What types of liability do people go to court over? Read on for facts about what happens when personal injury cases go to court:
- Premise Liability Premise liability is a type of personal injury claim where someone’s property was in an unsafe or defective condition, and this caused another person to be hurt. For a premise liability case to be successful, it is not enough that a person simply be injured on another’s property: it must be proven that the property owner was negligent: that is, he or she or they knew or should have known that something was unsafe and failed to do anything about it. Premise liability cases can include things like slips and falls at work, 22% of which result in more than 31 days of lost work for the victim.
- Drunk Driving or Distracted Driving These are a specific type of car crash that is not down to genuine accident or something like bad weather. In these cases, drivers can be held liable for the damage and injury they have caused because they were being negligent. In 2014, distracted driving was the cause of 10% of the deaths on America’s roads, and 31% of those deaths were due to incidents that involved alcohol. As people come to depend upon their phones more and more, distracted driving incidents are climbing. At any given moment during the day, estimates are that 660,000 drivers in the United States are using a cell phone or other electronic device when they should be paying attention to the road.
- Semi Truck Accidents Accidents involving these enormous vehicles are relatively rare, but when they do occur they can be catastrophic. Because of their enormous size and weight, they typically involve more vehicles in their crashes than normal accidents. Where personal injury lawsuits come in is negligence on the part of drivers or truck companies that caused the trucking accidents. Truckers are notorious for being in a hurry, and when the U.S. Department of Transportation investigated the causes of semi accidents, they found that 23% of the time the driver was traveling too fast for the conditions of the road. Another large percentage of trucking accidents occur because companies fail to keep their trucks in proper repair.
- Animal Attack Every year, there are about 4.5 million dog bites in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many times these bites occur because someone is tormenting or teasing a dog, or after someone has invaded property the dog is protecting. But when these bites occur due to negligence on the part of the owner, liability becomes a question and an attorney should get involved. If owners have vicious dogs that are not restrained, or they are aware a dog has bitten before and have done nothing about it, they can be held liable for what the animals does.
From premise liability to semi truck accidents, there are a lot of reasons why someone might need to hire a lawyer because of a personal injury. If you’ve suffered due to the negligence of others, consider finding an attorney who can help you understand all your options.