Accidents occur every day oftentimes resulting in serious personal injury. An accident can involve anything from a simple rear end collision to complications from medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious personal injury from an accident you may be entitled to compensation to help cover medical expenses as well as pain and suffering.
YourAccidentSource.com is a website that provides a general overview about various types of accidents to help you understand your legal rights. A few of the topics covered in Your Accident Source include personal injury, boating accidents, defective products, property accidents, workplace injuries and toxic poisoning (e.g. asbestos exposure).
Some of the most common accidents that occur involve motor vehicles. Every day, virtually all of us operate a machine of incredible destructive power: the modern automobile. For this reason, we all have the responsibility to obey the written and unwritten rules of the road -we must use reasonable care in the operation of our cars. When we do not and somebody gets hurt, the law makes us responsible to fairly compensate the injured.
Motor vehicle insurance is absolutely essential. Vehicle insurance pays for attorneys to defend us and pays the monetary compensation owed because of our negligence. What happens when we are injured by somebody who does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance? The number of uninsured motorists that illegally drive without auto insurance is disturbingly high. Also, many drivers carry the bare minimum of insurance coverage. These underinsured motorists often do not have enough insurance to fully compensate the people that they injure. The answer is that in such circumstances, we must turn to the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage that we should carry.
Another place where accidents occur is at the workplace. Most people know that if they get hurt on the job they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. What many don’t know is that an injured worker cannot sue their employer, in civil court, for an on-the-job injury.
However, if a worker’s accident was caused by a person or company, other than a co-worker, a lawsuit may be brought in civil court for monetary compensation in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if a UPS driver delivering packages was hit by a car that ran a red light, the driver would be entitled to make a workers’ compensation claim. In addition, a civil lawsuit for damages may also be filed against the driver that ran the red light.
Another type of accident that can cause serious injury is exposure to toxic chemicals and compounds. From the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, to the things that we touch – they all present ways to be exposed to toxic chemicals. The effects can be devastating and lead to severe illness or wrongful death.
By law a person or business cannot release toxic chemicals into our environment and expose people to their effects. So when companies dump cancer causing agents onto the ground that leach into our drinking water, they are responsible for the illness, death, loss of property value and other damages that are brought on by their conduct. People in the workplace often find themselves being exposed to toxic substances. For instance, naval veterans during the 1930s through the 1980s were among many exposed to asbestos while working in the shipyard. What’s worse is that oftentimes people exposed to hazardous chemicals innocently bring home those same toxic agents in their clothes, exposing their families. In these cases the law holds businesses liable for the breach of the responsibility they owe us all.
As you conduct your accident research, it is important to understand that the information in this website is simply a general overview and should not be taken as legal advice. All accident cases are unique; therefore it’s recommended that you consult with an experienced accident attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation. Only an attorney can advise you of your legal options as it relates to your states laws.