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GibsonSingleton law concludes “Car Seats for Kids” campaign with final winner, other highlights

By Beth Gibson on January 18, 2021

By Beth Gibson, Director of Community Outreach

We have concluded our “Car Seats for Kids” safety campaign by announcing our final car seat winner and by sharing more car safety information.

For the giveaways, people were invited to nominate themselves or someone else on our Facebook page, and one winner was chosen randomly each month. We have also shared car safety information for parents and caregivers on this website and on Facebook.

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New Virginia cell phone law goes into effect in 2021: What does it mean for you?

By John Singleton on December 16, 2020

Drivers, start using Bluetooth or storing your cell phone out of reach. In just a few weeks, it will be illegal for anyone to hold a cell phone while driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This new law, as outlined in House Bill 874, was signed by Governor Ralph Northam in July, and it goes into effect on January 1, 2021.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Think twice about having an independent medical exam and be prepared if you have to have one

By John Singleton on December 15, 2020

As much as we hope insurance companies will take care of us if we are ever injured in an accident, it does not always happen. Most insurance companies base their business model on maximizing premiums from customers and minimizing the amount paid to accident victims.

When you file a claim after a car accident, dog bite, or similar injury, an insurance adjuster may try to convince you to take a lowball settlement offer, saying it is the best he can do. If you push back and demand fair compensation for your injuries, the insurance company may make you jump through hoops, which still may not lead to your getting what you are owed. This is especially true when an insurance company asks you to get an independent medical exam.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Is my child ready for a booster seat?

By Beth Gibson on December 1, 2020

Have you noticed that your child has outgrown most of his clothes and shoes lately? Or perhaps she has trouble fitting into her car seat?

Depending on your child’s height, weight, and age, it may be time to upgrade to a booster seat.

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Posted in: Child Safety

How can your child receive money from a personal injury claim?

By Ken Gibson on November 15, 2020

Watching your child deal with a traumatic injury can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. You may be worried about whether he will fully recover, if he will always struggle to do simple tasks, and how you will pay for his medical bills. If the injury was caused by another person’s negligence, such as failing to pay attention to the road or take proper precautions, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover the costs of your child’s injuries and trauma. However, parents in Virginia should understand that the claim process is different for minors.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

How do I keep my preschooler safe in a front-facing car seat?

By Beth Gibson on November 1, 2020

Last month, we at GibsonSingleton wrote about how to use a rear-facing car seat for infants and toddlers. But what about when your child outgrows that and starts preschool?

By as early as two-years-old, your child may be ready to switch to a front-facing seat. Using one can be confusing though. That’s why we have another guide – to help make sure your child fits snuggly into his seat and is safe wherever you go.

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Posted in: Child Safety

Scrap it or repair it: what to do after a motorcycle crash?

By Ken Gibson on October 29, 2020

Although most motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries and trauma, many riders can’t wait to get back on the road again. They may send their bike to a repair shop or decide to scrap it and start over. But often, they will quickly agree to a payment for property damage and injury from the insurance provider.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Common dog bite defenses and how to bite back

By John Singleton on October 15, 2020

After a dog bite or attack, the last thing you want to do is fight with an insurance company. You may be in a lot of pain, worrying about rabies, dealing with an injury, or just trying to keep your mind off the traumatic memory.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

“Virginia Lawyers Weekly” highlights GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys’ community outreach this week

By Beth Gibson on October 8, 2020

“Virginia Lawyers Weekly,” the Commonwealth’s go-to legal publication, featured GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys this week, focusing on our community outreach. Their article highlighted our “Car Seats for Kids” campaign and contest, described our “Texts=Wrecks” spring campaign, and showcased our other educational outreach efforts that we perform in our local communities.

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Posted in: Community Outreach

How can I make sure my baby is safe in the car?

By Beth Gibson on October 1, 2020

Bringing home your first baby from the hospital can be scary. What parent hasn’t felt unprepared to care for a precious new life?

Along the way, choosing and installing your baby’s first car seat can also feel daunting. All the options available are overwhelming, and figuring out how to install and use one properly can seem like a job for a rocket scientist.

As parents ourselves, we at GibsonSingleton remember those “new baby” days well. So, we want to help parents and caregivers out by sharing some useful tips about keeping your infant safe in the car.

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Posted in: Child Safety

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Community service

Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.