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Examining the Lesser-Known Implications of Car Accidents

Published on Dec 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm in Car Accidents.

When someone has been in a car crash, there are a number of concerns that automatically come to mind. Recovering from physical injuries and the consequences of taking time off work are common. But what about the lesser-known implications of auto collisions? It’s important to think about all the possible consequences so you can be prepped if or when they pop up. Let’s take a look at the implications that don’t automatically come to mind.

The Possibility of Delayed Medical Symptoms and Injuries

While many physical injuries are visible immediately following a wreck, there are some that could take days, weeks, or even months to appear. The most comm types of pain that are delayed after a car accident include headaches, neck pain, back pain, numbness or tingling, and abdominal pain. It’s important to seek medical attention right after a crash so you can be evaluated for injuries you might not see.

The Top Causes of Car Accidents in West Virginia

Published on Dec 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm in Car Accidents.

We learn from an early age that driving is a privilege. In order to earn and keep that privilege, we’re supposed to understand how to safely operate a vehicle, as well as abide by the road laws established by our state and federal governments.

Unfortunately, some drivers neglect their safety responsibility and choose to break those necessary laws. When they do, they’re choosing to put other people’s lives at risk. If you find yourself to be the victim in an accident, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Navigating the complexities of the law after a crash can be difficult. That’s where our Charleston car accident injury attorneys come in.

In order to be a responsible driver, it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with driving. Many of those risks are preventable. Let’s take a look at the top causes of car accidents in West Virginia.

How Are Medical Liens Handled in West Virginia Personal Injury Claims?

Published on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:51 am in Car Accidents.

Personal injury claims are supposed to help those who were wrongfully injured and suffered financial losses because of someone else’s negligence. However, the process can be difficult and take a long time.

For example, let’s say a distracted driver hit you in an auto accident. You had to go to the hospital, will need treatment, and can’t return to work until you’ve recovered. Before your settlement, you may be dealing with hefty medical bills depending on the extent of your injuries. In these moments, you need someone by your side. A dependable West Virginia car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will stand up for your rights.

How Common Are RV Accidents?

Published on Nov 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm in Car Accidents.

Recreational vehicles offer a lot for people who want to travel on the road. People can travel to various campgrounds or drive until they get to their desired location or see something interesting. But accidents do occur with these vehicles. Unfortunately, RV accident can cause serious injuries and damages because of the RV’s size and weight. If you were injured in an accident involving an RV, a West Virginia personal injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you.

When a serious accident occurs, you may have piling medical bills while you’re trying to recover. Missing work usually adds to this stressful situation. But you don’t have to go through this alone. DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC is ready to help you stand up to negligent drivers and hold them accountable for their actions. We will fight to get you compensation that covers pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.

5 Signs of a Drunk Driver to Watch for on the Road

Published on Oct 31, 2018 at 2:59 pm in Car Accidents.

Responsible drivers understand that drinking and driver should never mix; however, there are individuals out there that choose to disregard this knowledge. When they drive drunk, they’re putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. If you’ve been injured in a crash involving an intoxicated driver, our Charleston drunk driving accident lawyers are prepared to provide you with the legal support and guidance you need to aid in your recovery.

While the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent, alcohol begins to affect the brain at 0.02 percent. At this point, visual functions and judgment abilities begin to decline. As a person drinks more, their coordination worsens and their reaction times slow. When a person hits the legal limit and decides to get behind the wheel, their ability to concentrate declines, they experience short-term memory loss, they are unable to control their speeds, and their self-control is impaired.

Common Causes of Fatality-Causing Car Accidents

Published on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm in Car Accidents.

Losing a loved one is never easy; however, the loss can be even harder to cope with if the death was unexpected and preventable. Car accidents injure thousands and take the lives of hundreds in West Virginia each year. In order to deal with the grief and pain associated with the wrongful death, you may benefit from understanding why the accident occurred.

In 2016, there were 250 fatal crashes in West Virginia. As a result, 269 individuals lost their lives. Many of these accidents could have been prevented. As a responsible citizen and driver, it’s important to recognize why these fatal accidents happen, so you can take steps to aid in the prevention of these occurrences.

5 Mistakes to Avoid with Insurance Companies

Published on Oct 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm in Car Accidents.

When dealing with insurance companies, it’s important to remember that they’re not looking out for your rights or best interests. They will make more money when you get less. Your actions and statements can be used against you to lower your compensation. This can be intimidating and make communicating with insurance companies more difficult while you’re already trying to recover from a car accident.

DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC has protected the rights of citizens from West Virginia for years. We know how speaking to insurance companies is a tenuous situation. Our lawyers can speak to the insurance companies on your behalf so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. We’ll make sure to fight for your rights and to get you compensation that covers pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages or loss of earnings, and more.

What Happens When There’s No Police Report Filed After a Car Crash?

Published on Sep 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm in Car Accidents.

Whether an accident happens in a parking lot, an intersection, or on a highway, many people get in car collisions every day. While there are situations where it’s clear that you need to call 911, accidents where everyone seems fine may be a bit more confusing. There can be an instance where the collision doesn’t seem that bad, none of the parties involved believe to have any major injuries and are willing to exchange important information so everyone can report back to the insurance companies.

But this decision may make your claims process slower or more difficult to prove that you’re not at fault for the accident. In these cases, you may not know what to do next. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone and there are people who can help you with your claim. A West Virginia car accident injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will fight for your rights and hold the correct party responsible for their actions.

What’s the Average Recovery Time After a Car Accident?

Published on Sep 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm in Car Accidents.

Every year, thousands of individuals in West Virginia find themselves dealing with car accident injuries. The physical and mental trauma the body goes through after such an event can take longer to heal than we’d like. It’s also likely to cost more than we’re prepared for.

At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, our West Virginia car accident lawyers are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We’re also here to support you as you recover. Let’s take a look at the injuries you may be experiencing, as well as what you can expect regarding recovery time.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Depending on the circumstances of the collision and the severity of the impact, an auto accident can result in a variety of injuries. Head-on crashes typically result in injuries to the head, beck, chest, legs, and feet. Side-impact-related injuries include damage to the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Rear-end collisions often affect the head and neck. Below you’ll find a list of the most common injuries associated with car accidents.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries. Back injuries include herniated discs and spinal fractures. Severe back injuries often require surgery and physical therapy. In the event the spinal cord is damaged, the victim may face issues with paralysis and the loss of sensation or movement.

Broken Bones. Depending on the type of accident, victims are susceptible to broken arms, legs, and ribs. This type of injury is often incredibly painful, may require surgery, and can take a long time to heal.

What Are the Requirements to File a Car Accident Claim in West Virginia?

Published on Aug 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm in Car Accidents.

In 2016, 250 fatal crashes happened in West Virginia resulting in the unnecessary deaths of 269 individuals. In the event you or a loved one is injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, you’ll want to file a car accident claim with your insurance. This claim will be the first step towards seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses associated with the accident.

The claim process can feel overwhelming, especially when you should be focused on your recovery. Our knowledgeable West Virginia car accident lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC are prepared to guide you through the process and represent you in the event your claim goes to trial. Prior to any of that, it’s important to understand how filing a car accident claim works.

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