Halloween Safety Tips

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

With Halloween fast approaching, soon all manner of ghosts, goblins, fairies, and princesses will be taking to the streets in search of candy.  This fun communal event is exciting for children young and old.  We all know there can be dangers involved with strangers giving out candy, so adults are encouraged to chaperone their children closely during trick-or-treating.  However, there are other avoidable dangers associated with the witch's brew of roaming children, costumes, darkness, drivers, fire-lit jack o'lanterns, and unfamiliar homes.  Most Halloween accidents can be avoided with some preparation and by following a few safety tips.  Parents,…

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Virginia Law: Do I Have a Right to an Appeal of My Civil Case?

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Author: Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan), Fredericksburg VA Accident Lawyer

Sometimes my personal injury clients ask if they have a right to appeal if they don't like the result at trial.  In Virginia, the answer depends where the case was originally filed and tried.[1]  If the case was tried in General District Court, and you are not satisfied with the verdict, you have an automatic right to appeal your case to the Circuit Court, but you must give the court written notice of your intent to appeal within 10 days of the judgment (usually the date the case was tried).[2]  You may also have to post what is called an appeal bond.  Your case will then be heard in Circuit Court, and you may request a jury trial.

If…

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Jury Selection in a Civil Case in Virginia

Author:  Charles "Litt" Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Our personal injury cases are typically tried in Circuit Courts in our Commonwealth.[1]  Generally civil trials in Circuit Court in Virginia require seven jurors who must agree unanimously on the outcome.[2]

The Constitution provides our right to trial by jury, and jury selection is controlled by statute.  On the day on which jurors have been notified to appear at court, they are selected randomly until a panel of 13 is achieved.[3]  Thereafter, the judge and counsel for either the plaintiff or defendant shall have the right to examine under oath any person called as a juror.  Their questions are intended to ascertain whether such…

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Virginia Traffic Fatalities: Increase for the First Time Since 2007

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald,  Richmond Car Accident Lawyer

In the year 2007, 1,026 people lost their lives on Virginia highways, the most since the late 1980s.[1]  In reaction, the Commonwealth began several ambitious campaigns to emphasize safety on the highway and minimize driver distractions.[2]  The General Assembly passed new laws with stiffer penalties for drunk drivers and also banning drivers from texting while driving in the Commonwealth.

These efforts bore fruit.  In the three year period from 2008 to 2010, Virginia traffic fatalities decreased each year, with 821 deaths in 2008 and 756 in 2009.  The Commonwealth set a new record low in 2010 with only 740 fatalities.  This was the fewest…

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Malcolm McConnell Named Lawyer of the Year - Best Lawyers 2013 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

September 12, 2012 - The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is proud to announce that Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III has been named Best Lawyers' 2013 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year. The honor is an indication of the high level of respect Mic McConnell has earned among other leading lawyers in the Medical Malpractice community for his abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Best Lawyers® began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. The honor is significant because only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." The winners are selected based…

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Causes of Truck Accidents: When The Trucking Company Operates with Unsafe Drivers

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer 

By law, trucking companies are required to hire and train safe, qualified drivers.  When they fail to do so, they become liable for any trucking accident that occurs as a result.

There are many forms of negligence on the part of the trucking company regarding its commercial truck drivers: negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent training, including actions such as:

Hiring drivers without a valid commercial license (CDL) Failing to perform a background check into a driver's safety record Not requiring drug and alcohol testing Failure to fire a driver when he/she fails a drug test Not providing proper training to drivers Forcing…

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The Distracted Driving Epidemic

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's primary attention is taken away from the essential task of driving a motor vehicle. This common behavior endangers the life of the driver as well as other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  Unfortunately, distracted driving has risen to epidemic levels on our highways all across the country.   Thousands of car accidentsoccur each year due to this extremely dangerous manner of driving.

Drivers should be focused on the road and be prepared to respond in a split second to unforeseen circumstances that might suddenly arise. When a driver becomes distracted, at least one of these three things…

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'Castle Doctrine' Bills Shot Down in Virginia's General Assembly

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

Two bills giving Virginians the green light to use deadly force against intruders into their homes died in the 2012 General Assembly session.

The "Castle doctrine" originated from old English common law rules protecting a person's home and the principle underlying the phrase "a person's home is their castle". The doctrine allows the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his/her home against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him/her or against someone else lawfully in the home. Many states have laws that are based on the Castle Doctrine.[1] One of the Virginia bills would have protected…

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The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: P. Christopher Guedri - Talking about truck accidents

A large truck or tractor-trailer accident can be devastating and what to do next can be confusing. The tractor trailer accident attorneys at Allen and Allen have extensive experience handling lawsuits for clients who have been seriously injured in accidents involving large trucks. Visit http://www.allenandallen.com/tractor-trailer-accidents.html to learn more.

Chris Guedri is a personal injury attorney in the Richmond office of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. He has handled complicated tractor trailer accident cases, bus accident cases and commercial truck accident cases. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been recognized by his peers as a superb litigator, Chris has been listed in the book Best Lawyers in America…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Charles L. Allen - VIDEO

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Charles Allen is an accident attorney and Partner in the Richmond office of Allen & Allen. He is a member of the third generation of the Allen family to have worked at the personal injury law firm. For almost 30 years his practice has focused on litigating various types of personal injury cases including premises liability, car crashes and motor cycle accidents. To learn more about Charles Allen, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/charles-littlepage-allen.html

Video Transcript: I am Charles Allen. I am an attorney with the Allen Law Firm, and I have been practicing for 25 years. Every time we take on the representation of an injured person, our goal is, first and foremost, to maximize the recovery, to get them…

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