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    How Auto Insurance Laws Work

    Last updated 28 days ago

    If you’re involved in a car accident, an auto accident lawyer can handle your insurance claim for you. Different states set varying minimum requirements regarding the amount and type of auto insurance you must have. For example, in Virginia, a motorist is required to have at least $20,000 for property damage, which covers damage to another person’s vehicle or other property. Additionally, the state requires at least $25,000 in bodily liability.

    You can learn more about auto insurance laws by watching this video. This financial expert explains the different types of liability coverage and briefly touches on why it’s often a good idea to have more than the minimum coverage.

    If you need an auto accident lawyer in the Dale City, Woodbridge, or Prince William, VA areas, look no further than the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Call our friendly team today at (703) 659-1536 and ask us how we can resolve your auto accident claim.

    How to Safely Drive on the Highway

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Hitting the road with your family is an excellent way to enjoy your summer vacation. However, most individuals embarking on a road trip don’t consider the possibility of an auto accident. You can improve your family’s safety and reduce the risk that an auto accident will spoil your vacation plans by following a few general guidelines. You may also want to bring along the number of an auto accident lawyer, just in case.

    Prepare for Contingencies

    While traveling on the highway, it is possible that a major pile-up or natural disaster will leave your family stranded in the vehicle for a long time. Prepare for contingencies by packing a first aid kit, flashlight, blankets, water, and non-perishable food. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for the areas through which you will be traveling.

    Service Your Vehicle

    Many auto accidents are caused by improperly maintained vehicles. Before departing for your trip, make sure your tires are properly inflated and that they have a deep tread. Check the fluid levels, replace any bad wires or plugs, and make sure all of your lights are working.

    Limit Distractions

    Limiting distractions on the road can help you avoid an auto accident. Turn off your cellphone and other electronic gadgets, and instead pay close attention to the traffic conditions around you.

    Obey the Rules of the Road

    Safeguard your passengers by making sure everybody uses a seatbelt properly. You can also reduce your risk of an auto accident by obeying the posted speed limit, leaving plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you, and exercising caution in work zones.

    The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers provides expert legal representation to individuals who have sustained neck injuries, back injuries, fractures, and more in auto accidents. Our auto accident attorney offers exceptional investigative services to help you recover compensation for your injuries and property damage. Those in Virginia, including the Woodbridge and Prince William areas, can call us today at (703) 659-1536.

    Avoiding an Accident by Safely Handling a Tire Blowout

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Auto accidents are often caused by drivers behaving in a negligent manner, such as by speeding, making unsafe lane changes, or otherwise driving recklessly. Sometimes, auto accidents are the result of mechanical errors, such as a tire blowout caused by driving on underinflated tires. If you’re driving when a tire blowout occurs, following a few safety measures can help you avoid an auto accident.

    Avoid Panicking

    The first thing many drivers do when they encounter a blown tire is to slam on the brakes. Unfortunately, this is also the worst way to respond to a blown tire and it greatly increases your risk of getting into an auto accident. Instead, avoid panicking and avoid hitting the brakes at all costs. Drive your car in a straight line, within your lane.

    Stabilize the Vehicle

    Although it may seem counterintuitive, the best step to take immediately after a tire blowout is to step on the gas pedal. Give the car more gas for just a few seconds to stabilize the car and prevent it from swerving.

    Alert Other Drivers

    As soon as the vehicle is stabilized, turn on your four-way flashers. It’s important to let other drivers know that you’re experiencing car trouble. Drivers behind your vehicle should then switch lanes to give you more space.

    Pull Over Gradually

    After hitting the gas pedal for a few seconds, let the car gradually slow down on its own. Once the vehicle is coasting at about 30 miles per hour (mph), you can turn on your turn signal and very slowly ease your vehicle onto the shoulder.

    Kevin Paul Childers, auto accident lawyer, has a successful track record representing the rights of car crash victims throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and other states. If you were injured in an auto accident in Woodbridge, Dale City, VA, or the surrounding area, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers right away. You can connect with us by calling (703) 659-1536 or you can visit our website.

    What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A statute of limitations is a legally-defined period within which you may seek legal action. If you wish to pursue legal action for a personal injury, therefore, you must act within this specified period of time. After this time passed, you cannot seek reparations for a personal injury incurred during an auto accident in a court of law. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in VA is two years from the date of the accident. If you plan to seek legal action following an auto accident, it’s best to do so as soon as possible. This will give you ample time to discuss your situation with your attorney and decide upon the best course of action long before the statute of limitations expires. 

    The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers is here to help you through every step of the legal process following an automobile accident. Our goal is to make this process stress-free so you can get back to your life quickly and easily. Please contact us today by calling (703) 659-1536 or check out our website for additional information about Virginia auto accidents.

    The Relationship Between Cell Phone Use and Auto Accidents

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Distracted driving is a factor in a large percentage of auto accidents. Increasing use of cell phones while behind the wheel is a major contributor to accidents caused by distracted driving.

    This video examines the relationship between cell phone use and auto accidents. Studies have shown that cell phone use increases the likelihood of an auto accident by up to four times. Although overall crash rates have gone down because vehicle safety has improved, it still remains vital to avoid cell phone use while driving. 

    If you have been injured in an auto accident related to distracted driving or any other cause, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers today by calling (703) 659-1536. We provide legal representation for personal injuries and wrongful deaths related to automobile accidents in Prince William County. You can learn more about car and motorcycle safety on our blog.

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