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The Psychological Impact of a Car Crash

Most of us have been involved in a minor fender bender at some point in our lives. We pull over, exchange information with the other party and go about our business. No police, no injury and minimal property damage, if any. Unfortunately, in some of these minor crashes there are soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains and contusions for which medical treatment is required. In other cases injuries can be catastrophic such as multiple bone fractures, head trauma and spinal cord injuries. But what about the psychological impact of a car crash? You might expect to have some anxiety or fear of driving or being a passenger for a few weeks following the crash. But what if the anxiety doesn’t go away? What if you experience other symptoms such as depression, mood swings, insomnia, flashbacks and nightmares? You could be suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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5 Tips about Medpay: What Car Crash Victims in Virginia Can Do about Medical Bills

Being involved in a car crash can be very stressful. Not only are you coping with physical and emotional pain, but you must also deal with medical bills. If you go to the emergency room after the crash, you will likely receive several bills for that one emergency room visit. You will get a bill from the hospital, but also from the ER physician, the laboratory department, and the radiology department, to name a few. If you are admitted and consult with any type of specialty doctor, such as a neurologist or orthopedic doctor, or if surgery is required, you will receive additional bills for the cost of those services. In addition, you will probably follow up with your primary care doctor who may refer you to a specialty doctor or even physical therapy, depending on your injuries. Even with health insurance, your bills for co-pays and deductibles can add up fast.

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Driving on Icy Roads

Driving on icy roads can be scary and extremely dangerous. You may think that you have your vehicle under control but if you hit ice you can lose control in an instant and cause an accident, injuring yourself and others. If possible, you should avoid driving in extreme weather conditions. If you have to drive there are precautions you can take to reduce the risk of getting into an accident.

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Do You Need a Lawyer after a Car Crash?

Not everyone injured in a car crash needs to hire a lawyer. Not every case requires you to have a lawyer. If you do a little bit of research, you might decide that you can handle your case on your own. 

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Faulty Guardrail Design Responsible for Deaths on Virginia Roads

The State of Virginia recently threatened the maker of its transportation system’s guardrails that it would ban and remove the existing product due to concerns over safety if additional testing did not occur.

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Efforts are Underway in the DC Area and Virginia to Curb Texting and Driving

Safe driving campaigns have been in action for years – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over,” and “Click It or Tick It” are a few of the catchy marketing names used to draw attention to the importance of safe driving. Now a new program, known as “U Drive, U Text, U Pay,” uses common texting shorthand to promote the hazards of texting while driving.

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Crash Avoidance Tips

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Research/Crash+Avoidance

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Seat-Belt Use Nationally in 2013 Inched Up to 87%

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811875.pdf

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Total and Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Stats: 2011 & 2012, by State

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811856.pdf

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Lives Saved in 2012 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811851.pdf

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2012 Alcohol-Impaired Traffic Safety Facts

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811870.pdf

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2012 Quick Facts Guide to Traffic Fatalities and Crashes

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812006.pdf

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Motor Vehicle Value Admissible as Evidence

§ 8.01-419.1. Motor vehicle value.

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Tips on How to Choose Your Car Insurance Company and Get Coverage That You May Need

The first step to getting the most from your auto insurance is to choose your insurance company wisely. Barbara S. Williams offers tips and hints for choosing the right company, and what common “gotchas” to look out for in insurance contracts. Be sure to educate yourself before signing on the dotted line, and show the insurance companies that you mean business.

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Database Software Being Used to Determine Car Crash Damages instead of Juries

Big insurance companies are no longer sending qualified claims adjusters to view the victims of a crash. Instead they use inaccurate database software to automate claims.

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Improving Vehicle Safety – What Can Be Done By Drivers, Manufacturers, and the Government.

Are you wondering what steps can be taken by drivers, automobile manufacturers, and the Federal government to improve driving safety? Barbara S. Williams P.C., an experienced personal injury attorney for Loudoun, Fairfax, and Northern Virginia, provides a summary of some recent recommendations for automotive safety. Please contact Barbara S. Williams today if you or someone you love has been injured in a serious automobile accident.

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$14 Million Verdict Against Hyundai in a Defective Air Bag Case. Virginia Driver Suffered Traumatic Brian Damage

Virginia man awarded $14 million against Hyundai after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury in a crash due to his side air bags failing to deploy.

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National Safety Transportation Board Takes Bold Steps to Eliminate Drunk Driving Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board voted unanimously on May 14, 2013 to issue bold recommendations to help the US eliminate alcohol-impaired driving. "Courtesy: National Transportation Safety Board"

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Highway Deaths Fall to Lowest Level Since 1949

This article from foxnews.com describes the reasons why the number of traffic fatalities have decreased.

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Car Crash Victim Thought to be in Coma for 23 Years Was Conscious

A Belgian man involved in a near fatal car crash in 1983 was presumed to be in a vegetative state for 23 years. However, a neurologist discovered his brain was still functioning and he was conscious the entire time.

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