Auto Accidents

Auto Accident Injury AttorneysAutomobile accidents have given rise to the majority of personal injury claims in the U.S.

Automobile collisions often carry legal consequences in proportion to the severity of the accident.

Legal claims which arise from motor vehicle accidents are governed by the law of negligence. A person who operates a vehicle is expected to exercise reasonable care and a failure to use reasonable care is considered 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 person who caused the accident was negligent, that negligence was a proximate cause of the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff's injuries. A driver may also be liable for an accident due to his or her intentional or reckless conduct. A driver who is reckless is one who drives unsafely, with willful and wanton disregard for the probability that such driving may cause an accident. A driver could be found reckless, for example, if he or she drives in a threatening or harassing manner and causes an accident. Criminal charges may also stem from such behavior.

As with other types of accidents, figuring out who is at fault in a traffic accident is a matter of deciding who was negligent. Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Among the court looks for are whether the driver causing the accident was disobeying traffic signs or signals, failing to signal while turning, driving above or below the posted speed limit, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc.

Another reason for accidents is reckless driving. A driver may be liable for an accident due to his or her intentional or reckless conduct. A driver who is reckless is one who drives unsafely, disregarding the fact that such reckless driving may cause accidents. Excessive speeding also constitutes reckless driving. Improper or excessive lane changing and improper passing without signal can also constitute reckless driving.

When riding a motorcycle or bicycle, you rely on others to react to you in a responsible matter. If those around you fail to do so, serious injuries can occur. Our legal system is set up to force those who have been negligent towards you to compensate your injury and loss.