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.

How…

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Immigration Status and the Right to Sue for Personal Injury

As a Spanish-speaking personal injury attorney, I have had the privilege of representing many immigrants in personal injury cases.   Regardless of immigration status, immigrants have the right to sue for injuries caused by the negligence of others, and have the right to claim earnings lost as a result of their injuries.

The Supreme Court of the United States has long held that lawfully admitted resident aliens have the same right to sue for personal injury as U.S. citizens, because they have the same rights as U.S. citizens…

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GPS Tracking Devices and the Right to be Free From Unreasonable Searches

Author: Christopher A. Meyer,  Mechanicsville Personal Injury Attorney

The 4th Amendment to the Constitution of The United States reads as follows:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Although there are exceptions, the general rule is that a person - as well as his house, papers and effects - cannot be searched by law enforcement unless a warrant has been obtained. To…

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What is Arbitration and is it Right for my Case?

By: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Accident Attorney

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution.  Instead of litigating in court, parties submit the claim to an independent third party (an "arbitrator") who acts as judge and decides the outcome of the case.  There are advantages and disadvantages to arbitration.  Your attorney can help you decide if arbitration is appropriate for your case and, if so, when.  There are also many different ways an arbitration can be structured.  If arbitration is appropriate for your case, your attorney can help negotiate the best type of arbitration for your case.

Arbitration involves submitting information to the arbitrator to help him decide the case. …

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