Other Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
A motor vehicle accident is when one vehicle collides with another vehicle, stationary object, or pedestrian. A motor vehicle accident can also occur from internal problems with the vehicle itself. People typically think of these motor vehicle accidents being between two cars, however, the phrase “other motor vehicle accidents” is meant to account for all types of vehicles and the accidents that they get into. This can be an accident including any vehicle from an electric scooter to a bulldozer to a jet ski. In 2017, a total of 37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017 with the majority being passenger vehicle crashes, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). This does not even account for accidents besides crashes that other motor vehicles can experience.
If you have been injured by any type of motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation.
Common Types of Other Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Construction vehicles – Vehicles such as bulldozers, cement trucks, crane, excavators, and more have been seen in construction accidents as having malfunctioned, hit pedestrians, or been improperly used in accidents of negligence. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,844 workers lost their lives at road construction sites from 2003-2017. Clearly, there is an ever-present risk to those around these vehicles.
- Watercraft – Vehicles such as boats and jet skis pose a clear risk to its users, especially given the added risk of being surrounded by water. The American Boating Association (ABA) found that 4,463 accidents involved 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries, and about $49 million in property damage as a result.
- Public transportation vehicles – Public Transportation vehicles such as buses, trains, and trams often get into motor vehicle accidents. In 2011, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) said that it averaged more than two CTA train accidents per month and 19 bus accidents per month in 2011. The common carrier law also states that public transportation vehicles generally owe their passengers the highest duty of care, which can make a case of negligence easier to prove for a lawsuit.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Head-on collisions – These occur when the fronts of two vehicles crash into each other and often cause some of the most damage and injuries out of all of the accidents.
- Intersection accidents – These accidents occur as a “T-bone” when the front of one car collides with the side of another or some other type of error resulting in a collision. They are often due to traffic law violations or improper turns.
- Rear-end accidents – These accidents occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the rear of another. It is often the result of inattention, distracted, or fatigued driving.
- Rollovers – These accidents often occur in larger vehicles. The impact of a collision can be so great that the car can make “rollover” on to its top or sides.
- Sideswipes – These accidents occur when the side of one car damages the side of another. This often happens at busy intersections or where cars can park at the side of a road.
- Hit-and-runs – These occur when a driver hits a pedestrian or other vehicle and does not stay at the scene afterward.
- Road construction accidents – These occur in construction zones of a road and should make drivers be more careful of their surroundings. However, the construction site may make it more difficult and hazardous to drive in the area, thus causing an accident.
- Vehicle-defect accidents – These accidents occur when a vehicle malfunctions due to a defect in its manufacturing or design. These may result in a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
Common Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents
The US Coast Guard reported 633 boating fatalities in 2018 and personal watercraft collisions, such as jet skis, resulted in more injuries and deaths than any other type of personal watercraft accident. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries result each year. There are countless more statistics showing how dangerous motor vehicle accidents can be and the injuries that they can cause, but here are some of the most common injuries.
- Bruising and scrapes
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones and fractures
- Smoke inhalation from vehicle fires
- Burn injuries from vehicle fires
Do I Have a Case?
When you are in any type of motor vehicle accident, a lawsuit is based on negligence. Negligence is generally conducting oneself without care or recklessly which injures others. There are a few components to proving negligence. One must be able to prove, first, that a duty of care existed. A duty of care is a legal obligation to ensure that you were protected from unreasonable risks and safety hazards in the situation that you were in. On the road, there are traffic laws that must be upheld in order to uphold the duty of care that one owes another. Next, you must be able to prove a breach of this duty of care existed, meaning that the person acted in a way that violated or failed to uphold their duty of care. This can be in the form of a construction site not placing necessary warning signs of equipment or debris on the road to avoid, or a taxi cab driver simply driving recklessly and not obeying traffic laws. Then, you must be able to prove causation – this is proving that the other party’s breached duty of care was the direct result of your accident and injuries. “Actual cause” applies when the victim would not have been injured if not for the breach, while “proximate cause” refers to the official legal cause of the accident. Lastly, you must be able to prove damages. This means you must show that you suffered legitimate injuries and/or losses because of this accident for which you may be entitled to compensation from the other party’s insurance company.
Once you can prove negligence was present in an accident, you can begin the process of a lawsuit and your attorney will work with you to compensate you for your injuries and losses. Your attorney will begin speaking with the insurance companies and working to get you fully compensated and get you the best settlement for what you have endured. If you negotiate alone with the insurance companies after your accident, you will almost certainly not get the ideal settlement. Insurance companies have an interest to keep your settlement low so that they can profit the most. We have the experience to negotiate and work to get a settlement that is not only better than their initial offer, but that will cover all of your expenses fully and appropriately.
A settlement from a motor vehicle claim can compensate you for your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are injuries or losses that have a monetary value on them, such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and more. Non-economic damages cannot truly be quantified and include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of activities, and more. We will speak with you to see what damages may apply that you can receive compensation for.
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