 14, 2010. Only 5% of lawyers in the state of Virginia are named Super Lawyers.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement from more than 70 practice areas. Research, polling and selection are performed by Law…

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Winners of HOMETOWN HEROES 2013 Award Announced; Law Firm of Allen & Allen Begins Annual Celebration Series

Richmond, Virginia – June 11, 2013 -- The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2013 HOMETOWN HEROES award in celebration of local acts of kindness and heroism.

“This is an exciting time of year for Allen & Allen -- it’s time for the firm, and the community at large, to celebrate the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “For over 100 years Allen & Allen has been greatly inspired by the heroes around us -- the community members who spend each day improving the cities, small towns, and neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Nominations for the annual HOMETOWN HEROES award were accepted from April…

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I Won My Jury Trial, But My Case Has Been Appealed! Now What?

By: Malcolm P. McConnell, III

In Virginia, virtually any judgment from a jury trial can be appealed to our Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court does not agree to hear every case that is appealed. So, if your personal injury verdict and judgment are appealed, what can you expect?

The purpose of most appeals is to persuade the Supreme Court of Virginia that the trial court did something wrong – i.e., made a decision before, during or after the trial which was legally incorrect and that the wrong decision resulted in the wrong outcome of the case. The person complaining of the mistake asks the Supreme Court to reverse that incorrect decision. Sometimes that reversal may mean the end of a case, or…

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The 2013 George E. Allen Scholarship Winners - Presented by Allen & Allen

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen awarded the George E. Allen Scholarship to fifteen deserving high school seniors on May 14, 2013 at an awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm’s Scholarship Program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes students who have overcome unusual obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance. 

Congratulations to:

Joshua Bagshaw, Hopewell High School - Plans to attend Barton College Brandon Buncher, Mills E. Godwin High School - Plans to attend The College of William & Mary Alexander Curnow, Eastern View High School - Plans to attend community college in Florida Meghan Davis, Buffalo…

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