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Motor vehicle accidents happen to be the majority of personal injury claims cases in the U.S. In fact, there are about 5.2 million driving accidents reported every year. Legal claims arising from motor vehicle accidents are typically governed by the law of 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 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. In most cases, your instincts will tell you that a driver, cyclist or pedestrian acted carelessly, but not exactly what rule or rules that person violated. Some factors that can determine negligence 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, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In addition, there may be motor vehicle accidents that are not caused by the drivers involved. For example, an accident may occur due to a defect in someone's automobile. In such a case, an automobile manufacturer or supplier may be responsible for injuries caused by a defect in the automobile under the law of product liability. As well, poorly maintained roads and malfunctioning traffic control signals can contribute to causing an accident as well. Improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, lighting, or other highway defects, including poorly placed trees and utility poles, can also cause serious accidents. In cases such as this, government entities may be potential defendants.
If you or someone you know has suffered a car accident injury, some important questions need to be answered. Your first step should be contacting an auto accident attorney for a free claim evaluation. Reviewing your claim with an attorney can help you identify who, if anyone, was negligent and if that negligence caused your injury.