Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit Information | Romanucci & Blandin
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit Information
The most common type of personal injury case is auto accident cases. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a car accident in the United States every 10 seconds. Negligence seems to be the leading factor in the cause of these car accidents, and the negligent party may be required to pay for any damages, both medical and to the vehicle. There must be proof of the defendant’s negligence by the injured party, and by seeking the help of the Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys of RB Law, you can ensure that you will have the best protection and best chance to get compensation for your injuries.
Determining the negligent party is often the first step after an accident occurs. By hiring an attorney who has vast experience in these types of cases, you can get the help you need to sort through the complicated fault issues, and help determine who was at fault for the accident you were involved in.
There are many factors that the court uses to find whether or not a driver was negligent, including:
• Did the driver fail to signal while turning?
• Was the driver on the wrong side of the road?
• Was the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
• Was the speed limit obeyed?
• Were traffic signs or signals obeyed?
• Were weather or traffic conditions disregarded?
Causes of Automobile Accidents
If a driver is found to be reckless, they may also be liable for the auto accident. Reckless driving includes drivers who have a threatening or harassing manner that led to a car accident. (Road rage is included in this reckless driving category). This type of behavior can also lead to criminal charges.
Aggressive driving has led to numerous car accidents and fatalities. Law enforcement agencies continue their efforts to recognize and penalize aggressive drivers who endanger everyone around them. These unlawful behaviors that aggressive drivers express include:
• Failure to use turn signal
• Improper or excessive lane changing
• Improper passing or using the shoulder or emergency lane to pass
Avoiding an Accident
There are several steps you can take to avoid further confrontation if an aggressive driver is near you and causing problems on the road. First of all, you should do your best to get as far away from that driver as possible. Avoid eye contact and be sure to avoid returning any gestures. If serious aggressive driving is underway, it would be best to pull over to a safe spot and contact the authorities.
Last year, there were over 1 million people who received injuries because of an alcohol related car accident. In drunk driving cases, the bar or host of the social gathering that lead to the driver being over served may also be held liable in addition to the drunk driver. In order to determine who is liable for your accident that involved an intoxicated driver, you should contact one of our expert personal injury attorneys who are extremely familiar at the laws that determine legal responsibility.
Accidents that are Not Caused by the Drivers Involved
There are times when there are vehicle accidents that are not caused by another driver. For instance, there may be a defect in a car in which the manufacturer of the car may be held responsible for the injuries that resulted from this defect. This type of case falls under product liability, and involves a suit against the seller of the defective product since their defective product brought on injury to the consumer. The manufacturer who created the defective product may also be liable for any injuries that resulted from their product, whether they were negligent or not.
If a mechanic does not repair a vehicle properly, that is another example of an accident not caused by a driver. The mechanic or his place of employment may be held liable for negligence, since their actions caused injuries.
There are other factors that could cause accidents as well, such as traffic control signals that malfunction, roads that have been poorly maintained, highway defects, trees, poorly placed utility pools or lighting problems. These cases typically involve government entities as the possible defendants, so it is important to obtain the best legal advice in order to win your claim.
In any motor vehicle accident, it is vital that the victim documents as much evidence from the accident and have doctors thoroughly evaluate any injuries sustained from the accident. During this difficult time, you will want the best personal injury attorney by your side to help you assess your situation and find the best and fastest way for you to get compensation for your injuries.
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