Auto accident claims are the leading source of personal injury cases in the United States. Roughly half of all car accidents result in injury claims and a considerable number of those become lawsuits.
The vast majority of injuries in car accidents are head and neck injuries, and they’re as expensive (or more) as the vehicle damage claims.
Vehicle accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises, to permanent disability and death. In any accident with even minor injuries, medical professionals should be consulted ASAP!
The main legal principle governing fault in car accidents is negligence.
It works on the presumption that all motor vehicle operators are cautious while driving and obey traffic laws. If not, the driver is said to be negligent.
If you’re involved in a car accident, remember the following:
- Only give general information: driver’s license information, insurance agent contact, and anything required by law enforcement or medical professionals to ensure the situation is safe. Do NOT admit fault.
- Do not confront the other party of the accident in an emotional or hostile fashion. Even if you’re not at fault, you can still prejudice any auto accident claim by your actions AFTER the accident.
To get compensation in an auto accident claim, you must show that your damages were the result of the other driver’s negligence. This can be tricky in cases where an accident has multiple causative factors. (If a police report was made it will likely carry a lot of weight in settlement negotiations.)
Learn more about the different vehicle accident and injury scenarios below. We provide thorough explanations of the most common accident types, vehicles, causes, injuries and more…
Vehicle Accident Cases:
Different Types of Auto Accidents
Automobile accidents happen in a variety of ways under many different circumstances. Unique issues of negligence and
liability apply to each accident type. Learn more about the different collision types here.
Types of Vehicles Commonly Involved in Collisions
There are many different types of vehicles on our roads today. When each vehicle gets in an accident the outcomes will be different. We also discuss off-road vehicles which account for a large number of personal injuries each year.
Common Causes of Road Accidents
Drinking and driving, cell phone distractions, and road defects can all cause devastating collisions. Liability issues will change with each type of accident cause. Drive safely!
Common Auto Accident Injuries
There are fairly common injuries across the different types of vehicle collisions. Here we discuss the different injuries, their diagnosis and treatment, and getting compensation to pay for your medical and chiropractic bills.
Auto Insurance Explained
Car insurance laws change frequently from state to state. On top of changing laws, there are varied individual insurance plan choices, policy limits, and coverage options. There are even those irresponsible people who drive without insurance. Learn about the different insurance options here.
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Top Road Safety Apps – Smartphones can be a dangerous distraction while driving. But if you download and use the right app, your mobile device can actually help improve driving safety.
Liability in Multi-Car Accidents – It’s often very difficult to determine who is liable for multi-car accidents. Learn the rules of fault here.
Facts About Drunk Driving – Driving while intoxicated is an extremely dangerous and senseless act that kills over twelve thousand people each year. Here we give important resources and review facts about drunk driving.
How Much is Your Injury Claim Worth?
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Visitor Questions on Car Accidents
Can the insurance company decide who was at fault when police said nobody was to blame? My daughter was in an accident in June. The police responded and decided neither driver was at fault and no citations were issued. The car was towed and we waited for a month to hear back from our insurance company while the car sat at the towing yard. We later decided to drop the claim... Read More >>
Compensation for a Placenta Abruption/Whiplash? I was rear-ended when I was 8 months pregnant and suffered a partial placental abruption and whiplash. My 2-year old son and my mom were also in the car and they were okay, suffering only minor injuries (neck and back pain). I had to deliver my son the next day because of the placental abruption which... Read More >>
They hit my vehicle, now filing suit? I was driving the speed limit, heading home from work on a two lane highway. I saw a semi truck approaching me going in the opposite direction. All of a sudden there was a loud noise and I noticed a car right beside me, they had just sideswiped my vehicle! I saw them lose control,... Read More >>
How is compensation figured from the insurance payout? My 15 year old daughter was a passenger in the at fault driver’s car in an accident. The driver rear-ended another vehicle going at a high rate of speed. My daughter was the only one injured. I have 2 questions… 1) If the insurance pays out only $15,000.00 per injured, does that mean after the... Read More >>
Potential issues with settlements from 2 accidents in one year? I had an accident last September and another in May. Both accidents were cause by the negligence of bus drivers from two different companies. I injured my back and neck in the first accident. The second accident damaged my foot. I am still in a lot of pain. My question is, because the accidents occurred... Read More >>
