Archive for the ‘transportation law’ Category

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on UM Carriers’ Duty to Settle Prior to Judgment

Recently, in Ebenezer Manu v. GEICO Casualty Company, the Supreme Court of Virginia clarified the issue of when an insurance provider has a duty to offer a good faith settlement to its insured when the accident was the fault of an uninsured motorist (UM).   Manu was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident caused by […]

 

Changes to Virginia UM/UIM Law

Virginia has made changes to its underinsured motorist law that will take effect on July 1, 2015. The changes come with the addition of Va. Code § 8.01-66.1:1, and with amendments to Va. Code § 38.2-2206. The major impact of these changes is that they shift the burden of defending a suit to the underinsured motorist […]

 

Preserving a UM/UIM Carrier’s Right to Defend

[ed. note: THE INFORMATION IN THE ARTICLE BELOW DESCRIBES LEGAL MATTERS HANDLED IN THE PAST BY OUR ATTORNEYS. AS ALWAYS, THE RESULTS WE HAVE ACHIEVED DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. BECAUSE EACH MATTER IS DIFFERENT, OUR PAST RESULTS CANNOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE A SIMILAR RESULT IN THE FUTURE.] By:  Ian […]

 

Feds Hang Up on Commercial Drivers

Karen Elliot, a Sands Anderson attorney specializing in employment law, recently published the following article addressing new rules prohibiting commercial motor vehicle drivers from using hand-held mobile devices while driving.  We thought this article would be of particular interest to our Risk Manager readers: In a continued effort to reduce accidents from distracted driving, the federal […]

 

Risk Management 2010 Year in Review

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN OUR WEB SITE DESCRIBES LEGAL MATTERS HANDLED IN THE PAST BY OUR ATTORNEYS. OF COURSE, THE RESULTS WE HAVE ACHIEVED DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. BECAUSE EACH MATTER IS DIFFERENT, OUR PAST RESULTS CANNOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE A SIMILAR RESULT IN THE FUTURE. As we move […]

 

Recent Virginia Supreme Court Cases Effect Privilege Analysis and Liability for Accidents to Children

On June 10, 2010, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued two rulings that could have important impacts on Risk Management clients.

 

Virginia Passes UIM Statute Amendment

During the 2010 session of the Virginia General Assembly, House Bill 93 (“HB 93″) was passed to amend Virginia’s existing underinsured motorist insurance statute, Virginia Code Section 38.2-2206 (“UIM Statute”), in an attempt to address concerns that UIM carriers could force protracted litigation because no incentives or penalties existed to encourage them to sit in good faith at the negotiating table during litigation.