FAQ: Is Auto Insurance Required by Law in Virginia?

Authors: Chris B. Cloude, Claims Consultant & Christopher A. Meyer, Esquire

At the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen, we are often asked if you are required to buy motor vehicle insurance in Virginia.  Technically, the answer is no.  You are not required to purchase auto insurance on a vehicle you register in Virginia.  However, if you do not purchase auto insurance, you are required to pay an uninsured motorist fee of $500.00 per year.[1]   When you register a motor vehicle, you must indicate if the vehicle is insured or not, and pay the uninsured fee if it is not.  If the vehicle is insured, you must have liability coverage with certain minimum limits.  Liability insurance is there to protect…

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Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases in Virginia

Malcolm P.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice suit in Virginia?

Author: Malcolm “Mic” P. McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

You went to the doctor for treatment or for some procedure. You believe that the doctor who treated you may have done something wrong that resulted in a worse outcome for you, and may have committed medical malpractice. You decide that you simply don’t have the time or energy right now to consult a lawyer and pursue any claim you have against the doctor, and that you will wait until you feel better to do anything about it.  You should be aware, however, that you should not wait too long, because your claim is subject to a deadline known as a “statute of…

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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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The Military's New Effort To Understand Traumatic Brain Injury: Take It To The Bank

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle – Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The brain is the body's most complex and important organ. Even minor injuries to the brain can result in massive, often permanent damage and a severe degradation of the victim's quality of life. Despite the brain's importance, it is also the least-understood organ in the human body. The sheer complexity and fragility of the brain makes any research program inherently difficult and frustrating. Brain injuries are often slow to develop and can present many different ways, making the development of a comprehensive system of treatment almost impossible.[1]

Experts may not have a full understanding of the progression and treatment…

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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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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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A Note About Social Media and Juries

John G.

By John G. "Jack" Berry, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Discussions about social media dominate today’s culture. Despite the inherent tendency of our legal system to move slowly in adjusting to cultural trends like this one, it, too, has been required to address issues raised by the pervasive use of social media.

The right to trial by jury is the most fundamental cornerstone of our democracy. We can trace its roots to the earliest days of our republic and across the Atlantic back to medieval England and beyond. While the infringement on the right to a fair and impartial trial before a jury of fellow citizens is often initiated by those in the halls of government and big business,…

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My Doctor Told Me My Last Doctor Should Have Treated Me Differently. Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III - Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

I have been a medical malpractice attorney for 26 years. On many occasions, on meeting with a potential client, they have assured me that a new physician was critical in some way of a prior physician. Often, my potential client will think this proves medical malpractice. My response to this situation is always the same: No, it doesn’t mean that at all.

Medical malpractice has a legal definition. It is not enough to prove that a doctor made a mistake. It is not enough to prove that treatment ended with a bad, unexpected result. And it is not enough that another doctor (the new doctor) would have done things differently, or…

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Motorcycle Safety: Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

Author. Bridget N.Long - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2012, motorcycle riders who were injured made up about 3% of all traffic injuries in Virginia.[1] Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents accounted for over 10% of all traffic fatalities in that same year.[2] When motorcyclists are involved in traffic accidents, the injuries they receive more usually more serious than other motor vehicle operators, and these injuries are more often fatal. The most common injuries from motorcycle accidents are injuries to the brain, the spine, and the internal organs, as well as broken bones (fractures), all of which can be life-threatening. A fracture can be debilitating…

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Tractor Trailer Accident Statistics - Infographic

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle - Virginia Truck Accident Attorney

Every day thousands of Virginians take to the roads alongside some of the largest, most dangerous vehicles in the world. It is estimated that more than 2 million tractor trailers are cruising America’s roadways and every year they are involved in more than 500,000 accidents. These truck accidents often result in catastrophic injury and even death. Shifting and falling cargo, drowsy drivers, and improperly maintained trucks all take their toll, but in fact only 16% of accidents involving a tractor trailer are the fault of the truck driver. By learning how to drive safely in the shadow of large trucks, motorists can greatly reduce their…

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