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texture-860666_1920One of the most commonly known car-related product flaws is the Toyota gas pedal issue, where certain Toyota vehicles had the gas pedal stick when it was pressed down. This issue resulted in numerous drivers losing control, which caused injury accidents and even fatalities. Toyota was forced to recall more than four million vehicles and eventually reached a settlement of $1.1 billion for consumers who had been injured or harmed by the defect. This particular settlement contained no admission of fault on the part of Toyota.

Faulty Takata Airbags Result in Injury and Death

Another car-related product liability issue is the defective Takata airbags, which mostly affected cars built between 2002 and 2008, but also included models through 2014 in some cases. The main issue with the recall is that some airbags can deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupations. This issue involved the airbag’s inflator, which is some cases would ignite with explosive force. If the casing ruptured in a crash, there was a possibility that metal shards could be sprayed from the airbag throughout the vehicle’s cabin.

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Drowsy Driving: Dangerous, Deadly, and Difficult to Identify

According to the Department of Energy, the average car in the United States tips the scales at just over 2 tons. That’s 4,000 pounds of metal, rubber, and gasoline hurtling down the nation’s roadways and highways. Under the best of circumstances, operating a vehicle is the most dangerous thing the average person does on a daily basis. When people operate a vehicle while drowsy, the danger increases dramatically.

Under Reported Drowsy Driver Car Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, even though drowsy driving is difficult to identify as the cause of car crashes in many situations, at least 40,000 people are injured every year as the result of drowsing driving, while another 1,550 are killed.

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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Most people are good, responsible drivers who never take unnecessary risks. However, even the best drivers can make mistakes and texting while driving is definitely one of those. Even though you may understand that texting and driving is dangerous, the statistics may shock you.

Sending or reading a text while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than normal driving. Simply dialing, talking on, or listening to a phone while driving makes you as much as three times as likely to be involved in the crash.

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Determining Fault in Car Crashes

Even if you haven’t been in a car crash, you may wonder how the police and insurance companies determine who is at fault. Determining fault is important for number of reasons, but it isn’t always easy to do. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

Determining Fault in a Car Accident?

In many, if not most, car crash situations, it falls to the insurance companies who insure the individual drivers involved in the crash to determine who was at fault. When insurance companies investigate a crash, they look at the statements the drivers make, any police reports, or any other evidence gathered about the crash. They do this to try to determine negligence.

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Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Accident?

Car Accidents: Economic & Non-Economic Damages

When you sustain an injury as a result of a car accident, you may not be the only one who suffers. Injuries incur costs, both financial and otherwise. You may suffer lost wages, you might lose your job, or your earning potential may be reduced if you are left with a significant disability. As medical and other bills pile up in the aftermath of an accident, the stress and anxiety that come with it can be overwhelming and even incapacitating at times. Individuals who are injured in a car accident may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, expenses, and even pain and suffering; however, doing so can be complicated, especially for someone struggling with the physical and emotional ramifications that often occur following an accident.

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4 Common Questions About Car Accidents and the Statute of Limitations

What is a statute of limitations for a car accident?

A statute of limitations is a specific kind of law that imposes a time limit on people who want to go to court. Think of a statute of limitations as a countdown timer. In car accident cases, your timer starts as soon as you are involved in an accident or learn that you have suffered damages as a result of an accident. If you want to file a lawsuit because of the car accident, you have to do so before the clock reaches zero.

How much time do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit for a car accident?

That depends on a number of different issues. Every state has its own statute of limitation laws and each of them determine how long you have to file a lawsuit; however, it is typically between 1-6 years. Additionally, while some time limits apply to car accident injury lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits may have different filing deadlines.

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Car Crashes and Your Insurance Company

Drivers involved in car crashes often worry about what will happen to their insurance rates. There are millions of car accidents every year, most of which involve insured drivers, and each case is different. To understand what might happen to your policy if you are involved in the crash, you have to look at several different factors.

Car Accidents & Insurance: The Claim

Whenever you are involved in a car accident that results in damage to a vehicle or an injury to a person, insurance companies are usually involved. When you are involved in an accident, one of the first things you typically have to do after making sure everyone is safe and collecting all the relevant information, is to call your insurance company. After calling the company you inform the agent or representative about what happened and that representative will assign your case a claim number. The company will then assign a claims agent or investigator to the case to begin an investigation.

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8 Practical Steps You Can Take if You’re Ever in a Car Crash

Almost all drivers will experience a fender bender, object collision, or a more significant car crash at some time in their lives. While car accidents or other vehicle accidents can be very scary and stressful, you need to be prepared to take specific steps if you are ever involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to do:

Accident Step 1: Get Help

If you or anyone else has been injured, you need to get help as soon as possible. If you have a cell phone you should call 911 and ask the operator to send an ambulance. If you don’t have a cell phone or are unable to move, ask the first person on the scene to call for help. If there is a crowd of people, single out one person and specifically ask him or her to call.

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Stages of a Car Accident Lawsuit

Car Accident Injury Introduction

When you are involved in a car accident, the immediate aftermath can be painful, contentious, and often confusing. If you sustain an injury as a result of that accident, what you say and do during those first few moments can have a profound impact on your ability to seek damages for your injuries in the event that the other driver is at fault. Therefore, it is important to remain as calm as possible following an accident, while at the same time collecting as much information as you can without divulging more than you need to.

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Common Types of Car Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, there are over 10 million car, truck, or motorcycle accidents every year. These include everything from drivers who scrape other cars in a parking lot to multi-vehicle pile-ups on the nation’s interstate highways. The 10 million accidents that American drivers are involved in every year typically fall into one of several key categories.

Car Accidents: Vehicle vs. Vehicle Collisions

Operating a motor vehicle is an inherently dangerous activity, especially because you do not have control over what other drivers do. A car collision involving two or more vehicles is usually the result of one of the following situations:

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