HERE'S WHY CAR ACCIDENTS PLAY A BIG ROLE IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES
Feb. 10, 2022
Any potentially dangerous activity that is done on a very broad scale will result in injuries and deaths. Driving a car certainly is one of the most dangerous activities that the vast majority of older teens and adults do regularly in the United States. Anyone who drives for many decades will likely have at least one or probably several accidents throughout the years. That means injuries or deaths could affect anyone due to an auto accident.
Auto accidents are so common that they result in the majority of personal injury cases. On average, car accidents account for about 52% of personal injury lawsuits. And that is not counting the potentially contested claims that auto insurers handle. When personal injury matters arise, various parties to an auto accident could wind up blaming each other for causing a collision.
COMMON FACTORS IN CAR ACCIDENTS
Most car accidents happen because one or both drivers ignore traffic laws. Speeding is the single greatest factor in accidents and especially injury accidents. Ignoring traffic controls, improper lane changes, and distracted driving also rank among the primary causes of vehicular accidents.
When a driver's negligence causes an injury accident, that driver is liable for medical costs and property damage that might arise from it. That includes negligent maintenance of a vehicle. If a car is in bad mechanical condition and potentially dangerous to drive, the owner should fix it. When mechanical issues exist and the owner is aware of them or should be aware of them, they should get fixed.
HOW PERSONAL INJURY MATTERS COULD BECOME COMPLICATED
When an accident happens, the cause might be obvious. But that does not mean you will have an easy time filing claims and collecting insurance payouts. Incorrect information could get in the way of an easy insurance settlement. And insurance adjusters could try to lowball any settlement that you should receive.
Personal injury matters could motivate a negligent driver to blame the victim and try to avoid financial consequences and other penalties for causing an injury accident. The offending driver might lie about the accident or a police officer might place incorrect information in a police report. So you need to present a strong claim with solid evidence, which an experienced personal injury attorney could help you to do.