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Weather, Day, and Time: When Is Most Dangerous to Ride a Motorcycle?

Weather, Day, and Time: When Is Most Dangerous to Ride a Motorcycle?

If you’re planning a motorcycle outing, the timing of your trip can be an important factor in your safety. Here are a few things to consider before you set out. Weather. Motorcycling is safest in fair weather, but if you must ride in the rain, take precautions. Wear proper gear, including a rain suit and… Read More »

Cellphone Users Driving Up Accident Numbers and Your Insurance Costs

Cellphone Users Driving Up Accident Numbers and Your Insurance Costs

Why, you might ask, in an age when cars and highways are designed to be so much safer, are traffic accidents increasing? Economists are quick to cite the end of the Great Recession and the abundance of inexpensive fuel as reasons there are more cars on the road. However, do more cars necessarily translate to more… Read More »

Common Pool Injuries to Avoid on the Fourth of July

Common Pool Injuries to Avoid on the Fourth of July

Nothing ruins a summer outing like an accidental injury. Unfortunately, every Fourth of July, emergency rooms across the country fill with victims who may have lost far more than a day of fun in the sun. So that you and your family will be safe as you observe Independence Day, we offer these friendly reminders… Read More »

Are You Covered?

On National Insurance Awareness Day, Be Completely Covered!

June 28 is “National Insurance Awareness Day,” which is a good time to take stock of your policies and decide whether the coverage you’ve been paying for is adequate for your needs.  So, follow these important steps: Get over your animosity toward insurance companies — For just this one day, focus on all the good… Read More »

BRYAN SUPREME COURT VA

Our NC Colleague Bryan Nichols Is Admitted to the Virginia Bar

All of us at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C. would like to congratulate our associate Bryan G. Nichols, who is now a member of the Virginia State Bar. On the morning of June 6, 2017, Bryan was sworn in by the entire panel of judges sitting on the Virginia Supreme Court. He is now… Read More »

Memorial Day Injuries Make Summer’s Kickoff Dangerous

Memorial Day Injuries Make Summer’s Kickoff Dangerous

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to summer fun, but for too many victims of accidents, the fun comes to a screeching halt. The National Safety Council calls Memorial Day the second most dangerous holiday of the year, trailing only Independence Day. There are several reasons for this: Increased travel Increased physical activity Increased… Read More »

Remember the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case? Here’s What You Didn’t Know

Remember the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case? Here’s What You Didn’t Know

Twenty-five years ago, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee on her lap while driving and became a legend. Many argued, Stella should have realized how hot the coffee was and not placed it between her legs while driving. Stella was seen as an opportunist who, after carelessly burning herself, decided to sue McDonalds,… Read More »

Virginia Approves Higher Liability Coverage Minimums for Uber and PTNCs

Virginia Approves Higher Liability Coverage Minimums for Uber and PTNCs

In February, the Virginia General Assembly addressed a number of issues related to licensing and regulating companies in the new “gig” economy — a labor market characterized by short-term contract or freelance work. Among the new entrepreneurial ventures disrupting “legacy” industries are transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. Some of these companies… Read More »

Don Marcari Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers List for 2017

Don Marcari Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers List for 2017

Personal injury attorney Donald W. Marcari has been named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list for 2017, an honor bestowed on only five percent of attorneys in the commonwealth. Mr. Marcari, founding partner of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C., was also named to the list in 2010 and 2011. Super Lawyers is a rating… Read More »

NSC Estimates 2016 Motor Vehicle Deaths to be Highest in Nine Years

NSC Estimates 2016 Motor Vehicle Deaths to be Highest in Nine Years

Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) released preliminary data for 2016 that indicates as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. This number represents a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014. That marks “the most dramatic two-year escalation” in more than 60 years.  NSC, a… Read More »