Federal Civil Motor Vehicle Lawsuits Continue to Grow
(20 Sep 2019) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during August 2019 the government reported 464 new lawsuits filed classed as "motor vehicle" civil filings. The volume of these cases has been steadily rising over the past five years. Overall, the data show that civil filings of this type are up 36.6 percent from levels five years ago.

This litigation involves such matters as personal injury and wrongful death, claims over auto negligence, and other types of tort claims. These cases frequently come before federal rather than state courts because the parties are in different jurisdictions.

The three districts which relative to their population had the highest number of these cases involving motor vehicle litigation filed were the three federal judicial districts in Louisiana. Relative to their population, both the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) and the Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge) thus far in FY 2019 have each had ten times the national average. The Western District of Louisiana (Shreveport) has been in third place with more than four times the national average.

The comparisons of the number of civil filings for motor vehicle-related suits are based on case-by-case court records which were compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

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