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DC Police are Investigating whether Patrol Officers Hit an 11 Year-Old Boy and then Left him on the Street

By: Allan M. Siegel As the Washington Post recently reported, police are investigating reports that a DC police cruiser hit an 11 year-old boy and then left him on the street. The alleged incident ...
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Three Herndon Teens Killed in Texas Tractor-Trailer Crash

By: Allan M. Siegel Three teenagers from Herndon, Virginia were killed in a tragic tractor-trailer crash near Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 11, 2015. According to officials from the Texas Department ...
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Major Changes to Virginia Underinsured Motorist Claims Starting January 2016

By: Allan M. Siegel Following the relatively unsuccessful changes to its underinsured motorist coverage laws in 2010, the Virginia General Assembly has passed major changes that will take effect ...
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New NHTSA Administrator Vows to Take Aggressive Action About Slow Recalls

By: Joseph Smith In December 2014, Mark Rosekind was appointed as the new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at a time when the NHTSA was overseeing recalls for ...
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Government Regulators Seek New Laws to Ensure Rental Car Companies Fix Recalled Cars

By: Allan M. Siegel As of today, there is no law that requires rental car companies to address manufacturer recalls immediately. That means a rental car company can receive notice of a recall on a ...
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Hyundai Wins Reversal of $14 Million Defective Airbag Verdict

By: Joseph Smith The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a $14 million jury verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, holding that an expert should not have been allowed to testify that the placement of ...
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New Car Technology May Keep Us Safe, But Won't Necessarily Save You Money

By: Allan M. Siegel Even as technology plays a larger role in reducing the chances of auto accidents, drivers likely will not see a cost savings in the near future. At a recent auto safety symposium ...
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Lara Gass, Virginia Law Student and Victim of GM's Negligence

By: Joseph Smith Three days. That is how many days after Lara Gass received the recall notice for her 2006 Saturn Ion, that she was killed in an auto accident when she crashed into a tractor-trailer ...
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Punitive Damages & Drunk Driving Accidents in Virginia

By: Joseph A. Smith Drunk driving and driving under the influence are serious matters, whether someone is injured as a result of it or not. In Arlington on Thursday August, 14 th, a 24-year-old man ...
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Attorney Joseph A. Smith Secures Successful Car Accident Verdict

Virginia is not known as an overly friendly jurisdiction for Plaintiffs, particularly when dealing with soft-tissue injuries. However, one positive for Virginia plaintiffs is access to the General ...
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What is a "Herniated Disk" and What Are the Symptoms?

Probably the most common form of lasting injury after an automobile collision is an injury to the neck or back. Usually, that takes the form of a muscle strain or sprain (the over-stretching or ...
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Do I Need a Lawyer's Help to Take Care of My Auto Accident Claim?

By: Matthew Tievsky Imagine that you have been hurt in an automobile collision by another driver, who was negligent. If you are like many people, your first instinct may be to not hire a lawyer. Some ...
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How Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Can Help You After a Car Accident

By: Matthew Tievsky Many drivers are unaware of what an "uninsured motorist policy" or an "underinsured motorist policy" is -- even if it's already part of their insurance ...
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Technology That Makes Your Car Safer and Prevents Auto Accidents

By: Matthew Tievsky Cars are becoming more technologically advanced every year. If you are in the market for a car, you have the option to purchase a vehicle with recently developed technology – ...
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Local Thieves Steal Air Bags To Sell On The Black Market

On the morning of April 8 th residents of the Virginia town of Fairlington woke up to find the air bags in their vehicles were stolen overnight. In many cases, the car windows were smashed, the hoods ...
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15 Minutes or Less May Not Save You Money - Jury Awards $2.5 Million Against Geico in Insurance Bad Faith Case

By: Allan M. Siegel An insurance bad faith case that had earned national attention was recently resolved when a federal jury in Montana ordered Geico – one of the largest auto insurance ...
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District of Columbia Decision May Reduce Your Personal Injury Protection Benefits in an Auto Accident

By: Matthew Tievsky The high court of D.C., the Court of Appeals, has handed down an important decision that may affect your automobile insurance policy. The decision applies if your policy is a D.C. ...
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What to Expect at a Deposition in an Auto Accident Lawsuit

By: Matthew Tievsky A "deposition" is a regular feature of any high-value car accident lawsuit in Virginia. If you are not personally familiar with what a deposition is, you may have seen an ...
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Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

After a motor vehicle collision, it is very common to have insurance companies contact the people involved—especially if they are injured. This is true if it is your own insurance company or ...
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Texting While Driving Convictions Skyrocket in Northern Virginia After Ban Passed

By: Allan M. Siegel Only July 1, 2013, Virginia's ban on texting while driving went into effect. According to recently released statistics from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the law has been a ...
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What is Medical Payments Coverage?

Check your car insurance policy—Do you have medical payments coverage ? Medical payments coverage is coverage a driver in Virginia can purchase which can be used to pay her medical bills in the ...
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Understanding Neck and Back Injuries that Commonly Follow Auto Accidents

By: Matthew Tievsky Injury can follow an auto accident, even at low speeds, and even when there is little or no visible damage to your car. (Your car is made of metal and is designed to withstand a ...
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Uninsured Driver Statistics Prove Importance of Uninsured Motorist Policies

Uninsured motorists are a serious concern on public roadways. When uninsured drivers are involved in traffic accidents that cause property damage or personal injury, victims are often forced to bear ...
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Virginia Police Ticket More Than 300 Drivers Under New Texting Law

By: Allan Siegel On July 1, Virginia passed a law that would allow law enforcement officers to cite drivers for texting behind the wheel, even if no other traffic violation was committed. According to ...
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Short Yellows & Red Light Cameras Linked to an Increase in Virginia Auto Accidents

Authored by Allan M. Siegel Researchers from the National Motorists Association (NMA) have found an increase in traffic accidents at intersections where red light cameras were installed in Newport ...
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