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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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Getting in an accident with another car is one headache, but your frown may get upgraded to a mega-frown when you hear you've hit a city or state government-owned vehicle. Or maybe it hit you.

Don't worry, you can fight City Hall. Whether you were in an accident with a police car or a trash truck, you do have options when crashes involve government-owned vehicles.

Here are five tips for accidents involving state or city vehicles to get you started:

When you meet with a personal injury attorney for a consultation, you don't want to show up empty-handed.

You want to give your potential lawyer all the information you can so she can make an accurate evaluation of your injury case. That won't exactly work if you leave crucial documents at home or at the hospital.

So make sure you bring these seven types of documents to your personal injury consultation:

You may assume that if you were speeding before a car accident, you have no chance of winning. But that's not necessarily true.

Depending on the laws in your state, you can get compensation in your car accident case even if you were violating the speed limit before your accident.

Want to know how? Check out the legal principles governing when speed limit breakers can recover in a car accident case:

Many drivers practice what's known as "parking by Braille": They keep moving until they feel a bump. And those bumps may be more meaningful for car owners who come back to find their cars dented and dinged.

In the best of all possible parking worlds, some sort of fairy would appear and leave a detailed note on your car -- rife with contact and insurance information -- every time your parked car was hit. However, back in the real world, you may have to get the law involved in order to get some compensation for your parking lot woes.

Here are three ways to get legal compensation for parking lot dents and dings:

Crashing a rental car can be a real nightmare, but you can try to prepare for the worst. Not only are there practical tips you can follow, but you should also consider the legal ramifications.

Getting into a crash in your own car creates enough legal problems, but when dealing with a rental agency and your insurance company and the other party, you may be ready to pull your hair out figuring out where to start.

Not to worry, here are your five first legal steps when involved in a rental car crash:

After a car accident, you may not think that you need an attorney. After all, car accidents happen all the time, and your insurance company's going to handle everything anyway, right?

Don't count on it. Being self-reliant can be a virtue, but in many cases a car accident victim's lack of knowledge about applicable laws and refusal to reach out to an attorney can affect how much compensation a victim receives.

Check out these five things a car accident lawyer can do that you probably can't:

One of the 14 people injured in a shuttle bus crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has filed a lawsuit against the bus driver and the company that owns the bus.

Talipha Charles suffered broken bones, contusions, and other injuries in the crash, the Daily Herald reports. According to Charles' lawyer, the bus driver was speeding at the time of the collision and failed to stay in the proper lane, causing the bus to crash into a concrete median.

How will these allegations affect both the driver's and the bus company's potential liability for the crash?

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?