Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury claims in the U.S. One in five drivers surveyed admitted, “I try to get where I am going as fast as I can.” Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Who Files the Claim for a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Motor vehicle accident claims usually arise from one of the parties involved in an accident due to negligence. Failure to obey the rules and regulations of the road is considered negligence. The person responsible for causing the accident may be liable for any damages to the other person’s vehicle or injuries.
If you are in an accident, be sure to call the police and report the accident. If it is unclear who is at fault, an attorney will use the proper sources to determine who is accountable with the use of the police report, state traffic laws, and any witnesses. Many factors are taken in consideration, such as failure to obey traffic signals, driving under the influence, speeding, reckless driving, disregarding the weather, etc.
What Happens When Accidents Are Not Caused by the Drivers Involved?
In some cases, accidents may be out of the driver’s control. An automobile accident may be caused due to a defect of the vehicle. This may put the liability of the accident in the hands of the manufacturer or supplier for the injuries and damages caused. This falls under the law of products liability.
In other cases the government may be liable. These cases occur if there are poorly maintained roads, malfunctioning traffic symbols, construction, signs, poor lighting, and poorly placed utility poles or trees. However, specific rules apply when the government is involved.
We have extensive experience in protecting individuals who have been involved in automobile accident cases. If you or a loved one has been in an accident that has caused damages or injuries, it’s imperative that you know your legal rights. We have the necessary knowledge to help you make your claim. At Buckley, Mendleson, Criscione and Quinn we are experienced in traffic laws, motor vehicle regulations, and determining who holds liability.