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    What are the Consequences of Driving without Insurance?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Even though motorists in Virginia can register a vehicle as uninsured, it is always a smart idea to have some form of automotive insurance. Auto insurance can be expensive, especially if you have a history of speeding tickets and/or auto accidents, but it is a small price to pay compared to the medical bills and repair costs that you could be liable for if you are involved in an accident. If you are uninsured and injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, an auto accident attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. However, if you are at-fault for the accident, you could face the following consequences.

    Lawsuit
    Operating an uninsured vehicle is not against the law in Virginia, but that doesn’t mean you are off the hook for any expenses relating to an accident that you are responsible for. If you are found at-fault, the person(s) in the other vehicle(s) could sue you for property damages, medical bills, and possibly even pain and suffering if the accident was bad enough.

    Medical Bills
    Speaking of medical bills, not only will you be responsible for someone else’s medical bills, but you will also be solely responsible for your own medical care. Some insurance policies cover personal injury to yourself and others, which can greatly lower the total amount of the medical bills you are responsible for.

    Car Replacement
    Of course, when you drive without insurance, you take the risk of totaling your vehicle in an accident. If this happens, you would then have to find a way to come up with the money to pay for another vehicle on top of any car loans you took out to pay for the vehicle.

    The attorneys here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Woodbridge, VA strongly urge all drivers to insure themselves and their vehicles. We also urge you to contact our top-rated law firm if you have been injured in an auto accident and the other driver is to blame, regardless of whether or not you have insurance. To set up a consultation with one of our experienced auto accident lawyers, call us at (703) 330-6300. 

    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.  

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