Motor Vehicle Accidents
Every day people all over the United States are injured in motor vehicle accidents like motorcycle accidents. Most of the time drivers and passengers are fortunate enough to walk away with some bruises and some stiffness. But, each year thousands of people will experience more serious injuries. These may require weeks of regular treatments, or even hospitalization and surgery.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are caused by a variety of different factors. Often things like the weather and high traffic patterns play a role. But, the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error. Drivers make a mistake or are negligent, and others often pay the price for seemingly small acts of carelessness.
Common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted Drivers
- Excessive Speed
- Drunk Drivers
- Sleepy Drivers
- Failure to Obey Traffic Devices
- Failure to Look When Changing Lanes
- Drivers Unprepared for Weather Conditions
When you are involved in a car accident caused by someone else, it isn’t fair that you should have to pay for his or her mistake. Sometimes dealing with a car insurance company can make you feel like you’re being traumatized all over again.
You need to make sure you get what you are owed. You need the help of a personal injury who knows how to handle negligent drivers and their insurance companies. The first step in getting the help you need is making sure you better understand what type of car accident you were involved in.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
The basics of every car accident seem the same. Two or more cars crash into each other. But, car accidents come in variety of different types. The best way to handle motor vehicle accidents depends on the circumstances of the accident.
Some common types of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Rental Car Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Taxi Cab Accidents
- Uber Driver Accidents
If you are a driver and another driver caused the accident you will have to deal not only with your own insurance, but also with the insurance company for the other driver. Passengers may also need to deal with two different insurance companies, depending on what kind of motor vehicle accident it was.
Below are some of they differences in some of the major types of motor vehicle accidents
If you are a motorcycle rider you already know that the world is full of cars driven by people who don’t pay attention. What you may not know is that sometimes the insurance claim system is rigged against motorcycle riders.
There is a bias against motorcycle riders and often drivers and insurance companies will try and pin the accident on the motorcycle rider, instead of the driver who failed to pay proper attention.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident as a motorcycle driver, you need to make sure you work with a lawyer who understands the special issues involved in you case.
While regular car accidents are common, successfully managing an injury claim is difficult. Often, insurance companies will try and minimize your injuries or even ask you to have an independent medical exam before paying anything on your claim. The problem is that often a doctor who does most of his or her work for the insurance company, calling into question just how independent they really are, performs the independent medical exam.
Rental Car Accidents
If you’ve ever rented a car you may remember the agent behind the counter trying to sell you extra insurance. Many people decline to pay extra for something they think their regular auto insurance will cover. But, if you’ve ever been in an accident while driving a rental car or a U-haul you know the tangled web you can get stuck in.
The rental company may want you to pay for damages, even if you are not at fault for the accident. Your insurance company may claim that you aren’t covered and refuse to pay off the rental company. This is on top of the difficulty you may be having in trying to collect for the insurance company that covers the driver who actually caused all the trouble in the first place.
Even though major cities are constantly working to improve the safety of roadways, every day cars hit pedestrians, often even when the pedestrians are in crosswalks.
Many pedestrians walk away from the accident, shaken, but able to move. Some, are not so lucky and may suffer catastrophic injures. But, if you have suffered just minor injuries, your pain and suffering can be immense. Pedestrians have a right to recover from negligent drivers who hit them. Contact us today to connect with a personal injury attorney who can help with your case.
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