Virginia Personal Injury Blog

Vehicle stopping distances and the dangerous urge to tailgate

By Ken Gibson on May 30, 2024

Tailgating is never a good idea. Even when you’re in a hurry, tailgating is not going to help you get to your destination sooner, and research demonstrates that tailgating actually causes the overall rate of traffic to slow down.

Mastering the art of safe driving can help you avoid rear-end collisions. Understanding stopping distance and the Three-Second Rule is fundamental for keeping everyone on the road safer.

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Posted in: Car Safety

Have you noticed more dogs in stores lately? So have we.

By John Singleton on May 15, 2024

In Virginia, only people with support dogs trained to assist those with disabilities have the right to bring their dogs into stores and other businesses.

In Virginia, only people with legitimately recognized support dogs have the right to bring them into stores and other public establishments. Many dogs you see in public establishments aren’t actually support dogs.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

GibsonSingleton, Olivia’s, and Scoot’s announce first “Hometown Hero,” Lester Sterling

By Beth Gibson on May 1, 2024

GibsonSingleton partner Ken Gibson congratulates the first “Hometown Hero” winner, Lester Sterling of Gloucester. Several people nominated Sterling, describing him as a “selfless, devoted community servant.”

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, Olivia’s in the Village, and Scoot’s BBQ restaurants have recognized our first “Hometown Hero,” Lester Sterling.

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Posted in: Firm News

Ways to keep your children safe

By Ken Gibson on April 30, 2024

My law partner, John, and I are both dads, and the well-being of our children is a top priority, even though John’s boys are all grown up now.

All parents have a duty to watch over their kids, and my wife and I take that responsibility seriously, as we know you do, too. We get to know our children’s friends, and we meet the parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in their lives. Like you, we spend as much time with our children as possible. But we know we can’t always be there, and we realize other adults also supervise our kids.

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Posted in: Child Safety

Can “Beware of Dog” signs affect dog bite liability?

By John Singleton on April 15, 2024

Posting a “Beware of Dog” sign on your property can help deter intruders. Nobody wants to get bitten by a dog, and bad actors will likely think twice before risking an encounter that could cause serious injuries. A less provocative message to ward off prowlers may be “No Trespassing” or simply “Dog on Property.”

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Posted in: Dog Bites

How to avoid open fire and firepit accidents

By Ken Gibson on March 25, 2024

My family and I are always ready to enjoy a nice outdoor fire. Maybe it’s my inner caveman, but I enjoy barbecues, oyster roasts, bonfires, and firepits throughout the year.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

How safe is your car? Understanding your car’s safety ratings

By John Singleton on March 10, 2024

Ready for some good news? Cars are a lot safer today than they used to be, and they continue to get safer every year. Car makers have made tremendous strides thanks to research and new technologies.

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Posted in: Car Safety

GibsonSingleton, Olivia’s and Scoot’s announce “Hometown Heroes” campaign to recognize people who inspire others

By Beth Gibson on March 6, 2024

GibsonSingleton partner John Singleton, Scoot’s and Olivia’s owners Karen and Gary Ward, and GibsonSingleton’s Ken Gibson announce their 2024 “Hometown Heroes” campaign. These businesses want to honor everyday heroes chosen by the public.

By Beth Gibson, GibsonSingleton Director of Community Outreach

We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys are teaming up with Olivia’s in the Village and Scoot’s BBQ to recognize everyday heroes in our community.

We all want to honor people nominated by YOU who inspire others with their acts of kindness and compassion.

Anyone over 16 may nominate a “Hometown Hero.” Nominees may be anyone you admire, including teachers, neighbors, friends or family members, co-workers, first responders, healthcare workers, members of the military, or volunteers.

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Posted in: Firm News

What are Virginia’s ATV safety laws, and what should I do if I’m harmed by an ATV?

By John Singleton on February 25, 2024

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are common in Virginia. Farmers and other workers rely on them for several purposes, and many people enjoy them for off-road recreation. Though riding an ATV can be fun, these vehicles can be dangerous. You can take precautions and wear safety gear to help stay safe.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

What’s Virginia’s new law about Underinsured Motorist (UIM) insurance, and how does it affect me?

By Ken Gibson on February 15, 2024

Our lawmakers in Richmond recently fixed a law that was costing Virginians thousands of dollars each year.

A loophole in Virginia auto insurance laws has allowed insurance carriers to avoid paying the full value of accident claims involving underinsured drivers.

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Posted in: Insurance

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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.