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Tips for recovering from whiplash after a car accident

One of the most common injuries in a car accident is whiplash. Some people are immediately aware of it following the crash and others start to feel the pain and symptoms in the days and weeks that follow. The recovery process and amount of time it takes to recover from whiplash can vary widely, depending on the severity of the injury and the steps the injured individual takes to facilitate recovery.

Here are some tips for recovering from the affects of whiplash, provided by Professor Gwendolen Jull of the University of Queensland:

How much rental car insurance is necessary?

Many travelers arrive at the car rental desk and are presented with a range of rental insurance options to cover them in case of an accident in the rental car. Most people aren't familiar with their own insurance policies and end up paying for rental coverage they don't need as their existing car insurance already covers such incidents.

Here are some things you need to know before you get to the car rental desk to make sure you don't pay more than you need to:

Know your own car insurance policy before you travel - If you only have liability insurance, you may need to get the rental insurance to fully cover the vehicle. If you have collision or comprehensive coverage already, you likely do not need the additional coverage. It's worth the quick phone call to your insurance agent to double check and avoid unnecessary charges.

Did you suffer a brain injury from your car accident and you don't know it?

The brain is an incredibly complex organ that directs the functionality of all other systems in the body. An injury to the brain can be devastating - but a brain injury does not always immediately evidence itself or cause dramatic symptoms.

It is not uncommon for victims of car accidents to move on with their lives, unknowingly having sustained a serious brain injury that could affect them for the rest of their lives. The initial symptoms could be masked by shock or adrenaline, or the person may not connect the dots between certain symptoms and the accident.

Here are a few common symptoms that quietly point to a brain injury and should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to avoid life-altering issues:

What if I'm in a car accident on the job? Do I have a car accident claim?

Each day, thousands of people spend part or all of their work day behind the wheel. Whether your job requires you to drive all day or just occasionally, you're at greater risk of an accident. In the security of a workspace, there are rules and guidelines to prevent accidents. While driving, you are at the mercy of other drivers.

Most people know that workers' compensation will provide benefits for medical coverage if they are hurt on the job. Many people do not know that there could be additional compensation available if you are injured in an on-the-job car accident or an accident involving someone other than your employer.

What you need to know after being hit by a drunk driver

Super Bowl Sunday isn't just one of the biggest days of the year for sports; it's also one of the biggest days of the year for drunk driving accidents.

Even though crash data for this year's Super Bowl has not been reported yet, if past years are any indication, then far too many Florida residents were injured or killed in drunk driving accidents on Sunday.

If you or a family member were hit by a drunk driver, then you need to know what your options are as well as what actions you should be taking and avoiding.

Holding the right people accountable after a DUI accident

Was your holiday season ruined by a drunk driver? Are you wondering how you are going to put your life back together after the accident? Do you want to hold the drunk driver responsible for his or her actions? If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading.

Drunk driving is far too common in Florida, and this is especially true during the holiday season when party hosts, restaurants and bars tend to over-serve guests. However, the bottom line is that there is no excuse for drunk driving, and when a drunk driver causes an accident, the liable parties must be held responsible.

How to protect yourself from uninsured drivers in Florida

Florida law requires that every vehicle with four or more wheels is covered by auto insurance. At the very least, all vehicles must carry $10,000 in personal injury protection and another $10,000 in property damage liability.

However, not everyone follows the laws. In fact, 23 percent of drivers in Florida do not carry insurance, making it the state with the second-highest percent of uninsured motorists, reports the Insurance Information Institute.

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Read these safety tips

Millions of Americans will be traveling near and far this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents will put a damper on some people's holiday celebrations, as more cars on the roads means a greater chance for accidents.

To help a motor vehicle accident from derailing your holiday plans, consider these tips for avoiding a car accident from the Florida Highway Patrol:

Distracted drivers are No. 1 concern on U.S. roadways

Texting while driving is illegal in Florida, but it still poses a huge problem in the state and everyone knows it. In fact, according to a recent poll by Kelly Blue Book, 97 percent of U.S. drivers surveyed said they consider distracted drivers to be their No. 1 concern on the roads. Distracted drivers were cited as more of a concern than drunk drivers, drivers with road rage and even poor weather conditions.

It was reported that the poll also found that more than 90 percent of participating drivers were aware of their state's laws governing texting while driving, which means that a majority of people know that their behavior is against the law but they choose to do it anyway.

Car accident on I-95 in Florida injures 3

A state trooper and two private citizens were hurt after a crash on Interstate 95, local sources have confirmed. The Florida Highway Patrol trooper and two women were all taken to local hospitals after one of the women allegedly drove her vehicle into the trooper's squad car. Police are still trying to piece together the specifics of the car accident, and they have not yet filed charges. 

Just before 10 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 4, the trooper had stopped his vehicle at the side of the interstate and was filling out paperwork after working another crash in the area. The driver of the other vehicle, an unidentified woman, apparently lost control and rammed into the back of the squad car. This accident is believed to have been a result of a violation of Florida's "move over" law, which requires motorists to keep a wide berth away from emergency vehicles on the side of the road. 

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