Motor Vehicle Accidents: Injured
Injured - The FindLaw Accident, Injury and Tort Law Blog

Motor Vehicle Accidents

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.


Recently in Motor Vehicle Accidents Category

Drivers may worry that if they failed to brake before colliding with another car, they will be responsible for the damages.

But sometimes a vehicle can fail to break for reasons other than driver error -- perhaps it was the result of poor maintenance or even a manufacturing defect. These factors must be considered when determining liability for a crash.

So who is liable in a crash in which one or more vehicles failed to brake?

Thanks to human anatomy, your knees tend to be an easy place to bruise when you fall. Also called a patellar contusion by medical professionals, a bruised knee may initially seem like nothing.

But sometimes a bruised knee is the first sign of more serious medical problems following an accident. And regardless of the extent of your knee injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

So when is a bruised knee worth suing over?

With the holiday travel season at hand, millions of Americans will be hitting highways. Unfortunately, some of them may be involved in an accident.

Not every car accident will result in a lawsuit. In many cases, vehicle damage and injuries may be covered by insurance claims. In some instances, however, a car accident lawsuit may be required to recover the full amount of your damages.

When should you sue following a highway accident?

With fall's wet weather turning to winter snow and ice in many parts of the country, drivers are (hopefully) driving a bit more cautiously.

After all, failing to match your driving habits to inclement weather conditions may place you at fault for an accident, potentially leading to liability for damages or injuries. Unsafe driving in wintry weather can also impact your ability to recover for your own damages.

What are some of the worst winter driving habits that can come back to haunt you in the event of a car accident or injury lawsuit? Here are five:

You may be outside your home state for a number of reasons: vacation, seeing family over the holidays, work trips, etc. But you probably won't know what your legal options are if you're injured while visiting another state.

Odds are that you'll be able to sue for your injuries, but there may be some twists as to how and where you'll be able to file suit.

So what can happen if you get injured in another state?

The former mayor of a Southern California city is being sued for an alleged DUI crash that injured four high school cheerleaders.

Alan Long was still mayor of Murrieta when the accident occurred last month, reports KTLA-TV. Though he stepped down following the crash and his arrest for felony DUI at the scene, he was subsequently re-elected to a second term on the Murrieta City Council in the November election.

In addition to being charged with DUI, Long is now facing potential civil liability for the injuries sustained by the four high school cheerleaders in the car Long allegedly crashed into while intoxicated.

If you are injured in a car accident, consulting with an attorney who handles car accident injury lawsuits may be the best way to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries and other financial losses caused by the crash.

In order to help you, however, an attorney will first need you to help him understand the facts surrounding your accident and your injuries. An attorney may know the law, but can only apply the law once he knows the key details of your particular case.

What will an attorney need to know in order to proceed with your injury claim? Here are five things:

When a delivery truck slams into you, you may be wondering how you can legally recover.

You might be thinking, "The driver doesn't have the money to pay for my injuries or damage to my car, so how can I possibly sue?" And since delivery drivers may be skittish about revealing their employer's identity, how can you go after the party with bigger pockets?

Take heart, here are some potential ways you can sue if you're hit by a delivery truck:

Being involved in a rear-end accident is bad enough, but its even worse when you're stopped at a red light or stop sign.

These kinds of accidents can be more than just annoying fender-benders; depending on your vehicle, they may cause serious injury or even death. That was certainly the case early Friday when a hit-and-run driver slammed into an Arizona motorcycle cop at a red light, killing the officer, Phoenix's KNXV-TV reported. Then there are chain-reaction crashes: The car that hit you may not have even been the one responsible for the crash, but you may still be injured.

So can you sue if you've been rear-ended at a red light or stop sign?

Maybe it was a parking lot fender bender that didn't seem to cause any damage or an accident that occurred when someone else was driving your car.

Whatever the case may be, if you are contacted by another party regarding a car accident, you may be taken by surprise. And unfortunately, doing or saying the wrong thing may have repercussions in the event of an accident lawsuit.

So what should you do if you're contacted about a car accident?