Who is At Fault? Motor Vehicle Accident Liability

Victims of motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation for the damages caused by the accident. These damages include medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost income (both immediately following the accident and for future lost income if you cannot go back to work), and pain and suffering. The person or entity responsible for causing the accident bears the responsibility for compensating you for your injuries. Therefore, the first step toward obtaining a recovery is determining who is liable for the accident.

Many accidents are straightforward. A driver ignores a red light and hits the side of a car in the intersection. Distracted by a cell phone call, a driver veers into the lane of oncoming traffic. On a wet, foggy night, a driver rounds a curve at an excessive rate of speed and cannot slow down in time to avoid the car ahead. In these types of cases, the question of who is at fault is generally not difficult.

Other cases raise more complex issues of fault. A car that careens into another lane because of a blown tire may have a defective tire and the accident resulted from the tire’s defect, not the driver. What appears to be a relatively mild collision that results in a car’s explosion may be the result of a defect in the design of the car. The frequency of SUV rollovers is another type of accident caused by defective design.

Trucking accidents involving automobiles often cause severe injuries, simply from the impact of a collision between two motor vehicles of such different sizes. The driver of a truck may be liable for his negligence, as well as the owner/operator of the truck, including a trucking company.

This article has been provided courtesy of the Law Office of Jacob J. Rivas, toll free 866.959.9471, www.rivasinjurylaw.com.Victims of motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation for the damages caused by the accident.

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