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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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It’s great that there are more people getting more exercise, and easing pollution and traffic by getting on a bicycle rather than in a car. But with more cyclists on the road, there are bound to be more cycling accidents.

With bike laws and some traffic laws, states and cities are trying to protect bicyclists on the road. But does that include absolving them from responsibility in collisions? Are traffic accidents always the car’s fault or can bicyclists be held liable? Here’s a look.

This is roundup of previous posts in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

Every car accident, even the standard fender bender, is unique. And sadly, some accidents are more serious than others. So getting answers to your car accident questions may require more specifics and a conversation with a good car accident attorney.

There are, however, some general principles that apply to most car accident claims. So here are ten of the most common car accident questions from our archives, and where to find the answers.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

It's almost become cliché to complain about back or neck pain after a car accident. But there's a reason it's such a common complaint. Car accidents, even simple fender benders, can be jarring -- there's a lot of weight and force exerted on the human body during a car crash. And while seat belts are designed to keep you secure in the car, they can't keep your spine in perfect alignment during an accident.

So if you've been in a car accident and are feeling neck or back pain, here are three things to do to protect your legal rights:

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 35,200 people died in car accidents in 2015, a 7.7 percent increase over the previous year. This would also be the deadliest year on the nation's roadways since 2008.

We're told our cars are getting safer all the time, so why were last year's accidents so deadly? One of the reasons might surprise you.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

Any car accident is terrifying -- we realize how powerful and dangerous cars can be, and how fragile our health and safety can be when driving. In some tragic instances, serious car accidents can result in fatalities and we are truly shaken.

Often, the last thing from our mind when a loved one is killed in a car accident is the legal system. But if the deadly accident was someone else's fault, you may be able to recover for medical bills, funeral costs, or pain and suffering. Here are your legal rights following a car accident death.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If you’ve been in a car accident, you should do everything you can to document what happened. But that’s not the whole story. There are a few things you’ll want to take care of first, and many things you’ll need to take care of after.

Here’s what you need to know about taking pictures of your car accident:

Will Tesla Motors Be Liable for First Autopilot Death?

Yesterday Tesla Motors announced the first death associated with one of its cars in Autopilot mode. The accident occurred in Florida in May and was made public by the car's manufacturer only when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an official investigation of the self-driving car's Autopilot system.

This first self-driving car death raises questions about the safety and future of automated highways at a critical time when authorities are attempting to figure out regulations. Tesla Motors did its best to reassure the public that the incident was not cause for concern, but it is certain that enthusiasm about self-driving cars is at least temporarily tempered. As for liability, Tesla Motors may be sued but not necessarily by the deceased's family.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If there's a silver lining in the wake of your car accident, it's that at least you had insurance. But as the saying goes, every silver lining has a touch of grey. Filing a car insurance claim can be complicated and the process can seem never-ending. It feels like your insurance company always wants more paperwork or documentation, and you begin to wonder whose side they're on.

But if you know beforehand what your insurance company will probably want during the claims process, it could take make the system more streamlined and less stressful. Here are some of the things you'll probably need for your car accident insurance claim:

Do I Need a Witness to Prove a Car Accident Claim or Case?

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If you have been in a car accident, you will need to show evidence of what happened for insurance to coverage the damages. Or, if insurance won't suffice and the accident is severe, you may end up involved in a lawsuit. Whether or not you have a witness to the accident, you can still prove your claim or case.

Witnesses are not the only way that proof is presented, whether a matter is being handled administratively through an insurance claim or legally in a lawsuit. So let's consider what you can do to prove what happened in an accident if there are no witnesses to support you.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

It's normally the first or second question that pops up after a car accident, right after "Is everyone OK?" Before you're even exchanging insurance information, you're wondering whether you need to alert the police or highway patrol so they can file an accident report.

Maybe if you've just gotten a love tap at a stop sign you and the other driver (or your respective insurance companies) can sort out the details. But if there's any dispute about what happened, or if anyone has been injured, you're probably better off filing a police report. Here's why: