Big Kids, Boosters, and Back Seats: How This Simple Combination Can Prevent Serious Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

If your children are anything like mine, they start insisting they are far too old or too big to ride in a booster seat when, in reality, they’re still too small to ride safely without one.

“But my friends don’t ride in them,” and “I’m not a baby anymore,” are common arguments that kids love to use to try and sway a parent’s judgement. Some booster seat manufacturers may even pressure parents further by labeling their product as only necessary for children up to a certain age or weight. After hearing these points often enough, you may be tempted to believe them. Here’s the catch: no specific age or weight limit can measure safety benefits…

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Distracted Drivers: An In-Depth Look At This Danger On Our Roadways


Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

It’s the middle of lunch hour traffic. You’re driving from meeting to meeting, fitting in a quick bite as you go, and looking for a good song on the radio. You have every intention of being a courteous, law-abiding driver. Then your cell phone rings, or maybe you get a notification from an app. Should you check to see if it’s important?

We all have the best of intentions when we get behind the wheel of a car, but we may not realize how each distraction – glancing at text messages, turning around to settle a fight between the kids, or even eating lunch on the go - can impact…

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The Allen Law Firm Participates in 9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Federation of Virginia Food Banks


Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Now that the two-week "frenzy" of collecting donations and counting cans has come to a close, there is time to reflect on our 9th year of participating in this amazing competition. Lawyers and law firms do love to compete inside the courtroom and the Legal Food Frenzy is a great opportunity to challenge each other outside the courtroom as well. Reducing hunger in Virginia is a cause we can all agree on. With almost one million people in Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need is enormous. Local food banks provide reliable and nutritious food to children who need adequate nutrition to succeed in school, to…

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Happy Song Post Fatality Highlights the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

At 8:33 A.M. on Thursday, April 24, North Carolina resident Courtney Ann Sanford was making her way to work. The sun was shining, one of her favorite songs was playing on the radio, and the weekend was almost here. One minute later she was dead.

“The Happy song makes me HAPPY,” the last status update on Courtney’s Facebook, was posted just one minute before dispatchers received the first reports of the crash that claimed her life. Investigators would later discover that Courtney also posted several selfies during her drive.

A North Carolina police lieutenant called the crash a sad waste, as well as a sobering reminder of…

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The Military's New Effort To Understand Traumatic Brain Injury: Take It To The Bank

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle – Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The brain is the body's most complex and important organ. Even minor injuries to the brain can result in massive, often permanent damage and a severe degradation of the victim's quality of life. Despite the brain's importance, it is also the least-understood organ in the human body. The sheer complexity and fragility of the brain makes any research program inherently difficult and frustrating. Brain injuries are often slow to develop and can present many different ways, making the development of a comprehensive system of treatment almost impossible.[1]

Experts may not have a full understanding of the progression and treatment…

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Distracted Driving and Young Drivers

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

With summer in full swing there are plenty of young drivers on the road enjoying their new found freedom.  As the number of young drivers increases, unfortunately so does the risk of automobile accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading causes of teen car crashes are driver inexperience, alcohol and drug use, driving in inclement weather, risky behavior such as speeding, and driver distractions in the car.

When one mentions distracted driving, texting and driving immediately comes to mind.  Under Virginia law, Code § 46.2-1078.1, it is unlawful to operate a moving motor vehicle…

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