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    Ways Not to Handle a Car Accident

    Last updated 5 months ago

    You shouldn’t ever hope to be in a car accident, but you should be prepared and know how to respond if you are. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over two million car crashes with injuries in the United States in 2010. This means that you have a very good chance of being involved in at least one auto accident in your life. Plenty of articles cover what you should do following an accident, but we’re going to focus on things you should not do after a wreck.

    Do Not Leave the Scene
    Regardless of whether an accident looks serious or not, you must always stop, check on the other person involved, exchange insurance information, and report it to law enforcement. If you leave the scene after being involved in an auto accident, even a minor fender bender, you could be charged with a misdemeanor and may be liable for any damages the other party seeks in court.

    Do Not Forget to Document the Accident
    Again, regardless of how minor or major an auto accident appears, always document the scene and the resulting damage with your smartphone or camera. These pictures can come in handy if you decide to seek compensation for personal injuries or damages resulting from the accident. Pictures can also help your case if you are being sued and were not at fault for the crash.

    Do Not Neglect the Aftermath
    After an accident, one of the worst things you can do is neglect the damage to your car or yourself. Take your vehicle to an auto repair shop to determine the extent of the visible and underlying damage. You should also see a doctor or chiropractor following an accident, even if you don’t experience any initial pain or discomfort.

    If you have been injured in an auto accident, the attorneys at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help. With more than 20 years of experience, our law firm focuses solely on auto accident law. To speak with us about your case, contact us online or call us at (703) 659-1536. We serve drivers throughout  Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas. 

    Treatment Options for a Herniated Disk in the Lower Back

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Auto accidents are violent happenings, and the injuries that result can be extremely severe. Even minor accidents can lead to major disabilities. One of the most common auto accident injuries, especially rear-end collisions, is a herniated disk in the lower back. Herniated disks can go away in a few weeks or months, or may linger for years. If you have suffered a herniated disk in your lower back after an auto accident, consult an attorney and consider the following treatment options.

    Rest
    A few days of bed rest may calm severe back pain following an auto accident. Avoid sitting for long periods of time and make all of your movements slow and controlled. Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or naproxen may also relieve pain. If you still experience lower back pain after resting for a few days, seek medical attention for your injuries.

    Physical Therapy
    Depending on the extent of the damage to your spine, physical therapy may be the best option to deal with a herniated disk. Specific exercises and focused stretching can strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles, which can help heal your herniated disk and relieve your pain. If you were forced to pay for physical therapy out of pocket, an auto accident attorney may be able to help you receive compensation for your medical bills and suffering.

    Surgical Treatment
    Surgical treatment is typically recommended only after all other non-surgical treatments have failed. Mircodiskectomy is the most common surgical procedure for a herniated disk in the lower back. This surgery removed the herniated part of the disk and any fragments that are putting pressure on the spinal nerve and causing you pain and discomfort.

    If your back was injured as the result of an auto accident, contact the attorneys at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. We have 20 years of experience practicing auto accident law, and we can help you receive the financial compensation you are entitled to. Call us at (703) 659-1536 or visit us in Woodbridge, VA to discuss your case with one of our auto accident lawyers.  

    Hidden Distractions in Your Car

    Last updated 5 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 5 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 5 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. 

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