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    Reasons for Seniors to Take a Driver Safety Course

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Life moves a bit slower if you’re a senior citizen—that is, unless you’re driving on the freeway. The cars and trucks of today are faster than, but the men and women who drive them do not always practice good judgment. Auto accidents are on the rise, and senior citizens who drive slow or have impaired vision are at a higher risk of being involved in a collision. An auto accident lawyer can help you if you are injured in a collision, but you can reduce your odds of being in an accident entirely by taking a driver safety course. Here are some of the top reasons to consider senior driving lessons.

    Stay Safe
    The most obvious reason for senior citizens to take a driver safety course is to stay safe on the road. With newer, faster vehicles and changing traffic laws, senior citizens may need a refresher on how to drive defensively and avoid being involved in an accident.

    Maintain Your Independence
    Not all senior citizens are fortunate enough to drive, so make sure you maintain your independence by taking a driver safety course. By learning the rules of the road and developing new and safe driving habits, you will be able to drive whenever and wherever you want.

    Save Money
    Even if you are insured, car accidents can be expensive. Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of being involved in an auto accident by taking a driver safety course. Not only will you save money on automotive repairs, but you will also avoid possible insurance increases after an accident.

    When senior citizens are involved in an auto accident, it’s not always their fault. If you or someone you loved has been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Woodbridge, VA. Our experienced auto accident attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at (703) 330-6300 or visit our website to learn more about our top-rated auto accident law firm. 

    How Common is Distracted Driving in Virginia?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Distracted driving is a problem throughout the country. Every state has its fair share of distracted drivers, and Virginia is no different. In fact, an overwhelming majority of car crashes in the state are related to a distracted driving incident. How many? According to Drive Smart Virginia, 8 out of 10 traffic crashes are the result of distracted driving. Distracted driving reduces your brain activity associated with driving almost 40 percent, which means you can’t react to traffic situations developing in front of you.

    If you have been on the receiving end of a distracted driver, the auto accident lawyers at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help. We are the top-rated auto accident law firm in Prince William County, and we serve clients in Woodbridge and the surrounding areas. To set up a consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys to discuss your case, call us at (703) 330-6300. 

    Safety Tips for Driving In Winter

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Ideally, people should limit the time they spend behind the wheel when road conditions worsen with snow and ice. However, people still need to get to work, school, and stores during the winter months. For this reason, it’s important for anyone who lives in snowy areas, like Woodbridge, VA, to learn proper winter driving techniques.

    In this video, automotive safety expert Lauren Fix demonstrates how to safely handle a car in cold weather. Even though many modern cars come with winter safety features, drivers still need to make sure that they have snow wiper blades and winter headlights. If a driver begins to lose control of the car, he or she can avoid an accident by using the gas pedal to regain control.

    If you have suffered a winter auto accident, the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help. You can reach our office by calling (703) 330-6300.

    How a Brain Injury Can Affect Your Life

    Last updated 6 months ago

    There are two main types of traumatic brain injury—penetrating injuries and closed head injuries. While penetrating injuries involve a foreign object entering the brain, closed head injuries result from a blow to the head, such as the head striking the windshield during an auto accident. Either type of brain injury can result in long term damage, which can cause physical, verbal, and mental problems.

    Physical problems
    Primary brain damage refers to damage that occurs at the time of impact. This can include skull fractures, blood clots, and nerve damage in the brain’s connecting nerve fibers. Secondary physical damage can evolve in the weeks and days following the incident. For example, someone who suffers a brain injury in an auto accident may begin to experience low or high blood pressure, fever, or intracranial infection following the accident. He or she may also experience very noticeable physical problems such as numbness, blurred vision, and limited body coordination.

    Communication problems
    Many people who suffer a brain injury develop communication problems that impair their ability to live independently. For example, brain injury survivors may have difficulty thinking of the words to express an idea through writing or speaking. It can also become difficult for them to respond to facial expressions, keep up with a fast-paced conversation, or use appropriate tone and voice.

    Cognitive problems
    Cognition refers to someone’s thinking skills, such as his or her awareness of surroundings, attention to tasks, or memory. Physical damage from a brain injury can create problems in concentration when there are distractions, such as noise from a public place. Brain injury victims may also experience slower processing time when it comes to learning new information. They may also suffer from memory impairment, which can make it difficult to learn and understand new material.

    The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers is committing to helping clients beyond the courtroom. We have established relationships with some of the best surgeons and healthcare providers in the Woodbridge area. To schedule a consultation with an auto accident attorney, give us a call at (703) 330-6300.  

    Common Driving Distractions

    Last updated 6 months ago

    In order for a driver to safely control his or her vehicle and respond to events on the road, he or she needs to pay full attention. In fact, driving requires constant coordination between a driver’s mind and body. Any event, object, or person that breaks this coordination is considered a distraction.

    There are three types of driving distractions—visual, cognitive, and manual distractions. While visual distractions divert a driver’s eyes from the road, cognitive distractions take a driver’s mind off the road. A manual distraction results in the driver taking his or her hands off the steering wheel. One of the most dangerous, but highly common distracted driving behaviors is texting while driving. When a driver is texting while driving, he or she is engaging in all three types of driving distractions, as sending a text takes the person’s mind, hands, and eyes off of the car and road ahead.

    If you’ve been injured in an auto accident because another driver was engaging in distracted driving, you have a right to collect compensation for your injuries. Call (703) 330-6300 to schedule a meeting with an auto accident attorney at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Woodbridge, VA. 

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