A Graphic Reminder of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The dangers of distracted driving are well documented, and no form of distracted driving is more prevalent today than texting-and-driving. This is why many states across the country have made it illegal to text while driving, giving police officers the right to pull over and ticket any driver they observe engaging in such activity. Unfortunately, drivers continue to text-and-drive every day, subjecting those around them to the consequences of distracted driving. This is why a number of different groups, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and It Can Wait, have started campaigns aimed at raising public awareness…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: James Mick Kessel - VIDEO

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

 

 Jamie Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of Virginians who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His practice includes cases involving: car wrecks, tractor trailer accidents, wrongful deaths, distracted driving, dog bites and dangerous premises.

 

Jamie is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in both state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He enjoys being in court and believes every case he handles should be prepared from the beginning as if it will be tried before a jury. Jamie works primarily in Allen & Allen’s Richmond, Virginia and Short Pump offices.

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Statutes of Limitations

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

You have suffered a personal injury that was not your fault, but you decide that you just don't have the time or energy to contact a lawyer. But don't wait too long, or your claim could be subject to something known as a "statute of imitations."

Statutes of limitations are laws passed by the Virginia Legislature that set strict time limits on how long you have to file a "civil" lawsuit, like a personal injury claim [1]. There are two rules to keep in mind regarding statutes of limitations[2]:

1. The time period starts running down on the date your claim arises or "accrues" (the date of your personal injury); and

2.…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Paul Christopher Guedri - VIDEO

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 

 P. Christopher Guedri is a Partner Emeritus and personal injury attorney with the Allen Law Firm for more than 25 years. Chris has focused his practice primarily on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases including trucking accidents, product liability, bus accidents and brain injury litigation.

 

With a broad range of experience handling personal injury cases, he has been able to master complex technical, scientific, and medical information that has made him a strong adversary against the defense. His forceful personality compliments his formidable litigation and negotiating skills, which in turn often results in the insurance companies offering premium settlements…

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The Injuries of Personal Injury Claims: Soft Tissue and Whiplash Injuries

Author: Bob Mertig, Claims Consultant 

Motor vehicle collisions, falls, and other incidents giving rise to personal injury claims can cause a variety of injuries, but certainly the most common injuries are injuries to "soft tissues", including muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Often referred to generically as "muscle strains and sprains", these injuries are usually caused by the sudden acceleration or deceleration of parts of the body, which results in the sudden stretching or tearing of these soft tissues.

In a motor vehicle crash, when soft tissues are injured along the spine in the neck or back area, this is called a "whiplash injury".[1] In the field of personal injury…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Robert C. T. Reed - VIDEO

 Robert C. T. Reed is a trial attorney who devotes his practice exclusively to protecting the rights of innocent victims who have been seriously injured through the fault of others.  Rob’s wide array of practice areas includes car accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, and slip and falls, among others. Rob knows how insurance companies and their lawyers evaluate claims and handle cases, having started his career as an attorney for insurance companies and large corporations defending personal injury cases.  He now uses his insider knowledge to protect the rights of his clients while fighting for the compensation they deserve. Rob aggressively pursues his clients’ claims both in and out of court and his tenacity pays…

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EVIDENCE: Why Are Property Damage Pictures Important in a Personal Injury Trial?

Author: Charles L. Allen - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The property damage loss to an injured victim’s vehicle after a car accident, motorcycle crash, bicycle accident or truck accident creates a separate claim from their personal injury case.  In most instances, the property damage claim is resolved long before the personal injury claim.[1]  Whether our client’s vehicle is repaired or considered a total loss (where the cost of repairs exceeds the retail value of the vehicle before being damaged), the property damage claim is often paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance company promptly following the collision.  While the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen provides advice to our clients…

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FAQ: Is Auto Insurance Required by Law in Virginia?

Authors: Chris B. Cloude, Claims Consultant & Christopher A. Meyer, Esquire

At the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen, we are often asked if you are required to buy motor vehicle insurance in Virginia.  Technically, the answer is no.  You are not required to purchase auto insurance on a vehicle you register in Virginia.  However, if you do not purchase auto insurance, you are required to pay an uninsured motorist fee of $500.00 per year.[1]   When you register a motor vehicle, you must indicate if the vehicle is insured or not, and pay the uninsured fee if it is not.  If the vehicle is insured, you must have liability coverage with certain minimum limits.  Liability insurance is there to protect…

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New Protection for Claimants Injured in Motor Vehicle Collisions Who Have Health Insurance

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Author:  R. Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in a car crash, and have both motor vehicle insurance with medical payments coverage and also have health insurance, a new Virginia law that took effect on July 1, 2013, may give you additional benefits and protection.  This new statute will impact claimants and their health insurance carriers, as well as hospitals and doctors’ billing departments.  To understand how you may be affected, you first need to understand the interplay between health insurance and motor vehicle insurance under Virginia law.

People who are injured in a motor vehicle crash and taken to the hospital emergency room often sign…

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Don’t Drink & Drive This New Year’s Eve - Free Cab Ride Home in Richmond, VA & Charlottesville, VA from Allen & Allen

Once again the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is offering an incentive not to drink and drive in both Charlottesville, VA and the metro Richmond, VA area on New Years Eve 2013 – a free taxi ride home. Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve. “We started this program with the goal of keeping our community and our roadways safe,” said Firm president Trent Kerns. “Anyone who is unable to safely drive home this New Year’s Eve will receive a free sober ride home courtesy of Allen & Allen.”

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA DETAILS: Call 804-354-TAXI

Partnering with Napoleon Taxi, Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi…

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