Personal Injury Lawsuits - Breakdown by Automobile

Automobile personal injury is an issue that almost anyone can relate to. Many people have either seen, been involved in, or know someone who has experienced an accident. With the wide variety of automobiles in the world, and therefore large number of accidents, legal claims come from all over. Each case is different, however, so legal practice has adjusted by branching into different specialty areas within the motor vehicle personal injury category. In Washington state, the predominant areas of practice include car, boat, bus, motorcycle, plane, truck, and train accidents.

Over the following weeks, we'll be discussing each of the major categories that automobiles fall into. Our first discussion is the largest... cars.


Car accidents can result in serious personal injuries such as broken bones, neck and back injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, and in severe cases, death. Cases can also be caused by intentional or reckless conduct. This compensation can include medical bills, loss of income or wages, and payment to others to do jobs you can no longer do, such as shoveling snow. In these situations, the driver responsible for the conduct would be liable. In the event of an automobile accident, the goal of an attorney is to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses. If the crash was primarily or completely someone else’s fault, you can also seek compensation for pain and suffering. If the accident occurred because of faulty products, such as an air bag malfunction or a tire blowing out, the case would fall under product liability law.


When accidents involve large trucks (semi-trailer’s, big rigs, 18-wheelers, etc), claims are usually made against trucking companies or negligent drivers. These types of accidents are among the worst considering the size of the vehicle involved. Truck drivers cannot see as well as smaller cars, and do not have very quick maneuverability. Accidents are most often contributed to overloaded freight, driver fatigue, speeding, or substance abuse. Due to these factors, trucking companies and drivers have strict rules that must be followed, including logbooks, time sheets, and higher safety standards then those of other vehicles. Drivers are limited in the amount of time they can drive each day, and these records are crucial to claims against a driver’s alertness or fatigue level. These and a variety of other factors make truck accident litigation much different than a normal car accident.

changed October 28, 2008