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    Causes of Knee Ligament Tears

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The ligaments in your knee refer to thick bands of tissue that support the joints and provide stability. This video discusses some of the most common causes of ligament tears in the knee.

    Most ligament tears affecting the knee are caused by a traumatic event. This may be a fall during sports activities, a slip and fall injury, or a car accident. Watch the complete clip to learn more about knee ligament tears and their causes.

    For more information on obtaining compensation for your personal injuries and car accident injuries, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers online or call our Woodbridge, VA office at (703) 330-6300.

    How Whiplash Can Change Your Life

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the neck is subjected to sudden acceleration and deceleration motions, meaning that it snaps forward and backward quickly and causes injury to the soft tissues within the neck. Whiplash is one of the most common motor vehicle accident injuries, and it can lead to serious complications.

    Whiplash may not cause any immediate symptoms, and is therefore one of the most dangerous injuries as individuals do not always seek immediate care. Some common symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, visual disturbances, and ringing of the ears. However, individuals who have suffered from severe whiplash that causes tears of the ligaments and tendons within the neck may have to deal with more serious symptoms. In some cases, whiplash may lead to permanent damage and deteriorating neck conditions, including herniated discs, spinal cord damage, and even paralysis.

    Get the information you need about common auto accident injuries by contacting the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Virginia at (703) 330-6300. We offer services in Woodbridge, Dale City, and Prince William.

    Tips for Safe Night Driving

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When most of us think about nighttime automobile accidents, our first thought tends to be of older drivers and those with vision disorders that increase glare and halos around lights. However, night driving is especially dangerous for individuals of all ages, regardless of their visual acuity. Continue reading to learn what you can do to protect yourself from nighttime car accidents.

    Prepare Your Vehicle

    It is important to prepare your vehicle before you drive at night. This includes cleaning off your headlights, taillights, and signals to remove any dirt or debris that dulls your lights—as well as cleaning the inside and outside of all windows on a weekly basis. Another important part of preparing your vehicle is ensuring that your headlights are properly aimed, as misaligned headlights not only reduce your visibility but may also make it more difficult for drivers around you to see clearly.

    Reduce Your Speed

    Another way you can increase your safety while driving at night is to reduce your speed by at least five miles per hour. You will also want to increase your following distance so that you have plenty of time to stop, especially if the vehicle in front of you does not have properly working brake lights or taillights.

    Do Not Drive Under the Influence

    One of the best ways to stay safe on the road, at night and during the day, is to avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is also important to try to avoid smoking while driving at night, as the nicotine and carbon monoxide can actually interfere with your night vision.

    Whether you have been involved in a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Virginia is here to help. Call our law firm at (703) 330-6300 for more information about our Woodbridge, Dale City, and Prince William legal services.

    How Is Liability Determined In a Multiple Vehicle Accident?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Single vehicle accidents refer to car collisions in which one car strikes another, while multiple vehicle accidents occur when two or more cars are involved. In order to obtain monetary compensation or damages for personal injuries, the victim must first be able to prove liability on the part of the other driver or drivers. Keep reading to learn how driver liability is determined when it comes to multiple vehicle collisions.

    Identifying Who is At Fault

    As with single car accidents, multiple vehicle accidents are usually the result of carelessness, negligent actions, or blatant disregard of traffic laws. In order to determine liability, police officials and insurance carriers will need to know who was at fault—which will vary based on the scenario. For example, if car A and car B are stopped at a red light with one in front of the other, and car C rear-ends car B so that it pushes forward and collides with car A, then car C would be held liable for any damages to both vehicles and the individuals involved. However, if car A fails to have working brake lights, and stops short and causes car B rear end the vehicle, both car A and B may be at fault—car A for not having working break lights, and car B for speeding too fast, following too closely, or failing to control the vehicle.

    Determining liability or fault in a multiple car accident is not an easy task. That’s why you will want to seek the advice of an experienced auto accident attorney after being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident. For more information on determining liability after a car accident, types of damages you may be eligible for, or for help filing an injury claim with your insurance carrier—contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Woodbridge, Virginia. Give us a call at (703) 330-6300 to get started.

    What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Auto accidents are some of the most common causes of personal injuries in the United States, resulting in minor injuries such as lacerations, to severe catastrophic injuries affecting the brain and spine. This article will take a closer look at the most common types of car accidents.

    Single and Multiple Car Collisions

    Most car accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, including single-car and multiple-car accidents. Studies show that accidents in which one vehicle struck another account for 22.7 percent of auto accidents, versus other causes such as acts of nature or striking an animal. These types of collisions may be caused by a number of different factors, such as driving under the influence, using excessive speed, failing to yield or signal, weaving in and out of lanes, and driver distraction.

    Striking a Parked Car or Tree

    Another type of car accident occurs when a vehicle collides with a parked car or object, such as a tree, fire hydrant, barricade, or other stationary object. As with single and multiple-car collisions, these types of accidents may have an array of causes, but they often happen when the driver is unable to see a potential obstacle in their blind spots.

    Acts of Nature

    Some car accidents are not the result of driver distractions or disobeying the local traffic laws, but by unruly weather or road conditions. For example, many accidents occur during rain and dust storms, as well as any other weather condition that impedes vision and makes the roads slick.

    Have you or a loved one recently been injured in a car accident? Get the representation you need and obtain rightful compensation by contacting the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 330-6300 today! Our auto accident lawyer provides services for the Prince William, Dale City, and Woodbridge, Virginia areas.

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