Moped and Scooter Safety Tips

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

With gas prices remaining high, consumers are trading in  their automobiles in favor of gas-sipping scooters and mopeds, particularly in urban areas.  Scooter sales were up 17% in 2011, and moped sales have experienced a similar rise.[1] The number one reason first-time buyers cited for their purchase: to save money.  Mopeds and scooters average between 40 and 100 miles per gallon, which can save consumers hundreds of dollars a year in gas alone.

However, there is one major drawback: safety.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that moped and scooter fatalities increased 50% from 2005 to 2009.[2] Scooters…

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Allen & Allen Named One of the Best Places to Work in Virginia Two Years in a Row

With over 100 years in business and founded on family values, the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen made the Best Places to Work in Virginia list for the second consecutive year. The annual list of "Best Places to Work" was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. The rankings of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia are published in the February 2012 issue of Virginia Business.

This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, its work force and businesses. The Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of a total of 50 companies, split into three groups: 14 small employers <…

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Safe Teen Driving - How to Help Your Teenage New Driver

Just because you have a license does NOT mean you are ready to drive!

Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

What parents can do to help new drivers once they get their license? As a Virgina personal injury attorney that has seen many terrible car accidents- and as the father of twin boys that recently received their licenses - I cannot help but be worried every time they get behind the wheel of a car.  I know they have both taken the driver's education class in school, gone through "behind the wheel" training, completed the required amounts of driving during the day, at night, on the highway, and on back roads, but I know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things…

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Resolving Your Personal Injury Case: Using Arbitration Instead of Trial



Some personal injury cases may be resolved through means other than a lengthy, costly trial. Arbitration is one type of such alternative dispute resolutions.

Arbitration is a means of resolving a dispute using an impartial person (an "arbitrator") who otherwise has no interest or involvement in the case. In a personal injury case, the arbitrator also decides the amount of the award, meaning how much the insurance company must pay the injured person.

Arbitration is not appropriate for every case. The decision whether to arbitrate or not is a complicated one that should be made by you and your attorney.[1] Even the process of agreeing to arbitrate requires a number of steps and a number of decisions.


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Should I Call My Insurance Company After an Accident?

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

Yes.  Regardless of who is at fault, it is important to call your insurance company and report any accident that involved injuries or property damage.

A common myth is that you do not need to contact your insurance company if you were not at fault.  This is false, because there are several coverages on your insurance policy that you may want or need to use. In order to use any of these, you are required to notify your insurance company of a collision. 

Collision Insurance Coverage 

The first type of coverage you may want to use is our collision coverage.[1] If the at-fault driver's insurance company is slow to accept…

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Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Cases

Author: Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

Taking bankruptcy can have a significant effect on a personal injury case.  In a recent personal injury case[1], the Virginia Supreme Court discussed the disastrous results that can occur when a plaintiff's taking bankruptcy and the pendency of a personal injury case are not properly coordinated.

In Kocher the plaintiff was injured in an car accident.  Over a year later, he filed for bankruptcy and received a discharge several months following his filing. His personal injury lawyer filed suit several months after that, complying with Virginia law[2] that requires attorneys to file suit (in most cases) within two years of the date of the injury. Failure to…

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Motorcycle Insurance is Vital Protection if You are Riding

Make sure you have as much available insurance coverage as possible when riding a motorcycle.

Attorney Paul D. Hux

There are two kinds of people that ride motorcycles: those that have been in a wreck and those that are going to be in a wreck.

As personal injury lawyer who handles motorcycle accident cases in the Petersburg area, I have received many calls from people who have been involved in motorcycle wrecks.  Just in the last month, I have spoken with the spouses of two husbands killed in motorcycle crashes and the family of a young man paralyzed from the chest down due to a motorcycle wreck.  What all three accidents have in common is that there was not enough insurance coverage to adequately…

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Allen & Allen ranks in the Best Attorney category - Best Of C-ville 2011

August 19, 2011 - Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranks in the "Best Attorney" category for C-ville Weekly readers.C-Ville Weekly has released their annual Best Of issue featuring the "best" local services, restaurants and retail in the Valley according to a vote by their readers.

C-ville Weekly will honor the Best Of "Class of 2011" at an event Friday August 19, 2011. The party will also recognize the winners of the 2011 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes who will be featured and introduced at the celebration. The Allen Law firm is sponsoring FREE Sober Rides Home for the Best Of C-ville party, with over 1000 expected in attendance, through Wahooptie Taxi.

For decades,…

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Secondary Brain Trauma: A Silent Killer

 Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

It can happen in an instant. A puddle you never saw, a ball that bounced the wrong way, or a moment of inattention behind the wheel and you are forced to deal with a serious head trauma. Few things are more frightening than hearing that a loved one has suffered this type of injury. Parents drop everything and rush to schools, spouses hurry to hospitals, and entire families wait and pray. Only to find that most of the time, the victim is alright. A little shaken up and perhaps a bit confused, but starting to feel better and ready to go home. Whew. The crisis is over, right? Wrong.

When a person experiences a head trauma the head decelerates so fast that the…

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New Car Accident Android App Launched by Virginia Accident Law Firm

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen's My Lawyer™ Accident App guides users through what to do during and after an accident.

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce the launch of its new, FREE mobile app for Android Smartphones. The My Lawyer™ Mobile Accident App guides users through the immediate steps to take after being involved in a car accident. Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is bringing this mobile app to Virginians because the firm had concern that drivers may not know what steps to take after an accident to protect their rights and secure evidence.

"There is a lot of talk about avoiding accidents but not a lot of discussion about what to do if you are in an accident. The minutes…

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