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Year: 2021

  • WHAT IS CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE AND CAN IT HURT MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

    Dec 22
    Virginia is one of only a handful of states in the country that uses contributory negligence rules when considering personal injury claims. If you’ve been injured in an accident in Virginia, contributory negligence can be a serious problem for you and your case.   Under contributory negligence laws, you can lose your entire right to collect financial recovery from...
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  • ROAD TRIP SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    Nov 22
    The time between Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is a busy time of year – both in our personal lives and on the roads. It is also known as one of the most dangerous times to be on the road due to heavy traffic, distracted and drunk drivers, stress, and inclement weather. AAA predicts that...
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  • BITTEN BY A DOG? THE OWNER MAY BE AT FAULT.

    Nov 2
    Man’s best friend can sometimes become a liability for owners. All dogs, no matter what type or size, can injure a person – whether a stranger, friend, and even a family member. Unfortunately, dog bites are a common occurrence. According to the Virginia Department of Public Health, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs...
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  • HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS

    Oct 27
    Halloween is one of the top days for pedestrian accidents and injuries, so it is fitting that the spookiest night of the year closes out Pedestrian Safety Month. The National Safety Council shows that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween. That’s one scary statistic! Even though this sobering...
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  • NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK

    Oct 11
    It is no surprise that teen drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group, which of course causes parents and caregivers everywhere a lot of anxiety. Even if you feel that your child is a safe driver, knowing that they are driving among other drivers that may not be following the rules...
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  • DO I HAVE A CASE IF THE OTHER DRIVER LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT?

    Sep 29
    Hit-and-run accidents happen all the time even though fleeing the scene following a crash is against the law in Virginia. Many times, a driver will leave the scene of an accident because they are driving under the influence, without a license, or do not have auto insurance. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), more than...
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  • HUFFMAN & HUFFMAN CELEBRATES CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK

    Sep 16
    One thing that all parents and caregivers have in common is the desire to keep their children as safe as possible.  As the father to two young children, their safety and well-being is always foremost in my mind. This is especially true when we are riding in a vehicle. Child Passenger Safety Week is September...
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  • SIX REASONS YOU SHOULD HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

    Aug 30
    Every day all over Virginia, hundreds of people fall victim to personal injury because of other people’s negligence. Unfortunately, many are unaware that they could be entitled to compensation because of their injuries, and they take no action. Minor injuries may be easy to overcome but more significant injuries can leave you with a mountain...
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  • 5 TIPS FOR SHARING THE ROAD WITH COMMERCIAL TRUCKS

    Aug 3
    Odds are very high that you have shared the road with 18 wheelers, especially on the highways of Hampton Roads with commercial vehicles transporting containers from one of our four marine terminals on a regular basis. If you clutch the wheel tighter or get panicked right next to a semi, big rig, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer,...
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  • Back-to-school safety tips for driver, bicycle riders, and pedestrians

    Aug 3
    The summer has flown by and that means it’s almost back to school time! As kids and teens across Hampton Roads are starting to get ready for in-person learning after more than a year of being mostly virtual, now is a good time for everyone to get a refresher on the hazards that can arise...
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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING ENOUGH AUTO INSURANCE COVERAGE IN VIRGINIA

    Jul 19
    According to the Insurance Information Institute (iii.org), approximately 1 in 10 drivers in Virginia are uninsured, and it may be even higher. This means that you could easily be involved in a car accident with another driver that does not have auto insurance. You may also be involved in an accident with someone that does not have enough auto...
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  • WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DROWNING?

    Jul 9
    Now that we are in the dog days of summer, many children and families across Hampton Roads are hitting the beaches, pools, and waterparks stay cool. Waterplay may be a great way to cool off, but it is also important that you take appropriate safety precautions, including knowing the warning signs of drowning. 10 TELLTALE...
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  • GRILLING SAFETY TIPS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW

    Jun 21
    There is nothing better than the smell of food cooking on the grill on a hot summer day. Whether it’s my favorite, flank steak cooked to medium rare with chimichurri sauce, or fresh zucchini from the garden, my family always looks forward to a good cookout. For me, doing the actual grilling is almost as...
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  • 3 WAYS TO PREVENT COMMON FOURTH OF JULY ACCIDENTS

    Jun 16
    Nothing says “summertime” like the Fourth of July holiday. Normally, you can find me spending time with friends and family at a cookout or the beach, enjoying fireworks at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach, or taking in a baseball game. Most important of all, the Fourth of July is a time I enjoy celebrating the...
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  • COMMON INJURIES SUSTAINED BY CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

    Jun 16
    With the pandemic mostly behind us and summer here, families everywhere are excited to get outside to enjoy their time together. Summer months are typically more carefree, but parents and caregivers should not let their guard down as children are more likely to be injured during this time. From putting on sunscreen (almost an impossible...
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  • THE CORRELATION BETWEEN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND PTSD

    May 12
    The events that lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often psychologically traumatic and can lead to other disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While the symptoms of PTSD or circumstances of the trauma may vary depending on the individual in question, one thing remains the same across the board: PTSD can harm one’s...
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  • ARE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS REQUIRED TO WEAR HELMETS IN VIRGINIA?

