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Factors that aid in an auto accident claim

There are a few steps to take after an auto accident if you desire to build a claim against the party responsible for your injuries. Along with these general steps, it may also be helpful for you to understand the claim process.

Filing a claim requires extensive information and proof. Take some time to review a few key things that aid in the process of a personal injury claim after an accident.

Trying to self-treat an injury could cost you more

Not everyone has a ton of money at their disposal, nor does everyone have generous health insurance plans. So, it makes sense when people try to self-treat injuries sustained in car accidents and in other personal injury matters such as sliding on ice and banging up your head.

However, the reality is that self-diagnosing and self-treating injuries can end up being extremely costly. For example, head injuries may not be immediately apparent, and by the time you realize the severity of your injury and that you need extensive treatment rather than a few visits to the doctor, you may have accepted a lowball offer from your insurance company.

Proper driving distance matters on Interstate 81

You may remember the two-second rule from driver’s education. It says that your car should be at least two seconds behind the car in front of it. For example, the other vehicle passes a road sign, and you count to two. If you got to the road sign before the time was up, you were following too closely. Here is a quick look at the importance of proper driving distance on Interstate 81.

Interstate 81 can be risky

Distracted driving takes many forms

In Virginia, 80 percent of car accidents stem from distracted driving. We're all aware that our actions when driving can affect our safety. We know how children arguing or crying in the back seat can take our focus off the road, and that if we reach to turn the radio up for a favorite song we'll only have one hand on the wheel and may be looking down for a second or two. Those distractions have almost always been part of the driving experience. So what makes something like texting while driving so dangerous?

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