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Resolving car accident medical bills in Arkansas

Car accidents have the potential to turn lives upside down. When a serious accident occurs, it is common for catastrophic injuries to result, and these are often not resolved in only a few days or weeks. Medical issues that continue to persist long after the accident occurred can be problematic. They can affect the victim's quality of life as well as limit his or her ability to carry out meaningful work. The victim may need to apply for disability benefits as a result and may not know which way to turn in regard to paying off their medical bills.

If you have suffered injuries in an accident that caused you to deal with a wide range of medical problems — including emotional suffering — it is important to know that there may be legal ways to resolve your issue.

Texting is one of the biggest dangers on the road

With the modern, daily use of smartphones, texting, scrolling and browsing through our phones has become an addictive daily activity. For many of us, it can become almost impossible to resist reaching for our phones throughout the day, and this includes while we are driving.

Engaging in texting while driving, as well as engaging in any other form of distracted driving, poses real risks on the road. The leading cause of death for those in their teenage years is due to fatal car crashes, and many of these are caused by distractions while driving.

Rear end crashes can devastate victims — but are preventable

Serious car crashes devastate the victims and can make life after the accident very difficult. Some accidents are more common than others, so drivers should make sure that they aren't doing anything that might contribute to one occurring.

One common type of accident is a rear-end crash. These can lead to specific injuries, but are easily prevented if drivers just pay attention. Here are some points that all drivers should remember about rear-end crashes:

Talking to passengers distracts drivers, study concludes

In a recent year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 391,000 injuries and 3,477 fatalities in the United States due to distracted driving.

Little Rock residents understand that there are many types of distracting behaviors that can affect one's driving ability — texting, interacting with electronic devices, and even eating or drinking.

What is a commercial truck’s “no-zone”?

When you share the road with a commercial truck, it is always important to remember when the driver can, and more importantly cannot, see you and your vehicle. Commercial trucks operate much differently than consumer vehicles, even larger SUVs, and commercial drivers face a number of limitations that consumer drivers do not.

One of the most significant and dangerous limitations to commercial truck drivers is lack of visibility around the cab and trailer of the truck. Drivers who ignore these blind spots place themselves and others in serious danger, increasing the risk of an accident. You can help keep yourself and others safe by remaining mindful of these limitations when sharing the road with commercial vehicles.

Smartphones, addiction and distracted driving

You've probably joked with co-workers or family members, telling them they're addicted to their smartphones.

Maybe you were the only person at a table during a social gathering who wasn't looking down at his or her phone, and you suddenly realized that no one was actually socializing. Maybe you were at the movies and all you could see was the blue glow of the phone screens. Perhaps you were riding in the passenger seat of a car and you watched as the driver repeatedly checked his or her phone and even tried to send a text message.

4 ways you can spot a distracted driver

Even with cities and states across the country passing ordinances and laws about cellphone use and driving, it seems that every day there is a story in the news about a car accident due to distracted driving. The reality is that texting and talking are not the only causes of distracted driving. Any kind of multitasking that goes on behind the wheel can cause a driver to be distracted. Even in the second it takes to adjust the thermostat settings, a tragic accident can occur.

While it might be impossible to determine what another driver is doing while cruising through the Little Rock area, there are signs you can watch for that might point to a distracted driver.

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.

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