Know the Law: Lane Splitting in Virginia

LANE SPLITTING? What the heck is that? Lane splitting is a practice that is gaining popularity around the country that facilitates the movement of motorcycles through traffic under certain circumstances more safely and efficiently. So far, lane splitting is legal only in California, where the State Highway Patrol has adopted guidelines permitting the practice, in the absence of any law prohibiting it. Continue reading “Know the Law: Lane Splitting in Virginia”

Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of Teens

There is a lurking threat around every corner out there: TEEN DRIVERS! Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 24 represent as much as 30% of the costs of motor vehicle injuries. In addition, on a per mile basis, drivers between 16 and 19 are three times as likely than older drivers to be in a crash resulting in death.Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of Teens
Why are teenagers more dangerous drivers? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have explained some of the more notable reasons: Continue reading “Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of Teens”

H&R Firm Awards Announced

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas.  Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors.  The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

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$18 Million – What Happens When They Really AREN’T On Your Side

The next time that you hear one of the multitude of commercials on television, where the kindly spokesperson tells you that their insurance company wants to be your friend and that they are there to help you like your best buddy, feel free to yell back at the TV, because you won’t want to believe this.

After a 16 year fight, and 2 trials, a Judge in Pennsylvania ruled that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company had violated the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, and had acted in Bad Faith, when it, get this, dragged out a vehicle property damage claim, for 18 YEARS, and spent $2.5 Million in legal fees to avoid paying a claim of LESS THAN $25,000.00.  No this is not one of those “made up Stella award” cases.  This is the result in the case of Berg v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., PICS No. 14-0999, in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania, issued recently.

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No Recovery – No Fee! – Is This For Real?

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Almost every advertisement for an attorney who represents people injured in car crashes, motorcycle collisions, falls, even medical malpractice victims, tells the reader “We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Do” or “No Recovery/No Fee”.  It is universal, because traditionally these types of cases are those where the outcome is often uncertain and the measure of damages (what a person may recovery either through settlement or through a jury verdict) is not able to be determined at the outset.  The attorney is assuming the huge burden of expending his effort, time, energy and skills on your behalf, when he has no idea whether you will win, or win enough to provide a reasonable fee. Continue reading “No Recovery – No Fee! – Is This For Real?”

The Rest Of Us Can’t Read Your Mind!

TurnSignal 2Blinkers, turn signals, flashers, whatever you want to call them, have seemingly gone by the wayside on the roadways these days.  Apparently many drivers either believe that the rest of us can read their minds, or they just think that they are the only ones on the road.  Every vehicle is equipped with electronic signals so that the driver can let the rest of us in on the secret about whether they intend to turn or change lanes.  If the vehicle doesn’t have electronic signals, then arm signals are a wonderful substitute. Continue reading “The Rest Of Us Can’t Read Your Mind!”

8 Sure Fire Ways To Kill Your Case – Part II

The successful outcome of your injury case a year from now, has a lot to do with what you do NOW.  We will have enough to do fighting with the insurance company, the adjuster, perhaps defense attorneys, medical providers and reluctant witnesses, to keep us busy trying to make sure that you get treated fairly for what happened to you.  You can help the process by being mindful of a number of things that the other side will use against you, so that you don’t give them ammunition to use to kill your case. Continue reading “8 Sure Fire Ways To Kill Your Case – Part II”