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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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'I don't have all the details, but to answer your question, no,' Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment, told CBS This Morning. 'It shouldn't have been in the water if, if what happened, happened.'

What happened is one of Pattison's amphibious duck boats capsized and sank in high winds Thursday night in Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Seventeen people were killed and another seven were injured in the accident. Officials have yet to determine whether, and how many, passengers were wearing life jackets.

Sun Glare Car Accident: Who's Liable?

It happens to every driver. Driving home from work, the road meanders through gentle curves and then BAM!, you find yourself driving due west, directly into the blinding sun. You can't see a thing and your only strategy is hope -- that you don't hit a car, bicyclist, or pedestrian before you can safely see again. But what if hope fails you?

In March, an Uber test vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona while operating in "autonomous mode." The pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk when she was struck, and Uber announced that it would suspend all of its self-driving vehicles in cities where they were operating.

According to a 318-page report released by the Tempe Police Department last week, the vehicle's operator, Rafaela Vasquez, was allegedly watching Hulu on her phone at the time of the accident, and police have deemed the crash "entirely avoidable."

It might be the last thing you're thinking about if you hear your child has been in a car accident. But it might be the first thing you think about once you hear they're okay. Handing over the car keys to your children can be an anxiety-inducing moment, and if they get into the accident you're fearing so much, you may also be worrying about how much money you'll be on the hook for.

Whether you're liable for a car accident caused by your child can depend on a variety of factors.

Woman Injured in Uber Crash Sues Driver, Uber

Uber has made huge advances in the peer-to-peer driving industry. Between ridesharing, food delivery, and their progress with regard to autonomous cars, the company is worth billions. But despite all that, Uber has recently been caught up in a hearty slate of lawsuits and scandals. In a recent lawsuit, a woman is suing her Uber driver and the company after she sustained serious injuries in a crash.

Ridesharing has become so common in our daily lives that employers are getting in on the act as well. Company carpool incentive programs have been popping up more and more, including apps to match employees who live nearby to find the most efficient rides.

But any new opportunity opens up new avenues for legal liability, as one case from the Texas Supreme Court recently showed.

Scooter or Moped Accident: When to Sue for Injuries

If you drive a scooter or moped, you've probably felt the fear of sitting in the blind spot of a huge pickup or seeing a semi gaining speed in your tiny side-view mirror. And yet, you still drive it because that little hog gets 70 miles to the gallon. But even if you love your scooter, it's hard to avoid the fact that you're more exposed and vulnerable (harder to see), and that an accident could leave you with serious injuries. As you watch your medical bills pile up, it's important to know when you should sue for your injuries.

How Much Is Your Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?

It's hard to tell with certainty how much a personal injury claim will be worth. It will usually depend on a variety of factors such as the amount of monetary loss that has occurred as a result of the injuries, the extent of the injuries, and the nature of the accident, just to name a few. It can also depend on your fault (if any) in the accident.

In the case of a car accident that involves a pedestrian, for example, it's likely that there will be significant injuries to the pedestrian. So, how much would a pedestrian accident claim be worth? While the answer will always depend on the specific circumstances of the accident, there are some common factors that will influence the amount a pedestrian can recover.

Uber's Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian: What Are the Legal Consequences?

You don't have to be a complete control freak for the idea of self-driving cars to terrify you. And even if the technology would actually make our roads safer in the long run, a new tragedy out of Tempe, Arizona involving a pedestrian is sure to ignite another round of debates over the wisdom of allowing these test vehicles on our roads just yet.

An Uber test vehicle, driving in autonomous mode, hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe on Sunday. Although there was a safety driver at the wheel and the pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, the accident could have serious legal consequences for the company.

School Bus Driver Was Reckless, Negligent in Child's Death, Lawsuit Alleges

Parents try very hard to protect their children. But, this need to protect children must also be balanced with letting go of your children, such as letting them go to school. The hope is that the people that care for your children when you're not around will be responsible and ensure that your child stays safe. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

For example, Arlana Haynes, a 6-year-old girl in first grade died as a result of injuries she sustained in a school bus crash, and her parents say it was because the bus driver was negligent and reckless. Because they feel that this tragic accident was the result of bus driver's actions, Arlana's parents have filed a lawsuit against the bus driver and Houston County schools.