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I. General Information about Personal Injury V. Injuries Due to Slips/Falls
II. What to do if in case of injury or accident

A. Description

III. Injuries Due to Motor Vehicles  

B. Liability Principles

A. Description

 

C. Personal Injury Cases

B. Avoiding an Accident

VI.

Animal Attacks

C. Fault

 

A. Personal Injuries

D. Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists

 

B. Burdon of Proof

IV.

Injuries Due to Products

 

C. Determining Fault

 

A. Personal Injuries from Dangerous
    or Defective Products

VII.

What is a Claim Worth?

B. The Plaintiff's Burden in a Dangerous
     or Defective Product Personal Injury Case

VIII.

Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer-How Do I Choose The Best One For Me?

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Injuries Due to Motor Vehicles
Description

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone in the United States is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds. Motor vehicle injury is the most prevalent type of case involving personal injury. Six states, including Iowa, make the owner of the vehicle responsible for all damages, whether or not the negligent driver has assets or insurance to pay a judgment.

One of the greatest sources of civil litigation in the United States is Negligence. Negligence is described as the "failure to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the circumstances, or taking action which such a reasonable person would not". It is VERY important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you have been injured in an accident you have not caused. It is also very important to call your insurance company no matter whom or what caused the accident.

Avoiding an Accident

There are many factors involved today in trying to avoid accidents. Much more now than in the past, it is imperative to beware of aggressive, drunk or reckless drivers in addition to standard cautions, such as road and weather conditions. It is important to be extremely cautious.

If you are looking at these pages, more than likely you or someone you love has been in an accident and you are seeking information about accidents and personal injury lawyers. Reviewing the information on "What to do in case of an injury or accident" may be very beneficial to you. For more detailed information about avoiding an accident, please see the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fault

An experienced personal injury attorney knows the law and reviews all the factors in your case, such as the police reports, and talks to the witnesses. Finding who is negligent in a traffic accident is crucial. You may believe you know exactly who or what was negligent, yet may not know which law has been violated. When going into litigation, judges review several factors in determining the requirements that place negligence. All of these factors are known by personal injury attorneys, and they understand the importance of little details and will represent you well.

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists

Although states require insurance on any automobile, many drivers cannot afford adequate insurance or let their insurance lapse and do not carry any insurance at all. Most states now require every driver to have liability insurance in case of an accident. Much too often, the required insurance is insufficient for most accidents when injuries occur. You may have insurance that has "Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist" coverage that will pay for bodily injury if the responsible party does not have the proper insurance to cover all of your damages or injuries. Contacting a competent personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible to ensure you are protected is essential, particularly in the case of uninsured or underinsured motorists.

Hit and run accidents are also usually covered by your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. In this case, your damages and expenses should be covered by your insurance company. DO NOT SETTLE with the other driver's insurance company until you know every detail about what your damages and injuries will cost and review these with your own personal injury lawyer. Your underinsured motorist coverage may not provide compensation to pay for the amounts over and above the other driver's insurance if you have settled with them. This is another important reason to contact and review everything with your own personal injury lawyer. Also remember that your insurance company will request a credit if you are paid over and above the reported benefits from the other driver's insurance. This includes any stackable uninsured/underinsured insurance allowed by some states. The combination of insurance coverage from several policies or insurance coverage for several vehicles listed on one policy may apply.

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