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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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Can a Car's 'Black Box' Data Be Used in Court?

While "black boxes" are most commonly associated with airplanes, you might be surprised to know that most recent car models have a "black box" installed as an event data recorder.

This "black box" is typically used by car companies to assess the performance of their vehicles, but the data that's collected on the boxes may also assist police and insurance companies investigate crashes.

So can "black box" data be used in a car accident lawsuit?

A FedEx truck crashed into a tour bus Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring 34 others.

The fiery crash occurred on Interstate 5 near Orland, California, about 100 miles north of Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol and National Transportation Safety Board are now trying to determine what caused the FedEx tractor trailer to cross the median and collide with a bus full of high school students, reports The Sacramento Bee.

As the details of the FedEx truck crash unfold, many legal questions will need to be answered.

How to Prove Distracted Driving Caused a Crash

Distracted driving car accidents are common occurrences, but when it comes to suing the driver for your injuries, you may need to provide evidence that the driver wasn't paying attention to the road.

Beyond texting while driving, distracted driving can include things like applying makeup, eating while driving, or driving with pets in your lap. So how can you show that another driver was distracted at the time of your accident?

Here are five potential ways to prove that distracted driving caused a crash:

Fewer Fake Crashes in Fla. After PIP Reform

Two years after Florida reformed its personal injury protection (PIP) law, the state has seen fewer fake or staged car crashes.

Claims for PIP claims fell from 712 in 2012 to 328 last year. Additionally, questionable PIP claims filed in the Sunshine State dropped nearly eight percent in a year, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

So let's take a look at how PIP coverage works and what reforms were made in Florida.

Top 10 Tips for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

According to the Council, thousands of people die each year in crashes caused by cell phone use while driving. But phone calls and text messages aren't the only distractions drivers should try to avoid while behind the wheel.

Here are 10 tips and facts to keep in mind for Distracted Driving Awareness Month:

3 Ways Truck Crashes Can Differ From Car Crashes

Any motor vehicle accident can lead to property damage or injury, but are there many potnetial ways in which a truck crash can differ from an "ordinary" car crash.

From special insurance coverage to commercial truck laws, there are actually several factors that can make truck accidents unique.

Here are three common differences between commercial truck accidents and standard car accidents:

1 in 4 Car Crashes Involves Cell Phone Use: Report

More than one in four car crashes involves cell phone use, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.

Perhaps even more surprising, only 5 percent of crashes involve texting, while 21 percent involve drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones, according to the report.

The findings serve as a grim reminder than talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel -- even on a hands-free device -- can be incredibly dangerous.

Big rig crashes can be unsettling for even seasoned drivers, so it's best to have a plan just in case.

Here are 10 helpful reminders for what to do following a big rig crash:

Truck Accident Damages: How Much Can You Collect?

People often wonder how much they can get in truck accident damages. Every case is different, so there is no "one size fits all" approach to calculating damages in truck accident cases.

To determine your specific damages award, courts will examine a variety of factors.

Here are seven factors that can potentially shape the amount you can collect in a truck accident case:

The family of the "affluenza" teen sentenced to probation after a fatal DUI crash has decided to settle lawsuits brought by some of the victims.

Ethan Couch's family has agreed to settle with the families of Breanna Mitchell and Hollie and Shelby Boyles -- all three allegedly killed by Couch, then 16, in June, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Youth pastor Brian Jennings was also killed in the crash, but a settlement with his family has not yet been reached.