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    Tips for Preventing Summer Auto Accidents

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Summertime often sees more drivers on the roads than any other time of year. With an increased number of drivers, however, comes an increased risk of auto accidents and injuries. You can take several easy steps to protect yourself and others this year by reducing your risk of an auto accident in VA.

    Don’t Drive Distracted

    Distracted driving is connected to more than 420,000 automobile accident-related injuries annually. The distraction.gov website defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s away from the primary task of driving.” Such activities include using a cell phone to text or talk, eating and drinking in the car, using a navigation or audio system, and performing personal grooming tasks. If you must perform any of these tasks, pull over before taking your attention away from the road.

    Maintain Your Car

    Increased pollen counts and insect or bird activity can cause obscurations that affect the view through your windows in summer. Keep your car windows clean by washing them every time you stop for gas. Have your car serviced regularly by a professional mechanic to check for damage or wear that could affect your brakes or other essential systems.

    Plan Routes Ahead of Time

    Summertime vacations often lead drivers to areas that are unfamiliar. Many accidents are caused by adjusting navigation systems, trying to read maps or street signs, and driving too fast or too slow while lost. Plan out your routes ahead of time and have passengers keep an eye on directions or surroundings so you can keep all your attention on driving.  

    Smart driving strategies will keep you and your family safer every time you get behind the wheel this summer. You can find more tips for preventing accidents at any time of year when you click through the articles on our blog. If you are injured in an automobile or motorcycle accident, you deserve experienced and dedicated legal counsel. Please call the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 659-1536 to discuss your needs with Manassas auto attorney Kevin Paul Childers today.

    Seat Belt Laws in Virginia

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Seat belts are the single most effective tool to reduce the likelihood of injury or death in an auto accident. Studies have shown that the use of seat belts can reduce your risk of a serious crash-related injury by up to 50% and your risk of death by up to 40%. Because they are so vital to protecting your health and wellbeing during an accident, Virginia law requires that seat belts be worn by all drivers. Front seat passengers aged 18 or older are also required to wear seat belts. Furthermore, all passengers younger than 18 years of age must be safely belted in, regardless of whether a safety seat or booster seat is in use. 

    Do you have questions about an injury sustained during an automobile accident in Virginia? The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers specializes in automobile accident injury cases in Woodbridge, Dale City, Manassas, Fairfax, and beyond. We invite you to visit our website to learn more or call us today at (703) 659-1536 to arrange a home visit, hospital visit, or consultation at a time that is convenient for you.

    Causes of Lower Back Pain

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for individuals to visit a physician. Every year, Americans spend more than $50 billion in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, which is also a leading cause of missed work. Low back pain is an extremely common complaint following the abrupt jolt received during an automobile accident. Pain may be related to injury of the tendons, muscles, nerves, joints, or discs of the spine and back. You can find out more about lower back pain and its causes by watching this video. 

    Have you been injured in an auto accident in Prince William County, VA? The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help by providing the legal counsel and representation you need to help you settle your case. Click through our website or call us at (703) 659-1536 for more information.

    Recovering from a Herniated Disc

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A herniated disc occurs when one of the cushioning discs inside the spine ruptures, allowing its jelly-like interior to protrude into the spinal column. When the disc material presses against a spinal nerve, it causes back pain that may interfere with your daily activities. In most cases, a herniated disc will heal on its own; however, you may need treatment while your body recovers to eliminate pain and maintain mobility. If you have suffered a herniated disc during an auto accident, don’t wait—contact an auto accident attorney for help seeking legal reparations for your injury.

    Medication

    Medications to relieve pain allow you to remain comfortable while your back injury continues to heal. Pain-relieving medication may be taken orally or via injection. The most commonly-used medications to treat a herniated disc include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, opiates, and antidepressant medications.

    Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy is a non-surgical treatment for spinal injuries that focuses on reducing pain and restoring mobility. Treatment may include applying heat or ice to your back to relieve pain and stiffness and exercises to build flexibility, strength, and range of motion. Other physical therapy treatments for back injuries include massage and ultrasound.

    Surgery

    In cases of severe disc injuries and chronic pain, surgery may be recommended. This treatment is only recommended for approximately 10% of herniated disc injuries. During surgery to relieve a herniated disc, the offending disc material is removed from the spinal column to relieve the pressure on your nerves and eliminate pain. In most cases, this surgical removal of the portion of the disc causing nerve pain is successful and will completely restore your quality of life.

    Don’t let back pain after an auto accident affect your life—contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers for assistance with your case. We have been voted the number one lawyer in Prince William County every year since 2007. You can find out more about how we will work for you after an auto accident injury by calling (703) 659-1536 or clicking on our web contact form. 

    Dealing with an Aggressive Virginia Driver

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Aggressive driving is a growing problem in Virginia and throughout the United States. An aggressive driver may take part in many practices that are unsafe, including speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, driving on road shoulders, failing to use turn signals, and yelling or using rude hand gestures. Knowing how to handle an aggressive Virginia driver can help you stay safe and avoid automobile accidents on the road.

    Do Not React

    One way in which aggressive drivers cause accidents is by provoking other drivers into similarly unsafe behaviors. The best way to deal with an aggressive driver is to ignore him and avoid reacting by becoming angry or frustrated. Anger and exasperation can take your focus away from driving, raising your risk of causing an accident. Keep your own concentration on the road and do your best to get away from an aggressive driver quickly and safely.

    Involve Law Enforcement

    If you are concerned that an aggressive driver may be putting you or others in danger, you can alert local VA law enforcement by calling them directly or dialing #77 on the interstate. Never lead a driver who is following you to your home or office and do not stop and get out of your car. If you are being followed, drive to a public place or a police station for help.

    Report Behavior After an Accident

    If you are involved in an accident or see an accident caused by an aggressive driver, it is important to report their behavior to the police. This evidence can be used against the driver in court if you or another injured party wishes to press charges. Be clear and thorough when describing the driver’s behavior and include any details you remember.

    You can reach the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers for 24/7 assistance by calling (703) 659-1536. We are waiting and ready to use our connections with local healthcare providers to help you recover from your injuries and receive the reparations you deserve. You can find more information about automobile accidents and injuries when you visit us on the web. 

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