Recent Studies on Distracted Driving - The Risks are Greater Than You May Think

Author: Tammy Ruble, Personal Injury Attorney

 In early June, 2012, a Massachusetts man was convicted of homicide in a car crash that happened when he was texting while driving.  His testimony was that he was distracted and looked away from the road for "one quick second." [1]

Several years ago, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study of distracted driving which indicated that even minor distractions, such as reaching for a cell phone, measurably increases the chances of a driver being involved in a crash or near-crash event. [2]   More significant distractions, such as texting while operating a heavy truck, increase the risks of a crash by more than 23 times.  Many states, including Virginia,…

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Virginia Pedestrian Accident Statistics and Safety Tips

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

There were over 1700 pedestrian accidents in the state of Virginia in 2011. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, life threatening injuries or death often occur because the victim doesn't have the protection of being inside a vehicle with air bags or seat belts. In many of these cases, the pedestrian accidents could have been prevented if the drivers had followed some simple safety rules.

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by a wide variety of circumstances. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include driver distractions such as talking on a cell phone, aggressive driving such as speeding, drivers who are drinking impaired,…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Christopher A. Meyer - VIDEO

Chris Meyer is a personal injury attorney with the law firm of Allen & Allen. He has developed a reputation on the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct and annually lectures on Virginia Legal Ethics. He also lectures regularly on recent decisions of the Virginia Supreme court. To learn more about Chris, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/christopher-allen-meyer.html

Video: http://youtu.be/_OcwlxUTYC8

Video Transcript: I am Christopher Allen Meyer, I am one of the partners at Allen & Allen. If someone is injured in a car accident, Allen & Allen can take all the burden off of it. We have some very experienced legal assistants, claim consultants, and attorneys who can deal with the insurance adjustors, deal with…

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MEDICAL TREATMENT: Treatment and Rehabilitation After a Spinal Cord Injury

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

If you suffer a spinal cord injury, prompt recognition and treatment is of paramount importance. Initial medical assessment at the accident scene will focus on minimizing the affects of your head or neck trauma. Emergency personnel will quickly immobilize your spine, often using a hard neck collar and a body board, as they prepare you for transport to a hospital.

Your preliminary evaluation at the hospital will include careful examination and testing of motor and sensory function. Radiographic testing such as x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scan, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be used to look for any injury to your…

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Meet Virginia Personal Injury Attorney George E. "Ted" Allen, III - VIDEO

Ted Allen is a partner and trial attorney in Allen & Allen's Richmond, VA office. His significant achievements in personal injury law include numerous verdicts and settlements in wrongful death injury cases and significant injury cases. Mr. Allen is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He is a Past-President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To learn more about Ted Allen, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/george-edward-allen-iii.html

Video: http://youtu.be/Bnc3LPmZMUU

Video Transcript: I am Ted Allen. I have been employed with the Allen Law…

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Meet Virginia Personal Injury Attorney W. Coleman Allen, Jr. - VIDEO

Coleman Allen is partner and personal injury lawyer with The Allen Law Firm in Richmond VA. He has a career spanning over 30 years with the Virginia personal injury law firm Allen & Allen. In addition to car accident cases and truck accident cases, Coleman has successfully handled cases involving defective products, brain injury, wrongful death and aviation accidents. In the strong tradition of his father and grandfather before him, Coleman recognizes the importance of working closely with local, state and federal politicians to maintain and improve rights for personal injury victims. To learn more about Coleman Allen, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/w-coleman-allen-jr.html

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Virginia Statutes: New Virginia DUI Laws Effective July 1, 2012

Virginia's DUI laws get tougher with the introduction of the Ignition Interlock Device MANDATORY for all that are convicted of driving under the influence

Author: Paul D. Hux, Personal Injury Lawyer

On July 1, 2012, a new law went into effect in the Commonwealth prohibiting all drivers convicted of first time offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances (DUI) from operating any motor vehicle that does not have  a certified Ignition Interlock Device (IID).[1]  This restriction is mandatory for a period of at least six months and the driver must have no alcohol violations during that period.  Prior to July, 1, 2012, the law required these IIDs be imposed only on first time offenders…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan) - VIDEO

Kathleen is a Fredericksburg, VA car accident lawyer. She additionally handles many types of personal injury cases including truck accidents and pedestrian accidents in Fredericksburg, Garrisonville, Stafford County and the surrounding areas. Kathleen also serves as an adjunct professor at Strayer University where she is helping to design the curriculum for the Criminal Justice degree. She is a member of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Fredericksburg Bar Association. To learn more about Kathleen, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/kathleen-smith.html

Video: http://youtu.be/MmnmXiNBDmE

Video Transcript: I am Kathleen Llewellyn-Duncan. I am a trial attorney with Allen & Allen, in the Fredricksburg…

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Meet Virginia Personal Injury Attorney J. David Douthit - VIDEO

Dave has over 16 years of experience handling personal injury cases both on the defense and plaintiffs side. He is a trial attorney in Allen & Allen's Richmond, VA office and helps clients through out Virginia with their personal injury claims. He has been with Allen & Allen since 2001 representing victims injured through no fault of their own. He is experienced in handling accident cases ranging from motorcycle accidents to car accidents to premises liability. To learn more about Dave, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/david-douthit.html

Video: http://youtu.be/mwTHFkMOv0I

Video Transcript: I am Dave Douthit; one of the trial attorneys at Allen & Allen. After a person has been injured in an accident, they have…

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Meet Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Edward L. Allen - VIDEO

Edward Allen is the managing partner of Allen & Allen's Fredericksburg office. He is an experienced trial attorney and focuses his practice on personal injury cases in Fredericksburg, Stafford County and Northern Virginia. He is an accomplished trial attorney who has tried and won an impressive variety of personal injury cases in state and federal courts including car and trucking accidents, premises liability and traumatic brain injury. He is a Past-President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and is listed in both Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Super Lawyers. To learn more about Edward Allen, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/edward-l-allen.html

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