    May 7
    We teach our children the importance of wearing helmets from a young age. However, as people grow older and become more confident in their riding abilities, they may think of helmets as an unnecessary precaution. In particular, some motorcycle riders feel more free or comfortable without these safety devices. However, there is virtually nothing protecting...
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  • WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

    Apr 29
    Everything you do after a car accident matters, including what you don’t do. For everything that you should do to collect evidence and protect yourself from being unfairly blamed for the crash, there is at least one other thing you should keep in mind and try to avoid. Five things you should NOT do after a car accident are:...
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  • HOW TO HELP YOUR LOVED ONE RECOVER FROM A BRAIN INJURY

    Apr 6
    Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be absolutely devastating. Oftentimes, the road to recovery is not a swift or easy one. In many instances, brain injury survivors will rely on family caregivers to help them through this process, which may include relearning certain skills and talking about their feelings in a safe space. If...
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  • KEEPING TEEN DRIVERS SAFE DURING DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

    Apr 2
    It only takes a few seconds to take your eyes off the road, read a text, and get into a car accident. In today’s world, distractions are everywhere, and distracted driving has become a serious problem in Virginia and across the country. Every day, about eight people lose their lives in distracted driving accidents in...
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  • RAINY DAY DRIVING: SAFETY TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW

    Mar 22
    As we start to look ahead to longer, warmer days, it’s important to remember that springtime weather can be unpredictable. When you’re driving, this means road conditions can change quickly—from sunny and calm one minute to rainy and dangerous the next. At Huffman & Huffman Brothers in Law, PLLC, we remind you to always practice...
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  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

    Mar 18
    The brain is one of the body’s most vital organs and is responsible for what we do, say, and think. Ultimately, any trauma to this organ can lead to detrimental effects, some of which can lead to permanent cognitive or physical impairment or even death. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a violent blow,...
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  • HOW DOES A CHILD BRAIN INJURY IMPACT ONE’S FUTURE QUALITY OF LIFE?

    Mar 16
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability for children across the U.S. Additionally, statistics show that rates of TBI-related visits to the ER are some of the highest among children four years old or younger. The symptoms and overall effects of TBI...
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  • CAN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IMPACT HEART HEALTH?

    Mar 10
    While many types of injuries like bruises or broken bones will heal with care and time, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are much different. TBIs can have devastating long-term physical, cognitive, social, and financial ramifications that can impact a person for years to come. One of the lesser-known effects of traumatic brain injuries has to do...
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  • BURN PREVENTION & FIRE SAFETY TIPS

    Feb 8
    The American Burn Association observes Burn Awareness Week each year during the first full week of February. This time gives organizations and individuals a window of opportunity to educate on fire and burn safety as well as spread awareness on vital prevention measures. This year’s theme for Burn Awareness Week, which takes place from February 7-13, 2021,...
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  • CAN INSURANCE ADJUSTERS FOLLOW ME AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

    Feb 2
    Do insurance companies spy on claimants? The short answer is yes, especially if the claim involves a severe injury that may involve the insurance company paying out a large settlement. As we know, the last thing that insurance companies want to do is pay high amounts to claims and lose profits. If you believe that...
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  • TRUCKING COMPANY LIABILITY FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT

    Jan 22
    Thousands of truck accidents that happen each year on American highways can be traced back to the mistakes of the truckers who were driving at the time of those collisions. But truck drivers are not always the only ones who can be held financially liable for their negligence. In some situations, the trucking company that hired, contracted,...
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  • IS IT SAFE TO LAY DOWN YOUR MOTORCYCLE WHEN ABOUT TO CRASH?

    Jan 20
    This is a myth. Laying down your motorcycle will not help you avoid getting hurt. Pretty much every motorcyclist has heard that they can lay down their motorcycle in order to avoid a motorcycle accident or stop severe injuries from occurring. The problem with this commonly shared “motorcycle safety hint” is that it isn’t really a safety hint at...
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  • WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAR STARTS TO HYDROPLANE

    Jan 12
    WHAT IS HYDROPLANING?   Driving in the rain is risky for several reasons, including hindered visibility, less steering control, and the need for greater stopping distances. When motorists fail to adjust their driving habits for rainy conditions, vehicles can begin to hydroplane. Also known as “aquaplaning,” hydroplaning may occur when your vehicle tires lose grip with...
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  • HERE ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS HIGHWAYS IN VIRGINIA

    Jan 5
    After narrowly avoiding a fender bender or a sideswipe with another vehicle on a major highway, have you ever wondered if there are some roads that are more dangerous than others? Highway crashes are an all-too-frequent occurrence in the state of Virginia. Our intention is not to scare you, but to help you stay informed...
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  • NEW YEAR, NEW SAFE DRIVING TIPS & TECH

    Jan 4
    With the new year here, it is time to reevaluate and improve many parts of our lives. Most people make New Year’s Resolutions about their relationships and careers. But at Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, PLLC, we think it also makes sense to put driving safety at the top of your resolutions list. Technology is constantly...
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