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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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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?

You don't need to Google "school bus crash" to know that the buses we trust to take our kids safely to school don't always have the safest trips. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates there were 1,214 fatal crashes involving school transportation vehicles from 2004 to 2013, averaging 134 fatalities each year.

What do you need to know to keep your children safe on school buses? And what should you do if your child is injured in a school bus accident?

Internet connected cars were just the next logical step in tech, giving us access to all of our friends, music, and communications from behind the wheel. But that was before the Great Car Hacking Scare of 2015. Ever since a couple hackers showed how easy it was to mess around with the controls and disable a Jeep Cherokee, owners of the latest and greatest in automotive technology have been worried about their own rides getting hijacked by a far-off laptop.

But is your car really in danger of being hacked, and if it is, who would be liable if you got into a car accident?

Maybe your search for a new car hit a bump in the road (or another car). Or maybe a prospective buyer's "trip around the block" in your car didn't quite go as planned. Either way, you may be wondering who is responsible for car accidents that happen during a test drive.

For the most part, these car accidents will be handled like any other -- with insurance. But there may be a few quirks you should be familiar with.

When we think of wheelchairs, we may think about the added mobility and freedom they can provide to injured and disabled people. We don’t tend to consider the estimated 300,000 serious wheelchair-related accidents each year.

When these tragic accidents occur, it can be hard to figure out who is responsible.

If you’re at fault in a car accident, you’re liable for your damages. Simple.

This straightforward issue of liability can become complicated if, at the time of the accident, you were on the clock working, or you were driving the company car.

Is your employer ever liable for your car accidents?

True story: I once slaughtered a deer with a rented Toyota Yaris in the middle of Florida's Ocala National Forest. The car was effectively totaled -- front caved in, airbags deployed -- it was barely drivable. The friendly sheriff's officer who finally spotted me said the same thing everyone else does when I start this story: "I hope you got the insurance." I had not.

Lucky for me, I rented the car with a credit card, and many credit card companies (mine included) offer insurance on card purchases, including rental cars. So what does credit card insurance cover when it comes to rental cars? And how do you make sure you're covered?