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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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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?

A broken down car can be heartbreaking. You just want your car back and running like new again. And most of the time, car repair shops take good care of us and our automobiles.

But about the times they don't? What happens if you get your car back from the shop with the same problems it had when you sent it in? While you may not know a radiator from a rocking arm, you do have rights when it comes to getting your car repaired the right way.

According to the Insurance Research Council, one in seven drivers in the United States is uninsured.

Usually, in a car accident, the party at fault's insurance covers the damages. But, with nearly 14 percent of drivers uninsured, what do you do when you're unlucky enough to run into one of them? What do you do if you've been hit by an uninsured driver?

What is Subrogation?

You've just gotten into a car crash. You were entirely innocent, and the other driver was 100 percent at fault. Your insurance paid your medical bills and your car repair bills. You think everything is all done. But, the insurer is contacting you and asking questions about what happened and who is at fault. They keep throwing around the words subrogation and lawsuit.

What is subrogation? Should you be worried?

Maybe your neck is still hurting from that fender bender six months ago. Or the other driver still hasn't paid to repair the damage to your car. Either way, how long you have to file a claim following a car accident?

Every legal claim has what is known as a statute of limitation, meaning if don't file your lawsuit within a certain amount of time, you will lose the right to sue forever. These time limits vary depending on jurisdiction and the type of claim involved, so let's take a look at the statute of limitations for car accident claims.