Entries by Gary Straw

A Guide to Virginia’s Hit-and-Run Laws

If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run car accident in Virginia, you may be wondering how you will be able to obtain compensation. The stress of knowing that you may not be able to hold the at-fault driver accountable because they left the accident scene is difficult enough. Additionally, your car insurance premiums […]

How Long Do You Have to Report a Car Accident in Virginia?

Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Between serious injuries, property damage, and dealing with insurance companies, car accidents cause significant stress to victims and their family members. The process of recovering compensation through an insurance claim further complicates matters. If you have been injured in a Virginia car […]

Is Virginia a No-Fault Insurance State?

If you are involved in a car accident in Virginia, it is important to understand how Virginia’s insurance laws work. Virginia is one of several “at fault” insurance dates. In Virginia, a party injured in a car accident does not need to seek compensation from their insurance policy. Instead, the injured party will seek compensation […]

What Should I Do If I Was Hit By a Semi-Truck?

Every year, over 130,000 people become injured in accidents involving semi-truck accidents. Additionally, nearly 74% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents involved a large truck. The considerable size and weight of semi-trucks make them dangerous, especially when passenger vehicle occupants are involved. Passenger vehicle occupants account for 68% of all truck fatalities. If you are […]

How is Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

When we discuss the divorce process with new clients who are parents, they are often concerned with child custody and child support issues. In Virginia, both parents must provide support to their children. When the parents become divorced or separated, a Virginia court can order one parent to pay child support payments.  The main goal […]

What are the Penalties for a First DUI Offense in Virginia?

Deaths from drunk driving have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. Even during a pandemic, the number of drunk driving deaths in Virginia is higher than in 2019. Drunk drivers are not self-quarantining. Some localities have had up to a 34% increase in drunk driving deaths. Virginia officials have increased the presence of local and state […]

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI in Virginia?

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving while under the influence (DUI) are serious criminal charges in Virginia. Many people use DWI and DUI interchangeably when discussing drunk driving, but they are different criminal charges with different requirements and penalties. Understanding the differences between them can be confusing. However, if you have been arrested for drunk […]

Child Custody in Virginia FAQs

If you are considering getting divorced, you probably have many questions about the divorce process, including child custody. When we meet with new clients who are parents, child custody matters are typically at the forefront of their minds. Parents are concerned that they may lose their ability to see their children or that their soon-to-be […]