Motor Vehicles Law Articles
Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Motor Vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents are caused not just by motorist negligence, but also by malfunctioning or defective vehicle components or parts. Motorcyclists are already at a higher risk of injuries compared to occupants of a passenger vehicle, and when a person is riding a defective motorcycle, those accident and injury risks are amplified.
Teen and young adult drivers are often the targets of public service campaigns aimed at reducing the number of car accidents caused by the dangerous combination of texting and driving. Despite the common perception that teen drivers are the most at risk group for distracted driving car accidents caused by texting while driving, a new study reveals that texting and driving may be more problematic for middle age drivers.
Truck driver fatigue has gained national attention throughout the media and within our political scene since a Walmart tractor-trailer caused a multi-vehicle car accident involving comedians Tracy Morgan and James McNair last summer. According to the police report, the Walmart truck driver had been awake for at least 24 hours. The result of this tractor-trailer accident fatally injured James McNair and caused critical personal injuries to Tracey Morgan, who is still recovering.
Recently, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that eases restrictions on the rules that govern when long-haul drivers must get their required rest. The legislation is part of the overall budget bill and suspends enforcement of the controversial 34-hour rule limiting the number of hours that truckers can be on the clock. The rule was part of a series of regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that went into effect July 1, 2013.
Driver education programs are a proven way to help teenagers drive safe, but enrollment in them is on the decline.
Our major Uber ride-sharing concern is the issue of liability insurance coverage, not only for the Uber passenger; but also for pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles which might be involved in a crash with a Uber car. Even if the Uber passenger doesn't care about insurance coverage for themselves, does the Uber customer want to be a good citizen? If so, and we sure do hope that being a good citizen is something to strive for, then we all need to seriously weigh the Uber pros and cons.
Drivers can reduce their risk of truck accidents by leaving extra space, avoiding blind spots, pulling over safely and using caution in intersections.
Ask any personal injury lawyer and they will tell you the number one question asked of them is “Can I sue?” Coming in a close second is “Do I have a case?” Both questions miss the mark, however, as the real question that accident victims should be asking is “Do I have a case worth pursuing.”
Displaced aggression can occur when someone cannot aggress towards the source of incitement or provocation, so instead takes it out on something else and behaves aggressively towards another individual that had nothing to do with the initial conflict.
When you are involved in a car accident there are a number of steps you should take to protect yourself.
The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project has launched a campaign entitled “Sleep Well, Be Well” in an effort to raise awareness on the importance of sleep to health and safety. The impact that a lack of sleep can have on one’s safety is evidenced by a recent Norwegian study which found that people suffering from insomnia are 2.8 times more likely to die in a fatal accident than people who get adequate sleep.
According to a recent report in Health Day, approximately 7,000 people were sent to a U.S. emergency room each day in 2012 for injuries resulting from a car accident.
It’s hard to imagine life before cell phones especially the latest smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone and the variety of Android phones that are available on the market today. The iPhone that I have in my pocket has over 100 times as much memory in it as the computer I owned just 15 years ago.
After you report an accident to the insurance company, the claims process begins. This process varies for each insurance company, but the following information can provide you with a general overview of the process.
Driving with a suspended or revoked license can be as benign as a civil traffic violation or as serious as a third degree felony, depending on the reason for the suspension and/or your number of prior convictions.
Pedestrian accidents, both with fatalities and injuries are on the rise in the Coachella Valley and officials are concerned. There has been a rash of hit and run accidents all over California this year and the Coachella Valley has not been immune. But it is the total number of pedestrian accidents, hit and run and otherwise that is causing city leaders to consider what can be done to prevent further death and injury to the desert’s residents.
On September 16, 2014, California’s new bike law went into effect requiring motorists to give bicyclists three feet of distance when passing a bike rider. Since the law passed, bicycle collisions continue to occur. Motorists are likely to be cited for breaking the three feet law only if a deputy witnesses the accident. With the initial publicity of the law fading, many drivers remain unaware of the law. And bicyclists will need to continue to look out for drivers coming too close.
