Automobile Accidents on the Rise

By: Peter Kent

The leading cause of personal injury among Americans today is due to automobile accidents involving cars, trucks or motorcycles.

It has often been said that individuals are more at risk for becoming injured while driving rather than flying, and as their are more individuals on the road each year, this appears to quickly becoming the dangerous truth.

Many of these accidents could have been prevented if traffic laws and common sense had been observed. Drivers who cause accidents -- while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, by driving recklessly, falling asleep at the wheel, talking on a cell phone, or otherwise being distracted -- can be held liable.

Automobile accident cases can range from accidents involving modest injuries to those in which death and catastrophic injuries are the result. It is also not unusual for automobile litigation to involved suing an insurance company or an uninsured or underinsured motorist who was responsible for the accident.

Often, the most devastating injuries occur when trucks are involved in an accident.

It is important for attorneys to be knowledgeable of state and federal regulations governing the conduct of truck drivers, as well as the condition of their vehicles. There are often a list of issues surrounding automobile or truck accidents, which range from a driver's alcohol intoxication and liquor liability to highway and automobile designs that may be dangerous. These cases may involve multiple defendants including state and local governments, a state's department of transportation, and automobile manufacturers.

Liquor Liability and Automobile Accidents

Liquor liability involves bodily injury or personal damage in which a person or business can be held responsible for causing or contributing to the intoxication of a person; this includes providing alcohol to individuals under the legal drinking age or under the influence of alcohol; or violating any statute, ordinance, or regulation relating to the sale, distribution, or use of alcoholic beverages.

As many automobile accidents involve the use or misuse of alcohol, liquor liability holds those parties who have provided alcohol to those already intoxicated or those under the legal drinking age responsible for their actions.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident and have suffered injury, you may have a legal case. If an individual is involved in an automobile accident, whether involving liquor or not, it is highly advisable to speak with an experienced liquor liability attorney.

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