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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.

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Tesla Sued by Driver Over Autopilot Crash, Broken Foot

In yet another Tesla Autopilot crash, Heather Lommatzsch filed suit against Tesla in a Utah state court for negligence, among other claims. She crashed her Tesla Model S into a fire engine in May 2018 while Autopilot was on and she was looking at her phone. Lommatzsch was under the erroneous impression that the car would safely stop on its own if another object, like a fire engine, was in its way. She broke her foot in the accident, but also claims she has lost "the pleasures and enjoyment of life and physical impairment."

It's just a little fender bender, right? Doesn't look like anyone was really hurt, so we can just exchange some insurance information and be on our way, right?

Well, maybe not. Depending on the accident, the damage to the vehicles, and any potential injuries, a minor car accident can turn into a major legal battle. So how do you know if you need to hire an attorney after a car accident?

Uber Sued After Driver's Multiple Sexual Assaults

Uber is the target of yet another sex crime lawsuit, this time concerning a driver who purportedly is a repeat offender. The driver, John Kyle Lane, sexually exposed himself to a rider just days after he had sexually assaulted another rider in a nearby town. 

In this suit, the two women claim the company was negligent in its retention of Lane after the first incident, and are seeking at least $25,000 in damages yet to be determined.

Summer is the perfect time to be out on the water. The weather is great for swimming, skiing, fishing, or just cruising around. But the weather doesn't always stay great, some of those activities can be dangerous, and a few adult beverages can ruin everyone's day. So, how do you stay safe on the water this summer, and what do you do if there's an accident?

Here are three posts from our archives to help you learn about maritime law, prevent boating accidents, and figure out legal liability.

'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.