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Motor Vehicle Accidents are the leading cause of personal injury lawsuits in America. According to the NHTSA, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident every ten seconds. Generally, most lawsuits involving car accidents are brought about using theories of negligence. Sometimes, however, personal injury lawsuits could be brought under the theory of reckless driving, where the driver had a clear disregard for the probability of accident. Other theories under which a motor vehicle lawsuit could be brought are intentional misconduct and even strict liability. Strict liability imposes responsibility regardless of fault, but is usually only ever imposed in cases involving product defects or extra hazardous activities.

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As the use of public transit hits record highs, the chance of buses and trains being involved in an accident also increases. If you've been involved in an accident while riding public transportation -- like the Metrolink crash that injured dozens of commuters in Oxnard, California, today -- you may be wondering if you can get compensation for your injuries.

As it turns out, public transit accidents are treated a little differently from standard fender benders, and those differences can affect your case. Here are a few things that make injury claims involving transit authorities unique:

A simple Google search for "snowmobile accident" returns a distressing number of results, many detailing significant injuries or even deaths. With snowmobile sales on the rise and winter weather feeling more extreme, snowmobile accidents statistics may only get grimmer.

It may be easy to assume that snowmobiles would be treated exactly like automobiles and other vehicles when it comes to accidents. In fact, a 2003 study indicates that snowmobiles cause a higher rate of injuries and fatalities than road traffic.

And there are some areas where the law treats snowmobiles, and their drivers, differently. Here's a general overview of what you need to know:

We may not realize how often we use buses, from airport shuttles to casino tours to intercity transit. And as you can see from the above links, bus accidents happen and people can be seriously injured in bus crashes.

If you've been injured in a bus accident, you may be wondering if you can be compensated for your injuries, and if so, how much. While every accident case is different, some key factors may determine how much you can recover in damages.

If you're involved in a car accident, do you need the help of a car accident attorney?

For very minor accidents, filing an insurance claim with your or the other drivers' insurance is often the easiest way to repair damage to your vehicle or to cover medical expenses related to minor injuries. Drivers also have the option of taking a claim for a relatively minor amount to small claims court. But there are other situations in which the assistance of an attorney may be necessary.

When should you consider hiring an attorney to handle your car accident case? Here are a few common scenarios:

When a vehicle accident involves a big rig semi-truck or other large commercial truck, the potential for those involved to suffer serious injuries or even death may be increased.

One Washington man somehow escaped with not just his life, but also without serious injuries last week when his vehicle was pinned between the trailers of two semi-trucks in a 26-car pileup on Interstate 84 in Oregon. Kaleb Whitby's entire pickup truck was demolished except the small space surrounding his seat, CNN reports. But Whitby escaped with just a few cuts and bruises.

Unfortunately, other drivers can't always count on being so lucky. And injury lawsuits involving commercial truck accidents may require different or additional legal considerations than a typical auto accident, meaning your best move may be to hire an attorney who specializes in truck accidents.

Why should you hire a truck accident lawyer? Here are five things that a truck accident lawyer can do that you probably can't:

With inclement winter weather comes increased odds of being involved in a multiple-vehicle chain-reaction crash.

A winter storm that created whiteout conditions and icy roadways led to one such chain-reaction pileup in Michigan last week. The crash involved a total of 193 vehicles, reports the Lansing State Journal, causing the death of a truck driver and more than two dozen injuries.

What should drivers know about these wild winter wrecks? Here are five legal considerations:

If you're injured in a crash involving a commercial truck, you have the option of seeking recovery for your injuries through a lawsuit.

Truck crash injuries are on the rise. The most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report found that truck crash injuries increased by 18 percent, from 88,000 reported injuries in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012. Truck accidents also led to nearly 4,000 deaths in 2012.

But what should those who may be injured in a truck accident consider know about their potential legal options? Here are a few points to consider:

You may have been injured a while ago, and you just haven't gotten around to pursuing your injury claim yet.

But beware: If you wait too long, you might be too late to get compensation in civil court for your injuries. On the other hand, even though a lot of time has passed, you shouldn't always assume that your case isn't worth pursuing.

So when is it too late to sue for injury?

Drivers may worry that if they failed to brake before colliding with another car, they will be responsible for the damages.

But sometimes a vehicle can fail to break for reasons other than driver error -- perhaps it was the result of poor maintenance or even a manufacturing defect. These factors must be considered when determining liability for a crash.

So who is liable in a crash in which one or more vehicles failed to brake?

Thanks to human anatomy, your knees tend to be an easy place to bruise when you fall. Also called a patellar contusion by medical professionals, a bruised knee may initially seem like nothing.

But sometimes a bruised knee is the first sign of more serious medical problems following an accident. And regardless of the extent of your knee injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

So when is a bruised knee worth suing over?