A serious automobile accident is a traumatic experience that nobody wants to imagine being involved in. However, over 20 million auto accidents occur in the United States every year. Even the best drivers cannot always avoid the negligent actions of others.
Car accidents often carry legal consequences in proportion to the severity of the accident. Nearly all common law jurisdictions impose some kind of requirement that parties involved in a collision (even with only stationary property) must stop at the scene, and exchange insurance or identification information or summon the police. Failing to obey this requirement is the crime of hit and run.
Parties involved in an accident may face criminal liability, civil liability, or both. Usually, the state starts a prosecution only if someone is severely injured or killed, or if one of the drivers involved was clearly intoxicated or otherwise impaired at the time the accident occurred. Charges might include driving under the influence of alcohol, assault with a deadly weapon, manslaughter, or murder; penalties range from fines to jail time to prison time to death.
Also, a great number of the product liability claims we investigate are single vehicle accidents. In investigating automobile accidents and product liability cases over the past 30 years, we have seen a great number of single vehicle accidents that were caused by a design defect or mechanical problem. Single vehicle accidents where the occupant received injuries disproportionate to the severity of the accident can often be traced back to a defect.
Oftentimes, single vehicle accident investigations have revealed product liability cases involving fuel-fed fires, roof crush in rollover crashes, seat belt failure, seat defects, tire blowouts, door latch failure, and vehicle occupant ejection.
What can I do if I have been injured as the result of an automobile accident?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!