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    Hidden Distractions in Your Car

    Last updated 3 months ago

    You probably know the dangers of talking on your phone or texting while driving, but if you are a parent, there could be something even more distracting than these activities. As you will see in this investigative report from CBS 2 news in Chicago, children, especially infants and toddlers, can be up to 12 times more distracting than cell phone use while driving. In addition to learning about the dangers of becoming distracted by your children, you will also learn a few safe techniques for checking on your family while keeping your eyes on the road.

    Even the safest drivers can be involved in an auto accident. Fortunately, the attorneys at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help you if you or your family has been injured in an accident. To set up a consultation with one of our auto accident lawyers in Woodbridge, VA, call us at (703) 659-1536. 

    Items to Carry in Your Car Accident Emergency Kit

    Last updated 3 months ago

    There’s no telling when or where it will happen, but chances are good that you will be involved in an auto accident at some point in your life. Whether you’ve already been in a few fender benders or are waiting for your first car accident, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. To help you stay safe and get back on the road quickly following an accident, be sure to include the following items in your car accident emergency kit.

    First-Aid Kit
    You can put together your own first-aid kit or you can purchase one that is pre-made with all of the ointments and bandages you need to treat minor injuries resulting from a car accident. Do not attempt to deliver emergency aid to someone who is seriously injured unless you are trained to do so. Further injury as a result of your actions could result in a lawsuit.

    Tire Repair Kit
    For a minor puncture following an accident, a tire repair kit can help you get back on the road after you exchange information with the other driver or fill out the police report. A foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit can fix your tire long enough to make it to an auto repair shop or even home.

    Flashlight
    A flashlight is a critical component of your car accident emergency kit. Choose one that is bright and weatherproof. A flashlight with a flexible mounting system will come in handy if you need to work under the engine or change a flat tire following your auto accident.

    You should also keep the number of an experienced auto accident lawyer in your phone. The lawyers here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries resulting from a vehicular collision. To set up a consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys, contact us online or call us at (703) 659-1536. 

    Legal Duties a Driver Has

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you’ve been in a car accident and are seeking compensation from the other party, your attorney will need to prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident. In order to do this, your auto accident lawyer will seek to persuade a judge or jury that the driver who caused the accident was negligent and ignored his or her legal responsibilities behind the wheel. To help you assess your case, here is a look at some of the legal duties that each driver has.

    Safely Operate a Vehicle
    Not only is it hazardous to drive with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person while driving, it is also illegal in the state of Virginia. In order to prove that someone was aggressively operating a vehicle at the time of your accident, the records or your lawyer must prove that the driver was driving on the wrong side of the highway, following too closely, passing on the right, speeding, or disobeying traffic control devices.

    Pay Attention to the Road
    In Virginia, every driver has a duty to pay attention to the road. For this reason, distracted driving is illegal in the state and can automatically cause fault for a crash. A statewide cell phone ban is in effect for school bus drivers and novice drivers under the age of 18. All drivers, regardless of age or the type of vehicle, are banned from text messaging while driving.

    Possess a Driver’s License
    In order to operate a vehicle in the United States, a person must possess a driver’s license. In Virginia, intermediate drivers are forbidden from driving between midnight and 4 a.m. Intermediate drivers are also restricted from carrying more than three passengers under the age of 21. When a driver reaches 18 years old, he or she is given full driving privileges in the state of VA.

    If you believe that a driver ignored his or her legal duties and in doing so caused an accident that you were involved in, contact the lawyers at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our auto accident lawyers deal specifically with auto accident law, and we can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call our auto accident lawyers at (703) 659-1536 to learn more. 

    Can You Be Held Liable for a Rear-End Automobile Crash?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If someone hits you from behind, the driver of the car that crashed in to you is almost always at fault, regardless of the reasons you stopped. Traffic laws require that drivers be able to safely stop if a vehicle in front of them comes to a stop. If the driver cannot stop in time to avoid rear-ending you, he or she is not driving safely and is therefore at fault for any damages and injuries resulting from the accident. If you are rear-ended and end up colliding with the vehicle in front of you, the driver who caused the accident is at fault.

    To learn more about your legal rights after an accident, especially if you are your family was injured, contact the experienced attorneys at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. We have 20 years of experience practicing auto accident law in Woodbridge, VA. For additional information about our auto accident law firm, visit our website or call us at (703) 659-1536. 

    The Importance of Putting Away Your Cellphone While Driving

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Did you know that using your cellphone while driving increases your risk of being involved in an accident by as much as 400 percent? If you often drive with your family or friends, is a phone call or text message more important than their safety? Put your phone on silent, keep it out of reach, and pull over if you need to make a phone call. These tips aren’t complicated, but they could save your life. Watch this video from the Virginia Department of Health to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving.

    Even if you take steps to avoid distracted driving, you can’t be sure that those around you will do the same. Fortunately, the auto accident attorneys here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers will fight for you if you or someone in your family is injured in an accident. We serve clients in Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas. In fact, we were named the #1 auto accident law firm in Prince William County. If you have questions, please call us at (703) 659-1536. 

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