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    Comparing Compensatory and Punitive Damages

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In personal injury law, damages refer to the amount of financial compensation a court can award someone who has suffered an injury after an accident caused by another party’s negligence. Because each personal injury case is different, it’s a good idea to speak to a reputable injury and accident lawyer about your individual circumstances. To better understand how compensation is awarded, take a look at this comparison of compensatory and punitive damages.

    What Are Compensatory Damages?

    Compensatory damages are designed to replace what was lost or damaged in an accident. Compensatory damages are basically intended to restore an injured party to his or her former, pre-injury position. Also known as special damages, this financial award can include loss of current and future income, current and future medical expenses, and property damage, as in auto accident cases. Compensatory damages also cover physical rehabilitation costs, disfigurement, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.

    What Are Punitive Damages?

    Punitive damages are awarded separately and above compensatory damages. These exemplary damages are intended to punish especially egregious behavior or negligence and discourage parties from engaging in the same damaging behavior in the future. Punitive damages are generally awarded when the court determines that a defendant has acted intentionally or maliciously. Punitive damages must be awarded in a one to one ratio with compensatory damages.

    What Damages Am I Entitled to?

    While most personal injury victims seek both compensatory and punitive damages, some circumstances do not require or validate seeking punitive damages. If you have sustained a personal injury, your accident attorney can help you understand your legal rights and determine if you have a solid case for pursuing damages.

    If another person was at fault for your auto accident and you were injured, only an experienced attorney can help you get proper compensation for your bills and suffering. The lawyers at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers provide high-quality legal representation for a wide range of auto, motorcycle, and truck accidents in addition to personal injury and wrongful death suits. You can find out more by calling our Woodbridge office at (703) 330-6300 today.

    An Overview of Bicycle Accidents

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motorists all have the responsibility to safely share public roadways. Unfortunately, thousands of bicycle accidents occur each year that result in serious personal injuries, especially for unprotected riders. You can learn more about how these collisions take place—and how to avoid them—with this helpful guide to bicycle laws and accidents.

    Important Rules

    When you share the road with motorcycles, trucks, and cars, you are both obligated to obey the same rules and entitled to the same rights. That means that if you get hurt in an auto accident that is ruled to be a driver’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. But many bike accidents are also caused by a bicyclist’s failure to obey bike-specific rules put in place to limit accidents. For example, bicycle riders must ride in the same direction as traffic. Whenever there is a bicycle lane, you must use it if you are moving more slowly than the rest of traffic.

    Bicycle Equipment

    Failure to abide by equipment regulations can increase your chance of being hurt in an accident. Bike riders under 18 must be fitted with a properly fastened bicycle helmet. You are also obligated to abide by certain regulations for your bicycle’s size and handlebars. For example, your bicycle must not be so large that you cannot stop the bicycle with at least one foot on the ground.

    Safe Practices

    Bicycle accidents with a motor vehicle frequently occur when auto drivers are distracted or engage in reckless practices such as speeding, failing to stop at a stoplight, or improper vehicle maintenance. Distracted behaviors like driving an auto while texting, talking on a cell phone, or using a navigation device often cause a driver’s failure to see a bicycle until an accident cannot be avoided.

    If you want to be represented by award-winning auto accident lawyers in Prince William County or Dale City, look no further than the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our office was recently ranked the best lawyer in Prince William County. View our available legal services online or contact us by phone at (703) 330-6300 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney today.

    Drunk Driving by the Numbers

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Every year, drinking and driving results in serious auto accidents, devastating personal injuries, and thousands of dollars in auto and property damage. Still more concerning is the fact that three people are killed in alcohol-related auto accidents in the United States every two hours. This means that around 13,000 Americans die every year in accidents that are caused by alcohol. These auto accidents cost an estimated $37 billion each year. Men account for the overwhelming majority of drunk driving accidents—in fact, male drivers cause 81% of auto accidents related to alcohol.

    If you have been hurt by a drunk driver in Woodbridge, Dale City, or Prince William County, you need an auto accident attorney. The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers is proud to represent victims of Virginia accidents, and our lawyers will fight for your right to compensation. Contact us through our website or by phone at (703) 330-6300 today.

    Creating a Summer Car Accident Kit for Your Car

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Even the safest drivers cannot always avoid an auto accident with another motorist, but taking just a few precautionary measures can help reduce your chance of personal injury after an auto accident or breakdown. Stay safe on the road by packing an emergency kit with a first aid kit, reflective blanket and rain jacket, and roadside flares to alert passing motorists in the event of an accident. You should also invest in a basic tool kit with a flashlight and extra batteries, a tire pressure gauge, and jumper cables.

    Here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers, our lawyers have been fighting for auto accident victims in Woodbridge, Dale City, and Prince William County for nearly 20 years. If you have been in an accident, our attorneys should be your first call. Call us today at (703) 330-6300 or visit us on the Web for more information about our legal services.

    Reasons to Not Drive Distracted

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Distracted driving results in countless auto accidents and serious personal injuries every year. Watch this video to learn why you should never drive while you are distracted in any way.

    One of the most common causes of driving distractions is the use of a cell phone. Using a cell phone to talk or send text messages is not only risky; it is now illegal in many states. For example, Maryland drivers who use mobile devices must activate their phones’ hands-free option. As studies show, eliminating this driving distraction decreases accident rates and saves lives.

    Virginia roadways can be dangerous. If you have been hurt in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul by calling (703) 330-6300 today. Our auto accident attorneys can help you determine if you may be entitled to compensation.

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