What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?
The way a car accident happened is a strong indicator of who caused the accident – who is accountable for your injuries. The way the collision occurred also indicates what injuries were likely to occur.
Our Florida car accident lawyers work with the police and question all witnesses to show how the accident happened. In complex cases, we may even use traffic reconstruction experts.
In car accident cases, the driver may not be the only person responsible. The owners of the car may be liable. A parts manufacturer may be accountable. Hence, anyone who contributed to your injuries should pay for your pain and suffering and your economic damages.
How car crashes occur
Each car accident is unique. By understanding the different type of accidents, you can be away from how to avoid them. Most car collisions fall into one of the following categories:
- T-Bone Accidents. These accidents occur when the front (or rear) of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These accidents, also called broadsides, often occur at intersections. The drivers and passengers who are nearest the point of impact can suffer permanent and catastrophic injuries. Many victims in a side-impact accident do die.
- Head-on collisions. Here, the fronts of both cars strike each other. If the rate of speed of either or both cars is high, drivers and front-seat passengers often die or suffer serious harm. These accidents often happen because one driver is going the wrong way or crossed lanes into oncoming traffic. Drunk-driving and excessive speeding are likely causes.
- Rear-end collisions. These crashes usually happen because a car is stopped for a red light or because traffic has slowed. The rear-car driver usually isn’t paying attention and slams into the car in front. Driver distraction can cause a rear-end car accident. Occupants of the front car often suffer whiplash and soft tissue injuries.
- This type of accident can occur when two cars are trying to merge into the same lane or one car is trying to pass another car. The two sides of the car come into contact. The major danger is that the collision may cause one or both cars to swerve or rotate into oncoming traffic or other lanes.
- Vehicle rollover. Vehicles can roll over if they are going too fast around a curve. Some top-heavy vehicles like SUV are more prone to rollovers than other vehicles. If a car flips over, the impact can cause the occupants to die or suffer serious harm.
- Single car accidents. Drivers who go too fast or who aren’t paying attention can slam into a tree, veer off the road, or go down an embankment. In most cases, the driver is at fault unless a defective part or a bad roadway design caused the accident.
- Multiple-vehicle crashes. Here, one car usually starts a chain-reaction of crashes. These cases are very complex. It can be difficult to determine who, other than the initial car, is at fault – if anyone. These cases are also complex because they involve many plaintiffs and defendants.
Other types of car accidents include:
- Accidents due to driving under the influence
- Accidents caused by driver distraction
Speak with an experienced Florida car accident attorney today
Our lawyers have been helping injury victims and families get justice for more than 30 years. At Lulich Attorneys and Consultants, our lawyers litigate cases in court and negotiate settlements that are fair and just. If you were hurt or a loved one was tragically killed, please call us at 772-589-5500 (Sebastian) or 772-774-7771 (Vero Beach) to schedule a free consultation.