U.S. will require all new cars to have auto emergency braking systems

  • June 11, 2024
  • Blog
  • Robert C. T. Reed

Auto manufacturers are on notice about a mandatory new safety feature that must be installed in every vehicle by 2029: automatic emergency braking. This new rule was finalized on Monday,...

The impact of auto recalls on product liability cases

  • June 4, 2024
  • Blog
  • R. Christopher Jones

Since Elon Musk unveiled the concept vehicle in 2019, Tesla enthusiasts have been clamoring for the Cybertruck. The futuristic, stainless-steel clad, electric vehicle was met with such anticipation that nearly...

Tort reform: Virginia ranks lowest out of neighboring states

  • May 28, 2024
  • Blog
  • Scott D. Carlton

There is a lot of lobbying and intrigue surrounding tort law. Every year, the insurance industry spends significant time and money persuading politicians in the Virginia General Assembly to take...

The unsettling bridge safety ratings in Virginia

  • May 21, 2024
  • Blog
  • Christopher J. Toepp

The fatal bridge collapse in Baltimore has brought a renewed focus on the state of bridges across the U.S. Virginia’s rankings are a cause for concern. According to a report...

Dog bites: A comprehensive guide to keeping children safe

  • May 20, 2024
  • Blog
  • Abbigale E. Bricker

Dogs offer companionship, loyalty, and love. For those reasons and more, they have earned the nickname “man’s best friend.”  At the same time we cannot turn a blind eye to...

Beers at the bar: Barred from benefits in your workers’ compensation case

  • May 17, 2024
  • Blog
  • Jennifer G. Capocelli

According to the National Institute of Health, heavy drinkers were 1.7 times more likely than abstainers to report an accidental injury, 3.8 times more likely to report injuries requiring hospitalization,...

What if a car accident aggravates a pre-existing condition?

  • May 14, 2024
  • Blog
  • Emily E. Smith

Sometimes, people think they don’t have a claim if a car accident aggravated a pre-existing medical condition or injury. However, that’s not the law in Virginia—or most states. In Virginia, the...

Root cause of trucking accidents: Violating safety regulations

  • May 14, 2024
  • Blog
  • Robert C. T. Reed

Many motor vehicle collisions are the result of failure to pay attention, to obey the speed limit, to obey traffic control signs and markings, or other similar negligent behavior that...