Starting Jan. 1, Rhode Island judges and magistrates will have the authority to prohibit drivers convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence, or those who refused a chemical test, from driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock system. According to a news report in The Providence Journal, the new law requiring an ignition interlock device for those with prior DUIs goes into effect on New Year's Day.
When you are in a rental car accident, you may be just as eligible for compensation for your losses as if you were in an accident while driving your personal vehicle. You might be eligible for damages even if you did not purchase rental car insurance.
Rhode Island has been awarded nearly $341,000 in federal funding for traffic and vehicle safety programs. According to an Associated Press news report, the funding comes from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).
The stretch of Hwy 74 that runs from Palm Desert toward Mountain Center and then toward Idyllwild as Hwy 243, is a scenic paradise with views of both the desert floor and the pine trees and firs that greet you as you get closer to the Mountain Village of Idyllwild. Known as the Palms to Pines Highway, it is a magnet for motorcycle riders who love the challenge presented by the curves in the road that take them in both directions. It’s also a death trap for the unwary or inexperienced rider.
Hwy 86 runs from Interstate 10 to Calexico. It passes through Indio, Thermal, Brawley and El Centro. Once known as “The Killer Highway,” stoplights were installed at some intersections to prevent broadside collisions. Anyone who’s driven the highway, knows it’s still dangerous because of the cross traffic. Now, once again, the highway is taking its toll.
Drivers can reduce their risk of wintertime car accidents by preparing their vehicles for winter driving and adjusting their driving techniques.
The truck speed limit on the I-10 through the Coachella Valley is 55 mph. Most truckers drive through the valley at faster speeds. It would be easy to blame all of the big rig crashes and tractor-trailer rollovers in the Coachella Valley on speed, but there are too many other factors, including the negligence of others. With trucks that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, the passengers in cars and pickups they hit have a lesser chance to survive.
The families of hit and run victims in Cathedral City and their attorneys just want answers. How can a bicyclist be hit by a hit and run vehicle, then a second pedestrian be hit by the same vehicle just moments later, then hit a second time by a paramedics vehicle transporting the first victim, and then hit yet by yet a third hit and run vehicle? These deaths in October 2014 would be just two in a string of recent hit and run wrongful deaths in the Coachella Valley.
It’s that time of year, Christmas, that dangerous time in California for drivers and pedestrians which accident attorneys and insurance adjusters know all too well. It’s Christmas. People in cars and pedestrians alike are distracted. They’re shopping, and coming from Christmas parties. Some are unfamiliar with the roads. Others forget what to do when it starts to rain.
During the winter months, the risk of being involved in a car accident increases. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 23 percent of the car accidents that occur each year are caused partially or entirely by poor weather conditions. During the 2009-2010 winter season, Illinois was one of the top 10 states for weather-related traffic fatalities.
Twentynine Palms Marine Accidents and Fatalities on CA Hwy 62, The Killer Highway - A Personal Injury Tragedy
At least 182 people have died on CA Hwy 62 since 2002. More than 90 lives have been lost since 2007. The risks of dying on Hwy 62 make this highway a dangerous road to travel and the stretch of Hwy 62 from 29 Palms to Palm Springs one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in California. Marines from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and personal injury attorneys who represent grieving families know all too well what is known as “The Killer Highway.”
If you are not familiar with the legal rights you possess after being injured in an automobile accident it is most likely in your favor to find a car accident lawyer to work on your behalf.
Finding a car accident lawyer may be more difficult than you had initially thought, but the end result of finding the best lawyer for you is more than worth it.
Illinois joined the growing group of states to allow the use of medical marijuana.
After being injured in an accident an insurance company will try to give you the least amount possible as compensation for the damages to your vehicle and compensation for your injuries.
