2012 Bills Pending Before the Virginia General Assembly: A Digression on Resolutions

Author Melinda H. South, Attorney

Each year, the Virginia General Assembly considers thousands of pieces of legislation and decides whether to pass them into law, table them for further review, or to turn them down.[1] Scrolling through the list of the bills that have been introduced, it is a mystery how so much work will be addressed in such a short period of time.   Even though this year is a "long session" lasting 60 days[2], over a thousand bills to review is still a lot of work!   Rather than discussing some important bill making its way through the General Assembly that will affect the practice of personal injury law which our Firm does, this article will look at two of the resolutions recognizing…

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Automotive Safety: The "Top 10" Safest Cars

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you're driving or riding in a car, it is important to think about safety:  always drive carefully and wear your seatbelt. However, you can also improve your chances of surviving an accident before you ever get on the road. Although automotive industry safety standards for all vehicles have improved immensely in recent years, some makes and models are still significantly safer than others. Formulated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following list of the Top Ten Safest Cars[1]was compiled based solely on driver and passenger death rates:

Audi A6 Mercedes Benz E-Class Toyota Sienna Ford Edge Nissan Armada Land…

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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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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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Do You Have An Emergency Car Kit?

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

I will never forget driving down 64 West after a wonderful weekend at Virginia Beach with my family when suddenly my Ford Explorer became impossible to control. With much difficulty and a racing heart I was able to steer my vehicle off the highway. I did not have a cell phone with me as that was back in the days when I fought the idea of being that connected to the world, especially while on vacation.  My mind changed on that scary day. Cars whizzed by while I stood on the side of the road with 2 small children, a baby, and a shredded tire. I vowed never to be in that position again. Now I am armed with a smart phone and older kids that have…

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THE AMERICAN WAY: A Plea for Responsibility and Accountability under the Law for All

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Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

How important to you are traditional American values?  Do you believe that America rose to greatness due to hard work, self-reliance and personal accountability? Do you believe that for America to remain great, we must preserve these values as individuals and as a nation?

Of course you do.  So do I.

We teach our children, "You break it, you bought it."  We teach them to clean up their messes.  We teach them to pay their debts and accept responsibility for their mistakes.  We hope that by teaching them these values of personal accountability, they will grow into responsible, mature contributing members of society.  We also hope…

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Allen & Allen Sponsors the 2011 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is a proud sponsor of the 2011 Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. Stop by any of the 8 Allen & Allen office locations to drop off an unwrapped toy through December 7, 2011. The donations will be presented live on the air with WFLS during the Toys for Tots Grand Finale on Saturday December 10, 2011.

Allen & Allen has office locations in Fredericksburg, Garrisonville, Richmond, Short Pump, Mechanicsville, Chesterfield, Charlottesville and Petersburg.

To learn more about the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, visit www.toysfortots.org.

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Richmond & Charlottesville Based Law Firm Allen & Allen Receives Top Ranking from US News & World Report

Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

November 3, 2011 - Richmond, VA: The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen received a Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Allen & Allen received the Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" honor in both Charlottesville, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2011 Best Law Firms rankings released November 1, 2011. The rankings, which incorporated…

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FAQ: Are a police officer's charges important to the outcome of a personal injury case?

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Many times our personal injury clients are upset when the police officer does not place charges against the driver our clients feel caused the auto accident, or when the officer does place charges but they are dismissed at traffic court.  Usually, however, it has no real effect on their personal injury claim under Virginia law. The reason is that, if their personal injury claim went to trial, the jury would never know whether the police officer charged anyone or not, and if the officer did, the jury would never know what the outcome of the charge was, either.


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