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New Virginia Law Changes Police Protocol for Handling Dog Bites

A new law relaxing how Virginia police and Animal Control officers manage dog bite cases went into effect on July 1, 2017. In Virginia, dog owners are not held liable for dog bite injuries unless they were aware of a dog’s propensity to bite because the dog had vicious propensities. In fact, the new law… Read More »

Top Five Safety Tips for National Motorcycle Ride Day, Oct. 14

As National Motorcycle Ride Day approaches, observed on the second Saturday in October, it’s time to celebrate the freedom of the open road. It’s now 150 years since Ernest Michaux, among others, had the idea of motorizing the bicycle. Ernest, the son of the French blacksmith Pierre Michaux, inventor of an early form of the… Read More »

Mother’s Video May Be Last Word in Child Safety Seats

A mother who lost her three-year-old son in a car accident 12 years ago has posted a poignant and urgent video on Facebook that stresses the importance of child safety seats. Christina Miller believes her son Kyle could have survived the crash if he had been riding in a proper five-point safety harness instead of… Read More »

Number One Back-to-School Safety Tip: Slow Down

With the end of summer, drivers throughout the United States need to be reminded to relax and take their foot off the gas pedal a bit. That’s because “Back to School” means back to the road for about 480,000 school buses carrying more than 50 million children every day. In addition to increased traffic from the… Read More »

Biking Safely in the Big City

Across the country, major cities are adopting strategic plans to accommodate more and more bicycle traffic and thereby alleviate congestion, pollution, and noise from automobiles. Norfolk, Raleigh, and Charlotte are just three of the cities we serve that are actively encouraging residents of all ages to ride bicycles as part of a healthy lifestyle. Cities… Read More »

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

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

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 »

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 »

Our NC Colleague Bryan Nichols Is Admitted to the Virginia Bar

All of us at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban 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 licensed… Read More »

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