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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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We’re told that accidents happen, but not every car crash is an accident. While you’re trying to stay safe on the roads, some less scrupulous drivers are trying to scam money out of insurance companies by staging car accidents. (And these scams aren’t just occurring in Asia or Russia.)

Luckily, many of these scams are similar and therefore more easily identified, if you know what to look for. Here are some of the more popular staged car accidents, and how to avoid them.

Those of us lucky enough to live in places without nasty winter weather know well enough not to gloat about that fact. But beyond avoiding sleet, snow, and icy slush everywhere, the best part about avoiding the worst of winter weather is avoiding the worst of winter drivers.

Don't be that worst winter driver. Make sure your vehicle is packed with safety necessities before you leave the house and use some good winter driving habits to avoid accidents this holiday season.

Car Accident Lawsuit Timeline

They say that time slows down during a car accident, and everything seems to be going in slow motion. But what about after? With adrenaline, injuries, and police reports, time can fly by. And later, dealing with insurance companies can make it feel like time is grinding to a stop.

This can make it hard to see that dealing with a car accident occurs on a long timeline, as opposed to isolated events. And while every accident is unique, most car accident cases follow a similar timeline.

Anyone who’s been in a car accident, and many people who haven’t, know that whiplash injuries are scary and painful. Neck muscle and ligament damage from sudden head and neck movements can take some time to manifest, and even longer to heal.

Whiplash might be the most common car accident injury, and it may be possible to get compensation if you’ve suffered whiplash in a car accident. But compensation can be a complicated procedure.

The universe can have some funny timing. The one time you’re driving without insurance, and boom — you cause a car accident.

Maybe your insurance had just expired or you were between policies. And maybe the person slammed on their brakes right in front of you or you lost control on an icy patch of road. Either way, being at fault for a car accident when you’re uninsured can be a scary prospect, so what should you do next?

You're just sitting at a stoplight and BAM, you're rear-ended. Not just that, but you get pushed into the car in front of you. Does that mean you're liable for the other car's damages? How do you figure out who is at fault for a multi-car pileup?

There are a few options, depending on the law in your state:

Sadly, far too many motor vehicle accidents happen between cars and pedestrians. In most of these cases, the driver is at fault, and an injured pedestrian will sue the driver for damages.

But in some cases, the pedestrian acted negligently and may have contributed to an accident. When that happens, can a motorist sue a pedestrian?

An amphibious Ride the Ducks tour bus collided with a charter bus on Seattle's Aurora Bridge yesterday, killing four students and critically injured 15 more people. Witnesses reported seeing the duck boat swerve into another car before hitting the tour bus head-on. The students were from North Seattle College's international program, and were part of an orientation group heading to tour Safeco Field and Pike Place Market.

A total of 51 people were treated for injuries in local hospitals. Though the cause of the collision remains unknown, traffic safety on the narrow, median-less bridge had been a topic for concern for local officials and the National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation.

Cycling in the city is dangerous. Not only do bicyclists have to be aware of cars and pedestrians, but they have to be hyper-aware of that point when car drivers are about to become pedestrians.

Any person who has spent time biking in an urban setting has a story of almost or actually getting "doored" -- colliding with an open car door as you cruise along a line of parked cars. So whose fault is it when a cyclist gets doored? The biker? The driver? What if it's a passenger? Let's take a look:

Everyone with a driver's license started out as a novice at some point, so it's easy to have sympathy for student drivers -- even if they are, by definition, threats to the safety of our roadways. But even if we sympathize with student drivers, do we hold them accountable for accidents?

Most car accidents come down to everyone's insurance policy. But if insurance doesn't step in, then what?