Different Types of Personal Injury Cases: What You Should Know

Personal injury claims can encompass everything from car wrecks to slip-and-fall accidents to dog bites to unexpected shootings in a bar or casino. Not only is each claim different, but each type of claim can be different. Learn more about the various categories of personal injury cases by scheduling a free consultation with me and reading about these different types of claims.

Automobile Accidents

With around 6,000,000 car accidents (resulting in 3,000,000 injuries) each year in the U.S., automobile accidents remains one of the top dangers facing many American drivers. Because so many of these accidents and injuries result from drug and alcohol use, excessive speed, or inattention, assessing liability can become extremely important.

In order to establish a viable personal injury claim arising from a motor vehicle crash, you have to establish: (1) another driver owed you a duty of care; (2) that driver breached this duty; and (3) you suffered damages as a result of this breach. Damages can include lost wages in the past, loss of future earning capacity, past medical expenses, future medical expenses, and past and future pain and suffering.

Motorcycle Accidents

Because motorcycles are much smaller than cars, trucks, and tractor-trailers, and because motorcycle drivers often lack adequate exterior protection, motorcycle riders sustain nearly 100,000 injuries per year in the U.S. These injury-causing accidents often result in a total loss to the motorcycle as well. Few motorcycles remain unscathed through an accident that sends the bike skidding across the pavement.

Motorcycle riders who suffer physical injuries and property losses after an accident can find themselves receiving unfair treatment from the responsible party’s insurance company. Any initial settlement offer that is extended may be far less than what the victim will incur in medical bills, motorcycle repair or replacement, and long-term recovery costs. It’s important to consult an attorney before accepting any settlement offer so that you can ensure that you recover all the compensation that the law allows.

Pedestrian Accidents

Walking can be a great source of daily exercise, and many city-dwellers prefer the physical and financial benefits of a car-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, pedestrians can be particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injuries, with around 6,000 U.S. pedestrians killed each year and another 129,000 pedestrians suffering injuries severe enough to send them to the ER.

Assessing liability for a pedestrian accident can sometimes be more complicated than simply pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company. Outside factors such as an inoperable street light or a poorly-designed crosswalk can sometimes contribute to the likelihood of an accident. In these circumstances, cities and counties may also be liable for the injuries resulting from the negligent design or maintenance of traffic control devices.

Boating Accidents

Boats make up a relatively small proportion of the total vehicles in the U.S., but they still account for 600 fatal crashes and 2,500 injuries on American rivers, oceans, ponds, and lakes each year.

Driving a boat while intoxicated can be just as dangerous (if not more dangerous) than driving a car while intoxicated. The majority of injury-causing boat accidents list alcohol as a key contributing factor. Around one in five boating deaths can be directly attributed to alcohol use, making it even more important for boaters to exercise responsible alcohol habits.

Trucking and Tractor-Trailer Accidents

The advent of online shopping, combined with historically low fuel and transportation costs, has greatly increased the number of trucks and tractor-trailers on the road. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted rules and regulations that continue to increase truck safety, each year around 5,000 large trucks and buses are involved in fatal crashes on U.S. roads, with another 116,000 crashes sending other drivers or passengers to the hospital, and 363,000 crashes resulting in property damage.

Due to the specific (and strict) regulations, the federal government imposes on truckers, as well as the fact that many truck drivers are insured through a company’s fleet policy, not through their personal insurance policy, truck accident claims can proceed very differently than other types of personal injury claims.

Personal Injury Cases With Andrew Pickett

I can guide you through this process and protect your rights under both state and federal law. Call me today at 321-503-4014 to schedule your free case evaluation and ensure you’re covered under all personal injury cases.  

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