After being struck by another driver adrenaline is most likely coursing through your veins and you may not be able to think clearly. You also may not be able to feel the full effects of the injuries you may have sustained during the accident. For these reasons and many others you should avoid making any type of initial statement to your insurance company or the insurance company of the individual at fault for the accident.
Automobiles are safer today than they ever have been. Airbags, seat belts, crumple zones, computers that monitor road and vehicle conditions, and many other features help to keep drivers and passengers out of accidents all together, or protect health and safety if one does occur. But sometimes those systems are improperly manufactured or installed. Sometimes after-market additions interfere with their proper function.
Ever had second thoughts about loaning your car to someone, or wondered what kind of liability you could face if they got in an accident? If so, and probably without realizing it, you may have been worrying about the idea of negligent entrustment.
Winter driving can be extremely difficult, especially here in Rhode Island. Our proximity to the ocean constantly opens up the possibility of huge storms, blizzards and nor'easters. This closeness also influences frequent temperature changes with many freeze-thaw cycles throughout the winter months. Such a weather pattern makes roads slippery and riddled with potholes, contributing to more treacherous conditions for drivers.
Car accidents are generally scary and stressful situations to find yourself in, no matter how major or minor they might be. However, when you also have to worry about recouping costs for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and anything else you owe as a result, it makes the hardship much more difficult to manage on your own. That’s where the knowledge and assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer really comes in handy.
Whenever cold weather approaches, there is an increase in the number of people who leave their cars running unattended in an effort to warm them up before driving anywhere. While this might be good for the engine and make for a toasty commute, it may not always be legal.
Being in any accident can be a nightmare, but when you are the driver of a vehicle that collided with another from the rear, it can be particularly troubling. Conventional wisdom will usually tell you that the driver in the back is always at fault, and in most instances this will be true, but not all.
The time following a vehicle accident may be quite confusing. Disoriented from pain and unfamiliar legal processes, many accident victims find themselves more susceptible to influence by people or organizations they think they can trust. Unfortunately, insurance companies often take advantage of this condition in order to avoid paying victims everything to which they are entitled.
An uninsured motorist is a driver who does not have a valid auto insurance policy. Under Rhode Island law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle without auto insurance.
Suffering a personal injury can be scary, but it is always important to try and keep calm. The steps you take following a personal injury can affect the amount of compensation that you will get after filling a personal injury claim.
Recently, there have been a number of stories in the news about the development of autonomous automobiles, or self-driving cars. In fact, a number of states have taken interest in this technology and have passed legislation approving the deployment of self-driving vehicles to their roads. So what are these laws? What do they allow or prohibit? Which states currently authorize self-driving vehicles?
Most lemon laws apply to dealers only, not to private sellers. Because of this some unscrupulous dealers attempt to sidestep the laws altogether by using a system called curbstoning.
Recently, a report released by Allstate Insurance listed the city of Providence, Rhode Island, as the fifth worst city in the United States when it comes to the worst drivers.
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles. Motorcycle accidents are the most dangerous because they involve a much higher risk of serious injuries or fatalities. Head-on motorcycle-car accidents often result in fatal injury to the motorcyclist. Often, those accidents are caused because of a motorist's failure to notice a motorcyclist, yield to a motorcyclist and other forms of negligence.
Insurance companies often deny personal injury claims with excuses that include denying fault, denying the extent of the injury, and denying causation.
Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. A lack of adequate sleep can affect the brain similarly to the ways alcohol consumption can affect it, such as slowing the individual's reaction time, decreasing his or her awareness of his or her surroundings, and negatively affecting his or her judgment.
Wrong-way auto accidents are some of the most serious types of collisions that occur on Rhode Island's highways. Seeing a vehicle traveling the wrong way and hurtling toward oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed can be terrifying. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wrong-way accidents on divided highways are far more likely to result in deadly or serious injuries than any other type of car accidents.
Automotive accidents are a leading cause of brain injuries in the United States. However, many individuals do not realize when they have suffered a brain injury after an accident. This can potentially make the injury more serious.
Many of us have drooled over exotic racing cars, fantastic movie prop vehicles, or futuristic looking concept cars, only to learn that we could never own one for our daily commutes (as though money were no object) because it is not “street legal.” What does that mean? What is required for a vehicle to be considered “street legal?”
For many, it can be a nightmare scenario: driving safely and minding their own business when another vehicle hits them, causes damage and possibly injuries, then flees the scene. What do you do? Who will pay for the damage?
For many years, people have relied upon the kindness of strangers to get where they needed to go by hitchhiking. Hitchhiking is the practice of soliciting rides in road vehicles, usually from strangers. It dates back to the time of the Great Depression, but concerns over safety for both passenger and driver have led to the implementation of a number of laws pertaining to hitchhiking. So, is it legal to hitchhike?
In the Dallas County City of Addison, police are preparing for this year's Great Texas Warrant Roundup. During this annual event, law enforcement works to locate and arrest motorists with pending traffic warrants. If you have been issued a warrant by the Municipal Court, a local attorney may be able to post bond for you and get your warrant lifted so that you may avoid arrest during this year's roundup.
Trading in your old car to help pay for a new one at the dealership may seem like a good way to shave off the cost of a new car. However, not all trade-in transactions are handled in an honest manner, and this can lead to unfortunate results for consumers.
Any car accident can be scary, embarrassing, and financially draining. But, those sensations can be greatly enhanced when the accident involves only one vehicle. Obviously, factors like road conditions, hidden obstacles, and weather conditions can adversely affect one's ability to control a vehicle and can result in an accident. So who will be liable?
If you drive a car, you’ve probably seen it happen (or you’ve seen the aftermath). A mattress, a piece of furniture, a chunk of metal, a huge box or some other large object falls off a moving truck (or the object is lying on the side of the road). What happens when the stuff that fell off the truck hits a car or a pedestrian or a bicyclist, causing a wreck and injuries? Is the truck responsible?
Consumers must be aware when shopping for vehicles that there are numerous vehicles that have had parts recalled that may not have received repairs. Car manufacturers like General Motors have issued recalls that affect nearly 25 million vehicles. Consumers must get informed about recalls when car shopping in order to avoid injury from car accidents related to defective parts.
The phrase “consumer rights” is thrown around rather freely these days. But what are consumer rights? Are they written down somewhere? Where do they come from? What are the rights?
When individuals are involved in an automotive accident, the legal theory is usually negligence. In order to establish that the other driver was negligent and responsible for the damages that arose, the plaintiff must prove all elements of negligence.
Financial fraud – the most common and most profitable ‘business’ activity that turns to foreign residents. Real estate fraud, illicit car sales, cheated insurance, denial of services that you have paid for–you name it. You should seek protection from a law firm in Egypt in any of these cases; don’t wait and be protected from the very start.
Truck drivers operating a massive vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause truck accidents in the Clarksburg, West Virginia region every year. These accidents can be severe given the size difference between large trucks and passenger vehicles, and the recklessness with which impaired truckers often drive. Survivors of accidents related to truck driver impairment can recover damages for losses sustained in the accident.
Determining the responsible party for a car accident can sometimes be tricky. There is often a difference between who actually caused an accident and who legally is at fault. Understanding who is at fault will have ramifications on whose insurance will be required to pay for damage to vehicles and properties, and which driver might be held liable for personal injuries.
While many would think it is more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident with another car, railroad fatalities are a larger concern, especially among pedestrians. Illinois' Rail Safety Week aims to encourage awareness of rail safety among pedestrians and motorists.
Two Orlando, Florida car dealers recently made headlines when they were caught in a scheme to defraud customers. When you buy and sell cars at a dealership, you expect things to go smoothly; expect the dealer to follow the law. But if the dealer defrauds you, what are your options?
On February 20, 2011, a teenage driver was sending a text message when he accidentally swerved across the middle line and killed the driver of a vehicle heading in the opposite direction. The incident was clearly an accident, but was the teen's action of composing text messages while driving so wanton and reckless that it could amount to criminal homicide?
Ridesharing services have made major strides in transportation, but they also bring with them legal complications. It will be important for laws to adapt to the changes that companies like Uber and Lyft are bringing about and how this will reflect on car accidents when they occur.
On September 12, 2013, a New York City driver reportedly hit the accelerator instead of the brake as he pulled into a parking space. The result: he ran over 5 teenagers standing on the sidewalk. Fortunately, none of the teens was seriously injured. But, to the shock of many, officials announced they did not intend to press charges in what they considered a purely accidental incident.
Motorcyclists are at an especially high risk of suffering head injuries in an accident because of the relative lack of protection compared to drivers of passenger vehicles. Accidents can result in brain injuries and can require extensive treatment, including hospitalization. For some victims, a head injury from a motorcycle accident can have lasting and severe effects.
If you have purchased a vehicle and feel that you got a bad deal, you may have recourse against the dealer by using one or more of the following tactics:
It is a horrifying situation. You buy a car, motorcycle, or RV by financing it at the dealership. You sign the paperwork and drive it home with the dealer's blessings only to discover a few days later that the financing has suddenly and unexpectedly been denied. Now the dealer wants its vehicle back and you are left holding the bag, maybe even out a down payment or other fees as well as the cost of any aftermarket additions to your vehicle. What do you do?
For those who have either been injured by a hit and run driver, or those who have lost a loved one, it is clear that hit and run accidents can turn an already unpleasant event into a truly horrible one. For those who caused the accident then fled the scene, usually in a panic, the consequences can be severe.
After you get a traffic ticket, you want to know what happens next and what you can do about it. For most people, it simply means paying the ticket and going to traffic school to remove any points on your driving record. It’s expensive, but a fairly simple situation to take care of.
Being involved in a road traffic accident can leave you with anything from whiplash and bruising to serious head and spinal injuries. If you are uncomfortable enough to be involved in a horrific road accident, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled for a personal injury compensation claim.
If you have been injured in an automotive accident, slip and fall or workplace accident, your immediate reaction may be to sue the party responsible for your injuries. However, not all cases warrant an attorney’s involvement. Furthermore, attorneys may refuse to take a case if it is not worth the attorney’s time or experience.
Whenever you step onto a bus, whether a city bus, a tour bus, a shuttle, a school bus, etc., you are entrusting your safety to the bus driver and the owner of the bus. For some reason, we feel safe and secure on a bus; so much so that many buses do not have or require seat belts. But even when in a bus, accidents do happen.
Motorcycle accidents, though not necessarily more common than other motor vehicle accidents, can be more shocking and devastating. But, they can also be caused by some unique circumstances. A number of studies and surveys have discovered some interesting facts and statistics about motorcycle accidents:
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, approximately 3,000 train accidents occur each year in the United States, and nearly 1,000 people die each year as a result. Railroad accidents may be in the form of a collision with another train, a car or bus, or even a derailment or fire.
Virtually any civil lawsuit has one thing in common: damages. That is the injury, financial harm, or damage to property for which one is entitled to recover money from the other party. Personal injury claims related with helping drivers and passengers receive compensation for injuries they suffer in auto accidents are no exception. However, several factors can affect the amount of compensation received and the time it takes to receive it.
Tesla Motors is known for their cutting edge electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating in every subcategory without exception, setting a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants (Tesla Motors).
If you are injured in Illinois by someone while they are working for someone else, who is liable? For example, if you are in a car accident with a delivery truck, is the driver liable or the delivery company? This is the concept of “Respondeat Superior” and can have very serious consequences for your personal injury case.
You have been pulled over but you are not sure why. You do not think you did anything wrong, but you get a ticket anyway. How do you fight it?
Buying a car is usually an exciting experience. But, when your new car does not function properly, it can be a frustrating experience. When a car dealer sells you a lemon, how can you get to the “lemonade” of a properly functioning car and possibly even receiving a cash settlement?
Have you ever seen a bike rider in the street blocking traffic and wondered whether that was even legal? Or maybe a bicyclist caused you to have a car accident by riding recklessly in traffic and you are wondering whether they will be considered a car or a pedestrian for purposes of attributing fault? Unfortunately, the answer can be complicated and depend on where you are.
Parents warn their teenagers about the dangers of risk driving habits, but data shows that many parents engage in the same dangerous driving behavior that they warn their children against.
Have you or someone you know been involved in a car accident? Was the accident caused or made worse by a defective part? We expect our cars to keep us and our families safe, but with a system of hundreds of moving parts, it is not uncommon for something to fail, often with dangerous results. Indeed, each year, millions of cars are recalled because of manufacturing defects or defective parts that can cause fatal car crashes.
At some point in our lives most of us will be involved in some sort of car accident. Most of these may be small fender benders, but some can be very serious or even fatal. Many people do not know what to do when they are in a car accident, and Illinois law has several specific requirements of which you should be aware.
Car accident victims may suffer terribly in the aftermath of the wreck. They may be forced to cover the costs of significant property damage, emergency medical treatment, doctor’s bills, and even long-term rehabilitation
Accidents involving large commercial trucks may occur for a wide variety of reasons, with numerous potentially responsible parties. According to the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), drivers are ten times more likely to cause commercial truck accidents than other factors, such as improper cargo loading, vehicle malfunction, or inadequate truck maintenance.
The top 10 thing you should do if you experience a car accident.
Car safety features like airbags and seatbelts marked significant advancements in safety. Now, new safety features are making our vehicles even safer. More advanced features do not just protect occupants from injuries in an accident, but work proactively to minimize the risk of an accident.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the more severe injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents in Dallas every year. While short-term consequences like headaches, disorientation and memory problems may reduce in severity and intensity over a period of time, some victims may suffer long-term or permanent consequences including impaired cognitive abilities, motor dysfunction and psychological distress.
Every parent warns their child about crossing the street and instructs them to always look both ways before moving. But in the age of cell phones, looking both ways may not be enough. Drivers and pedestrians who are using the busy streets of New York City must be extra vigilant because of the growing issue of drivers whose minds are elsewhere when navigating the road.
No matter how careful while driving, there is always the possibility of becoming involved in a car accident. For most first-timers, an accident can be cause for fright and panic. Initially, drivers involved in accidents suffer shock as a result of the impact and then are forced to deal with physical injuries, property damage, and possible medical bills. The hassle of dealing with insurance companies and the other negligent driver can be confusing and time consuming.
Those operating golf carts in Florida should understand that the Florida legislature intends to protect persons and property from the all-too-common accidents associated with golf carts and other motorists and pedestrians.
Accidents rarely come with any forewarning, leaving most victims unprepared and unsure of how to proceed. When you or someone you know is injured, you will have a lot of uncertainty and need to make a lot of decisions very quickly. You should always seek immediate medical attention for any injuries and also seek the assistance of qualified, experienced legal representation. But, how do you know who the best attorney is for your case?
If you need compensation for injuries due to an accident, you need to be aware of one important thing—insurance companies are in business to make—not give away—money!
Just last month, the issue of drowsy driving was brought to the attention of the nation when a sleepy truck driver plowed into famous comedian Tracy Morgan, killing his passenger - fellow comedian James McNair - and critically injuring Morgan and his other passengers.
No matter a driver's reasons for leaving the scene of an accident, you, the victim, are still left high and dry without compensation to help you pay for your injuries or to fix the vehicle's damage. On the other hand, there still are many options for legal recourse and compensation.
The impact of a car accident may pose serious harm to the driver as well as the passengers, and leave them with long-lasting side-effects to contend with in the future. Here are some examples of the most common injuries sustained in an accident: