Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Author: James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has helped to get the word out about distracted driving across the state of Virginia.

In the United States, over 1,000 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver every day[1]. There are distracted drivers of all ages on the roads and at all times of day, and they are contributing to the greatest driving threat in recent years. Many campaigns have launched this April to help promote awareness of the severity of distracted driving, such as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ad depicting the…

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The Allen Law Firm Participates in 8th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Federation of Virginia Food Banks

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

As the two-week "frenzy" of collecting donations and counting cans came to a close on April 11, we now have time to reflect on our 8th year of participating in this amazing competition. Lawyers and law firms do love to compete. The Legal Food Frenzy is a great opportunity for Virginia lawyers to challenge each other outside the courtroom while pursuing the critical goal of reducing hunger in Virginia. With more than 912,790 people in Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need is enormous. The food bank provides reliable and nutritious food to children who need adequate nutrition to succeed in school, to seniors on a limited budget and…

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How Long Will it Take? Factors That Affect the Timeframe of a Virginia Personal Injury Claim

Author: Bridget N. Long, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Most people who are injured through no fault of their own are unfamiliar with personal injury claims. In the aftermath of an accident, these claims can often be complicated, confusing and overwhelming. After a thorough consultation discussing the facts of the accident, the injuries sustained and the medical treatment plan going forward, the most frequent question new clients have is how long it will take before the claim can be resolved. Unfortunately, as every personal injury claim is unique and the insurance company plays an important role in resolution, there is no definitive answer to this question. The following factors all affect the duration of a personal injury…

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Mature Driving Bill Dies in Senate

Author: David M. Williams Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

 A transportation related bill that sought to impose new and stricter driver’s license renewal standards on Virginia’s “mature” population, failed in the Virginia State Senate on January 29, 2014.

 Current law requires a Virginia driver who is 80 years of age or older at the time their license expires to renew their license in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office, pass a vision test and, in certain situations,  take and pass a written test about the rules of the road.[1] Senate Bill 180, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (Republican – Virginia Beach), would have made the following changes to the renewal process for senior…

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What To Do After Your Child Is Injured at Daycare

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

You arrive at day care to pick up your child only to notice that he or she has suffered some sort of injury. Child care injuries are stressful, not only for you, but also for your child. You probably have many questions, chief among them, “What do I do now?”

If you notice the injury while you and your child are still on the day care premises, you should ask your child’s caregiver about the circumstances surrounding the injury. If he or she doesn’t have an explanation, you should speak to a director or supervisor about the injury. After these conversations, you should photograph the injuries. These pictures can help serve as proof later if you and your attorney…

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VIDEO: An Experienced Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney is the Key for Good Results

 In this video, personal injury attorney P. Christopher Guedri discusses his experience in handling tractor trailer accident cases. Tractor trailer accidents can be devastating. According to recent government statistics, 1 out of every 9 fatal traffic accidents in the United States involved a tractor trailer. These accidents are responsible for close to 100 fatalities and more than 1,300 injuries annually in the State of Virginia alone. Victims and their families are often very confused about what to do next after they have been injured in a truck accident.  Immediately consulting an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney is essential after an accident involving a large truck. Prompt investigation of the accident can be the key…

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General Motors Product Recall

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

General Motors, one of the world’s largest and most respected automakers, announced in February that it was recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles. At issue, a faulty ignition switch installed in certain cars manufactured between 2003 and 2007 has been linked to at least 13 deaths[1]. Recalls in the automobile industry are not entirely unexpected, but what marks this one apart from other recent recalls is how long GM knew of the problem before issuing the recall.

GM was made aware of the faulty ignition switch on at least three separate occasions prior to its February announcement: first, during the 2001 development of the Saturn Ion; second, in 2003 after…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is Seeking Nominations for the 2014 Hometown Heroes Award

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is now actively seeking community nominations for the annual HOMETOWN HEROES award. The program, founded in 2010 in honor of the firm’s centennial anniversary, celebrates local individuals responsible for giving back to their communities and promoting positivity through their inspiring acts of selflessness around Virginia.

Nominations for the 2014 HOMETOWN HEROES award will be accepted from April 1, 2014 to May 23, 2014. Visit the Hometown Heroes page and fill out our short nomination form to submit your local heroes and their stories.

 “Sometimes a small thing that you do can make a world of difference for someone else’s life,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen.…

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Why You Shouldn’t Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond VA Personal Injury Attorney

After you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may receive a telephone call from the adjuster of the person who hit you. She seems pleasant on the phone, and she just needs you to answer a few questions to “firm up liability.” Don’t fall for her trap! What she really wants is for you to give a recorded statement that the other person’s insurance can use against you to avoid paying you the money you deserve. This is why, as a general rule, you shouldn’t give a recorded statement concerning a motor vehicle accident to anyone without the advice of an attorney. You shouldn’t give an oral statement either.

But what could be wrong with answering…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Christopher J. Toepp

 Chris Toepp is a personal injury trial attorney dedicated to helping his clients through very difficult times in their lives. Working mainly out of the Allen Law Firm’s Fredericksburg office, Chris’s practice includes a wide range of personal injury cases including: car crashes, truck accidents, and motorcycle wrecks. Chris earned his reputation as an exceptional litigator in the courtroom early on in his career when he presented hundreds of bench and jury trials as a Richmond prosecutor and made his community a safer place. Through personal experience, Chris has an intimate understanding of what his clients go through in the aftermath of an accident including the physical pain, the impact on loved ones and the financial burdens incurred…

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