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Owning and driving a vehicle is one of the most favorite American past times. The United States has a very high personal automobile ownership rate compared to the rest of the world. Most car accidents primarily involve injuries to drivers. In these cases the degree of fault is appointed based on the drivers’ careless conduct in observing road safety rules. That is, the driver that causes the accident can be pursued for damages. If more than one driver is at fault then the liability of the driver most at fault is reduced by the percentage of fault of the driver who is less at fault.

In recent years there has been a growing availability of personal transportation services. These services are becoming more wide spread and increasingly as easy to use as tapping your phone screen a few times. These professional drivers who offer their own automobiles to provide transportation to willing customers are not immune to car accidents which may lead to serious injuries. In these situation, the distribution of liability may become somewhat more complicated.

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Typically injuries stemming from car accidents involve multiple vehicles and drivers. However,
a very narrow subset of injuries caused by car vehicles do not involve a collision at all. Modern vehicles are equipped with a variety of technological features that may not be properly tested before being integrated as common features across vehicle model lines. Some flaws with those features may not become apparent for years after becoming common in many different models. Moreover, vehicle manufacturers are reluctant to act on known defects for some time until adverse publicity and the sheer number of victims forces them to act to improve the safety of their vehicles. Unfortunately, by the time a vehicle manufacturer issues a recall, many people will have suffered gruesome injuries or worse.

By The Perazzo Law Firm

Personal injury cases typically involve one or more drivers and vehicles. However, a small but significant portion of personal injury cases involve a variety of different factors vastly increasing the complexity of litigation.
One of the factors leading to the complexity of a personal injury case stemming from a car accident can be the type of injuries suffered by the victim. In most instances, injuries stemming from a car accident are assessed on the scene or soon thereafter from a simple doctor’s visit. However, some injuries may take some time to manifest symptoms. Typically, theses injuries involve brain damage which may not be easy to diagnose as the victim may not exhibit symptoms for days or even weeks. Some of the symptoms of brain injury, such as difficulty concentrating, mood swings, depression, etc., may easily be attributed to daily stress rather than serious brain injury. Brain injury symptoms are easy to misdiagnose and may go untreated for some time. Brain imaging scans can reveal brain injury but can fail to reveal the full extent of the damage. Given how difficult it may be to diagnose a brain injury, by the time a patient reports the symptoms to a doctor and a scan is ordered, weeks if not months may have already passed since the date of the car accident. Following a car accident, it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible and report all symptoms even if they can be attributed to something else like participation in athletic activity or even a stressful job.

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Following a car accident, it is important to gather information regarding the road and weather conditions at the time of the crash and subsequent medical treatment that may be necessary. It is important to pay attention to your surroundings to determine who may have been a potential witness to a crash. Many private residences and commercial establishments have surveillance cameras which may have recorded the accident providing an easy way to prove who was at fault. It is also important to take note of the first responders, including names and vehicle numbers. Over time, a tremendous amount of information may simply be forgotten making proving a case more complicated. It is also important to track your medical treatment and physical therapy in order to be able to prove the full extent of the damages and injuries suffered.

At the same time, the insurance companies and their lawyers will be collecting information on the victim of a car accident as well. From the very first moment when a representative of an insurance company contacts you, they have begun their investigation.

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Oftentimes the media covers car accidents involving multiple vehicles resulting in catastrophic injuries. However, a largely overlooked segment of car accidents may not involve multiple drivers and vehicles. Sometimes, a serious injury may result through no fault of the driver.

Not all car accidents resulting in personal injury involve multiple vehicles. Moreover, not all car accidents involve a careless driver. A motor vehicle can be involved in a collision resulting in serious injury through no fault of the operator of the vehicle. As many of us have seen, a failed brake may result in a vehicle unintentionally moving downhill and running over an innocent pedestrian or even the vehicle’s owner. A passenger chair may malfunction crushing an occupant of the vehicle who is unable to escape.

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In a typical car accident, involving more than one vehicle, it is easy to assign blame on the drivers. Oftentimes, vehicle operators cause car accidents by failing to observe the speed limit or distance with other vehicles. However, more than carelessness of drivers can contribute to an accident.

Another possible and contributing cause of car accidents can be defective manufacturing and negligent construction. A modern vehicle consists of a wide variety of parts and systems manufactured by a multitude of companies from around the world. A minor malfunction in any of the parts can contribute to a car accident. In vehicles equipped with automatic breaking a malfunction in the sensors detecting distance with other vehicles could contribute to an accident. An impact sensor could suffer a glitch and fail to inflate an air bag during a crash resulting in exacerbation of injuries.

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Typically, car accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to observe rules of the road, failing to pay attention to other vehicles, distance between other cars, maintain their vehicles, exceeding the speed limit, etc. However, a driver’s ability to pay attention to the conditions of the road and the flow of the traffic can be affected by the carelessness of a trusted doctor or pharmacist.

We trust licensed and trained professionals without question. Whether its a doctor or a pharmacist or a mechanic, we assume the professional we hire to perform a service or prescribe medicine is trustworthy and holds our interest as a priority. However, at times these professionals makes unintended mistakes or place their own interest and profit above the safety of their customers and patients. When it comes to prescribing medicine, it is easy to misdiagnose a disease. If a doctor fails to perform sufficient tests or fails to properly review findings, then an illness may be misdiagnosed and the wrong medicine and treatment may be prescribed.

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For many of us, a personal vehicle is a necessity of life. We use it for everything, from buying groceries to ferrying kids to soccer practice. A personal vehilce is often used as a source of income. Unfortunately, a single car accident as a result of a negligent driver can cause, not only, serious injury from direct physical impact but also a loss of income.

Given this year’s hyper active hurricane season, many families have had their homes damaged. Heavy winds from storms have damaged roofs resulting in water entering inside the home. Severe floods have washed away driveways and caused water damage to the dwelling.

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The purpose of an insurance policy is to protect the policy holder in the event of a loss, damage or injury that the policy holder is unable to afford. In exchange for payment the insurance company agrees to cover certain losses or injuries.

As our loyal readers know, we have published many articles in the past explaining the insurance claim process and what to do when the insurance company wrongfully denies your claim. However, at times, the insurance company will acknowledge coverage and offer payment without the policy holder having to resort to a protracted litigation process. Unfortunately, the insurance companies do not always offer payment in the interest of the policy holder and instead pay to repair the damage in order to protect their own rights.

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Florida attracts people from all over the world with its endless beaches and year round tropical weather. Unfortunately, an overabundance of water in our state can have a destructive effect. Floridians know far too well the destructive power of water, whether it is through floods, tropical rains or hurricanes. Our homes are under a constant threat of damage from water. To mitigate the risk of damage, property owners purchase insurance policies that are meant to mitigate the risk of a loss caused by water.

Unfortunately, the insurance policies we purchase tend to be very lengthy and complicated documents intended to be confusing to the policy holder. Seeking funds to repair your home after a loss from the insurance company is far more complicated than simply making a claim. The insurance policy requires certain steps to be taken to make a valid claim. The instructions a policy holder has to follow in order to make a claim are known as post loss obligations.