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Important documents: What to bring to your attorney after a crash

After an accident, there are a few things you need to do. The main thing is to obtain medical care, so you can begin the healing process. Once you're stable, your next step is to talk to someone who can help you file an appropriate claim against the person or people who caused your injuries.

When you speak with an attorney, there are some different documents you'll want to bring with you. You should also prepare to give a statement about what happened when the crash occurred. Your attorney will talk to you about the accident and try to find out as much as possible about the circumstances to help your case.

What to expect after a spinal cord injury

Living with a spinal cord injury isn't easy. In fact, these injuries can be so severe that every aspect of your life is impacted. If you are a victim of an accident that caused the injury, you might decide to take legal action to help you with the expenses of the injury.

The effects of a spinal cord injury can vary greatly. It is possible that they can cause incomplete function of body parts, paralysis or even death. No matter how severe or minor the spinal cord injury is, you are likely going to feel pain and have considerable impacts to your life.

You might want to consider UIM coverage - here's why

Driving through League City, Galveston, and the Houston area, in general, comes with risks. You never know when your daily commute could turn into a giant mess. It only takes one negligent or distracted driver to put you and your vehicle out of commission. In most cases, you would expect the at-fault driver's insurance to cover your expenses. But, what happens if that driver does not have enough coverage to take care of the damage to your car, your resulting medical expenses and any other losses you suffered?

In Texas, you must have minimum liability coverage in order to legally drive. This is one of the reasons why some motorists do not carry enough insurance to handle the entire cost of a major accident. Fortunately, you have the option to purchase uninsured/underinsured coverage to add to your car insurance policy. To find out more about the benefits of having such coverage, read below.

Don't say this to your car insurance company following a crash

No matter how your car accident happened, if you suffered injuries or property damages, you may have the ability to get compensation - either from your car insurance company or from the party at fault for the collision.

However, it's important to keep in mind that what you say to your car insurance company - or the insurance company of the at-fault party - could affect your ability to receive compensation for damages.

5 key things to take pictures of after a car accident

You don't have a dash cam on your car, so, when a young driver runs a stop sign and hits you on the way home from work, you don't have any live footage of the crash. You were driving home with your spouse after picking up your child from daycare, and the crash injured both of them. You desperately wish you had pictures to back up your case.

You do have your phone, though, and you decide to take some still photos of the scene. What should you focus on? What things can help your case the most? Below are five critical things you need to photograph.

Don't sign over your totaled vehicle until its inspected properly

There are a lot of unexpected jobs you need to fulfill after a serious car accident. One of them is usually taking care of your damaged or destroyed vehicle. In cases where the vehicle can't be safely repaired, your insurance company will likely declare the vehicle is "totaled," which means totally destroyed. If the insurance adjuster decides that your vehicle is totaled, the company will typically have you sign a form and release the vehicle to them for disposal. Before you do that, however, you should speak with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney to explore potential causes for your crash.

When components or systems in a vehicle fail, that failure can have catastrophic results. You may believe that you are totally or partially responsible for an accident that actually resulted from a problem in your vehicle. Law enforcement and insurance companies may also jump to the same conclusion, which can be a very expensive mistake for you, the driver. Once your vehicle gets taken away for scrap, destruction, or parts, it's impossible to determine if a manufacturing issue may have contributed to the accident. An attorney can help you connect with professionals who will explore reasons for the crash.

What should I ask my lawyer after a car crash?

After getting into an injurious car crash, plaintiffs may be able to seek financial compensation in court. Everyone knows this, so when someone feels particularly wronged following an auto collision, the first thing they'll do is search Google for local car accident lawyers.

When you start reaching out to personal injury lawyers, though, you're entering into an entirely new field of business. You'll want to evaluate each lawyer you speak with (1) from the perspective of whether you get along and can work with him or her, and (2) from a logical business perspective regarding the potential costs of the lawyer's services.

Is your motorcycle defective?

As long-time motorcycle rider, you know the dangers of the road. You have dodged more than your share of distracted drivers, avoided pot-holes, and powered through bad weather conditions. But what if the danger is not from an external source? What if the danger is somewhere in your in your bike?

Automobiles, including motorcycles, top the list of faulty consumer products. Safety recalls usually come from one of two sources: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturer. Understanding the procedure of safety recalls and the duties of the manufacturer is important if you are involved in an accident caused by a defect.

Chain Reaction: Head Injuries And Your "Master" Genes Wreak Havoc

Diagnosis of a head injury after an accident or a fall is just the first step in a long road to recovery and treatment. Every day, scientists are making new discoveries about the long-term effects of head injuries.

It is important to develop a better understanding of the impact that head injuries have on long-term prognosis, every day functions and the development of other medical conditions. Only then will medical professionals be able to develop better diagnostic tools and treatments. 

Can anything be done to slow the rise of fatal car crashes?

2016 was a deadly one on the nation's roadways. For the first time since 2007, more than 40,000 (40,200 to be exact) people were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the country. This represents a six percent rise over 2015, and a 14 percent increase from 2014.

Cheaper gas prices and a recovering economy led more people to hit the road for both work and for play last year, but the increase in highway miles driven alone doesn't account for the rising number of deaths. So, what could have caused the spike in fatal accidents? A safety watchdog organization has some ideas about possible causes as well as how to slow the rising tide.

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