Pay close attention when driving to steer clear of these common types of accidents.
Driving is something that most Americans do every day — and it is also an incredibly common source of injuries and fatalities. While our roads and cars are safer than ever before, the number of distractions in our vehicles is at an all-time high. From cell phones to video systems to tablets, there is a high potential for drivers on the road to be distracted. This can lead to many car accidents, including those that involve serious injury.
At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we handle cases of car accidents involving grave injury every day. Learning about the most common types of car crashes can help you avoid being involved in one.
Single Car Accidents
You may think that a single car accident is incredibly rare, but car accident attorneys see a surprising number of crashes with just one vehicle involved. This often happens due to a defective roadway or a lack of signage. In those cases, the city, state or town may be responsible for the accident — and an experienced car accident attorney will know exactly how to pursue a claim against a governmental entity.
In other cases, the accident may be due to something being wrong with one of the cars involved, with a defective product inside of a car, or even a dangerous medication that makes the driver unable to handle the vehicle safely. These may also be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. The best way to avoid a single car collision is to make sure that your car is well-maintained, that you drive safely and well within the speed limits, and that you never drive while on medication until you know exactly how it affects you.
Rear End Crashes
Rear-end collisions happen all too frequently. A rear-end collision usually happens when one car slows down suddenly (and possibly without adequate warning), and a car behind it hits it as a result. It may also happen if one driver isn’t paying attention and hits the car in front of it as a result. If either party is injured, then a lawsuit may be filed to recover damages. Typical injuries may include whiplash and other head, neck, and back problems.
Head On Collisions
This may be one of the most dangerous types of car accidents. These types of crashes usually involve one driver being unsafe, negligent, or reckless and being in the wrong lane at the time of the accident. For example, if a driver turns onto a one-way road, a head-on collision may result. A head-on accident can cause very grave injuries and even death.
As with head-on collisions, a side-impact collision often happens when one driver is not paying attention to the rules of the road and goes into an intersection or onto the road without signaling or making sure that it is safe to do so. This vehicle then hits another vehicle in the road in the side, which can be dangerous because there is not as much protection in the sides of vehicles as on the front and rear. That makes this type of accident dangerous for the driver and passengers, who could be seriously injured as a result.
When you are driving, it’s important to pay close attention to the road, including what other drivers are doing. Defensive driving can help prevent an accident — and the resulting injuries that often come with a collision. If you have been hurt in a car crash, you will need an experienced car accident attorney to represent you. Contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free consultation. We never charge a fee unless we get a settlement or award for you!