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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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Author: Melinda H. South

Pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle very often result in death or serious injury. Every time they step into the roadway, pedestrians are confronting forces many times faster and more powerful than they are. The twin keys to avoiding one of these devastating accidents are visibility and predictability. If drivers can see where pedestrians are and can predict where they will be, they have a much easier time avoiding them. All too often, however, pedestrians don’t worry about their visibility to drivers or fail to behave in a predictable manner, resulting in more then 4,000 pedestrian deaths every year.[1]

All of us have seen examples of pedestrians displaying a…

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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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Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Eight Attorneys from Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen

The 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list has been announced and eight attorneys from the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were included: Edward L. Allen, George E. Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr., P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, James Mick “Jamie” Kessel, Jason, W. Konvicka and Malcolm P. “Mic” McConnell. Richmond Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine released Virginia Super Lawyers on June 14, 2010. Only 5% of lawyers in the state of Virginia are named Super Lawyers.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement from more than 70 practice areas. Research, polling and selection are performed by Law…

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Winners of HOMETOWN HEROES 2013 Award Announced; Law Firm of Allen & Allen Begins Annual Celebration Series

Richmond, Virginia – June 11, 2013 -- The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2013 HOMETOWN HEROES award in celebration of local acts of kindness and heroism.

“This is an exciting time of year for Allen & Allen -- it’s time for the firm, and the community at large, to celebrate the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “For over 100 years Allen & Allen has been greatly inspired by the heroes around us -- the community members who spend each day improving the cities, small towns, and neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Nominations for the annual HOMETOWN HEROES award were accepted from April…

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I Won My Jury Trial, But My Case Has Been Appealed! Now What?

By: Malcolm P. McConnell, III

In Virginia, virtually any judgment from a jury trial can be appealed to our Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court does not agree to hear every case that is appealed. So, if your personal injury verdict and judgment are appealed, what can you expect?

The purpose of most appeals is to persuade the Supreme Court of Virginia that the trial court did something wrong – i.e., made a decision before, during or after the trial which was legally incorrect and that the wrong decision resulted in the wrong outcome of the case. The person complaining of the mistake asks the Supreme Court to reverse that incorrect decision. Sometimes that reversal may mean the end of a case, or…

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Motor Vehicle Insurance - What is a "Claims Reserve" and why is it important?

By: Kathleen Smith (Llewelyn-Duncan) - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Many of us begin the new year with a resolution to save money, and a logical first step to achieving this goal is to create (and stick to) a budget.   Insurance companies use a similar approach to estimate what claims will cost for the year.  Throughout the year they collect premiums, but for planning purposes they need to estimate how much of that they will pay out for claims.  The “reserve” is an estimate of what an individual claim will cost, and that amount of money is set aside (or reserved) in order to pay that claim.  By adding all the reserves together for all of the individual claims, the company can estimate what they…

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The 2013 George E. Allen Scholarship Winners - Presented by Allen & Allen

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen awarded the George E. Allen Scholarship to fifteen deserving high school seniors on May 14, 2013 at an awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm’s Scholarship Program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes students who have overcome unusual obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance. 

Congratulations to:

Joshua Bagshaw, Hopewell High School - Plans to attend Barton College Brandon Buncher, Mills E. Godwin High School - Plans to attend The College of William & Mary Alexander Curnow, Eastern View High School - Plans to attend community college in Florida Meghan Davis, Buffalo…

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