'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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Causes of Trucking Accidents: Truck Driver Fatigue

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Truck Accident Attorney

 Commercial trucks are the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the highway. As a result, they can also be the most dangerous. The size and weight of these vehicles means that most accidents involving tractor trailers result in serious injuries or death. There are many factors that contribute to truck accidents, such as faulty maintenance and repair, shifting or falling cargo, and improperly adjusted brakes, but a major cause is certainly truck driver fatigue.

Truck drivers are usually compensated by the number of miles they drive.  Unfortunately, this gives truckers an incentive to drive as many miles as possible, which means long hours and, inevitably,…

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Passenger Van Safety

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Passenger vans are commonly used by colleges, churches, camps, and other groups during the active summer months. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency ("NHTSA") recently urged the users of 15-passenger vans to take specific steps to keep drivers and passengers safe.[1]These vehicles have special dangers if not operated properly.

Passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, wider, and heavier (especially when loaded).  They require trained drivers who are comfortable and experienced  with the unique driving characteristics of larger vehicles. These differences include…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: R. Clayton Allen - VIDEO

 Clayton Allen is a partner and trial attorney with the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. He works primarily in the firm's Mechanicsville and Richmond offices and handles cases throughout the state of Virginia. He has been with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen for over 20 years, where he is known for negotiating settlements with difficult insurance companies and for handling complex cases. Clayton is a member of the third generation of the Allen family to practice law with the firm. Additionally Clayton is the editor of the Allen Law Blog. To learn more about Clayton, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/r-clayton-allen.html

Video: http://youtu.be/tMGCTB3GrkI

Video Transcription: My name is Clayton Allen; I…

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National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

Author: P. Christopher Guedri

Distracted drivers cause car accidents.  Every day, on our roads and highways, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people.[1] Many times these are friends or family members who are in the vehicle with them.

When a driver takes his or her focus away from the primary task of driving, the risk of being involved in a car crash immediately increases. What are people really doing while they are driving? Why do drivers get so distracted? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a recent survey (11/2010 - 12/2010) to look at distracted driving behaviors and attitudes of drivers over the age of 18. Over 6,000…

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Allen & Allen voted Best Local Attorney in Style Weekly's Best of Richmond 2012

May 23, 2012 : Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that the firm has been voted "Best Local Attorney" in Richmond by Style Weekly readers. Style Weekly has released their annual Best Of Richmond issue featuring their readers' top picks for local services, restaurants and retail in the Richmond metro area.   The 2012 Style Weekly Readers' Poll was available online to anyone with internet access. Votes were limited to one per IP address so that participants could only enter their votes once per computer. The survey period ran from January 30 through March 1, 2012. Over 12,800 surveys were submitted.   For over 100 years, Allen & Allen has represented residents of Richmond and the surrounding areas. …

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Trial Practice: Arguing Amounts for Specific Items of Damages: The Virginia Supreme Court's Decision in WAKOLE v. BARBER

On March 2, 2012, the Virginia Supreme Court issued a very important decision addressing whether, in a personal injury case, a plaintiff or their attorney  may argue, in closing argument, specific dollar amounts for each element of damages listed in Virginia Model Jury Instruction No. 9.000.  A Virginia statute allowed a plaintiff or their attorney to tell a jury a specific amount that the plaintiff wanted for a total verdict.  Certain elements of the damages already have an amount -- for instance, the amount of the medical bills and the amount of the lost earnings - and a plaintiff was allowed to ask for those.  However, other items of damages do not -- for example, physical pain, emotional suffering, inconvenience, etc. - and…

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Why are Medical Malpractice Cases so Difficult? (And so Expensive?)

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III - Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

 As the lead attorney of the Allen Medical Malpractice Team, I enjoy being able to answer questions and serve as a resource for the community.  Of course, I especially enjoy helping  people who are wondering whether they have legitimate medical malpractice claims.  Each time I am contacted by a potential client, I am able to rely on my experience and judgment to counsel them about their potential claims, and each time I must  make my own choice about whether or not a particular case should be pursued.  Obviously, I have an obligation to limit my practice to cases with merit and to cases which I believe are likely to succeed.


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