Before dedicating themselves to personal injury law exclusively, John Singleton and Ken Gibson handled all sorts of legal matters — from family law to bankruptcy to insurance defense to criminal prosecution.
In this interview, Ken, a former prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk, Virginia, explained why they do what they do.
It’s June 13, 2019, and you know what that means… it’s time for our law firm to announce who won the Texts=Wrecks Scholarship 2019!
We asked for solutions to combat dangerous, drunk, and distracted driving in our lives. Since motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., this issue is as important now as it was decades ago. But we’re glad to say young drivers are also leading the charge to change things at the local level! Just take a look at our finalists.
Distracted driving claimed the lives of at least 6,227 pedestrians last year across the United States, and that’s not counting the number of people who were in cars. The worst part is, most of these accidents were likely due to a smartphone, which means they were 100 percent preventable!
When you become a lawyer, you hear a lot of lawyer jokes. In fact, “attorney” is probably one of the least popular professions in America. Only 18 percent of Americans feel that lawyers contribute to society, according to a Pew Research Center poll. That was down from 2009, when 23 percent did. But we’d bet that none of the people surveyed worked with GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys.
Bringing clients big city experience, small town care.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, the relationship with our clients goes beyond the ordinary. Some personal injury law firms are settlement mills, which means they take large numbers of cases, but don’t put it in the time and effort to get to know you and the damages the injury caused you. These types of firms settle for less than top value.
Ken Gibson and I don’t work like that.
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys asked a lot from our 2018 scholarship applicants: “What can you do to help combat distracted driving? What will you say when your friend starts checking text messages while driving? How are you going to take what you’ve learned so far in life to make good decisions now that you’re “in the driver’s seat” as an adult?”
The responses we received were well worth it. Students across the United States went above and beyond to give us thoughtful, insightful answers. We selected six finalists on June 14, and we moved on to the next step—selecting a winner!
It’s a fact that distracted driving is a bad idea. In our law firm’s home of Gloucester County, Virginia, we’ve seen almost 20 crashes involving “distraction” in 2018 alone. With a small population of fewer than 40,000 people in the county, that’s too many wrecks!
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys aren’t too discouraged, though. Why? Because we received more than 400 applications from students across the United States for our Texts=Wrecks scholarship! We asked: what can you do to combat distracted driving in your life, and how are you going to take what you’ve learned so far in life to make important decisions, now that you’re “in the driver’s seat” as adults?
A conversation with Ken Gibson & John Singleton
To let you know a little more about why we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys do what we do, here are exclusive interviews with Ken and John!
That word means a lot of things. Serving dinner. The service you get in a restaurant. Serving as a deacon at your church. Here’s a phrase you hear a lot around Eastern Virginia:
Question: “What do you call 1,000 lawyers at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay?”
Answer: “A good start.”
Lawyers have the most jokes told about them…and often the worst reputations. On TV, we watch money-hungry Hollywood divorce attorneys and two-faced weasels trying to protect the rich and powerful companies. Some lawyers even seem to enjoy making everyone else feel small.
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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.