Handling all types of vehicle accident claims
Accidents involving automobiles occur in a variety of circumstances, but some of the most common ones are:
When a driver is distracted by anything other than driving, whether it’s a ringing cell phone or an unruly child, the result can be disastrous. With or without the assistance of an experienced lawyer, distracted driving is a leading cause of vehicle accidents. A successful compensation claim may require evidence such as cell phone records and witness statements.
A common cause of vehicle accidents is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A driver’s alcohol level is determined by his or her blood alcohol content (BAC). Driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher is illegal. In the event of an accident caused by a drunken driver, criminal and civil liability may apply. If intoxicating substances were involved, your attorney would likely review the reports of responding law enforcement agents. While this may make the task of proving fault easier, it is often the case that repeats DUI offenders do not carry adequate insurance, which poses an entirely new set of challenges.
A mechanical defect is another leading cause of auto accidents, which occurs when something goes wrong with the at-fault driver’s vehicle. An injured party may have a claim against both the responsible driver and the designer or manufacturer of the car. An actual design defect occurs when a vehicle or a car part is insufficiently designed, causing the vehicle to perform poorly. A manufacturing defect occurs when a problem occurs during the production of a car or part. This type of case involves a theory of product liability, which requires extensive legal knowledge and experience.