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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've been involved in a hit-and-run accident. So what should you do?

Unfortunately, hit-and-run car accidents are all too common. Last week, a Minneapolis man was left in the middle of a downtown street with serious injuries after witnesses say a car appeared to deliberately hit him then speed away, the Star Tribune reported.

In the confusion following a hit-and-run crash, it's easy to allow anger or confusion cloud your judgment. But having a plan can help. Here are five first steps to consider if you're the victim of a hit-and-run:

If you're injured on a bus, how much can you collect? For one California woman, the answer is $15.3 million. Maria Francisco's verdict against a public transit district was upheld last week by a state court.

Francisco fractured her spine when the AC Transit bus she was riding in went over a speed bump at 30 mph in a 15 mph zone. San Francisco's KPIX-TV reports that the bump caused Francisco to fly into the air and land hard back on the seat; importantly, the moment of impact -- and Francisco's injury -- was caught on bus surveillance video.

The verdict is the just latest in a slew of large damage awards in personal injury cases involving buses. If you're injured on a bus, here are five legal points to consider:

Yet another GM recall class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal court, with more than 600 plaintiffs alleging injuries and deaths due to the car manufacturer's faulty ignition switches.

The suit was filed by a Corpus Christi, Texas-based law firm, based largely on crashes that occurred after GM's bout in bankruptcy court in 2009. Attorney Robert Hilliard told The Associated Press that this makes the suit exempt from GM's attempt to shield itself under bankruptcy law.

What should you know about this most recent class-action lawsuit, and what happens next?

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, claiming the retailer should be held responsible for last month's accident in which a Walmart truck rammed into Morgan's bus, injuring three and killing one.

As Morgan pursues his negligence lawsuit against the company, what will likely be the key aspects of his case, and what lessons can be learned about truck accidents in general?

Here are three legal tips for plaintiffs in truck accident lawsuits:

It may be frustrating when police or prosecutors don't take action when someone has wronged you, but you have rights to recover in civil court.

Even if an investigation has cleared someone of criminal liability, you can still sue that person for the damages they're responsible for. Pop star Justin Bieber recently learned this the hard way after being slapped with a civil suit over an alleged hit-and-run in 2013, after police determined no crime had been committed.

Here are three common ways to sue for damage or injuries that may not rise to the level of criminal culpability:

Most people are aware that car accidents commonly result in personal injury lawsuits.

However, most probably don't know that they can be held liable in a car accident lawsuit involving their vehicle, even if they weren't driving or even riding in the car at the time of the accident.

How can a car owner be sued for an accident he or she wasn't physically involved in? Here are a few ways it can happen:

A Pennsylvania insurance scam has been busted by Philadelphia law enforcement, exposing an alleged plot to use dead deer in fake car crashes.

Ron Galati, 63, is accused of using his family-owned American Collision and Auto Center as the means to stage and fabricate car crashes with deer. The auto shop owner allegedly kept deer blood and carcasses at the shop to use in staged photos to be sent to insurance companies, reports Newser.

What is this deer scam all about, and how did they get caught?

A new study has found that 10 American cities are the deadliest places for pedestrians in the nation.

The National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC), a branch of the neighborhood advocacy group Smart Growth America, released a study in May which compared total pedestrian deaths, annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents, and percentage of pedestrian commuters to come up with the most dangerous metro areas to walk in America.

So which cities are the deadliest for pedestrians?

A Pennsylvania appeals court recently upheld an eye-opening $10 million verdict in a multi-vehicle wreck caused by an out-of-control and poorly maintained dump truck.

The award included over $1 million in punitive damages, as The National Trial Lawyers' blog pointed out.

What facts in this case inspired the jury to not only compensate the victims for their damages but also punish the defendant?

Are pregnant drivers more likely to crash?

A new Canadian study suggests that pregnant women are more likely to be involved in a serious motor-vehicle accident, especially in their second trimesters.

Why is this? And does this finding mean you should avoid driving while pregnant?