Sunday, February 17, 2013

Buffalo Area Automobile Accident Lawyer

Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in the  Buffalo NY area. Each year, people are killed in motor vehicle crashes and many are injured.
These crashes are frequently caused by the negligence of other drivers, leading to their own death or injury as well as those of innocent victims. 

Negligence is one of the primary causes of most automobile accidents. Negligent acts occur when a driver causing an accident does not exercise a reasonable standard of care. For example, he was driving too fast or too slowly for the conditions. Or driving  distracted. Perhaps he  ignored traffic signals or conditions. There are many areas in which negligence can occur but negligence is a failure to be careful rather than an act intended to cause harm.

 A person who is distracted and rear-ends another vehicle  is negligent.
Intentional misconduct, on the other hand, is an action committed when the person knew that his actions could cause harm and did not care, or actively desired to harm others. A driver who drives at a high rate of speed, cutting in and out of traffic, may be intentionally putting himself and others at risk.
The law of strict liability could apply in some circumstances and neither negligence nor intent would need to be shown. Another cause of auto accidents is product failure. The Firestone tire litigation is a good  example of product failure. In that case, a defect in the tire caused accidents beyond the control of drivers. The defects were not intentional but the manufacturer was responsible. A similar situation could exist if a repair to the car was done improperly and caused  in a crash. In some states, in the case of auto accidents caused by drunk drivers, the business or host who supplied the alcohol and allowed the driver to drive in an intoxicated condition could be found to have a liability in addition to the drunk driver.

If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call J John Sebastian Law Office  or schedule a consultation and review. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we may work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit or other claim must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.

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