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    How to Handle an Auto Accident with an Uninsured Driver

    Last updated 4 months ago

    In most states, drivers are required by law to have auto insurance. This is to protect all drivers from crippling expenses incurred by auto accidents. However, according to the Insurance Research Council, about 14% of American drivers did not have auto insurance in 2009. Uninsured drivers pose a significant threat to drivers throughout the county, but there are ways to deal with them.

    Be Prepared

    There are likely many uninsured drivers in Prince William County, and there’s always a chance that you’ll get into an accident with one. If you do, you won’t receive compensation from the other driver’s insurance company as you would under normal circumstances. The best thing you can do is prepare for the possibility of a collision by adding uninsured or under-insured driver coverage to your own insurance policy.

    Get the Driver’s Information

    If you are involved in any kind of collision, it’s important to pull to the side of the road, check for injuries, and collect the other driver’s information. If you find that the other driver does not have insurance, calmly take down other relevant information, including the driver’s name, license number, and contact information. If the driver tries to drive away before speaking with you, write down his vehicle’s make, model, color, and license plate number, then take that information to the police.  

    Hire an Attorney

    In the wake of a collision with an uninsured driver, consider hiring an auto accident attorney. A lawyer can help ensure that you receive appropriate compensation from your own insurance company. If you don’t have uninsured motorist coverage, you may consider filing a civil suit against the other driver; however, if the other driver can’t afford to pay for insurance, it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to cover your damages.

    Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your auto accident, an experienced auto accident lawyer can help you decide your next move. If you’ve recently been in an auto accident in Prince William County, call the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 330-6300. 

    A Look at Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your brain is responsible for regulating all of your body’s functions, making it your most important organ. If you suffer an injury to your brain as a result of an auto accident, it’s essential that you seek medical care right away. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need to receive long-term care. Learn more about concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries by reading this article.

    Causes

    A concussion occurs when your brain twists or bounces around inside your skull. The impact of your brain against the side of your skull can cause chemical changes in your brain, which can in turn cause serious short and long-term consequences. Concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries often occur during auto accidents; a sudden impact can cause the brain to move sharply in one direction and then the other, or a driver could hit his head on the steering wheel as he reels from a collision.  

    Symptoms

    If you hit your head during an auto accident or sporting event, it’s important to be mindful of concussion symptoms. You may experience a headache, dizziness, difficulty thinking clearly, or a strong desire to go to sleep. If you observe these symptoms in yourself or another after a serious blow to the head, it’s essential to seek emergency medical care.

    Effects

    Depending on the seriousness of the concussion or traumatic brain injury, a sufferer may experience serious short-term and long-term effects. If left untreated, a brain injury may alter an individual’s mood and sleep habits. A serious concussion can cause a person to slip into a coma, and may even be fatal. If you suffer a concussion after getting into an accident with a reckless driver, you should have a medical professional examine the potential long-term effects.

    You shouldn’t be responsible for medical bills related to a brain injury that was not your fault. If you’ve recently been in an accident, call the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 330-6300 or visit our website. Whether your accident occurred in Manassas, Woodbridge, or Dale City, VA, we can help you obtain fair compensation. 

    Virginia Changes Texting while Driving Laws

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Years in the making, Virginia’s new texting while driving laws are an important step towards making our roadways safer. In addition to larger fines for texting while driving, the new law makes texting while driving a primary offense. This means drivers can be pulled over for texting without needing the commit a prior driving offense. To learn more about Virginia’s new texting while driving laws, watch this news clip.

    Here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers, we specialize in helping individuals who have been injured in auto accidents resulting from distracted drivers. To learn how we can help you receive compensation for your injuries, visit our website or call us at (703) 330-6300. 

    Important Statistics on Distracted Driving

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Drunk driving and speeding cause the most destructive accidents, but distracted driving may be the most dangerous. When a driver takes his attention away from the task at hand, he endangers his life and the lives of everyone around him. If a distracted driver has caused you pain and suffering, an auto accident attorney may be able to help you seek damages from the party responsible for the collision. And to make sure that you always give your undivided attention to driving, here are some important statistics on distracted driving.

    Fatalities and Injuries
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in the United States each day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In 2010, 18 percent of crashes in which someone was injured or killed involved distracted driving.

    Talking on a Cell Phone
    You may be surprised to learn just how many of your fellow motorists are distracted while behind the wheel. According to a CDC study, 69 percent of drivers in the United States between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted to taking on a cell phone while driving. In Europe, this percentage ranged from 21 percent in the UK to 59 percent in Portugal.

    Texting or Emailing
    The same CDC study found that 31 percent of drivers in the same age range reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving. Texting while driving is significantly more dangerous than talking on a cell phone, as it requires taking your eyes off the road and usually at least one of your hands off the wheel.

    If you have been involved in an accident and the other driver was texting or talking on the phone, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our auto accident lawyers will fight for your rights if you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver. To set up a consultation with one of our attorneys in Prince William County, VA, call (703) 330-6300. 

    What are Punitive Damages?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    In a personal injury case, financial compensation awarded to the injured party which go beyond the amount necessary to compensate the individual and that is intended to punish the wrongdoer are called punitive damages. Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages may be awarded by a judge or jury to compensate the plaintiff for losses suffered due to the harm caused by the defendant. In order to seek punitive damages, the conduct that led to your injury must be fraudulent, malicious, oppressive, violent, reckless, or equally as wanton.

    To find out if you can seek additional damages for your injuries, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our auto accident attorneys will help you go after the individuals who acted intentionally, maliciously, or with utter disregard for your health and safety. Contact us online or call our auto accident law firm in Prince William County, VA at (703) 330-6300 to schedule your consultation

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