Rear-end accident with whiplash and exacerbated scoliosis… My children and I were rear-ended in our F250 while stopped at a red light on a dark country road around 7:30pm. The occupants of the vehicle were: myself (driving), a 1 year old (rear-facing) & 3 year old (front-facing), both in the back seat. The other vehicle (also a F250) was traveling at nearly... Read More >>
Motor vehicle accident with fire truck, but my insurance won’t support me? I was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a fire truck. A fire department truck, with lights on but no siren, was on its way to an emergency call approximately 8:00pm. I pulled to the right side curb as they passed me and the fire truck was in left hand lane. After the fire... Read More >>
Broken arm from getting hit by red light runner… how much can I expect? I was hit by a red light runner, which resulting in me sustaining a broken arm. Both my young children were in the car but only sustained bruises. Our medical bills (with insurance coverage) are at $4,200 and we are still waiting for more bills to come in. I can’t use my arm without it... Read More >>
Head injury when my SUV flipped in a rear end accident… I was coming home and was at a stop sign getting ready to make a left hand turn. As I was pulling out, I looked back in my rear view mirror and noticed a car coming from the same direction. The car was going too fast and I knew they were not going to be... Read More >>
Hit and run accident with knee injury… what do I settle for? I was in a hit and run car accident which resulted in a damaged meniscus. The other driver was at fault, and was caught. His insurance is obviously going to cover medical bills and the damage to my vehicle. They’re bringing up settling and I’m not sure what is an appropriate amount to settle for.... Read More >>
Can I call someone whom I had a car accident with if they have a lawyer? Another person ran a red light at an intersection while I was driving through. My light was green and we collided. Her insurance company has kept me waiting for their decision for over a month now, claiming that her lawyer has a scheduling conflict in giving her statement. Can I legally call her from the... Read More >>
Liability if I didn’t exchange insurance information at the scene? I was in a drive through in Florida when the accident occurred. The brakes in my car lost pressure and I hit an older truck. There was no damage to my car, however the truck had a small dent on the rear bumper that can easily be popped out. We use Progressive and the snapshot... Read More >>
Can I file a lawsuit to recover cost of payments for new car? I was recently in an accident where another person ran a red light and hit my car. My car was paid off, now it is totaled and I have to assume payments when I obtain a new car. This was an unplanned expense as I was going to drive my old car for many more... Read More >>
Grandmother causes accident… My 17 year old daughter was injured in a car accident in Tucson, AZ. Her grandmother was driving. My daughter suffered a dislocated ankle and a deep cut requiring stitches. My father was also in the car and was injured. My mother suffered a knee injury requiring stitches. From what my daughter told me, my... Read More >>
Rear ended by driver after I crashed into the center divider… I was traveling on the highway when I lost control of my vehicle due to weather and hit the center divider on the highway, causing damage to the front of my vehicle. After regaining control and getting over to the right lane to exit the highway I was rear ended, causing my truck to be... Read More >>
Rear ended by out of state driver… My family of four were traveling on the interstate and came to a complete stop, because there was an accident ahead of us. A young girl rear ended us going 75 mph plus. She was ticketed and faulted for the accident. My two young children were taken by ambulance to the emergency room for soreness,... Read More >>
Hit by truck while on picnic bench… My daughter was sleeping on a picnic bench in 2014 at a county fair and a vehicle backed up and hit her. The vehicle pushed my child and the bench, pining them against a fence and causing injury to her shoulder. My daughter went into shock, and they took her by ambulance to a hospital... Read More >>
Lawyer dropped my case, what now? I was stopped at a red light, and a truck with a landscaping trailer on it rear ended me. I sought legal advice, and my friend owns the car that I drive. The attorney made me seek medical advice, and have an MRI. I was scheduled to make a statement to my insurance company, but... Read More >>
Lack of vehicle maintenance results in brake failure while I was driving… I was the driver in a Company Vehicle which had a brake failure, causing a collision with parked car. Both cars were totaled. My employer failed to keep vehicle maintenance up to par. I know this for a fact. I want to bring civil charges of Attempted Murder and Criminal Negligence. According to Company Policy,... Read More >>
Unsafe lane change… On 9/23/15 I was struck on the passenger side of my vehicle (actually in my sisters’ name) by another driver who “attempted to make an unsafe lane change”. As a result, both my air bags were deployed and I was transported to the hospital. My CT scans & X-rays came back negative. Luckily, I only... Read More >>
Can I be held liable for my 18 year old son’s driving accident? My son is 18 and will be 19 soon. He lives at home with us. I want to know, if he injures someone in a car accident, are we going to get sued? My choices are to have the car registered to him with his own insurance, or to co-own his car and put him... Read More >>
