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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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Most of us know what to do after a car accident: make sure everyone is OK, exchange insurance info, etc. But what if your car isn’t damaged by another car, but by the road itself? If your car is damaged by a road condition or during road repair or construction, can you sue the construction company or the municipality responsible for the road’s maintenance?

From winter potholes to widening interstate highways, let’s take a look at who might be responsible for damage caused by poor road conditions.

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Car accidents are scary enough, but an accident with a government vehicle can leave you even more frightened and wondering whether you have any recourse at all. While it’s true that filing an injury claim against the government is a little different than your normal lawsuit, that doesn’t mean you can’t recover for damages or injuries caused by a government vehicle.

Whether it was a park maintenance truck, or even a cop car that hit yours, you may be able to sue. But here are some things to keep in mind if you’re in a car accident with a government vehicle.

Cruising down the freeway, a motorcyclist zooms by between you and the car next to you. This is called lane-splitting.

California may soon be the first state to explicitly make motorcycle lane-splitting legal.

While many are ready to welcome our new self-driving car overlords, technology may not be ready to save us from the common car crash just yet. It turns out Google’s self-driving car doesn’t have the spotless driving record many thought after the company admitted its driverless cars have been in 11 accidents.

Google’s Chris Urmson was quick to point out that “Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident,” but in the future, this might not always be the case. So what should you do if you’re in an accident with a self-driving car?

5 Car Accident Myths

Listen to any morning traffic report or talk to any friend and you know — car accidents happen all the time. And everyone’s got their own story. So how do you separate fact from fiction?

Here are five of the most persistent car accident myths, and why they’re they are just plain wrong.

Every state requires all drivers to carry auto insurance. And Obamacare now requires everyone to have health insurance. Facing these laws, many people’s first thought is to get the absolute minimum insurance required, in order to save money.

While this may seem like the most fiscally responsible move in the short term, not having more than the minimum insurance coverage could end up costing you later.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, only 70 percent of recalled vehicles ever get the necessary repairs.

Sometimes, owners ignore recalls. Sometimes, owners never get recall letters. Often, people buy cars used and don’t know that the cars were recalled. The law does not require owners to notify subsequent buyers of recalls on their cars. Ultimately, the responsibility to check for recall rests with the current owner of the car.

So if you’ve missed a recall, and got in a car accident that might have been caused by a defect in your car, can you still sue?

Car accidents are never pleasant, but they can really spoil a perfect vacation when they occur while you are traveling. And an injury can make it even worse.

In many ways, international car accidents are handled in similar ways to those at home. But there might be some big differences, depending on where you’re visiting. Here are some things to consider if you are injured in a car accident in another country.

Many of us don’t think twice when friends ask to borrow our car. We trust them.

But, what happens when they get into an accident? Are you liable for the damage, even if you weren’t driving?