Life changing motor vehicle accidents happen nearly every day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009, 76,309 people were involved in some form of fatal motor vehicle accident, with 33,808 fatalities occurring. (1)
The effects of these life-altering motor vehicle accidents can be among some of the most traumatic a person and their loved ones may ever experience. In just a fraction of a second, a life can be changed or lost forever.
It is important to note that motor vehicle accidents are not just limited to an accident in a car or truck. This category encompasses a wide range of vehicles, including, but not limited to:
The cause of a motor vehicle accident is not always the driver’s doing. Sometimes, it is possible that poor road design or poor road conditions cause motor vehicle accidents that result in injury or death.
Even if the driver is at fault for the accident, it is important to consider that outside factors may have contributed to the accident. These include:
When a driver makes an error that causes a motor vehicle accident that results in seriously injuring others, it may qualify as grounds for driver error lawsuits. Examples of driver errors include factors like failing to yield, switching lanes without looking and more.
When a person is distracted while driving, and this leads to a motor vehicle accident that causes serious injuries or death, a distracted driving lawsuit is a legal option. Distracted driving is defined by the official U.S. government website for distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” These activities may include:
Text messaging while driving is considered the most serious form of distracted driving because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention focused away from the act of driving. All forms of distracted driving endanger the driver, any passengers, bystanders and nearby drivers.
Breaking a traffic law while driving can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents that injure passengers, other drivers or bystanders. Common types of traffic laws violations that can result in an accident include:
Traffic laws are put into place to help keep drivers, passengers and bystanders safe. When traffic laws are violated, they can lead to motor vehicle accidents involving injuries or even death. When this happens, the person who committed the traffic violation may be held liable for damages through a traffic violation lawsuit.
Every 48 minutes, someone dies in a motor vehicle accident that involves an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Intoxicated driving, also called impaired driving and drunk driving, accounts for almost 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths across the country. This makes driving while intoxicated a major issue in the United States.
Those who have been injured by intoxicated driving may be eligible for intoxicated driving lawsuits.
The owner, captain or operator of a motorboat, sailboat, luxury cruise liner, charter ship or maritime vessel is responsible for the welfare and safety of those aboard the craft. When a boating accident occurs, serious injury is often a direct result, with the life and physical well-being of everyone involved being placed at risk.
Boating accident lawsuits can cover a broad range of incidents, including:
No matter how rare they may be, airplane accidents do occur and can cause serious injury. Among survivors injured in airplane accidents, or the loved ones of someone killed in an aviation accident, airplane accident lawsuits can be sought to identify those responsible and hold them accountable for injuries or wrongful deaths.
When an airplane crashes, negligence usually falls into the hands of someone. An airplane accident lawsuit can help determine who that someone might be.
Common reasons for airplane crashes include:
When a motor vehicle is manufactured improperly, it can result in accidents or malfunctioning that can lead to serious injury. Through motor vehicle manufacturing defect lawsuits, the manufacturer at fault is held accountable for the injury acquired by an innocent individual.
As stated by the Federal Motor Vehicle of Safety Standards, a bus can be defined as a vehicle capable of carrying more than ten passengers. This definition can cover a wide array of vehicle types, including school buses, large vans, airport shuttles and public transport vehicles. There is also no one set of rules and regulations that governs bus accidents. Instead, liability can vary on a local and state level.
Because of the number of regulations involved in defining a bus and a bus accident, determining liability can become a complex task. Fault may be attributed to a wide range of parties, including:
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