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Liability Issues in a Car Accident Case

 

I was recently involved in a car accident which was caused by an equipment failure on the other driver’s car. Would this accident be considered the fault of the driver (car owner) or the car manufacturer?

Often, equipment failure is found to be the fault of the car owner as he or she likely did not provide adequate maintenance to the car. However, equipment failure sometimes occurs spontaneously and did not result from inadequate maintenance. In this case, specifics are necessary and you should contact an attorney to discuss the situation.

 

Something flew from a truck and struck my vehicle. Are there laws against improperly securing loads?

Yes. Truck drivers are required by law to secure their cargo, as well as all other equipment on the truck. They must also perform periodic inspections of the cargo to ensure that is still secure. If you have been in any way injured in an accident due a truck driver’s failure to secure his or her load, you may be entitled to compensation.

 

I was injured in a bicycle accident due to a pothole in the road. Who is liable for this accident?

If you were thrown from your bicycle after hitting a pothole in the road there are a number of entities that might be responsible. The state or the city could be held responsible, or whatever agency was commissioned to repair potholes in that area. In any case, you should report the incidence so that no one else is harmed by that pothole. And if you plan to pursue a claim, you should photograph the pothole in case it is subsequently repaired.

 

In a rear-end collision, is the driver in the rear always at-fault?

If you were thrown from your bicycle after hitting a pothole in the road there are a number of entities that might be responsible. The state or the city could be held responsible, or whatever agency was commissioned to repair potholes in that area. In any case, you should report the incidence so that no one else is harmed by that pothole. And if you plan to pursue a claim, you should photograph the pothole in case it is subsequently repaired.

 

The driver who hit me failed to stop at the red light / stop sign but is saying that he did stop. How do I prove that he is lying?

If the situation devolves into finger-pointing, it is best to be as detailed about the accident with the police and let them make their assessment of the accident. Crash site investigators are trained in determining the cause of an accident. They should be able to weigh in. However, if for some reason the crash site investigators cannot determine conclusively who caused the accident, you should seek the advice of a Pennsylvania accident attorney. Your attorney can do some leg work, interviewing witnesses, obtaining any surveillance footage, and hiring more crash site investigators.

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