Last updated 3 months ago
Most people realize that distracted behaviors like texting while driving regularly result in auto accidents. But as you will learn in this video, when texting and driving causes an innocent motorist to die, the reckless driver can also be tried for vehicular homicide.
One eighteen year-old was texting and driving when he initiated a head-on auto collision that killed another driver. After being tried by a jury and convicted of vehicular homicide, the judge imposed the maximum sentence of two and a half years behind bars. The driver will also lose his license for 15 years.
When a driver uses his phone to text, he is responsible for any accidents that result. If you have been hurt in an auto accident, contact the lawyers at the VA Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers today at (703) 659-1536 to find out if you may be entitled to compensation.
Last updated 3 months ago
Whether you are a parent or simply a concerned motorist, you are probably wary of young drivers. Unfortunately, the statistics hold up—auto accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens. To find out why young drivers get in more accidents than older, more experienced motorists, take a look at these facts about teenage drivers.
Teens are more likely to get in auto accidents largely because they engage in risky behaviors that adults generally avoid. For example, teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and leave a smaller amount of space between cars. Young drivers are also more likely to engage in dangerous or even illegal behaviors like drinking and driving or piling too many people into a single auto.
In 2010, more than half of teen deaths from auto accidents occurred after midnight, and 24% of teens reported that they had ridden with a drunk driver. Even if your son or daughter isn’t drinking, exhibiting poor judgment by staying out late at night can increase his or her risk for being in an auto accident. Teens are also less likely than any other group to wear a seatbelt.
Finally, some young drivers may be influenced by their friends and may engage in risky activities just to fit in. If your teenager is especially prone to giving in to peer pressure and has a history of making poor choices when with certain friends, it may be a good idea to limit his or her driving until you feel comfortable that he or she can handle the responsibility of driving an auto.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from auto accidents, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers today. Our attorneys are here to answer all your questions about your rights after an auto accident, and we can take over the process of filing a personal injury claim if you were hurt. Take a look at our latest blog articles to learn more, or contact our VA office at (703) 659-1536 to speak with a lawyer.
Last updated 3 months ago
In personal injury law, damages refer to the amount of financial compensation a court can award someone who has suffered an injury after an accident caused by another party’s negligence. Because each personal injury case is different, it’s a good idea to speak to a reputable injury and accident lawyer about your individual circumstances. To better understand how compensation is awarded, take a look at this comparison of compensatory and punitive damages.
What Are Compensatory Damages?
Compensatory damages are designed to replace what was lost or damaged in an accident. Compensatory damages are basically intended to restore an injured party to his or her former, pre-injury position. Also known as special damages, this financial award can include loss of current and future income, current and future medical expenses, and property damage, as in auto accident cases. Compensatory damages also cover physical rehabilitation costs, disfigurement, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are awarded separately and above compensatory damages. These exemplary damages are intended to punish especially egregious behavior or negligence and discourage parties from engaging in the same damaging behavior in the future. Punitive damages are generally awarded when the court determines that a defendant has acted intentionally or maliciously. Punitive damages must be awarded in a one to one ratio with compensatory damages.
What Damages Am I Entitled to?
While most personal injury victims seek both compensatory and punitive damages, some circumstances do not require or validate seeking punitive damages. If you have sustained a personal injury, your accident attorney can help you understand your legal rights and determine if you have a solid case for pursuing damages.
If another person was at fault for your auto accident and you were injured, only an experienced attorney can help you get proper compensation for your bills and suffering. The lawyers at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers provide high-quality legal representation for a wide range of auto, motorcycle, and truck accidents in addition to personal injury and wrongful death suits. You can find out more by calling our Woodbridge office at (703) 659-1536 today.
Last updated 4 months ago
Pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motorists all have the responsibility to safely share public roadways. Unfortunately, thousands of bicycle accidents occur each year that result in serious personal injuries, especially for unprotected riders. You can learn more about how these collisions take place—and how to avoid them—with this helpful guide to bicycle laws and accidents.
When you share the road with motorcycles, trucks, and cars, you are both obligated to obey the same rules and entitled to the same rights. That means that if you get hurt in an auto accident that is ruled to be a driver’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. But many bike accidents are also caused by a bicyclist’s failure to obey bike-specific rules put in place to limit accidents. For example, bicycle riders must ride in the same direction as traffic. Whenever there is a bicycle lane, you must use it if you are moving more slowly than the rest of traffic.
Failure to abide by equipment regulations can increase your chance of being hurt in an accident. Bike riders under 18 must be fitted with a properly fastened bicycle helmet. You are also obligated to abide by certain regulations for your bicycle’s size and handlebars. For example, your bicycle must not be so large that you cannot stop the bicycle with at least one foot on the ground.
Bicycle accidents with a motor vehicle frequently occur when auto drivers are distracted or engage in reckless practices such as speeding, failing to stop at a stoplight, or improper vehicle maintenance. Distracted behaviors like driving an auto while texting, talking on a cell phone, or using a navigation device often cause a driver’s failure to see a bicycle until an accident cannot be avoided.
If you want to be represented by award-winning auto accident lawyers in Prince William County or Dale City, look no further than the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our office was recently ranked the best lawyer in Prince William County. View our available legal services online or contact us by phone at (703) 659-1536 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney today.
Last updated 4 months ago
Every year, drinking and driving results in serious auto accidents, devastating personal injuries, and thousands of dollars in auto and property damage. Still more concerning is the fact that three people are killed in alcohol-related auto accidents in the United States every two hours. This means that around 13,000 Americans die every year in accidents that are caused by alcohol. These auto accidents cost an estimated $37 billion each year. Men account for the overwhelming majority of drunk driving accidents—in fact, male drivers cause 81% of auto accidents related to alcohol.
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver in Woodbridge, Dale City, or Prince William County, you need an auto accident attorney. The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers is proud to represent victims of Virginia accidents, and our lawyers will fight for your right to compensation. Contact us through our website or by phone at (703) 659-1536 today.