Last updated 19 days ago
There’s no telling when or where it will happen, but chances are good that you will be involved in an auto accident at some point in your life. Whether you’ve already been in a few fender benders or are waiting for your first car accident, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. To help you stay safe and get back on the road quickly following an accident, be sure to include the following items in your car accident emergency kit.
You can put together your own first-aid kit or you can purchase one that is pre-made with all of the ointments and bandages you need to treat minor injuries resulting from a car accident. Do not attempt to deliver emergency aid to someone who is seriously injured unless you are trained to do so. Further injury as a result of your actions could result in a lawsuit.
Tire Repair Kit
For a minor puncture following an accident, a tire repair kit can help you get back on the road after you exchange information with the other driver or fill out the police report. A foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit can fix your tire long enough to make it to an auto repair shop or even home.
A flashlight is a critical component of your car accident emergency kit. Choose one that is bright and weatherproof. A flashlight with a flexible mounting system will come in handy if you need to work under the engine or change a flat tire following your auto accident.
You should also keep the number of an experienced auto accident lawyer in your phone. The lawyers here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries resulting from a vehicular collision. To set up a consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys, contact us online or call us at (703) 659-1536.
Last updated 25 days ago
If you’ve been in a car accident and are seeking compensation from the other party, your attorney will need to prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident. In order to do this, your auto accident lawyer will seek to persuade a judge or jury that the driver who caused the accident was negligent and ignored his or her legal responsibilities behind the wheel. To help you assess your case, here is a look at some of the legal duties that each driver has.
Safely Operate a Vehicle
Not only is it hazardous to drive with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person while driving, it is also illegal in the state of Virginia. In order to prove that someone was aggressively operating a vehicle at the time of your accident, the records or your lawyer must prove that the driver was driving on the wrong side of the highway, following too closely, passing on the right, speeding, or disobeying traffic control devices.
Pay Attention to the Road
In Virginia, every driver has a duty to pay attention to the road. For this reason, distracted driving is illegal in the state and can automatically cause fault for a crash. A statewide cell phone ban is in effect for school bus drivers and novice drivers under the age of 18. All drivers, regardless of age or the type of vehicle, are banned from text messaging while driving.
Possess a Driver’s License
In order to operate a vehicle in the United States, a person must possess a driver’s license. In Virginia, intermediate drivers are forbidden from driving between midnight and 4 a.m. Intermediate drivers are also restricted from carrying more than three passengers under the age of 21. When a driver reaches 18 years old, he or she is given full driving privileges in the state of VA.
If you believe that a driver ignored his or her legal duties and in doing so caused an accident that you were involved in, contact the lawyers at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our auto accident lawyers deal specifically with auto accident law, and we can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call our auto accident lawyers at (703) 659-1536 to learn more.
Last updated 26 days ago
If someone hits you from behind, the driver of the car that crashed in to you is almost always at fault, regardless of the reasons you stopped. Traffic laws require that drivers be able to safely stop if a vehicle in front of them comes to a stop. If the driver cannot stop in time to avoid rear-ending you, he or she is not driving safely and is therefore at fault for any damages and injuries resulting from the accident. If you are rear-ended and end up colliding with the vehicle in front of you, the driver who caused the accident is at fault.
To learn more about your legal rights after an accident, especially if you are your family was injured, contact the experienced attorneys at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. We have 20 years of experience practicing auto accident law in Woodbridge, VA. For additional information about our auto accident law firm, visit our website or call us at (703) 659-1536.
Last updated 1 month ago
Did you know that using your cellphone while driving increases your risk of being involved in an accident by as much as 400 percent? If you often drive with your family or friends, is a phone call or text message more important than their safety? Put your phone on silent, keep it out of reach, and pull over if you need to make a phone call. These tips aren’t complicated, but they could save your life. Watch this video from the Virginia Department of Health to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving.
Even if you take steps to avoid distracted driving, you can’t be sure that those around you will do the same. Fortunately, the auto accident attorneys here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers will fight for you if you or someone in your family is injured in an accident. We serve clients in Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas. In fact, we were named the #1 auto accident law firm in Prince William County. If you have questions, please call us at (703) 659-1536.
Last updated 1 month ago
Personal injury is a branch of law that deals with the mental or physical injuries that result from the negligence or harmful acts of others. Personal injury cases can cover a large spectrum of accidents, including automotive accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, you may be able to sue them with the help of an experienced auto accident lawyer. Laws regarding personal injury claims vary from state to state, so here is a closer look at personal injury laws in Virginia.
Statute of Limitations
In Virginia, you only have two years to file a personal injury claim. However, you may still be able to file a claim if you were unaware of your injuries or if injuries developed after the statute of limitations expired. To ensure that you can properly file a personal injury claim, seek legal counsel with an experienced auto accident attorney immediately after a serious accident occurs.
Types of Damages
“Damages” refers to the financial compensation you can sue for following a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness. In Virginia, you may be able to sue for damages to cover past, current, and future medical expenses, lost wages (including lost future wages), property damage, permanent disabilities or disfigurements, emotional distress, and any other costs that were a direct result of your injury. Consult with an auto accident lawyer to determine what types of damages you may be eligible to recover.
Contributory Negligence Rule
Under the contributory negligence rule, you cannot recover damages if you did not exercise ordinary care for your own safety and were even a bit negligent in your accident. This is a complex rule, so be sure to discuss your case in detail with an auto accident attorney to determine the strength of your personal injury claim.
If you live Woodbridge, VA or the surrounding area, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. We were voted the #1 auto accident law firm in William County in 2012. Contact us online or call us at (703) 659-1536 to set up your initial consultation.