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Can Passengers Receive Car Accident Compensation?

Published on Jan 7, 2021 at 2:33 pm in Car Accidents.

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Car accidents have the capacity to hurt everyone involved—that includes the passengers of the vehicle who didn’t cause the collision and had no way of avoiding injury. Passengers might be wondering if they can still recover compensation for their injuries and other damages after a car accident. In short, the answer is yes.

When you’ve been in a car accident, whether the driver or passenger, and the accident wasn’t your fault, then you could recover financial compensation for the costs you’ve incurred. A car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you add up what you’re owed and fight for your rights.

What to Do If You’re Feeling Back Pain After a Car Accident

Published on Dec 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm in Car Accidents.

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When two vehicles collide, the drivers and passengers can all sustain serious injuries as well as property damage. The problem is that the stress that the accident puts on the bodies of the occupants can drive up adrenaline and put victims into shock, which masks any pain they might be feeling from injuries.

This can keep crash victims from seeking medical attention because they don’t think they’ve been hurt. When they finally do feel pain from the wreck, they might avoid getting treatment because they don’t realize it’s related to their accident, or they don’t think getting help would improve anything now. But really, the opposite is true.

After a motor vehicle wreck that causes injuries and property damage, you might need the help of a car accident lawyer to recover compensation for what you’ve suffered. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we will fully investigate your claim and use the police report, medical bills, and other documents to determine fault and how much you’re owed for your damages.

How to Overcome the Guilt of Causing a Car Accident

Published on Aug 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm in Car Accidents.

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Car accidents are traumatic events. When one happens, it generally takes some time for those involved to realize what has happened. Vehicular damage and physical injuries are a real possibility—the latter of which should be attended to immediately. But, what about the emotional injuries? How does a person go about overcoming the guilt of causing a car accident?

The emotional stress of causing a car accident, even if you were only partially at fault, can take a significant toll on a person’s everyday life. Let’s take a look at the concept of guilt after an accident, trauma reactions, and what steps you can take to overcome guilt.

Steps to Take When Appealing an Insurance Decision After a Collision

Published on Aug 6, 2020 at 1:26 pm in Car Accidents.

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As a responsible driver, you have auto insurance that, at the very least, meets the state minimum requirements. You may also have additional coverage or policies for specific situations. In the event you’re in a crash, you expect that coverage, or the coverage of the other driver, to take care of your expenses. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

When you file an auto insurance claim, an adjuster is assigned to your case. They will investigate what happened and ultimately decide what, if anything, you’re owed. In the event your claim is denied, it’s important to understand your legal rights and options. Let’s take a look at why claims get denied and what steps to take when appealing an insurance decision after a wreck.

Who Determines Fault in an Auto Accident?

Published on Jul 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm in Car Accidents.

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As a responsible driver, you’re well aware of the risk of getting into a car accident. Unfortunately, there are a number of negligent drivers on the road who fail to follow traffic laws. In the event someone decides to drink and drive, drives while distracted, or disregards a traffic signal, they are at risk of striking another vehicle. If you’re injured in an accident, it’s important to understand how determining fault works.

How Often Do Highway Work Zone Accidents Occur?

Published on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm in Car Accidents.

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Drivers take precautions to help them drive safely and avoid accidents. When drivers remain alert, they can prepare for the road ahead. This could be avoiding an obstruction, merging lanes if a lane closes, and slowing down if they’re approaching a work zone. If a driver is reckless in a work zone, they can cause an accident. When a car accident results in injuries to you or a loved one, you can seek compensation for your injuries and damages. A Charleston car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you with your claim.

How Often Do Car Accident Settlements Exceed Insurance Policy Limits?

Published on Jul 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm in Car Accidents.

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Drivers want to feel safe. When you’re out on the road, you drive carefully in an attempt to prevent an accident and keep yourself safe. Unfortunately, accidents still happen sometimes, even if you’ve done everything in your power to avoid a collision. When that happens, you want to be covered with insurance so that you don’t have to worry about the financial effects of being treated for injuries or repairing property damage.

But what happens when your insurance company tries to give you less than you deserve, or your damages add up to more than your policy allows? A Charleston car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can answer your questions and help you get the settlement you deserve for your injury costs and damages.

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.

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