Disc herniation with left leg pain… I was in a auto accident 7-9-2015. It was not my fault and is indicated as such in the police traffic report. I was not speeding, was wearing a seat belt, and was not distracted. The other driver was cited for pulling in front of me. My vehicle damage was minimal. I was taken to... Read More >>
How can I find out the other driver’s auto insurance policy limits? There was bodily injury in an auto accident. I live in the state of Wisconsin. I would just like to know how an attorney can find out what a driver’s insurance limits are on his automobile policy? Are there laws that protect this information? I have tried to find this out and the insurance company... Read More >>
Liability of family members for actions of dangerous elderly driver? My mother and stepfather, both aged 89, live in Florida, far from any of their children. We all fly there to visit on a regular basis. My stepfather refuses to give up driving, although I just returned from visiting them and I was allowed to drive his car, i.e. be the chauffeur, for the first... Read More >>
Bodily injury claim filed 23 months after the accident? My husband was involved in a car accident in April 2013, involving 3 cars, including his. All of the cars were damaged, but only my husband’s car was towed. The car in front of them was towed only because it was being driven illegally. The car in front of my husband took off after the... Read More >>
Compensation for ankle / foot sprain? It’s been 5 months since a driver ran a stop sign and collided with my vehicle. I went to the hospital by ambulance for an injured right foot – no breaks. The injury was classified as a sprain. I was put on pain killers and muscle relaxers for several days. I continued to have pain... Read More >>
Signing insurance release for injuries while driving my father’s car? I was involved in a car accident in Florida. I was stopped and got hit from behind, pushing me into the car in front. I was injured. I am not the owner of the car I was driving at the time, nor am I the main person listed on the insurance policy. My father owns... Read More >>
I’m 17 and have a provisional license, can I still file a claim? Two friends and I were coming from the mall in my car. I make a left hand turn and an uninsured female motorist ran a stop sight and hit my car. I’m 17 and have not had my license for year yet, which goes against my provisional license rules. Should I still file a claim?... Read More >>
Maximum auto insurance coverage not enough for medical bills? I was T-boned by a guy that ran a red light, knocking my truck across the median into another vehicle. It turns out the guy driving didn’t have a license and it wasn’t his car. The police found the driver guilty of running the red light, driving without a license, and operating a vehicle with... Read More >>
Car hit while parked on the road… My car was hit while parked on the side of the road. It took almost a week for the insurance company (a big national brand) to asses the damage and take it in for repairs. They did cut me a check for their assessment of damages, but the repair shop found more damage after taking... Read More >>
Signing accident release forms? I was in a car accident while driving my wife’s car. The insurance adjuster from the responsible party has totaled the car and stated since she is the only one on the title the check was made out to her. When she got to the place to pickup her check they told her she needed... Read More >>
Signing medical release forms and using the Colossus program? I was in a car accident. The liability insurance company is asking me to sign and forward medical release forms. What should I know before signing the release forms? The insurance company representative has also informed me they will use colossus personal injury program that has a predetermined outcome based on a standard list of... Read More >>
Collision at a 4-way stop sign… I was stopped at a 4-way corner stop sign going east. I wanted to turn right going south. I was waiting for a pedestrian to cross from east to west in a cross walk. The pedestrian finished crossing the street from east to west. I went to turn right and as I turned I saw... Read More >>
Can we stop our son from spending his settlement money irresponsibly? Our son was 17 years old when he in a car accident where he had broke his neck in two places and his back. He had to have a 9-hour surgery. He turned 18 a month later and our lawyer told us he had to sign the papers once he turned 18, but they sent... Read More >>
Can insurance refuse payment if they can’t find the at-fault driver? My attorney’s case manager told me that they haven’t been able to serve the person that I am suing for a car accident injury case, because she hasn’t been located. The case manager said that if this person can not be found that her insurance company has no obligation and no accountability to compensate me... Read More >>
Minivan vs. Dumpster… It was 9:30 at night and I was coming home from the store. I was turning onto my street when the corner of my car struck the corner of a dumpster parked in a lane of traffic. The dumpster had no cones, lighting, reflectors or marks of any kind warning of its location. It is... Read More >>
Am I responsible if bald tires and bad brakes caused this crash? I was driving my van, traveling west on a street coming up on a two-way intersection (with me having the right-of-way) to where there was also a curve in the road veering to the right. The van’s front tires were bald and we have been having trouble with the brakes. As I was going to... Read More >>
