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Car Accident PTSD and How It Can Affect You

Published on Sep 25, 2020 at 8:26 am in Auto Accident.

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Physical injuries from car accidents are talked about commonly, but what’s not talked about as much is the emotional trauma that victims of car accidents can suffer from long after the bruises and broken bones have healed. Car accidents are traumatic events that can leave emotional injuries, especially when the collision is dangerous enough to be life-threatening.

Defining the High-Tech Terminology Behind Autonomous Vehicles

Published on Sep 18, 2020 at 10:34 am in Auto Accident.

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Self-driving cars exist and the way they operate advances every day, which is hard to keep up with, especially when you’re not a tech guru. These self-driving cars, otherwise known as autonomous vehicles, have varying degrees of human intervention while driving. Most still have a person physically behind the wheel, but the car is able to steer, accelerate, and brake by itself. More advanced autonomous vehicles can even interpret their surroundings and navigate without the driver.

How Do I Know If My Insurance Company Made a Mistake After an Accident?

Published on Sep 18, 2020 at 8:34 am in Auto Accident.

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Most of the time after a car accident, you’ll be dealing with your insurance company. You’ll need to review your policy, determine if the other person’s policy can pay for any of your damages, and calculate what you believe you’re owed for your damages—which could involve medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Unfortunately, insurance policies are complex and it’s not uncommon for drivers to be unaware of aspects of their policy and what their rights or obligations are. Adjusters may try to take advantage of that to reduce what their company pays out. But what happens if the adjuster makes an error? Let’s take a look at how you know if your insurance company made a mistake with your claim after an accident.

What Happens If a Highway Guardrail Causes Injury or Vehicle Damage?

Published on Aug 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm in Auto Accident.

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When you are driving on the highway, you might think that the guardrails on the side of the road are there for your protection. While that may have been the intent when the Federal Highway Administration approved the guardrails, it turns out that they are not always efficient at protecting drivers and passengers in an accident. In fact, sometimes they can cause serious injury and even death.

After an accident that causes injuries and damages, it’s important to understand your legal options to recover financial compensation. If you crashed into a guardrail and it caused even more damage than would’ve happened otherwise, you might want to consider filing a claim against a manufacturer whose product does more harm than good. A Chicago car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices will fully investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and then can build your claim from there.

How Many Fatal Accidents Can Autonomous Vehicles Really Prevent?

Published on Jul 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm in Auto Accident.

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Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles identify hazards while driving on a more objective level than humans do. When a person is behind the wheel, an accident may be the result of driver error. Ideally, self-driving vehicles eliminate human error. But according to a recently published study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), although self-driving cars will be able to better identify hazards that could cause crashes, that still might only prevent around a third of all crashes.