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Justin McLeod, an attorney at Chaplin & Gonet, has been following autonomous car developments for a couple of years now.  His publications on the subject have appeared in Virginia Lawyer's Magazine and the Subrogator Magazine.  Now, he is dedicating an entire site to follow the...

There have been a lot of excited, ambitious and positive prognostications written over the last few years concerning the rapid advancement of autonomous vehicles.  I have written about the huge impact they will have upon the judicial system writ large, but a recent article by...

In a move to expedite the payment of uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, the Virginia House and Senate passed VA House Bill 1819, which has been sent to the Governor for executive approval.  Section 38.2-2206 of the Code of Virginia is amended to 8.01-66.1:1 by...

The Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2015, introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3), seeks to modify the common law principle of contributory negligence.   Contributory negligence is a common law principle, only followed in the states of: Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, North...

Currently, under Virginia law the surviving spouse can collect both from the insurance company for the life insurance proceeds and from the tortfeasor.  This can be remedied by allowing subrogation of life insurance claims where negligence occurred causing the death of the insured.  Furthermore, insurers...

Virginia common law prohibits another person bringing a wrongful death claim on behalf of another.  This arises from the principle that personal legal actions die with the individual from whom they arise.  However, if one examines the Virginia Workers' Compensation statutes it is clearly stated...