Motor vehicle accident laws govern the way that vehicle accidents are litigated in court. They provide some guidelines for determining which party may be at fault, and what types of legal remedies can be applied. Every state has its own set of traffic laws, which may differ by region.
Most vehicle 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, vehicle rollaway accidents, motorcycle crashes, and other types of accidents.
Due to the nature of motor vehicles, accidents can result in some very specific types of injuries. These can include:
When dealing with motor vehicle accident injuries, the testimony and opinion of an expert medical professional may sometimes be necessary. They can help determine whether the injuries were actually caused by the accident, and whether the victim had pre-existing injuries before the incident. Also, the opinion of a lawyer is generally necessary to determine which party is at fault in the accident.
The most common form of legal remedy in a motor vehicle accident lawsuit is a compensatory damages award. This a monetary amount that is paid by the defendant to the plaintiff, in order to assist them in recovering their losses caused by the accident.
A compensatory damages award usually covers basic losses like medical and hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. They can also cover damage to the car caused by the accident, including mechanical and external aesthetic repairs.
Generally speaking, the more the losses are directly caused by the accident, the more likely it is that the damages award will provide compensation. In limited instances, a punitive damages award can be issued, but usually only for intentional or very blameworthy conduct.
Motor vehicle accidents cause a significant amount of losses every year. You may wish to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer if you have any legal issues at all involving a vehicle accident. Your attorney can provide you with expert advice in the event that you need to file a lawsuit for damages. An experienced lawyer may be able to assist you in obtaining the appropriate damages award to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Last Modified: 06-13-2017 01:05 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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