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What is a Road Traffic Injury?
A road traffic injury is any injury that occurs while driving in a vehicle on a highway or side street. Road traffic injuries can sometimes be quite serious, especially for those involving high speeds, multiple cars, or drunk driving (DUI).
Common causes of car accidents and road traffic injuries include: bad weather, violations of driving rules, intoxication, falling asleep at the wheel, speeding, and recklessness. Most car accident lawsuits are based on negligence claims, unless they involve some sort of intentional or severely reckless behavior. Motor vehicle accidents can include car-to-car crashes, trucking accidents, car-to-pedestrian accidents, motorcycle crashes, and other types of accidents.
What are Common Examples of Road Traffic Injuries?
Road traffic injuries can involve many different types of scenarios and situations. Some common examples of road traffic injuries include:
- Rear-end injuries – These can happen from following too closely or speeding
- "Rubbernecking" injuries – These are injuries resulting from stopping or slowing down in traffic to view a road accident
- Jaywalking injuries are included in road traffic claims
- "Pile ups" – This is where multiple cars are involved, resulting in many injuries and damage to several cars
- Pedestrian accidents
How Is Fault in a Traffic Accidents Determined?
Traffic accidents can occur either because the driver was not careful or other people on the road were not careful, which ended in an accident. When fault is not clear, an injured plaintiff must prove:
- The driver who injured them owed them a legal duty. This means the driver was responsible for not causing harm to anyone—including the injured party—while driving.
- The driver breached their duty. This means the driver did not act as a reasonable prudent person would have in the same or a similar situation.
- The breach of duty caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The defendant was the direct or indirect cause of the accident. Even though the driver may have caused the injuries while driving, the plaintiff must prove it through evidence, such as police reports and medical bills.
- The plaintiff actually suffered an injury. If the plaintiff was not injured in anyway, then recovery will either be minimal or nothing at all.
Are There Any Legal Remedies For Road Traffic Injury claims?
A road traffic injury can often lead to a lawsuit. The usually remedy in such a case is a monetary damages award paid by the defendant to the victim. This may help the victim recover for various expenses and costs caused by the injury, including hospital and medical bills, therapy expenses, and property damage to the car. In some cases, other related costs may be covered, such as lost wages caused by the injury.
In some cases, criminal charges can also result. This can happen if certain violations have occurred, such as drunk driving or injuries that were caused intentionally.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Road Traffic Injury lawsuits?
Being involved in a road traffic injury can sometimes also involve various legal issues and conflicts. You may wish to hire a lawyer for help with road traffic injuries or other related claims. Your attorney will be able to advise you on the injury laws in your state, and can represent you in court during trial. Also, a qualified lawyer can help when it comes to the various legal forms and documents involved with such a claim.
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Last Modified: 02-11-2016 10:10 AM PST
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