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.
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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…
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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.
More articles on safety and liability:
Car Safety in Other Countries – Driving in other countries can be unfamiliar and dangerous. This page gives important information and links to help learn about auto safety abroad.
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.
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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