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Evaluating damages after a car accident

Car accidents can have far-reaching implications for your life. Not only can you become seriously injured in a car accident, but you can also suffer financially. This is because it's likely that you will incur medical bills, and you may also have to repair your vehicle. Suffering emotionally is also common after being involved in an accident.

Therefore, it is important that you don't overlook the compensation that you may be entitled to. By making sure that fault for the car accident has been correctly attributed, you will have the best possible chance of claiming the damages that you deserve. The following are some of the considerations you should make when evaluating damages.

Understanding what your Miranda rights mean

All those who have been accused of a crime have certain rights. Unfortunately, many defendants are not aware of their rights, and, therefore, they sometimes suffer unfair consequences.

It's important to fully understand your rights as a defendant because it could mean the difference between a guilty or innocent verdict. You may have heard of Miranda rights, but you might not be completely sure of what they entail for you. The following article is an overview of your Miranda rights and what they mean for your trial.

When are children a cause of distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a serious problem that is becoming increasingly worse with our dependence on hand-held technology such as smartphones. However, one commonly overlooked cause of distracted driving is having children in the car with you.

Parents of children are naturally inclined to address the wants and needs of their children immediately. But when parents are behind the wheel, the most important thing for all involved is that they concentrate on driving safely. If you were recently involved in an accident with another driver who had children in the car, you may be wondering whether this caused the other driver to engage in distracted driving. The following are some of the most common ways that children can cause a driver to become distracted that you should consider.

Driving safely should be our No. 1 focus

As a nation, we spend a lot of time thinking about various ways to stay safe. Every time you hear about a product recall or a food recall, it's to protect the consumer. Every year, when they tell you to get a flu shot, it's to keep you out of the hospital. Every product you buy has a warning label on it, telling you how to use it safely and what not to do.

These are not bad things. We should stay conscious of safety in all possible ways. But one thing it seems people often overlook is driving safely. You can make the argument that it should be the No. 1 focus, but people usually don't think about it much during that morning commute.

How does phone use affect driving safety?

We all know that we should not use our phones when driving. But not everybody understands exactly how mobile phone use affects our ability to drive safely. It is for this reason that many choose to ignore the rules in place that ban phone use behind the wheel.

If you regularly use your phone behind the wheel or if you have recently been accused of distracted driving, you must gain a full understanding of how phone use behind the wheel affects safety. By doing so, you will be able to act with more competence when it comes to defending yourself against an accusation of distracted driving or making an accusation against another driver.

Understanding possible cognitive distractions when driving

There are many types of distractions when driving. Some of these distractions are obvious. For example, taking a selfie is a huge distraction from the task of driving, and it is easily observable by others. However, other distractions can be equally disruptive to safety when driving but can be very difficult to observe or prove. These types of distractions usually fall under the category of cognitive distractions.

A cognitive distraction is a term to describe any form of mental distraction. A cognitive distraction could occur in combination with another distraction. For example, turning around to the back seat to attend to your children would lead to a visual distraction, since you cannot see the road, as well as a cognitive distraction, since you are thinking about the needs of your children rather than on operating the vehicle. Some examples of cognitive distraction in isolation can be equally as dangerous. The following are some of the possible types of cognitive distractions that can occur when driving.

Settlement offers for child injuries are often far too low

As a parent who wants what is best for their child, you already know that motor vehicles are one of the biggest risks for children in our modern world. Injuries related to motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of preventable fatality in the United States for children of all ages, as well as a major risk for serious injury.

Being extra cautious when your children are in the vehicle with you and making sure they are in the right kind of safety restraints can do a lot to improve your family's safety. Still, even the best parent can't completely mitigate environmental risk factors.

Keeping your kids safe during car journeys

Most American families travel in their cars every day. Cars can be a key form of transportation for suburban and rural families, making it possible for them to get to the grocery store, the shopping mall and their child's school. But there are certain risks associated with traveling in the car.

For children ages 3 and 14, the most common reason for unintentional injury-related deaths is car accidents. This means that taking steps to ensure your child's safety in the car is paramount. The following are some fundamental ways that you can increase your child's safety when driving in the car.

Food is a distraction: Here's why

Most people have done it. They've been hungry while driving and quickly got in line at a local fast-food restaurant, so that they could drive up and grab a bite to eat. While this seemingly harmless task happens often, it's not without risk. Enjoying what you're eating behind the wheel can lead to a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Administration found that eating is a greater distraction than using a cellphone behind the wheel. With that in mind, here are a few other reasons you should avoid eating and driving.

Keep your teen drivers safer in the summer

Little Rock parents of teens should know that we are in the period of time known in the automobile safety world as the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer." The approximate hundred days are book-ended by Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September.

These months are notorious for the higher number of traffic fatalities involving teenage drivers.

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