A Motor Vehicle Accident occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Many times an auto accident may not result in injuries but when traffic collisions result in injury, death, and property damage, Lost Value Law, P.A. is here to help.
Car accidents cause the loss of time, property, health and even life. Such accidents occur because of elements including driver error, negligence, manufacturing, defects and dangerous weather.
Automobile accidents give rise to the majority of personal injury claims in the United States. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Determining who is at fault in an auto accident is a matter of deciding who was negligent. People who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence was a proximate cause of the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Issues of fault can be complicated by who acted when and which laws governed the situation. If the other driver was negligent, you may have to prove that the driver breached a duty of care to you and that the breach caused your damages. The assistance of an attorney can be immensely valuable at this time.
Some factors in determining whether a driver was negligent may include, but are not limited to:
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal while turning
- Driving above or below the posted speed limit
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Sleep deprivation
- Distracted Driving – including texting or talking on cell phone
- Improper or excessive lane changing
Defective automobiles can cause car accidents. Automobile parts, such as tires or brakes, which are defective may also cause car accidents. If a part is defective, persons who were injured because of the defect may sue the manufacturer or supplier of the part under the legal theory of products liability. Courts generally treat products liability as a strict liability tort, meaning that the court will hold the manufacturer or seller liable regardless of whether or not they acted negligently.
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