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Motor Vehicle Accident Overview: A Comprehensive Guide

man calling insurance after an accidentWe know how dangerous the roads are. There are hundreds of thousands of collisions that occur throughout the United States each year, some being more severe than others. In terms of motor vehicle accidents, this is a term that encompasses numerous practice areas.

Unfortunately, much of what occurs on the road and causes severe injuries is a result of someone else’s negligent actions. In these situations, taking legal action and pursuing compensation becomes a high priority, allowing you to cover the expenses associated with the damages.

There are multiple different types of accidents that may arise and understanding negligence in each one can help you with proving liability. Here are the main types of motor vehicle accidents that may arise. We’ll also explain your rights when they do occur:

To learn more about negligence in these matters, continue to read below.

If you suffer an injury in a negligence-related accident, contact our firm at (801) 900-4681 today.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are the most prominent on the list and what you hear about most often. There are millions upon millions of registered vehicles throughout the country, and the chances of an accident occurring are relatively high.

Negligence can arise in numerous situations, including drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, recklessness, and more. Car accidents are some of the most damaging incidents, and if you’re involved, you may endure significant harm including broken bones, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, and spinal cord damage.

Truck Accidents

In the trucking industry, there are various regulations designed to keep individuals safe from severe harm. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers, companies, or employees abide by these rules. When this happens, these large commercial vehicles can cause catastrophic harm to anyone with which they collide.

Truck accidents can involve drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fatigued, or distracted. In many situations, truck drivers ignore regulations at the urging of the trucking company that wants to ensure deliveries are made within a specific time frame, making more than one party responsible for damages.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are some of the most catastrophic that can arise because motorcyclists do not have the same protections that regular motorists have. Drivers have large metal frames. Motorcyclists do not have the same safety; thus, a crash often leads to the motorcyclist being ejected from his or her vehicle.

Whenever negligence arises, it’s important to recognize some of the most common causes. For instance, these accidents may arise when drivers make left-hand turns in front of motorcyclists, sideswipe them, or speed through an intersection while the motorcyclist is attempting to make a left-hand turn.

Many motorcycle accidents result in spinal cord injuries, brain damage, broken bones, and friction burns.

Pedestrian Accidents

Whenever someone is negligent, they can put you in harm’s way. Unfortunately, if you are a pedestrian, this can mean some of the most damaging injuries you can encounter. As a pedestrian, you have no protection, and even if you try to stay as aware as possible, negligence is not always preventable.

These accidents most often occur as you may be crossing the street or when drivers are distracted. Even if you are on the sidewalk, a drunk driver can swerve far enough to jump a curve and cause a significant collision. In any case, make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay safe, including staying visible, walking in groups, making sure you can see and hear clearly when crossing the street, and more.

Bus Accidents

There are many types of bus accidents that can arise because there are many types of buses, including those for public transit, private charter, and more. Unfortunately, when companies who own these buses, drivers, or other individuals are negligent, accidents can lead to very severe damage.

Some of the most common causes of bus accidents include driver negligence, failure to maintain, and more. There are some situations where the companies who run these buses fail to perform background checks and hire drivers with medical conditions that can lead to accidents.

Bicycle accidents

Much like motorcycle accidents, collisions involving bicycles can be some of the most severe as the bicyclist does not have any form of protection from severe harm. There’s a high possibility that a bicycle accident can lead to some of the most catastrophic damages you can encounter, including brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, and more.

Bicycle accidents often arise because individuals fail to yield when turning right, speed through intersections, or are otherwise negligent.

In these matters, you may seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy

At Lowe Law Group, we know that there are many situations involving negligence that can cause you significant damage. You need to work quickly to file a claim within the time constraints of personal injury law to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve when someone else’s negligence results in your harm.

Our personal injury attorneys work hard on your behalf to help you move forward after any severe injury. During this time, you want someone who can help you through the complex matters that lie ahead, advocating your rights and safeguarding your interests every step of the way.

We offer free consultations to help you get the answers you need before moving forward. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your potential case, we encourage you to give us a call at (801) 900-4681 today. We’re ready to stand in your corner.