Important Car Accident and Personal Injury Laws by State



The following pages explain car accident and personal injury laws specific to each state. We explain important concepts with examples and link to each law on its state government's website. We cover the following information:

  • Legal actions of drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians
  • Liability laws governing negligence
  • Drunk driving laws
  • Insurance policy limits and financial responsibility
  • Statutes of Limitations
  • Information on Small Claims Courts
  • Other laws relevant to personal injury claims


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Forced to delete video recording of fight at school? 
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Can independent contractors be made to have commercial auto insurance? 
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Colorado schedule for partial disability of specific extremities? 
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Auto insurance requiring doctor's evaluation to drive? 
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Coverage in different states? 
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Releasing records to another doctor? 
I have a quick question about privacy and medical records... Can worker's compensation-related medical records be released to another physician's office …

Moving out of state with an open WC claim? 
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Is it legal for school coaches and employees to pay for an abortion for a minor? 
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How to settle an auto accident claim for my 17 year old son? 
My 17 year old son was in an auto accident where he was the passenger. He went to the hospital and received medical treatment. He had internal bleeding …

How can I get my injury money 2 years after the accident? 
I was in an automobile accident on 29 Nov 2010. I was broadsided and ended up in the ER where they left me on a board and neck brace. I had a head concussion, …

$2,000 Threshold in Massachusetts? 
Three people were injured in a car accident in Massachusetts but each of them have medicals between $400.00 and $ 700.00. Can they bring a claim for damages …

Can I file a fraud claim for unnecessary surgery if the med mal statute has expired? 
My surgeon performed a total hysterectomy (both ovaries/tubes/uterus/cervix) for a large (18 cm) benign ovarian cyst. I only consented to have this one …

Settlement money being held due to Medicare lien? 
During the process of a lawsuit, an attorney's letter indicated to us that, by law, a settlement check can only be held in escrow for 15 days from date …

Personal Information Given to Attorney Without My Consent... 
I was rear ended and went to a major hospital for treatment of my injuries. I was later contacted by an attorney who left his card at my front door. I …

Is Georgia a No Fault State? 
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Is it possible to reopen a personal injury case after 30 years? 
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No Pain and Suffering Compensation in Michigan? 
We had Florida auto insurance and we were in an accident in Michigan. My husband was on the freeway when a car stopped in front of him due to a garbage …

Veterinarian gave my personal information to the driver who hit and killed my dog... 
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What is the Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice in West Virginia? 
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Can I Get the Insurance Company's Recorded Statement? 
I was struck by a car backing out of a parking lot and my right foot was pinned under the right rear tire. The insurance adjuster came to my house a week …

What's the Time Frame for Filing a Personal Injury Claim? 
My 16 year old son was rear ended 2 weeks ago. His car was totaled (it was a volvo so that tells you how hard he was hit). He was stationary in his vehicle …

How long do I have to complete a personal injury claim? 
I fell outside a major chain convenience store in August 2010. I reported the injury right away and went for x-rays. Within one week my mother was placed …

When can personal injury statute of limitations be extended? 
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Can auto insurance pull information from an old workers comp claim? 
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What is a "Mandatory Settlement Conference Statement"? 
I have a long-term, ongoing case, currently without legal counsel. I'd like to know which facts should be contained in the "mandatory settlement conference …

Sued by the state for repairs to a highway sign... 
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Can I file for disability for a fractured ankle? 
I fell down some stairs at the end of May. I fractured my ankle and had to have surgery. They say it will take up to a year for me to walk normally and …

Can I contest a car accident police report? 
I was behind a car on an interstate freeway in the left hand passing lane of a two lane divided highway with a median. As both myself and the driver ahead …

Can I pursue an old insurance claim? 
I fell in the mall parking lot early in the morning while walking to the bus stop. I slipped on something similar to a bottle top and broke my knee. The …

Slip & Fall Back Injury in a Resturant Kitchen... 
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Settling a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of a Child... 
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Can the Property Owner Evict Me if I Sue for Injuries? 
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Automobile Accident Personal Injury... 
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Workmans Comp Benefit for Salaried Workers? 
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Workmans Compensation Benefits After 30 Years? 
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Slip and Fall Inside a Fast Food Restaurant... 
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Can I See the Insurance Carrier's Claim File? 
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Need Car Crash Info re: Statute of Limitations... 
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Premises being double-letted by landlady... 
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New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident 
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Need Legal Advice for Automobile Accident... 
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What are my workers comp rights for a slip and fall at work? 
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Who accepts the settlement in a civil suit? 
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Slip, Trip and Fall Accident at a Gas Station... 
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Can I record the insurance company without their permission? 
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Example of a "Complaint for Personal Injury"... 
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Is Settlement Money Taxable? 
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Can HUD Make a Lien Against My Settlement? 
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