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Safe driving habits are essential to follow every time you get behind the wheel. School zones may be clearly marked, but car accidents can occur anywhere. Make sure you slow down and take extra care when you’re near a school or yellow school bus and remember to check your side mirror often.  Our attorneys in Virginia have these tips to avoid school-zone car accidents:

At Portner & Shure, we truly believe that everyone has the right to dedicated, professional, and tireless legal representation. The effects of a criminal conviction can be serious and can even uproot life as you know it. If you have been accused of a crime, you deserve the opportunity to fight for your lifestyle, your reputation, and your innocence. We stand by the sacred principle of our judicial system in America, that you are innocent until proven guilty.

Our lawyers provide representation in many criminal defense cases, including:

Accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers are some of the most common that occur on roadways. One of the leading causes of truck accidents is due to blind spots for truck drivers. Drivers of all types of vehicles experience blind spots, but some vehicles have larger blind spots than others. Tractor trailers, for example, have large blind spots and because of that, numerous accidents occur where a truck changes lanes and does not see that another vehicle is next to it.

Common practice in all personal injury cases is for an attorney to do work based on a contingency fee. Many people are usually confused as to what a contingency fee means. They immediately hear the word fee and worry that they are required to pay something, even if their case is lost. That is NOT the case at all. A contingency fee means that there is NO attorney's fee UNLESS you win your case. In other words, if we do NOT win your case, there is NO attorney's fee. There is absolutely no risk in hiring an attorney to represent you in a personal injury case, but much to gain.

This month we are recognizing paralegal, Esther You, who works in our Vienna, Virginia office. Esther has worked for Portner & Shure for nearly 8 years now. She was born in South Korea and moved to the United States when she was 8 years old. She grew up in Glen Burnie and Columbia, Maryland, and now lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband and kitten named Max. In her free time, Esther enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and entertaining friends at her home.

We've written before about how you may file a claim against the driver of the vehicle in which you are a passenger. A common problem that arises when this type of claim is filed involves alcohol. Oftentimes, the driver of the vehicle is deemed to be at-fault for the accident and charged with DWI. The insurance company for the driver will always argue the defense of assumption of the risk in order to avoid having to accept liability.

Every state has a time limit or statute of limitations that prevents someone from being able to file a claim after a certain period of time has passed. In Maryland, there is a 3 year statute of limitations for auto accident claims, and the clock starts ticking from the date of the accident. There is also a 1 year time limit for being able to file a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim. PIP claims are important because that money can be used to pay for some, if not all, of your medical bills.

Noemy Foronda has been with Portner & Shure for nearly a year, working out of our Vienna, Virginia office. Noemy began as a receptionist and then worked her way up to a legal assistant. Just recently, she started taking her own cases. Noemy has lived in Arlington, Virginia her whole life, but her parents are originally from Bolivia. As a bilingual employee at Portner & Shure, Noemy is an integral part of our ever-growing Spanish Department. When she is not in the office, Noemy enjoys playing with her shih tzu, Nina, as well as reading.

After a car accident, most people are very shaken up and they are not thinking straight. Sometimes you are seriously injured and are rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. In the most serious accidents, police will respond to the scene and draft an official report about the accident, including information about all parties involved and their insurance policy information. However, police do not respond to the scene of every accident. In these situations, it is imperative that you collect a few pieces of information to help your claim go through the process as smooth as possible.

Join us in honoring one of our newest employees, Andrea Molina. She has been working here as a receptionist for 7 months. With her Spanish-speaking abilities, she also assists some of the paralegals on their cases.

Andrea was born in El Salvador and was raised by her mother and grandparents. At age 7, she moved to the United States to be with her father. At that time, she did not speak any English, however, she quickly learned the language in school. Andrea enjoys learning new things and has plans to attend college in the near future.

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