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Car Accident Statistics That May Surprise You

Published on May 8, 2020 at 8:43 am in Car Accidents.

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Car accident statistics typically revolve around safety and topics like distracted driving or accidents involving teenage drivers. However, there are some other kinds of statistics that you may have not seen before. You may wonder if there’s a certain color of car that tends to be stopped on the road more often than other vehicle colors. Certain types of cars may be more likely to get tickets than others. Let’s go over car accident statistics that aren’t as well known.

How Do Insurers Handle a Soft Tissue Injury?

Published on Apr 16, 2020 at 2:35 pm in Car Accidents.

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After a car accident, you might have injuries that are either immediately apparent or develop later over time. Soft tissue injuries can fall into both of these categories and can cause minimal pain or severely impact your life. Even though these are valid injuries that affect your daily life, insurance companies sometimes downplay soft tissue injuries and might try to grant you less compensation for them.

How to Find Out About a Car Accident

Published on Apr 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm in Car Accidents.

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As a driver, you know that accidents occur regularly on West Virginia’s roads. There are situations where you’ll benefit from knowing where a crash has happened and who has been injured. Fortunately, there are resources on how to find out about a car accident.

What Are the Fees for Using a Smartphone While Driving in West Virginia?

Published on Mar 19, 2020 at 12:16 pm in Car Accidents.

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When drivers are behind the wheel, they need to have their full attention on the task at hand: driving safely. Remaining in control of their vehicle, traveling at a safe speed, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, and anticipating the mistakes other drivers could make are all mental and physical efforts a driver has to make to reduce the chances of an accident. Smartphones are a major distraction to drivers and prevent them from making these efforts. Because of the devastating car accidents a distracted driver can cause, West Virginia has laws that are meant to prevent drivers from using their phones.

Obtaining Your Medical Records in West Virginia After a Car Accident

Published on Feb 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm in Car Accidents.

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Immediately following an automobile crash, it’s imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Not only will this ensure you receive necessary medical attention, but you’ll be maximizing your chances of recovering completely in addition to building the evidence your personal injury claim will need later.

While obtaining your medical records in West Virginia after a car accident isn’t particularly challenging, it’s important to understand your legal rights, how the process works, and how your records could be used in the event you file a car accident claim to seek compensation for your losses. Let’s start by taking a look at the laws pertaining to medical records in West Virginia.

Debunking the Myths About Deer Crossing Accidents

Published on Feb 6, 2020 at 1:08 pm in Car Accidents.

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Deer collisions happen every year. They often happen without warning and can cause a lot of damage. There is a lot of information about deer crossing out there, but some information that’s passed around may not be accurate. It’s important to have correct information so you can drive safely. The team at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, LLC want all West Virginia citizens to be prepared for deer crossing season and how to safely navigate the roads and avoid collisions.

Tips for Prioritizing Safety When Driving Long Distances at Night

Published on Nov 15, 2019 at 7:28 pm in Car Accidents.

Most people don’t prefer to drive in the dark, especially for long distances, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. When that’s the case, it’s best to take as many precautions as possible since it can be a dangerous time to drive. Road fatalities triple during the night, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In West Virginia, you’re not only at risk of hitting an animal, but you might also come across a drunk driver. That same research from NHTSA presents that drunk driving is the leading cause of fatalities in nighttime crashes in West Virginia, but speeding doesn’t follow too far behind. On top of that, the National Sleep Foundation ran a study where 3% of drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel.

How Do You Know When You’re Too Tired to Drive?

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 10:46 am in Car Accidents.

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In 2015, a 20-year old woman had just finished an overnight shift at a clothing store and was driving home when her drowsiness took over. She had only slept 3 of the last 36 hours, which caused her to crash into another car, killing the other driver. The 20-year old received up to two years in prison, and her license was suspended for three years.

She knew she shouldn’t have been driving because she was exhausted, and her actions had severe consequences. This accident shows that driving while tired is just as dangerous as drunk driving because your reaction time is delayed, and you have trouble focusing on what you’re doing.

Each year, there are about 37,000 car crashes caused by drowsy driving that result in injury, and just under 1,000 that are fatal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA goes on to say that most drowsy driving crashes occur between midnight and 6 in the morning, and usually are single vehicle crashes with just a driver. So how do you know when you’re too tired to drive?

Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Try and Get Out of Paying an Accident Victim

Published on Oct 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm in Car Accidents.

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The time following a car accident can be confusing. Not only are you dealing with healing from the crash, you also have to figure out your legal options for proving liability and receiving compensation. You might assume that insurance companies will be on your side since you are the victim, but that isn’t always the case. When you aren’t responsible for an accident, you’ll need to know the tactics insurance companies might use to get out of paying you.

How is Liability Determined in Accidents with Company Vehicles?

Published on Oct 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm in Car Accidents.

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If you’ve been involved in a car accident, your next move may be thinking about suing the other party for negligence. However, if the person was driving a company car, you may also have the option of suing the employer. Because car accident cases like this can quickly become complex, it’s important to have an experienced lawyer at your side. The attorneys from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve.

We’ll find out the facts of your case through careful investigation. If we believe you have a valid claim against the employer, then we’ll work as diligently as possible to build your case.

While whether or not you can sue the employer can be tricky to find out, our lawyers will look into the details of your case and explain your options to you. Before learning more about how we can help, let’s look at some situations where the employer may or may not be held liable for an accident.

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