A Quick Catalogue of Common Spinal Injuries After an Auto Accident

Spinal injury

What if you car accident was minor? You suffered just a few bruises or a mild concussion. Even still, you should see a qualified doctor as soon as possible. The bruises could indicate a more serious medical situation, like internal bleeding. A seemingly mild head injury could actually presage an urgent crisis, like bleeding or swelling in the brain. Continue reading “A Quick Catalogue of Common Spinal Injuries After an Auto Accident”

A Quick Catalogue of Common Spinal Injuries After an Auto Accident

4 Dubious Tactics Insurers Use to Limit Compensation After a Car Accident

Arizona car insurance companies

Auto insurance companies are not “evil,” and it’s important to avoid painting the (often very good) work they do with a broad brush. However, profit does motivate many of their actions. In general, it benefits insurers to pay out as little as they can after a car accident. This strategy makes cynical business sense. And insurance companies that try to rise above the fray and pay out more generously can easily find themselves undercut by less scrupulous competitors. In fact, some critics put the ultimate blame for “stick it to the victim” strategies many on the industry’s culture itself. Continue reading “4 Dubious Tactics Insurers Use to Limit Compensation After a Car Accident”

4 Dubious Tactics Insurers Use to Limit Compensation After a Car Accident
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The Psychology of the Hit and Run Driver (and How Arizona Law Can Punish You)

Hit and run car accident

A child runs out into the street after a soccer ball. A car hits the child, pauses for a moment, then rushes off, leaving the injured child in the street. As we watch the story on the news, we are baffled at how anyone could commit such a heinous act. Continue reading “The Psychology of the Hit and Run Driver (and How Arizona Law Can Punish You)”

The Psychology of the Hit and Run Driver (and How Arizona Law Can Punish You)

Spotting Drug Abuse: Five Signs the Other Driver Has Been Abusing Medication

Depressed man mixing alcohol and pills

You’ve just been in an accident, and you know it wasn’t your fault. But the other driver seems off. Has he been drinking? There’s always that possibility, but there could be another explanation: He could be high on prescription drugs. How would you know? Here are five signs, as listed by the Mayo Clinic, that someone has been abusing prescription drugs.

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Spotting Drug Abuse: Five Signs the Other Driver Has Been Abusing Medication

Car Accident Insurance Concepts Explained Clearly: A Glossary of Key Terms

Glossary of Car Accident Insurance ConceptsDo you feel like you need to take a foreign language class to “speak insurance”? You are not alone. However, it is important to understand key auto insurance terms, because they spell out exactly what your policy covers in the event of an accident. Here are translations of some auto insurance concepts and basic insurance lingo: Continue reading “Car Accident Insurance Concepts Explained Clearly: A Glossary of Key Terms”

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How a Car Accident Can Compound Your Pre-Existing Condition Part 1

Car Crash

After a few-too-many drinks at the bar, John unwisely chooses to drive his car home. His impaired state causes him to drive through a red light and smash into your car. Your car is damaged, and as for you, after the accident, your back is in tremendous pain. You have a degenerative disc disease in your back, but this is more pain than usual. A visit to the doctor gives you unwelcome news. The accident has aggravated your disease, and you will require surgery. Continue reading “How a Car Accident Can Compound Your Pre-Existing Condition Part 1”

How a Car Accident Can Compound Your Pre-Existing Condition Part 1
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Drugs and Driving: A Potent Mix that Makes Our Roads Less Safe

Drugs and Driving

While almost everyone is aware of the dangers of the drunk driving, too many aren’t as informed about the perils of “drugged driving”–or driving while under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs. Although the science behind drugged driving goes back 40 years, it’s only been in the last decade or so when the federal and state governments have made a concerted attempt to rein in this dangerous behavior and educate the public.

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Drugs and Driving: A Potent Mix that Makes Our Roads Less Safe
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The Dirty Windshield Effect

Car accident caused by dirty windshield

In order to better understand why vehicular accidents occurred and how to prevent them, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied traffic accidents over a two year period. In a report to Congress, NHTSA  estimated that 262,791 cars involved in accidents had at least one adverse vehicle maintenance issue–from malfunctioning brakes to defective lighting. That makes poor vehicle maintenance roughly as dangerous as driving in the rain (with 204,681 accidents occurring on a rainy day). Continue reading “The Dirty Windshield Effect”

The Dirty Windshield Effect
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The Next Generation of Auto Safety Technology and How it Could Reduce Car Accident Injuries

Auto Safety Technology and How it Could Reduce Car Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle traffic deaths increased by almost eight percent in 2015. And a stunning 94 percent of vehicular crashes are related to human choice–that is, poor decision making by drivers. Consequently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has initiated an effort to develop and promote the use of “automated safety technologies” in vehicles–technologies designed to enhance safety and reduce fatalities. Continue reading “The Next Generation of Auto Safety Technology and How it Could Reduce Car Accident Injuries”

The Next Generation of Auto Safety Technology and How it Could Reduce Car Accident Injuries
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5 Tools to Help You (and Any Witnesses) Document What Happened in Your Car Accident

Car accident documentationIt goes without saying that any car accident can be devastating, and even the smallest fender benders can result in expensive litigation. In the aftermath of a crash, when emotions are high, it is easy to forget to record critical details of the incident. However, without this information and documentation, you could have little evidence to support an insurance claim or defend from another party’s filing.
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5 Tools to Help You (and Any Witnesses) Document What Happened in Your Car Accident
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