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You've done everything right, but your insurance won't pay up

The worst time to discover your car insurance is inadequate is when you have had an accident and the insurance company denies your claim. You're probably already feeling some stress about the situation, and perhaps you're still recovering from your injuries. Now you have to figure out why your insurance company is refusing to pay what you deserve.

Don't let a car accident wreck your car and your credit rating.

In your rearview mirror, you noticed the driver's headlights entering tailgating territory. A quick feathering of your brakes did nothing to convince the driver to put some distance between his car and yours. While you may have anticipated the crash that ensued, you may have not predicted how you'd respond after the collision: fear of bodily harm, concern for costs associated with car repair and anxiety over an unplanned shift in the day's schedule. Most drivers experience this range of emotions after having been involved in an accident; however, the fact that this may be a common reaction doesn't make it any less personal.

When negligence causes you to be injured in a car accident

Sometimes, a car accident happens from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Most of the time, even if this is the case, the accident took place because of another driver's negligence. You could be going about your day, driving along, and get into a serious accident at the fault of another person on the road. You may have suffered serious injuries, leaving you worried about how you will recover, return to work and replace or fix your vehicle.

4 things you should do after a hit-and-run accident

When a car accident occurs, both drivers are supposed to stop, assess whether or not anyone needs medical attention, and exchange insurance information. Sadly, this doesn't always happen. A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver leaves the scene without giving any info, either by driving away or by failing to leave their information behind after hitting an unattended car. If you are in a hit-and-run accident, make sure you follow these steps to make the post-accident process easier.

How many pedestrians are killed in West Virginia?

The long, lazy days of summer seem all but made for relaxing strolls or running short errands on foot rather than via cars or trucks. As much as you may enjoy getting out on foot and you know that walking is beneficial for your health, you should remain ever-aware of the risks that pedestrians face in West Virginia. These risks, it should be pointed out, exist not just in the summer but all year round as even walking through a parking lot puts you in the position of being a pedestrian surrounded by vehicles that may hit you.

Fourth of July accident kills one, harms four

For most West Virginia residents, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is a time of celebration, relaxing and spending time with friends and family. It offers a welcome break from everyday responsibilities and gives people an opportunity to remember many things about our country for which they can be grateful. For others, however, this holiday can be marred by tragedy. The Fourth of July often sees an increase in highway traffic volume. This can also give rise to an increase in vehicle accidents.

Holiday drunk driving dangers

As West Virginia residents settle into summer and enjoy the long days of warm weather, they also look forward to the fun summer holidays yet to come. With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it is likely that many people are eagerly finalizing their holiday plans. Often, these plans include road trips even if just for the day. Sadly, many of these trips end tragically.

Distracted driving in West Virginia

Distracted driving is a topic that has received a lot of attention in recent years. This is true in West Virginia as well as throughout the rest of the country. Over the course of time, different states have been creating laws to address this dangerous problem. West Virginia was not one of the first to take such action but finally did in 2013 according to Hands Free Information.

How serious is drunk driving in West Virginia?

Motor vehicle accidents are a sad reality of life that you and every West Virginia resident must contend with. While fortunately many collisions such as fender benders many be minor and not result in injuries or even property damage, there are a great many that do in fact result in serious consequences. The reasons for these accidents vary from driver distraction to fatigue and more. Impairment by alcohol is another all-too-common factor involved in car crashes. Just how many people are impacted by drunk drivers in West Virginia every year?

Jury award made for pedestrian death

When a car accident happens in West Virginia, it is not only the people directly involved in the crash who are impacted, especially when an accident victim dies. Family members must struggle with the loss of their loved one and find ways to put their lives back together. Friends, neighbors, and colleagues must also fill the hole left by the deceased person. Even strangers who witness such accidents may have to deal with some level of trauma.

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