Motor Vehicle Accidents – An Overview
Motor vehicle accidents can be devastating, leading to damaged property, health problems and even death. Whether the result of driver error, negligence, manufacturing defects or dangerous weather, a car, truck or motorcycle accident can be life changing.
If you’ve recently been in a motor vehicle accident in South Carolina, Call 800-868-2110 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.
At-Fault, Negligent and Aggressive Drivers
Sometimes car, motorcycle and truck accidents happen because one driver is negligent. Examples of negligent driving include:
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to compensate for dangerous weather conditions
- Driving above or below the posted speed limits
- Driver distraction caused by a cell phone, passenger, radio or another source
- Failure to obey traffic laws regarding turn signals, right-of-way and other rules
Sometimes the at-fault driver is more than merely negligent, he or she is aggressive or reckless. A reckless driver acts with conscious disregard for the probable consequences of his or her actions. Aggressive drivers are a serious threat to safety, and road rage in particular can be extremely dangerous, as reckless behavior escalates to intentional behavior, ending up in injuries and criminal charges.
It is important to avoid confrontation with road-rage drivers and aggressive drivers. You have a better chance of staying safe if you:
- Get out of the way
- Avoid eye contact
- Refuse to make or return obscene gestures
- Let go of your pride for a while; don’t challenge the other driver
- Report the aggressive driving to the authorities, stopping in a safe spot to use your cell phone if necessary
If you’ve been in an auto accident and you believe the other driver was at fault, you may need to prove it. This is when an attorney’s help is invaluable, in telling your side of the story, whether you’re battling an insurance company, seeking compensation for injuries or defending yourself in court, Call 800-868-2110 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.
In the US, someone is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes. Every 30 minutes, someone dies in an alcohol-related crash. Drunk driving is a problem that’s not going away soon, despite best efforts of law enforcement agencies and organizations like MADD.
Drunk driving can lead to both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. In addition to charges against the impaired driver who caused the accident, charges may be brought against the business that sold the driver alcohol, if the driver was visibly impaired at the time.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle, truck or car accident involving alcohol or drugs, seek the help of an attorney who will explain your legal options. Call 800-868-2110 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.
Auto Accidents Not Caused by the Drivers
Even the safest of drivers may be involved in an accident. Sometimes, no matter how carefully you drive, you cannot avoid an accident. In certain cases, a vehicle’s manufacturing or design defect causes the accident or makes it worse. This might happen if, for instance, the brakes on your car fail or the airbag does not deploy when it should. The law of products liability applies in this situation, protecting consumers when products create an unreasonable risk of harm. If a product defect caused your injuries, you may have a case against the designer, manufacturer or distributor of the product. Another responsible party could be a mechanic who improperly repaired the car that caused the accident. Both the mechanic and the mechanic’s employer could be liable in such a case.
Poorly maintained roads, messy and confusing construction, unclear signage, improperly designed roads and similar problems can also contribute to an accident. Government entities are typically responsible for the roads and highways and may, therefore, be liable for accidents caused by the above factors. Special rules apply to lawsuits against government entities. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Fulton and Barr can explain theses rules in detail. Call 800-868-2110 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.
Have You Been in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you have been involved in a car, motorcycle or truck accident in Upstate South Carolina, contact Fulton & Barr today to schedule a free initial consultation. Andrew C. Barr is a personal injury attorney in Greenville, SC, and he’s ready to hear about your case and fight for the outcome you deserve. Call 800-868-2110 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.