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The Law and You: Automobile Accidents

PREPARE, PREVENT, AND PRESERVE

By: Steven S. Blair. Esq.

Getting into an automobile accident is an unavoidable event. It adds unneeded stress, anxiety, and aggravation to our already hectic lives. Although nobody wants to go through an event such as this, automobile accidents occur far more often than they probably should. Unfortunately, many of these accidents result in injuries.

Knowing that auto accidents can occur should give us the opportunity to make sure our loved ones and ourselves are protected from injury. The best way to attempt to minimize injury from an automobile accident is to make sure the seatbelts are on properly and all children are in car seats that are appropriate for their weight and height. Making sure the headrest is in its proper position can help prevent whiplash injuries which can result in problems such as injuries to the neck, head, and jaw.

One should also prepare for the possibility of being in an automobile accident. Preparing includes having a camera, a flashlight, notepad, cell phone, and first aid kit. Many, if not most, cell phones now have a camera. This makes taking photographs of the scene easy and convenient. Photographs preserve the accident scene within moments of its occurrence. Having a flashlight in your car can assist you in numerous ways after an accident at night, including making sure you obtain all information from everyone in the other vehicle. It is also important that you verify how many people were in the other car or truck.

If you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident you will most likely suffer some type of damage. There are many types of damages that could occur because of an unfortunate accident. These damages can include, but are not limited to your medical bills, the cost of your health insurance, your lost wages, your loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of function, scarring, residual pain, the list is lengthy. More importantly, there is not one list for each person as an accident will affect each person in a profoundly different way.

Best practice dictates that we all should drive defensively to avoid getting into an accident. Since accident do happen sometimes no matter how we try to avoid them, prevention of injuries and preservation of evidence are the next best things you can do.

If you do find yourself the victim of an automobile accident, call me at DiFruscia Law Offices. The initial consultation is free. We can discuss the situation you are in as well as your rights as an accident victim.

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