Distracted Driving Statistic: Infographic

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

Distracted drivers are one of the greatest dangers on the roads today. Studies have shown that driving with a significant distraction such as texting is equivalent to driving drunk. In addition, distracted drivers are on the road in much greater numbers and at all hours of the day. Cell phones, food and drink, and even loud or disruptive passengers all slow the reaction time of ordinary people operating dangerous machines. Distractions caused by texting and talking on the phone account for more than 40% of all auto accidents.

We are only now beginning to understand the dangers of distracted driving. New laws are going into…

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By: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

On Saturday May 11, 2013 – the day before Mother’s Day – news reports in Richmond, VA and Chesterfield, VA detailed two unrelated accidents involving hit-and-run drivers. Will Bagby and Jonathan Clark were severely injured when a tractor trailer struck their bicycles as they were riding on the side of the road.[1] Elizabeth West, a 19 year old girl, was tragically killed as she was walking across an intersection near her home.[2] Both drivers – unidentified at the time of this writing – fled the scene of the accidents.

As families across the country prepared to honor their mothers and grandmothers with a day of celebration, my thoughts…

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Brain Injury Statistics: Infographic

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Every 21 seconds someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. This often results in a litany of difficult choices and medical treatments for the injured and their family. Brain injuries are among the most devastating and traumatic afflictions one can suffer. They are caused by a wide variety of factors and present with a massive array of symptoms and conditions that experts are still struggling to understand. Often, brain injuries are permanent; requiring a lifetime of treatment and care.

Even a minor brain injury has the potential to seriously impact the victim’s life. Possible symptoms include personality changes, inability…

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New Trial Attorney Sandra S. Gregor Joins The Allen Law Firm in Fredericksburg, VA

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that Sandra S. Gregor has joined the firm as a Trial Attorney in the Fredericksburg, Virginia Office.

Sandy is an experienced litigator whose practice is dedicated to standing up for the rights of clients who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. Prior to joining Allen & Allen, Sandy practiced law with a Richmond insurance defense firm where she gained valuable knowledge of how insurance companies and their attorneys evaluate claims and handle cases. Sandy graduated magna cum laude from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and then obtained a graduate degree in social work from Virginia…

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Motor Vehicle Crashes: Be Sure to Keep the “Exchange of Information” Form from a Non-Reportable Accident

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

In Virginia, a law enforcement officer is required to complete a Police Crash Report (Form FR300P)[1] only if there is a complaint of injury, or if the total property damage exceeds $1,500.00.[2] The officer is required to file a copy of their report with the Virginia DMV within 24 hours of completing his or her investigation.[3] When you are involved in a relatively minor automobile accident with property damage to the vehicles estimated at less than $1,500 and there are no injuries reported at the scene, the officer will most likely designate your accident as “non reportable”. When that happens, rather than complete the Police Crash…

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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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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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Voted Best Local Attorney by Style Weekly Magazine

The Best of Richmond issue by Style Weekly Magazine was released on May 22, 2013. Allen & Allen is proud to be recognized as Best Local Attorney by the readers of Style Weekly. Thank you Richmond. This is the second year in a row Allen & Allen was chosen as "Best Local Attorney" in the Richmond area. To read the full article, click here: http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/best-local-attorney/BestOf?oid=1894486

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Motor Vehicle Insurance - What is a "Claims Reserve" and why is it important?

By: Kathleen Smith (Llewelyn-Duncan) - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Many of us begin the new year with a resolution to save money, and a logical first step to achieving this goal is to create (and stick to) a budget.   Insurance companies use a similar approach to estimate what claims will cost for the year.  Throughout the year they collect premiums, but for planning purposes they need to estimate how much of that they will pay out for claims.  The “reserve” is an estimate of what an individual claim will cost, and that amount of money is set aside (or reserved) in order to pay that claim.  By adding all the reserves together for all of the individual claims, the company can estimate what they…

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Distracted Driving - Facts and Statistics


Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Driving requires the simultaneous use of multiple skills: focus and attention, coordination, as well as split-second decision making. When any one of those skills is compromised due to distractions behind the wheel, the driver immediately becomes more likely to be involved in a car accident. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and causes thousands of accidents annuallyon our nation's roads and highways.

Most drivers don't consider themselves distracted while driving. People assume that they can handle multiple tasks at the same time without any consequences. That may be the case outside of the car, but once a person gets…

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