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It’s time to give through our fourth annual Fall Coat Drive!

By Beth Gibson on October 1, 2018

Our fourth annual Fall Coat Drive has started, and will last through December 21, 2018. We invite you to drop off new or used coats from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at our office: 4073 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes.

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Posted in: Community Outreach

How to respond after and prepare for a hurricane in Virginia – updated

By John Singleton on September 17, 2018

Florence may have been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but many people in the Carolinas have lost their lives, and tens of thousands more were left without homes. States of emergency were declared in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, but Virginia closed our hurricane shelters on Friday, Sept. 14, due to the reduced threat here.

Now, many Virginians are rushing to the aid of victims of Florence, and we are proud to stand with them. You can visit Virginia Disaster Relief Fund to help too.

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Posted in: Personal Safety

Has your child’s booster seat been recalled?

By Ken Gibson on September 13, 2018

The most precious cargo you will ever carry in your car is a child.

My wife and I have (thankfully) just finished the car seat and booster stage with our twins, but we know how much work it is. We’ve written several blogs in the past encouraging parents to ensure their car seats are in good working order, because when used correctly, child safety restraints reduce the risk of injuries to children by 70 to 80 percent.

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Posted in: Child Safety

How you can make Labor Day weekend safer for everyone

By John Singleton on August 30, 2018

The “100 deadliest days of driving” end on Labor Day, according to the National Safety Council. And sadly, they often end with a bang because Labor Day consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous days of the year for people on the road, along with Memorial Day and Independence Day.

This year, 45,800 serious traffic-related injuries and 402 traffic fatalities are predicted across the country for the Labor Day weekend, according to the NSC.

Let’s all do our part to lower those numbers here in Eastern Virginia!

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Posted in: Car Safety

When a dog bites in Virginia, should you call a lawyer?

By John Singleton on August 23, 2018

Dogs are “man’s best friend.” Between our team members at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we own a pack of lovable canines.

But we can’t forget that dogs are descendants of wolves, carnivorous predators that roamed Virginia only 100 or so years ago. Because of this ancestry, modern dogs have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that are designed to rip flesh from bone.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

How to teach your kids pedestrian safety

By Ken Gibson on August 10, 2018

It’s a great but dangerous time to be a kid. With school, more children are out and about—walking, skateboarding, riding bikes, and crossing streets. Unfortunately, when children do these things, they have a greater risk of being injured or killed by drivers.

This is a real concern in Virginia: we had the third-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for children (age 19 and under) in the United States in 2015! All drivers need to be reminded that more children are out during the summer, and to SLOW DOWN and PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE.

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Posted in: Child Safety

At our law firm, you’re our neighbor, not a number.

By John Singleton on July 22, 2018

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.

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Posted in: Firm News

Seven tips for beating the heat in Virginia!

By Ken Gibson on July 15, 2018

After all the rain we’ve had this year, we Virginians are ready to get out and enjoy some summer sun. Having had quite a few 90+ degree days just this month already, we can only expect the heat to continue. But whether we’re at the mountains or beach, a cookout or softball game, or just out mowing the lawn, sun exposure and extreme heat can have serious consequences for our health.

We can all do our part to protect ourselves and our families from the heat, using a little common sense.

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Posted in: Personal Safety

The winner of GibsonSingleton’s 2018 Texts=Wrecks scholarship is…

By Beth Gibson on July 3, 2018

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!

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Meet our Texts=Wrecks finalists: Susan Li

By Beth Gibson on June 29, 2018

It’s time to wrap up this blog series introducing you to our six Texts=Wrecks scholarship finalists, because we need to choose our winner! Last but not least, meet 18-year-old Susan Li from Lincoln, California. She’s heading off to Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, to get a degree in Engineering in the fall. Here’s her thoughtful and proactive response to changing the way we think about and do driving as a culture.

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Posted in: Community Outreach

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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.