According to the National Highway Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. A startling fact is that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury death in the United States for people ages 1 to 34. In 1999, 38% of traffic fatalities were alcohol related.
At Holland & Lamoureux, P.A. our lawyers use their experience in handling accident cases to investigate every possible contributing cause of an accident to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. You can concentrate on recovering from your injuries as our office takes over your case’s investigation. We can assist in finding the appropriate medical specialist to treat you and make arrangements with your medical care providers to wait for payment until your case is resolved through settlement or trial.
Law of negligence generally decides automobile accidents. Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some examples of these factors include, but are not limited to the following:
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to signal while turning
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to drive on the right side of the road
A driver who drives unsafely, with willful and wanton disregard that his driving may cause an accident may also be liable for an accident caused by such intentional or reckless conduct.
Sometimes accidents are caused by factors unrelated to the conduct of any particular driver. For example, under the law of product liability, an automobile manufacturer or supplier may be responsible for injures caused by a defect in the automobile, or a component of the automobile, as in the Firestone tire litigation.
In another example, if a mechanic improperly repairs a vehicle that causes an accident, the mechanic and his repair shop may be liable for injuries sustained.
Poorly maintained roads and malfunctioning traffic control signals are other factors that can contribute to an accident. Serious accidents can be caused by improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, lighting or other highway defect, as well as improper striping on the road’s passing lanes, a sharp obstruction or problem with the roadway that obstructs drivers’ vision, or poorly placed trees and utility poles.
Finally, if an accident is caused by an intoxicated driver, a bar or social host may be liable for damages sustained if they served an obviously intoxicated guest.
In all automobile accident cases it is essential that measures be taken to promptly preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injures. If a loved one or you are a victim of an automobile accident, call the injury lawyers of Holland & Lamoureux, P.A. now at (866) 225-4907. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.