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Dealing with a low-ball insurance settlement offer

A serious motor vehicle accident can leave you unable to work and dealing with an ever-increasing stack of medical bills. The average person working in Arkansas probably doesn't have several months' worth of living expenses saved for immediate use. You may have funds, but they're probably locked up in a retirement account with penalties and taxes for early withdrawal, and you may feel like you're at the mercy of the insurance companies handling your claim.

The insurance companies know that you're under financial stress, and they may try to use that fact against you. Many will wait for days or even weeks before addressing your claim. At that point, you're already getting bills for your medical care.

What if police won't come to your car crash?

Imagine you just got into a car accident. You're worried about the damage to your vehicle and the crick in your neck. The other driver was at fault, and you want to make sure that you can recover financial compensation relating to your injuries and property damages.

The problem is, police say they aren't available to tend to the accident scene.

Researchers say texting keeps a protective "sixth sense" from working

You see at least one every day on your daily commute to and from work: a driver who is multitasking while behind the wheel. From playing with the radio to eating and even engaging in some personal grooming, many people seem to think that they should be getting other things done while driving. Recent studies have given more weight to something most of us already know: texting while driving is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving.

Researchers say that texting undermines a "sixth sense" that normally helps to keep us safe behind the wheel.

5 startling statistics about car accidents

Car accidents are so common -- you see evidence of them every week. Maybe you come up behind a recent accident or get stuck in the traffic backup it creates. Maybe you see an ambulance or firetruck tear by on the way to a crash scene. Maybe you just see the skid marks in the grass, ending at a broken treeline, and you know someone crashed.

Even so, the statistics themselves can be striking. Here are five that help to shed some light on what causes so many accidents.

Didn't get enough sleep? Don't get behind the wheel while drowsy.

It's pretty common for people to go to sleep too late and to get up too early. With children, work, school and other activities to keep you busy, there may not seem to be enough hours in the day for everything you want to do and the eight hours of sleep you need.

Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep has the potential to cause you to get into a serious car accident. When you don't sleep enough, you're as dangerous as someone who is drunk behind the wheel.

4 eating and driving statistics you must know

The restaurant business, at least when it comes to fast food, seems specifically created to cater to eating and driving. Yes, technically speaking, you can hit the drive-thru and then go home to eat. But how many times do you simply want to eat while you drive?

Maybe you're running late for work in Little Rock and you need that precious morning cup of coffee. Maybe you're heading back home after a long day at the office and you can't sit through the entire 60-minute commute without something to eat. Aren't these situations exactly what the drive-thru is for?

Teens are distracted in 6 out of 10 accidents

You're heading to work when a teen driver flies by you in the other direction, staring down at her phone as she drives. You shake your head and keep going. At the next intersection, the car ahead of you doesn't move when the light turns green, the young driver looking back and talking to his friends in the back seat. Then, as you slow to turn into your parking lot, a car full of teens with the music blaring rear-ends you. As you get out of the car, wincing in pain, you notice that the driver of the smoking vehicle behind you is already posting a picture to Instagram.

If that series of events sounds unrealistic, even for reckless teen drivers, you should know that studies have shown that distracted driving among teens is much more widespread than anyone realized.

3 most common types of distracted driving

You drove home after a long day at work thinking nothing of the commute. You had only a few miles to go when a driver came seemingly out of nowhere and collided with you. Just before the car accident, you noticed the driver was turned away, seeming to look at something on the seat instead of the road ahead. That distracted action was a choice, and it's one that has now left you with injuries.

Distracted driving causes thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. In fact, in 2014, 3,179 people died in distracted driving accidents. Another 431,000 were hurt in crashes related to distracted driving.

Rush hour commuters should watch for distracted drivers

While most motorists drive appropriately in rush hour traffic, some don't take the steps necessary to remain safe. Instead, they take risks that put everyone on the road in a dangerous position.

As a rush hour commuter, it's important that you never become distracted while you are behind the wheel. Along with this, make sure you watch for others who may be distracted.

Car accident checklist: Here's what you should do after a crash

Most Little Rock drivers have their heads filled with so many things while they're on the road. If you're a busy mom, for example, you have a lot of issues on your mind and you're probably struggling to fit them all into your schedule.

Throw a car crash into the mix of a busy mom's schedule and you've got the perfect recipe for losing your wits. Whether you're a busy mom or not, you might want to keep a copy of this car accident checklist in your glove box as it could prevent you from overlooking important details if you're in a car accident.

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