Trucking and Motor Vehicle Collisions
Every year millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents—many very seriously. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. In 2009, there were an estimated 5,505,000 police reported traffic crashes, in which 33,308 people were killed and 2,217,000 were injured.
Motor vehicle 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. No matter what the specific cause or result, a crash can turn a normal day into a prolonged struggle. Speaking with a lawyer can help you sort out rights, your options and your future. Contact an attorney to find out more.
When you have been in an auto accident, you may have a sense of who caused it. Issues of fault, however, 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, whether you are battling and insurance company or seeking compensation for your injuries.
Types of Vehicle Collision Claims
People use boats both for pleasure and work. Those who boat for pleasure and are injured may be covered by different liability rules than those who are hurt while on boats for work. Common scenarios that give rise to injury on boats are when a boat collides with another boat, a boat collides with a submerged obstacle such as a rock, a boat collides with the wake of another boat, or a boat hits a wave.
Both federal and state laws may apply to boat collisions. When a boat collision happens at sea, maritime law, rather than state common law, may apply.
Most states follow a traditional tort liability system in which you can recover compensation when a motor vehicle collision caused by somebody else’s misconduct or negligence injures you. Generally, all drivers of motor vehicles are required to carry insurance in case they cause an injury to somebody else.
Most often, motorcycle collisions happen because somebody involved was negligent. An accident that might be inconsequential when two passenger cars are involved can be devastating when a motorcycle is involved. There are no layers of metal protection between a motorcyclist and a passenger car striking it. Even when a motorcyclist wears a helmet, he or she may suffer a brain injury after an accident. Catastrophic injuries are common in motorcycle accident cases.
Pedestrians face some of the gravest dangers on the road. They have no structural protections, as car drivers and passengers do, nor do they wear helmets, as motorcycle drivers should. In 2012, there were 4,743 pedestrian deaths, and an estimated 76,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrians include people who walk, jog, hike, or run along the road.
Truck accidents involve heavier vehicles than most other types of accidents. A tractor-trailer weighs between 12,100 and 80,000 pounds—around 25 times more than the average car. When they are being driven 65 miles per hour on the freeway, they are harder to stop and even more dangerous to small passenger cars. Additionally, due to their size and mass, they are harder to maneuver, especially when the weather or road conditions are poor.
As a result of their size and weight, truck accidents often result in devastating injuries to those riding in passenger cars or motorcycles. These injuries may include traumatic brain injury, paralysis, disfigurement, and amputation. Sometimes these accidents result in multiple wrongful deaths.
Motor Vehicle Collisions Resource Links
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The NTHSA is a government agency dedicated to making American roads safer for travelers.
- National Safety Council
The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization, provides links and articles on topics like seat belt use, safe driving for teenagers and reducing motor vehicle crashes.
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
The Department of Transportation is a federal agency focusing on policy and lawmaking to ensure safer U.S. travel.
- MedlinePlus: Motor Vehicle Safety
The website, from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, offers information on preventing motor vehicle crashes, stating that every 12 minutes, someone in America dies from a motor vehicle accident.
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