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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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You should always respect your elders. But you might also want to fear them on the highway. While our elderly relatives may have a wealth of knowledge and compassion, they don’t always make the quickest or best decisions behind the wheel. And as Salon points out, getting older drivers to admit they’re not as safe as they once were is difficult, if not impossible.

So if you’re unable to wrest Grandpa’s keys from his clutches, are you gonna be on the hook when he plows through a sidewalk full of bystanders?

If you’re involved in a serious car accident, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is hiring the right lawyer. But how do you find out which lawyer is right for your case?

Online reviews and personal referrals are a great start, but you’ll have to meet with a car accident attorney before you hire one. And here are a few essentials questions you’ll need the answers to:

How Much Can a Passenger Recover After a Car Accident?

You’re injured in a car accident and it is clearly not your fault because you were not behind the wheel but merely an unfortunate passenger. Can you recover any money? How much? Do you sue someone or go through insurance?

The answers to these questions will depend in part on state statutes — each locale has its own laws governing car accidents, insurance coverage, and negligence lawsuits. Additional major factors are the severity of the accident and extent of injury. Let’s look at who might be liable when you’re injured as a passenger.

It's the first and biggest question after a car accident: Whose fault was it? Because determining who caused a car accident will often determine who will be legally liable to pay for the damage and any injuries.

In some cases, deciding who's liable for a car accident is pretty easy: someone was tailgating; that guy ran a red light; she was looking at her cell phone. Other times, figuring out who's at fault is a little bit trickier. Here are seven of the most common questions regarding car accident liability:

Due to their size and shape, tractor trailers have various no-zones — blind spots and other dangerous areas surrounding semis where accidents are most likely to occur. And these accidents can be especially deadly: the latest statistics show that 3,660 people were killed in large truck accidents in 2014 alone, the vast majority of whom were not the truck drivers.

So how do you identify tractor trailer no-zones and how can you avoid these dangerous accidents? Here are a few tips:

What You Need to Know If You're Being Sued for a Car Accident

Car accidents are a risk of driving. When an accident results in a lawsuit for personal injury, the driver at fault may be in for another huge headache. What should you do if you’re involved in an accident and concerned about being sued?

Here are five tips on accidents, injury, insurance and lawsuits, informed by a list on Enlighten Me. Knowing a little bit about the law and what to expect can go a long way toward minimizing your anxiety if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation.

Earlier this month, an unmarked New York Police Department car collided with a bicyclist. The official police report said that the cyclist struck the side police officers’ car while the car was legally turning right and that the cyclist was uninjured in the accident.

But newly released video of the accident, tracked down by the cyclist himself, shows that the cops weren’t telling the truth about the bike crash, and were probably at fault.

Coverage for Car Accidents With Uninsured Motorists

It is commonly know that you can’t squeeze blood from a stone, and the same could be said for getting money for injuries from uninsured or underinsured drivers. Of course everyone is technically liable for the injuries they cause due to negligence, which is one reason that state minimum insurance requirements exist.

But cases have to be proven and you must successfully sue to collect damages, and there may be little point to suing someone who cannot afford any insurance, although a negligence case shouldn’t be ruled out entirely. Still, you do have some options. So let’s take a look at cars, insurance, and accidents.

Proving You're Not at Fault in a Car Accident

You go into a fender bender, or rather, someone bent their fender on your car. Even though you are sure you’re not at fault, the insurance companies seem less certain. How can that be? What do you need to do to prove you did not cause the crash?

Laws vary from state to state and fault determinations in most car accidents are based on motor vehicle statutes, so it’s impossible to address your situation specifically without more details. But we can generally examine the law, auto insurance, and the factors that go into deciding who is at fault after an accident.

Drivers are often responsible for car accidents. But what about the people who sold them the cars? Car dealerships could be on the hook for car accident injuries if they occur during a test drive, if they are due to a car malfunction, or a variety of other reasons.

Here are some common questions, and answers, regarding car dealership lawsuits: