Motor vehicle collisions continue to be a leading cause of accidental deaths and injuries as well as significant property damage across the country. These accidents happen for many different reasons. Any type of vehicle can potentially cause an accident or become involved in an accident due to the actions of other drivers.
If you recently experienced any type of motor vehicle accident due to the actions of another driver, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible about your legal options. Depending on the type of vehicle involved and the exact circumstances of the accident, there are many potential legal outcomes and damages available to an injured driver.
Passenger Vehicle Accidents
Accidents involving typical passenger cars are the most common accidents in the US due to the sheer number of passenger vehicles on the roads at any given time. California uses a fault-based rule to determine liability for car accidents that occur in the state. If another driver caused an accident with you, it will be necessary to prove that they were negligent in the handling of their vehicle and directly caused your damages.
Passenger vehicle accidents can involve a single vehicle. While sometimes the driver can be to blame for a single vehicle collision, there are many other factors that can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash through no fault of their own, including road hazards, inclement weather, poor visibility, and sudden vehicle malfunctions.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks are responsible for transporting incredible amounts of cargo around the country. They are also the largest vehicles on the road, dwarfing passenger vehicles in size and weight. These vehicles are capable of causing massive damage when they are involved in accidents. A fully-loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and cover multiple lanes of traffic in a jackknife or rollover accident.
These commercial truck accidents are very different from typical passenger vehicle accidents for several reasons. First, they often cause far more substantial damages. Second, they can easily raise difficult questions when it comes to determining liability. A truck driver, their employer, the owner of the truck, or a third party could all potentially bear liability for a truck accident.
Motorcycles offer no physical protection in an accident. Anyone who rides on a motorcycle must keep this fact in mind and take proper precautions against accidents. Unfortunately, when motorcycles collide with other vehicles, it is usually the motorcyclists who incur the worst of the damages.
Motorcycle accidents can easily be fatal at high speeds and can easily cause severe injuries. This means that in a motorcycle accident claim, it is more likely for the plaintiff to require a personal representative to handle their legal affairs on their behalf. Motorcycle accidents can easily cause catastrophic injuries like brain damage, spinal injuries, and internal organ damage that causes long-term or permanent medical complications for the victim.
Multiple Vehicle Collisions
Determining liability for any kind of motor vehicle accident can be challenging, especially when the evidence indicates that more than one party is liable for the incident. When a multiple vehicle collision occurs, anyone injured in the incident will face complex insurance claim procedures and legal proceedings as those involved attempt to discern who is at fault for the incident. When multiple vehicle collisions occur, they typically begin with the actions of a single driver and then escalate from the chain reaction the initial impact causes.
For example, a driver rear-ends another at high speed, sending the struck driver into a third car, which then comes to an abrupt stop and causes another vehicle to collide. In this situation, it is possible for liability to fall solely on the first driver who caused the initial crash, or several drivers involved may share liability.
Seeking Legal Counsel After an Accident
If you or a loved one recently sustained injury and other losses in any type of motor vehicle accident, it is imperative to consult with an attorney as soon as possible about your legal options. Additionally, it is vital to ensure that the attorney you choose to represent your claim has solid experience handling claims similar to yours. For example, if you suffered a catastrophic injury in a commercial truck accident, choose an attorney with a solid track record of successful commercial truck accident representation.
Consult with an attorney as soon as possible after any motor vehicle accident. If you are ready to discuss your legal options with an experienced and reliable car accident attorney, the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC is here to assist you. Contact us today and schedule a complimentary review of your car accident claim from our team, and we will let you know how we can help.