Buying Motor Vehicle Insurance: Who Are the Best Car Insurance Companies?

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

As a personal injury trial lawyer, I battle with insurance companies on a daily basis – both inside and outside of the courtroom. In today’s society, many view the insurance industry as employing a strategy to “deny, delay and defend” claims in an effort to put their profits first and policyholders / claimants second. People need to remember that insurance companies are not in business to pay claims… they are in business to collect your premiums every month.

Given the increasing problems my clients encounter with insurance companies, I am frequently asked the simple question: “Who is the best insurance company for my car?” Although…

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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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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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Alternative Dispute Resolution for a Personal Injury Case: Mediation and Arbitration

Author: J. David Douthit, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

As the name suggests, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provides an alternative means of resolving legal disputes, including personal injury cases, other than a trial. The principal forms of ADR are mediation and arbitration. There are similarities and differences between mediation and arbitration. Each is appropriate in different circumstances.

The two methods are similar in that both involve the use of a neutral third party, typically a lawyer or a retired judge. Usually the parties select the mediator or arbitrator by agreement and split the cost of the mediator or arbitrator. Most mediators or arbitrators charge by the hour, although…

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New Texting Laws in Virginia: July 1, 2013

Save It 4 L8r: Virginia Cracking Down on Texting Behind the Wheel

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

As a parent of three young drivers with another not far behind I was thrilled to hear about the recent amendment to Virginia’s anti-texting and driving laws. Proposed by the governor and passed with strong Democratic support, this new law upgrades texting while driving to a primary offense and increases the fines for violators. This allows police to effect a stop on any driver they observe texting, whereas previously a texting ticket required the officer to observe another offense in order to pull the driver over. Furthermore, the fine for texting while driving skyrocketed…

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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2013


During the fall of 2012 and the Spring of 2013, I was fortunate to participate in the Leadership Charlottesville program created by the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce which allows a diverse group of community/business leaders to learn about and become more engaged in the Charlottesville community. We started with a day of Orientation at Branchlands, a retirement community in Charlottesville. That in no way prepared me for our second meeting at the Falls River Center, a ropes course! The ropes course pushed each of us to understand how to function as a team with people we had just met. The eleven educational meetings were as diverse as our group of thirty five students. We listened to political leaders…

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What is “Discovery” in a Civil Case?

Author: Charles Littlepage “Litt” Allen -  Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Our Circuit Courts[1] across the Commonwealth of Virginia adjudicate both criminal and civil cases.  However, the right of the parties to require disclosure of information from each other before trial is quite different in a civil case than a criminal one.  The scope of discovery in civil cases is quite broad.  In fact, there are specific rules, commonly called “the Rules of Discovery,” which apply to the disclosure of information in civil cases filed in our Circuit Courts.  These Rules state that “parties may obtain discovery regarding any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending…

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Free Sober Ride Home in Charlottesville VA New Year's Eve 2012

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen and Charlottesville Yellow Cab are teaming up this New Year's Eve to keep the Charlottesville area streets safe.

Allen & Allen and Charlottesville Yellow Cab will be offering Free Sober Rides Home to patrons from 11:00 PM December 31, 2012 - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013.

Ask for the Free Sober Ride Home when you call Charlottesville Yellow Cab and Allen & Allen will pick up the tab to get you home safely.

To Schedule Cab Rides, Call Charlottesville Yellow Cab at 434-295-4131.

Free cab rides available 11:00 PM December 31, 2012 - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013. Available within a 20 mile radius of the Charlottesville area. Free Rides…

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New Associate Attorney Christopher J. Toepp Joins the Personal Injury Law Firm of Allen & Allen

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Toepp has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Fredericksburg, Virginia office.

Christopher J. Toepp dedicates his practice of law to helping clients and making his community a safer place. At an early age he has earned a reputation as an exceptional litigator in the courtroom. His expansive trial experience includes hundreds of bench and jury trials. He has an in-depth understanding of what personal injury clients go through in the aftermath of an accident including the physical pain, the impact on loved ones, and the financial burdens incurred on the road to recovery.

A former Division…

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DRIVING SAFETY: Causes of Road Fatalities and Injuries In Virginia

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Hundreds of people are killed in car crashes every year throughout the state of Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Virginia residents under the age of thirty. While car accidents are caused by a variety of circumstances, there are three factors that contribute to a large number of Virginia highway accidents and death: driver behavior, vehicle safety, and environmental factors.

Highway accidents are frequently caused by drivers' actions. There are many distractions that cause a driver to take his or her attention off the road: talking on a cell phone or texting,…

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