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Get ready for the real heart of winter -- and the roads

Snowflakes have fallen in Northwest Indiana, but we haven't seen the worst of winter yet. Now is the best time to prepare for the real wintry roads that will slow down traffic and make driving dangerous. Doing so can increase your safety as you run errands and travel everywhere else you need to go by car.

You need to take the time to get your winter driving survival kit together and brush up on your winter driving skills.

What can an attorney do for me if I’m hurt in a car accident?

Car accidents can happen at any time, and they're never a welcome interruption to your busy life. If you suffer an injury in a car accident, you have enough work on your hands recovering from the injury. Too many accident victims attempt to deal with the personal injury claim process on their own and end up missing out on valuable benefits.

While you don't legally need an attorney to deal with insurance companies, it is usually a wise choice in the event of an injury. Recovery takes time and energy, and oftentimes, insurance companies take advantage of a victim's unfamiliarity with the claims process to save themselves money.

What to do when your parents shouldn't be driving anymore

You probably look back with fondness on your driver's education, and your parents were probably key to your learning. Driving represented freedom and independence to a younger version of you. It probably represents the same thing to your aging parents. 

The problem is that we age. As we grow older, mobility and other physical functions can begin to decline. Eventually, this will impact your parents' ability to drive a car. Medical issues like stroke and vertigo could also make driving a vehicle difficult and dangerous.

You should always get proper care after an accident

When a car accident occurs, you may think that you don't need to get medical care. This can be especially true if you do not have visible injuries, or if your injuries seem slight. Often, not seeking medical care is a recipe for greater harm in the long run and difficulty proving fault for your injuries.

Some injuries are obvious - a gash that is bleeding, or a broken arm, for instance. However, some of the most debilitating injuries are those that are less visible. One of the most commonly overlooked injuries after a car accident is a mild traumatic brain injury.

Involved in a crash? Here's what your body might not tell you

After you're involved in a collision, there are probably a million things running through your head. You could be concerned about the cost of repairs for your vehicle or worried about the state of the other driver or his or her passengers. Maybe you're worried that you need to explain the crash to your insurance company, or you are thinking about being late for work. While each of these things is important, one thing that you have to remember is that your body has just experienced a traumatic event. Even if you don't feel any pain now, that doesn't mean you're not injured.

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