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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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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?

Can I Keep a Totaled Car?

How attached are you to your car?

After a car accident, you call your insurance company. Most of the time, the insurance company will pay to fix your car. However, if the cost of repair is too high, it might declare your car a total loss.

Can you keep a car that has been totaled?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 700 bicyclists were killed in crashes with cars in 2013.

With the risk of accidents so high, you can expect to get into an accident at least once during your bicycling career. Here are seven steps to take immediately after a bicycling accident:

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.