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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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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?

With the holiday travel season at hand, millions of Americans will be hitting highways. Unfortunately, some of them may be involved in an accident.

Not every car accident will result in a lawsuit. In many cases, vehicle damage and injuries may be covered by insurance claims. In some instances, however, a car accident lawsuit may be required to recover the full amount of your damages.

When should you sue following a highway accident?

With fall's wet weather turning to winter snow and ice in many parts of the country, drivers are (hopefully) driving a bit more cautiously.

After all, failing to match your driving habits to inclement weather conditions may place you at fault for an accident, potentially leading to liability for damages or injuries. Unsafe driving in wintry weather can also impact your ability to recover for your own damages.

What are some of the worst winter driving habits that can come back to haunt you in the event of a car accident or injury lawsuit? Here are five:

You may be outside your home state for a number of reasons: vacation, seeing family over the holidays, work trips, etc. But you probably won't know what your legal options are if you're injured while visiting another state.

Odds are that you'll be able to sue for your injuries, but there may be some twists as to how and where you'll be able to file suit.

So what can happen if you get injured in another state?

The former mayor of a Southern California city is being sued for an alleged DUI crash that injured four high school cheerleaders.

Alan Long was still mayor of Murrieta when the accident occurred last month, reports KTLA-TV. Though he stepped down following the crash and his arrest for felony DUI at the scene, he was subsequently re-elected to a second term on the Murrieta City Council in the November election.

In addition to being charged with DUI, Long is now facing potential civil liability for the injuries sustained by the four high school cheerleaders in the car Long allegedly crashed into while intoxicated.