Car wreck with dumpster on side of road… I was driving to work before sunrise and hit/clipped a dumpster on the side of the road that totaled my vehicle. No other vehicle was involved and since I wasn’t injured I did not get a police report. I was only going about 25 mph. The dumpster does appear to have been hit multiple times.... Read More >>
Damaged a fast food drive thru… I was going through a fast food drive through lane in a company work vehicle. After paying as I was driving off when the top of my truck slightly damaged the building overhang, there was very little damage. I pulled over and the manager came out and was extremely abusive, but I kept my cool.... Read More >>
Hydroplane Rear End Accident… I rear ended a vehicle during a rain storm. I hydroplaned my 2004 pickup truck and ran into the rear of another car. I estimate the speed I was traveling was around 20mph. My airbag didn’t deploy. There were 2 passengers in the car I hit. The driver was uninjured and a passenger said he... Read More >>
Crashed Into My Sister’s Car in My Driveway… I had just gotten out of the hospital after falling and spraining my neck due to a bad fight with my husband. My sister drove me home and another fight ensued with my husband. I was still under the effects of medications from the hospital. I wasn’t thinking right and I just wanted to leave... Read More >>
Does my father owe me money from a lawsuit as a child? I was injured in a bus accident around the age of 12 and my father received a settlement for it. I had a lot of back pain and still do to this day. I also still have anxiety issues when it comes to driving, it’s so bad I can’t drive without a panic attack. I... Read More >>
Vehicle Damaged During Criminal Act… I let a friend use my vehicle. While they were using the vehicle it was involved in a shooting causing damage to my vehicle. The criminals were caught shortly after and charged with recklessness endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and some other charges, I do not recall at the moment. Also at the time... Read More >>
My Attorney is Accepting a Settlement That’s Too Low… My personal injury attorney is now lowballing a car accident settlement to such an extreme that I will end up paying out of pocket for residual bills despite sustaining a life-long injury. I need some help. I was broadsided just inside a gated neighborhood by a car going the wrong way (caught on tape). I... Read More >>
Responsible party refuses to give insurance information… I was recently injured. The other party accepted responsibility but refuses to give me the name or phone number of his insurance company so I can file a personal injury claim. What should I do? Read More >>
Passenger Injured in Auto Accident… I was involved in an auto accident on July 8, 2011 around 11 PM. The driver hit a puddle coming home from dinner. They lost control of the car, about 100 feet from a sidewalk, and the car was stopped by a tree. I was the passenger and suffered trauma to right side of my... Read More >>
Injured While in Someone Else’s Car… I was in the passenger side of another person’s vehicle that drove off the road and struck a tree head on. My face was all cut up and required a lot of stitches. My knee was also injured in the accident. I missed two months of work while I just laid in bed. I had... Read More >>
Automobile Accident Claim… A person was driving someone else’s car, the owner of the car was in the passenger seat and I was in the back passenger seat. The driver ran a stop sign, lost control of the car and we crashed. We hit an estimated 5 trees, flipped about 4 to 5 times and landed upside down.... Read More >>
What’s a Fair Settlement For Car Accident Injuries? I was stopped at a red light and was rear-ended by a young kid on his way to school. There were no cars behind me when I stopped at the light and I never saw it coming. There were no skid marks from him braking and I’m not sure he even saw that the cars... Read More >>
I hit a car with no lights on… I was driving down the highway and struck a vehicle which was standing still but had no lights on. I tried to swerve around the vehicle but it was too late. The accident occurred about 1:22am. I’m wondering how fault would be assigned in a case like this? Read More >>
Auto Accident Injury Claim for More than Medical Bills? I was involved in a car accident in 2008 and I was the person who was injured. It’s going to be 3 years in August, and I am still waiting for my settlement. I recently received information stating my medical bills were paid off. I called my lawyer, and was told that we are still... Read More >>
Rear Ended at a Stop Sign… I was sitting at a stop light and a car rear ended me. The car had minimal damage ($1,200). I had an instant headache and the next day I started having neck pain. I went to the emergency room and they said the x-rays showed the pain to be chronic. I’ve never had a neck... Read More >>
Rear end car accident with $6,000 in medical bills… My husband was in an auto accident in July of 2010. He was rear ended on the interstate in Wisconsin while he was completely stopped in traffic. He was found 0% at fault. He did go the ER and suffered a concussion and whiplash. He was seeing a doctor for roughly 2.5 months until finally... Read More >>
Vehicle Accident Jurisdiction I was driving north on I-5, near Seattle, WA. I was traveling in the lane next to the HOV lane. The other driver was apparently exiting the freeway, then changed his mind, and re-entered the freeway. He lost control of his vehicle, and he came across 3 lanes of traffic and broadsided my class-B(van)RV on... Read More >>