Why are Car Crashes in Virginia Becoming More Frequent?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan Wind, Mechanicsville Personal Injury Attorney

Many Virginians have noticed a steady increase in their auto insurance rates the past few years even though they have made no claims. While not directly a result of your performance as a driver, the reason for these higher premiums comes from your increasing probability of being involved in a collision.

The higher frequency of collisions is linked to several specific factors, all of which contribute to your climbing insurance costs:

There are More Cars on the Roads

According to the latest data provided by a CNN study, a record-setting 17.6 million new cars were sold during 2016. The number of traffic fatalities, which…

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Snapchat’s Speed Filter: Another Danger on the Road?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Snapchat is a social media application that users can download on their smartphones or tablets to take temporary pictures and share them with friends. Users can set time limits (up to ten seconds) on an image and send to certain friends, and those friends will be able to view the image for that period of time. Users can also send short videos which disappear after the video has ended. Snapchat has added new filters to the app, one of which displays the speed at which the user taking the picture or video is traveling.[1]

Where most filters alter the image by changing its color or adding a location to the picture, the speed filter…

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Texting While Driving Illegal in Virginia (and Many Other States)

James Mick

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

Sending a text message while driving is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia.[1]  But why?  Because more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[2] 

Texting while driving is the most dangerous distracted driving activity because it combines all three types of driving distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel, and Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving.[3]

In Virginia it is illegal to text while driving, and if you are under the age of 18 it…

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

James Mick

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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.

There are distracted drivers of all ages on the roads and they are contributing to the greatest driving threat in recent years.

Many campaigns take place during April to help promote awareness of the severity of distracted driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) asks drivers to take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. Websites like Distraction.gov and EndDD.org provide shocking…

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What Are the Texting and Driving Laws in Virginia? - VIDEO


Personal injury attorney Jamie “Mick” Kessel explains the dangers of texting and driving and the laws enacted to reduce this risk.


In addition to texting, any distraction that could divert a driver’s attention away from the road is a dangerous activity. These distractions include:

Using a cell phone or smartphone Eating and drinking Talking to passengers Grooming Reading, including maps Using a navigation system Watching a video Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Under Virginia law, texting while driving is a primary offense for drivers of all ages. A violation carries a fine of $125.00 for a first offense and a fine of $250.00 for subsequent offenses. This law does not apply…

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New Distracted Driving Study Bad News for Smart Technology

Coleman Allen

Author: W. Coleman Allen, Jr., Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Hands-free devices took a major blow recently with the release of a new study declaring them a major distraction to drivers on the road. [1] For years both car and cell-phone companies have addressed distracted driving safety concerns with products designed to let drivers keep their hands on the wheel. Now it seems that even voice recognition causes major distractions for drivers.

Details of Study

The study in question was conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and bears the weighty title of “Mental Workload of Common Voice-Based Vehicle Interactions across Six Different Vehicle Systems.”[2] It placed…

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

David M. Williams Jr.

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredricksburg Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted driving is becoming a dangerous and deadly epidemic on our roads and highways. Every day, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people. The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released an updated summary of statistics on distracted driving and they are staggering:

Ten percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated additional…

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Parents Can Contribute to the Distracted Driving Problem

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Cell phone use has increased dramatically over the last decade. There is no doubt that cell phones have added a certain measure of convenience to daily life, but their use is not always appropriate. Increasingly, cell phones are being used behind the wheel, distracting drivers and causing accidents. Public outcry over news stories involving distracted drivers using cell phones prompted a number of states to take action and pass laws banning their use behind the wheel.

Almost every state has some sort of ban on cell phone use while driving and studies have shown that their enactment has been effective in reducing the number…

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Do Texting Bans Work? The Effectiveness of Laws That Target Texting While Driving

By: Malcolm P. “Mic”  McConnell, III, Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

Distracted drivers cause accidents every day. Many of these collisions result in serious or even fatal injuries on America’s roads and highways. Although many actions can take a driver’s attention off the road, texting while driving has become increasingly prevalent, especially among teenage drivers. As a result, many states have passed laws that impose fines on drivers who “text-and-drive.”

Delaware was the first state to pass such a law, which went into effect in April 2005.  Other states quickly followed.[1] Currently, 44 states ban drivers from texting while driving.[2] There are four kinds of texting bans:


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Attorney Courtney Van Winkle Talks About Distracted Driving with Huffington Post

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump Virginia

With the amount of technology readily available to any young driver, the temptation of checking that new text may be hard to resist, even when driving down the road. Teen drivers are at risk for believing themselves to be safe behind the wheel of the car, and statistics show that many teens feel confident in their abilities to text and drive. But those five seconds of distraction could mean the loss of someone else’s life – or your own.

Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle was featured in the recent Huffington Post article on “The Dangers Behind Teen Texting While Driving” by Dorit Sasson. In the article,…

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