Detroit Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorneys
In traffic accidents involving motor vehicles the initial step is to prove fault. Fault is determined when assessing whether the driver, or even pedestrian involved, was being careless and in violation of the rules of conduct in the ownership, operation, maintenance, or use of the vehicle or the interruption of the operation of a vehicle.
In many instances of auto accidents, fault can be proven rather quickly; given an obvious violation of a traffic rule like running a red light. However, there are situations in which fault on part of a party is not so obvious and therefore it is more difficult to prove fault and hold the party liable. An example of this occurs when two cars merge into the same lane at the same time. In such an incident, it must be determined who was the “negligent” or more careless party in causing the accident.
To hold a party accountable or “liable” for the cause of an accident, “negligence” must be proven. Every individual using a road (motorist, pedestrian, or a car passenger), and operating a motor vehicle is required to use reasonable care to protect his or her own safety as well as the safety of others.
To prove negligence a victim must show that the driver or pedestrian had a reasonable duty of being cautious; the driver or pedestrian failed to exercise his or her duty of reasonable caution; and that the failure to exercise caution caused harm or injury to another party. However, if the a auto accident victim has contributed to the cause of the accident through any negligent action of their own, such as failure to abide by reasonable safety rules in their own safety or the safety of others, liability becomes more difficult to ascertain, and compensation for damages or injuries to the victim will be limited or possibly even barred.
There are several different types of motor vehicle accidents in which compensation for damages or injuries may be recovered.
They include the following:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- ATV Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Mobile Home Accidents
Depending on the type of vehicle involved, different parties may be held liable in seeking adequate compensation for damages or injuries suffered. For instance, in trucking accidents, the victim can hold the driver liable for his action(s) or inaction(s), the owner of the truck, the company who has leased the truck to the driver, or even the manufacturer of the truck if the cause of the accident was directly related to faulty vehicle parts (for example, defective tires, breaks or equipment).
Compensation pursuant to damage in a motor vehicle accident can be sought via direct damage to property, destruction of property, or even loss of use of property. Compensation can also be sought for direct injuries, hospitalization, medical expenses, disability, forfeiture of employment due to the injury, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Given such complicacies in determining “negligence”, “liability” and ultimately compensation for damages, protecting your rights and holding the right party(ies) liable in such type of accidents is of utmost importance. Our attorneys are specifically trained in determining such issues and in assisting you in defending your rights and seeking justice in your specific matter.