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    Determining Fault in a Car and Bicycle Collision

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Bicycles are considered “vehicles” in almost every state’s official traffic code, including here in Virginia. This means that cyclists must follow the same rules that apply to cars, trucks, and motorcycles. In order to determine who is at fault for an accident between a car and a bicycle, one must apply the same general principle of negligence that is used to determine fault between two motor vehicles. However, some extenuating circumstances may apply in a particular accident, so it is best to consult with an auto accident lawyer following the collision.

    Whether you were struck by a car while riding you bicycle or hit a cyclist and are being sued unfairly, the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help. Our auto accident lawyers provide legal representation for residents in Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation or to learn about your legal options, call us today at (703) 659-1536. 

    Recognizing Symptoms of a Brain Injury

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Traumatic brain injuries are commonplace in contact sports such as football and rugby, but they are also common results of auto accidents. These injuries can lead to long-lasting symptoms, especially if they go unnoticed or untreated. To make sure that you do not suffer these long-term health problems, watch this video from CBS on recognizing the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common symptoms to look for following an auto accident are chronic headaches, sleep disturbance, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, or memory problems.

    The auto accident lawyers at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help you receive compensation for your traumatic brain injury resulting from a car crash. If you live in Woodbridge, VA or the surrounding areas, contact one of our experienced auto accident lawyers to discuss your case and your injuries. For additional information, contact us online or call us today at (703) 659-1536. 

    Ways Not to Handle a Car Accident

    Last updated 13 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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. 

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