Last updated 11 months ago
Even though driving is probably an activity that you perform each day with little thought, it is actually an extremely dangerous task to perform. In the United States, car accidents account for 41,000 deaths and 3.1 million injuries each year. For this reason, drivers need to take extra precaution each time they get behind the wheel.
Through basic vehicle maintenance, pre-trip preparation, and defensive driving techniques, you can minimize your chances of becoming involved in a dangerous traffic accident. This video outlines how to thoroughly check your car before each trip and explains what emergency items you should always carry with you.
Don’t let negligent drivers destroy your way of life. If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, call the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 659-1536.
Last updated 11 months ago
A bone fracture can occur when the force of impact from a traumatic event, such as a car accident, is so great that the bone compresses and breaks under the pressure. Fractures can vary in size, ranging from small hairline cracks to more severe compounded fractures. Depending on the severity of the fracture, an auto accident victim may require serious surgery and a considerable recovery time.
If you’re involved in a car accident, you will probably instinctively brace your body to resist the force of impact. Sometimes, this means putting your arms out in front of your chest and subsequently damaging the delicate bones in your arms, hands, and wrists. Other times, your body may twist and turn in a way that causes fractures in your legs or hips.
Being in a car accident can result in a strong blow to your head and the development of small fractures in your skull. If a fracture is severe enough, part of your skull can shatter and cause significant swelling in your brain. Because the symptoms of this injury may not be apparent immediately following your accident, it’s important to have an x-ray or a CT scan performed by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Spine and neck fractures
There are 33 vertebrae bones that make up your spine. These bones allow your spine to move, twist, and bend without damaging the delicate nerves in your spinal column. High-impact collisions can force these bones to fracture or dislocate from their positions in the spinal cord, especially in your neck region. If you suffer one of these fractures, the damaged vertebrae may pinch, compress, or even tear your spinal cord.
The Woodbridge Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers understands that our clients need help both inside and outside of the courtroom. To help our clients recover, we have established relationships with the best doctors and surgeons in the Woodbridge area. Call (703) 659-1536 to learn more about our legal services.
Last updated 1 year ago
Thousands of truck accidents occur in Virginia each year—in fact, trucking accidents make up nearly half of all automobile accidents in the state. Sometimes, these truck accidents can be attributed to driver error or environmental conditions. Other times, they are the result of a serious defect in the truck equipment. Continue reading to find out more.
Incorrectly secured cargo
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides guidelines for securing cargo like wood and metal objects to the back of commercial trucks. If this equipment isn’t fastened properly, these items can roll off and pose a serious hazard to other drivers on the road. Some accidents are caused when the ties aren’t strong enough to keep the equipment properly secure and break during the cargo transportation process.
Poor tire alignment
Most truck tires are manufactured with metal reinforcement belts to ensure that the truck can withstand the vibrations created from traveling on the road. Because commercial trucks are significantly larger than regular cars, their suspensions have a tendency to wear out and cause poor alignment in the tires. Having worn-out tie rod ends, steering arms, and ball joints can also make it difficult for a truck driver to safely navigate highways and freeways, which is why truck drivers must maintain their tires and other equipment properly.
Significant sidewall damage
In order to make a turn, truck drivers need to steer their large vehicles in wide semi-circles. This action often causes the tires to come into contact with nearby curbs, resulting in cuts or scrapes in the sidewall. Even though truck drivers frequently have new treads glued to their tires, this doesn’t help repair the damage inflicted to the tire sidewall. Without strong sidewalls, these trucks are more likely to experience a dangerous tire blowout.
If you hire the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers in Woodbridge, VA, we will investigate all aspects of your trucking accident case. Our legal team has the tools needed to determine if an equipment problem played a role in your accident. To learn more, give us a call at (703) 659-1536.
Last updated 1 year ago
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against a negligent third party. This suit allows you to collect compensation for the medical expenses, loss of wages, and emotional suffering you incurred as a result of the accident. However, to successfully file a civil suit, you will need to obey your state’s statute of limitations and discovery rule.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a legally set time limit for the plaintiff of a personal injury case to file a civil lawsuit against a negligent third party. If a plaintiff fails to meet this time limit, he or she would be unable to seek compensation for accident-related injuries, even with a valid claim. Even though the laws dictating the statute of limitations for personal injury cases varies from state to state, the time limit often begins at the date of the incident. In Virginia, the civil statute outlined in Title 8.1, Chapter 4, code 8.01-243(A) states that personal injury victims have two years to bring a civil action to court as a means to collect damages for any accident-related injuries.
The discovery rule is the period of time in which a plaintiff should have reasonably become aware of any injuries that he or she suffered. In general, this time period is used to determine when the statute of limitations of two years actually begins. In some cases, especially wrongful death cases, the cause of injury may not be apparent until a year after the incident occurred. However, for most car accident cases, the courts require accident victims to determine the cause of injury very close to the time of the incident.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand how the statute of limitations and the discovery rule apply to your case. Instead of trying to navigate this difficult process alone, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 659-1536. We can make sure that you file your civil suit in a timely fashion. Visit us online or at our office in Woodbridge to find out more.
Last updated 1 year ago
If you’re involved in an auto accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault in order to collect compensation for your injuries. To prove this, your attorney will assess the facts of your case to determine whether or not the other driver was using reasonable care and caution while driving. Two of the most common traffic infractions that your attorney can look for are running red lights and running stop signs.
Running red lights
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who ran red lights accounted for 762 crash-related deaths in 2008 in the United States. The NHTSA also estimates that 165,000 people are injured each year because of drivers who fail to obey this basic traffic regulation. Given these statistics, it’s not surprising that 97% of drivers polled in a 2004 nationwide survey felt that red light running was a serious safety threat while travelling on the road. The purpose of traffic lights is to control the flow of traffic and ensure that drivers make appropriate stops. If a driver fails to follow these regulations and causes an accident, he or she can be held responsible for any injuries suffered by others on the road.
Running stop signs
Similar to red lights, stop signs serve the purpose of safely facilitating the flow of daily traffic. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t view stop signs in the same serious manner as other traffic signals and fail to make complete stops at stop signs. Drivers need to slow down as they approach a stop sign and come to a complete stop before continuing on their way. A complete stop means that the wheels of the vehicle are no longer moving.
If you’ve been involved in a serious accident because of the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. For nearly 20 years, the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers has specialized in representing Northern Virginia auto accident victims. To schedule a consultation, call (703) 659-1536.