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Drivers can prevent rear-end collisions

You look into your rearview mirror and see the vehicle behind you barreling toward you. Surely the driver will stop in time. Right? You may not be a good judge of speed, but it appears to you that the vehicle isn't slowing down.

You tap your brake lights in an attempt to alert the driver behind you that you are either slowing or stopped, but it doesn't seem to be working. You may have time to come to the realization that you have nowhere to go and that the vehicle behind you isn't going to stop. All you can do is brace for impact and hope for the best.

What types of restitution can I get from my injury claim?

A serious accident in West Virginia can change your life and leave you with expensive medical bills and other costs that can affect your family for years to come. If you have valid grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim, you would be wise to ensure that you seek the appropriate amount of damages to cover all of your losses.

The specific damages you can get from an accident claim depend on the nature of your injuries, your accident case and other factors. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand your specific legal options and help you understand how to maximize your civil claim.

Head injuries from accidents may be more serious than they appear

If you suffered injuries in a car accident in West Virginia, you know that you may not fully understand the true impact of your collision until days or weeks later. The full effect of your collision may not be immediately evident. In many cases, head injuries that did not seem serious ultimately end up being quite serious.

Head injuries are a common type of car accident injury, and the way they affect accident victims can vary on a case-by-case basis. The symptoms of a concussion can linger for weeks or months, affecting your ability to work, drive and live a normal life. It is dangerous to underestimate the serious nature of any type of head injury.

Have you noticed these signs of nursing home neglect?

When a loved one falls ill, suffers severe mental decline or otherwise becomes in need of extended care, you certainly want to make sure he or she receives the proper care. While you may wish that you could help provide that care, your own life and obligations may not allow you the time and energy to do so. As a result, a nursing home facility often becomes the next best option.

Many people go into nursing homes every year to receive the care and attention their conditions require. Of course, it can feel difficult to place the care of someone you love into the hands of other people. However, remembering that these staff members are professionals may have helped you feel more at ease. Unfortunately, over time, you may have noticed some concerning aspects that led to you suspect neglect.

Were you injured in a single-vehicle accident?

Single-car accidents take place relatively often. You may have seen your fair share of vehicles that have gone off the roadway, hit utility poles, crashed into guardrails or ended up in other forms of a crash without another vehicle involved. When these incidents occur, people commonly wonder what could have caused them.

A number of factors could contribute to a single-car crash, just as they could a multi-vehicle collision. Drivers could often avoid many of the most common contributors, but because individuals do not always practice the safest measures when behind the wheel, crashes occur regularly.

The paperwork you need when filing for disability benefits

It can be scary to find yourself dealing with a condition that prevents you from holding gainful employment. Whether you have a mental condition, physical injury or medical diagnosis that keeps you from working, you have certain options. It is possible you have a rightful claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

West Virginia readers know disability benefits are available to certain qualifying individuals who cannot work because of a medical condition. There are strict qualification guidelines for applying for these benefits, but if you qualify, you may need to know how to move forward with your application. The application process can be complex, and it involves gathering certain documentation and including evidence of your qualifying medical condition.

What does the data say about accidents involving big rigs?

Across the country, thousands of accidents occur each year, and a certain number of those crashes take place here in West Virginia. Narrowing the numbers even more, a certain number of them involve 18-wheelers. In order to narrow the numbers further, you have to consider that only a certain number of crashes involving big rigs also results in fatalities.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute gather facts each year regarding fatalities on the country's roadways, including those involving big rigs. It probably won't surprise you that driving or riding in a passenger vehicle increases your vulnerability in an accident involving a truck. So understanding how these accidents happen could help you avoid becoming a statistic.

Misconceptions about the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a serious issue that threatens the safety and well-being of every driver on West Virginia roads. While most drivers are fully aware of the dangers of distracted driving, many of them believe that they can still do certain things and drive safely. Misconceptions about the dangers of distracted driving can have serious or fatal consequences.

You may associate distracted driving with texting, and while that is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, it is not the only one. There are many other factors that can take a driver's attention and lead to an increased chance of an accident. If you suffered physically, emotionally and financially because of a distracted driver, you may have grounds to pursue legal recourse, regardless of the reason for the distraction.

Should I apply for SSDI or SSI benefits if I am unable to work?

West Virginia readers know that there are certain types of benefits available to individuals who are unable to work because of physical or mental conditions. If you are currently unable to work because you suffered a disabling injury or your condition is such that you can no longer carry out the obligations of your job, you have rights.

You could have a rightful claim to disability benefits, but there are things you may need to know before you apply. There are two types of programs available to you, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, and each of these have specific eligibility requirements. Before you move forward with your application for benefits, it is helpful to seek a full understanding of your rights and options.

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