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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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This is another in our series on car accident claims. So many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

Most insurance companies only make money when they can take payments on customer policies and don't have to make payments on customer claims. And the less scrupulous insurance companies will find any reason not to pay claims. So it's not all that surprising if your car accident insurance claim was denied.

What may be surprising to some, however, is that the denial doesn't mean you're out of options. Here's what you can do if your car insurance company has denied your accident claim.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. So many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If you've been in a car accident, especially a serious one involving extensive damage or injuries, there will probably be an investigation that follows. Whether it's the police, insurance companies, or even private investigators, someone is going to be looking into the accident.

So what does that mean for you, and any legal claims you may have?

This is another in our series on car accident claims. So many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you know you may be able to get reimbursed for hospital and medical bills. But what if those injuries were severe enough to cause you ongoing pain and suffering? For example, what if you are confined to a hospital or your home for an extended amount of time? What if your injuries damaged your marriage or other relationships? And what if, even after medical treatment, you’ll still suffer from soreness, aches, or discomfort?

Pain and suffering, legally speaking, is generally defined as mental or physical distress for which you can recover damages in a personal injury case. So how do you make a pain and suffering injury claim in a car accident case, how hurt do you have to be, and how do you prove it?

Calculating Car Accident Insurance Settlements

If you are in a car accident, you will likely have to make an insurance claim. There are some things you should be aware of before you get in that situation, such as what factors an insurer considers when offering a settlement for a claim.

The amount of money you can recover depends on a number of factors, including extent of damage and injury, as well as policy limits. Insurers do not have a single mode of calculation, so let’s consider general principles.

Who Do I Sue in an Accident With Multiple Cars?

When you’re involved in a car accident, who you can sue will depend on a range of factors, including your state’s laws and details about who else was involved and at fault. Generally speaking, you can sue anyone who was in the crash, but specifics really matter when it comes to negligence.

Car accident cases have a lot of limitations by design. Many states have laws governing and limiting these negligence claims to particular circumstances, and insurance is expected to cover most claims arising on the road. So let’s briefly look at proving negligence and when suing is the right thing to do.

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: