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June 2013 Archives

Talking While Driving Will be Illegal July 1

Starting on Monday, July 1, 2013, it will be illegal to talk on a hand held phone and driving in West Virginia. Last year, in an effort to curb distracted driving, the West Virginia Legislature passed a law outlawing texting while driving. The law provided that talking on a hand held cell phone while driving also became illegal but was not immediately a primary offense for which you could be pulled over. However, the law did provide that starting on July 1, 2013, talking while driving on a hand held device would be an illegal, primary offense. This means that beginning on July 1, 2013, police officers can pull you over for talking on a hand held mobile phone.

Safely Navigating the Morgantown Roundabout

With Morgantown's first roundabout set to open this week, its important to understand how to safely navigate a roundabout.  Roundabouts are designed to make intersections more efficient and safer for drivers and pedestrians.  When entering a roundabout, there are a few things to remember when driving in a roundabout:

WVAJ New Lawyers Division Raises Over $11,500 for Covenant House

The West Virginia Association for Justice New Lawyers Division selected Charleston's Covenant House for its 2013 spring community service project and raised $11,550 for the organization. The checks were presented on Monday, June 24 to Covenant House Executive Director Ellen Allen and President Ed Weber by Taylor Downs, chair of the WVAJ New Lawyers Division, and WVAJ President Bernie Layne.

Salem International University Loses Approval for Associate Nursing Program

By letter dated June 13, 2013, the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses withdrew its approval for the associate's degree nursing program at Salem International University.  The Board of Examiners for Registrered Professional Nurses is the body charged with accreditation of schools of nursing. 

Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia!

West Virginia turns 150 years old today!  Born out of the Civil War, West Virginia has always been wild and wonderful.  From our beautiful mountains and glistening streams, to our vast natural resources and our wonderful people, West Virginia is truly a special place. 

Manchin Injury Law Group Joins WV Legal Food Frenzy Drive

The attorneys and staff at the Manchin Injury Law Group are pleased to join the West Virginia Legal Food Frenzy Drive.  The Legal Food Frenzy Drive is a friendly competition among law firms throughout the state to help knock out hunger in West Virginia.  The food drive runs from June 17,2013, through July 1, 2013.

Property Insurance Claims in West Virginia

With the recent storm activity and more severe weather predicted as the summer continues, it is important to understand what to do after a property loss to help process a residential property claim.  It is also important to understand your rights surrounding insurance laws and regulations in West Virginia. 

Insurance Claim Delays Provide Massive Profits to Industry

Beginning in the mid-1990's, a new profit model within the insurance industry, combined with weaker regulations, have hurt consumers.  The change began when McKinsey & Company sold their services to Allstate and other leading insurance companies; providing a new model to boost the bottom line.  Instead of a traditional method of adjusting insurance claims, insurers began to embrace a computer based method of adjusting the produced low offers to claimants. 

Fairmont, WV man killed in trucking accident

Various news outlets reported over the weekend that an individual working for the Reclaim Company is dead after being run over by a tractor trailer on Thursday morning.  Fairmont Police said Robert Goff, 50, attemped to jump into a truck after it broke free on First Street.  Police reported that Goff fell to the ground and was then run over.  The truck then hit a parked pick-up truck and another parked tractor trailer, both of which were owned by Reclaim.

Barbour County, WV Motorcycle Collisions send 3 to Area Hospitals

Two seperate motorcycle collisions over the weekend in Barbour County have sent three people to area hospitals.  The first collision occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Stringtown Road off of Route 92 in Belington.  Barbour County Sheriff, John Hawkins, said the collision occurred when a man driving a pickup truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle.  The driver of the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to Davis Memorial Hospital, while his female passenger was life-flighted by Healthnet to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

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