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Car Auto Accident Lawsuit
On June 22, 2013, the family of a 22-year-old Chicago man killed in a road accident won compensation worth $3.75 million following the settlement of a car accident injury lawsuit filed against ATS Specialized Inc. A vehicle of the trucking company hit the victim’s car on Interstate 57 near Ludlow from behind in November 2012, leading to his death. The police found that driver was driving at a dangerous speed at the time of accident and failed to slow down despite hitting the victim’s car. Two days prior to this accident, another car accident injury lawsuit resulted in $1.29 million compensation to a Hollywood woman. In May 2013, a Philadelphia jury awarded $19.1 million to a Bensalem man, who lost his leg in a two-car collision in 2009.
Over a million car accident injury lawsuits are filed in the United States each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents in the United States lead to at least 30,000 deaths and 3 million injuries, ranging from minor to serious ones, causing permanent disability every year. The national economy loses more than $230 billion annually following damages caused by car accidents. While celebrities, sports persons, doctors, and talented young men have lost their lives, many others had to suffer for life following brain damage, spinal cord injury, and loss of limb caused by road accidents. No doubt death and disabilities are irreparable, but victims or their families have the option to recover financial and nonfinancial damages and seek punitive damages from erring drivers responsible for accidents and accused of showing disregard to the safety of others on the road.
The following are the most common causes of accidents as cited in the car accident injury lawsuits filed in various U.S. courts and reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Any car driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, subject to injuries as mentioned below, is legally empowered to seek compensation from the erring driver by filing a car accident injury lawsuit.
The U.S. law allows for filing of car accident injury lawsuits under various provisions. Product liability lawsuits can be initiated against a car manufacturer if vehicle design or manufacturing defect leads to the accident. Similarly, personal injury lawsuits can be filed by passenger, pedestrian, or other riders on the road against the driver responsible for causing injury seeking compensation for various types of damages. In case of accidents involving two or more cars, the tort law allows victims to sue the erring driver for financial, non financial, and punitive damages.
The following are key points highlighting the grounds on which one can seek damages from the erring driver.
The law empowers car accident victims to seek various types of compensation for their injuries and damages. These include:
One can claim car accident compensation in any of the three ways.
Contact an expert car accident lawyer and consult with him. Ask him the details of claims you can make and authorize the attorney to collects medical reports, accident information, car or property repair estimates, estimate damages and losses on your behalf. Your lawyer prepares n estimate of all damages to be claimed and notifies the defendant about the potential claim and his liability and seeks compensation based on investigations and assessment.
The car accident lawyer can file a no-fault insurance claim, if allowed, or contact the erring driver or his insurer. If the defendant refuses to settle the case, you have the option to file a civil personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation in the court.
Different states have set different insurance coverage limitations for motorists. All drivers are required to carry three types of insurances – coverage for bodily injury of one person, coverage for injury per accident, and coverage for property damaged per accident. It is compulsory in all states except Mississippi, Virginia, and New Hampshire. In North Carolina and Texas, the insurance coverage is as high as $30,000 person injury liability coverage, $60,000 per accident coverage, and $25,000 per accident property damage coverage. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, it is as low as $15,000, $30,000, and $5,000 respectively.
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