Accident Injury Attorneys _ Personal Injury Law
A motor vehicle accident is a term used to describe an impact or collision between a motorized vehicle and another vehicle, person, animal or object. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that while some types of motor vehicle accident statistics are decreasing, others like pedestrian accidents are actually on the rise.
In cases where an accident has occurred, law enforcement and insurance companies prefer to use a more accurate description of the accident that took place. These terms are frequently used in accident reports, court documents, and civil cases that are filed on behalf of motor vehicle accident victims.
If you have been involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident, you may have questions about who is responsible and how to receive compensation. An attorney who is experienced in all types of motor vehicle accidents can help. Call our office to schedule an evaluation of your case and begin getting the answers you need.
Car accidents: These are accidents that take place between two automobiles and include SUVs and pickup or light-duty trucks.
Pedestrian accidents: These are accidents that happen when an individual is struck by any type of motorized vehicles such as a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle. Data compiled by the NHTSA indicates that the risk of fatalities in pedestrian accidents is much higher than in accidents involving two vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents: Accidents involving motorcycles also have higher fatality rates than other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. This is due to several factors; however, the lack of adequate bodily protection is a key element.
Public transportation accidents: More frequent that most people know, bus, train, rapid transit such as subway or monorail systems, trams, and trolleys often collide with other vehicles. Casualties are often higher since these vehicles carry a larger number of passengers than ordinary vehicles.
Truck accidents: This category includes vehicles of more than two axles such as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, dump trucks, and other heavy-duty transportation vehicles. In the case of semi-trucks, accidents can be especially dangerous depending on what kind of cargo they are carrying.
A motor vehicle accident can involve any combination of the above categories. One factor that they all have in common is that they can cause damage, injuries, and even take lives. Determining the cause of a particular type of accident can also indicate who will be responsible for compensating the victims. In some instances, pedestrians always have the right of way, while they do not in others. In all states, school buses must stop at all railroad crossings. Whether the accident was caused by a city bus or a private individual’s car, the victims of motor vehicle accidents are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Knowing the rules of the road and who is at fault in an accident can help those who are injured receive the compensation they need to get back on their feet.
If you have questions about a recent motor vehicle accident or are unsure if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, call our firm to schedule an appointment for a free evaluation of your case.