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What Virginia residents should know about the state's lemon law

What is a lemon? It is a tasty yet sour fruit, and it is a defective motor vehicle. Like eating a lemon, purchasing a defective vehicle can leave a sour taste in your mouth. The federal government understands how buying a lemon (not the fruit) can affect your life and your bank account. As such, it has developed lemon laws on the federal level.

State laws addressing lemons also exist, and Virginia happens to have such a law. It's known as the Virginia Motor Vehicle Warranty Act. This law requires the manufacturer of the defective motor vehicle to replace the vehicle or to buy it back from you.

Understanding the rights of bicyclists in Virginia

Summer is one of the best times of the year to take your bicycle out and enjoy what Virginia’s roads have to offer. Unfortunately, there are many drivers in the state that are too impatient or negligent to give bicyclists the space they deserve. In 2017, there were around 670 bicycle crashes in the state. Over 600 of them resulted in personal injuries while 13 of them were fatal. The amount of fatalities is a 30 percent increase over 2016.

Motorists need to respect a cyclist’s rights when they come across each other on the streets. There are many laws in place to try and give cyclists the protection they deserve during their rides. If you plan on putting your helmet on and taking your bike out for a ride near major roads, it is important that you know your rights as a bicyclist if a motor vehicle ends up harming you.

Dealing with insurance companies after a car accident

If you have ever had to deal with an insurance company for any reason, you probably agree that it is challenging, to say the least. When it comes to car accidents, it can be even more challenging to communicate effectively with these companies. You can look at it from the side of the insurer to understand why it can feel so difficult.

Insurance companies are businesses and they have a deep interest in protecting their bottom lines. As a result of this, you can expect a claim denial in some accident scenarios. In our experience as personal injury lawyers serving Lynchburg residents, claim denials are more likely to occur if the victim of a car accident does not have legal representation.

Virginia: A Top Place For Retirees

There are many hopes a person may have regarding his or her retirement, including hopes related to financial security and a high quality of life. Many things can impact what retirement actually ends up looking like for a person. People approaching retirement age here in Virginia might be encouraged to hear that, according to a WalletHub report, the state may be a place particularly conducive to a good retirement.

The report ranked it the No. 5 best state in the country for retirees. The rankings were based off of a score calculated using over 40 factors. These factors were grouped into three categories: affordability, quality of life and health care.

Are you buying an investment property?

The American dream has always been tied to real estate. Owning your own home is a proud achievement for you and your family. Now it is time to get a little further up the property ladder.

People become landlords for lots of different reasons. When you are buying a property for a financial return, you might not think about your future responsibilities. Instead, you may be only focused on researching house prices, lending rates and budgets. Few first-time investors will think they need legal advice. However, it may help you avoid a few basic problems.

Is your car a lemon?

You recently purchased a new car, and everything is going great. You drive it to your parents’ house to show off your new ride and head over to your girlfriend’s house to treat her to a night on the town. However, you pull up to a stop sign a few blocks away from her house and the car stalls. It won’t move, and you have no idea what is happening.

You may just have bought a lemon car.

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