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What Is a Car Accident Injury?
A car accident injury is an injury sustained from an automobile-to-automobile collision. These types of injuries can be particularly serious, especially in automobile accidents involving high speeds or driving under the influence (DUI).
Most car accident injury lawsuits involve car-to-car collisions. However, some lawsuits can also involve car accidents between several cars, or between a car and a pedestrian.
In any case, most car accident claims are based on negligence. Determining liability based on negligence can be tricky, since there isn’t any intentional conduct. In such cases, it must be proven that the defendant owed a duty of care to the victim, that they breached their duty of care, and that the breach was the actual cause of injury to the plaintiff. An example of this is where the defendant ran a red light and collided with another car in an intersection, causing the person injury.
What Are Some Common Types of Car Accident Injuries?
Car accident injuries are often associated with very unique injuries. These can depend on several factors, including the speed of the cars at the time of the impact, weather conditions, the position of seating in the car, and the angle at which the cars collided.
For instance, head-on collisions at high speeds can lead to serious injury and can sometimes be deadly. Similarly, rear-end collisions can often cause whiplash injuries to the passengers of the car in front. Some common types of car accident injuries can include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Head injuries and neck injuries
- Lower back injuries and various other types of back injuries
- Broken bones or injured joints
- Cuts, burns, and abrasions
- Various other types of injuries
The damages award issued in car accident injury lawsuits generally depends on the severity of the injuries. Most damages awards must be issued in proportion to the extent of the plaintiff’s losses.
What Is a “Pre-existing Injury”?
In some lawsuits, the testimony of an expert medical witness may be needed to verify the extent of an injury. This is frequently the case if the plaintiff has a pre-existing injury, and it is difficult to tell whether an injury was caused by the accident or not.
For instance, suppose that a person already had a neck injury before the car accident. Then, if they are rear ended, and suffer a neck injury, it can be difficult to tell whether or not a subsequent neck injury was completely caused by the accident, or whether it simply aggravated the pre-existing condition. In such cases, x-rays, previous medical reports, and accident reconstruction programs can help determine the extent to which the defendant should be held liable.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Car Accident Injury Claims?
Personal injury claims such as those involving car accident injuries can often be difficult to handle. You may need to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer for assistance if you need help filing a car accident lawsuit. Your lawyer can provide you with valuable legal assistance throughout the process. Also, your attorney will be able to help you obtain a suitable legal remedy for any losses caused by the car accident.
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Last Modified: 12-10-2014 11:50 AM PST
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