Common accidents that cause injuries
Every day, individuals suffer personal injuries in motor vehicle accidents that could have been prevented. Automobile accidents can result in a range of injuries, many of which are serious and could lead to death. If your accident was caused by negligence, a lawyer from our firm can help you seek compensation for any injuries you endured.
When you suffer a personal injury in an auto accident
If negligence was a factor in your motor vehicle accident, the negligent driver can be held accountable for head and back injuries and any other harm you suffered. A car accident lawyer can help you file a claim and determine how the driver was responsible. The driver of a car, truck or other vehicle might be found negligent for any of the following:
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Failing to obey the speed limit or other traffic regulation
When negligence is the cause, any crash can be a fatal car accident. The most common types of collisions resulting from negligence, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are as follows:
Rear-impact — The NHTSA reports rear-ending and other rear-impact accidents as the most common type of collision — 29.6 percent of all crashes are rear-impact. Often, these types of collisions have to do with misuse of brakes, malfunctioning brakes or following too closely.
Side-impact — Side-impact accidents account for 28.9 percent of all crashes, according to the NHTSA. These often occur when drivers change lanes without checking their mirrors or run a red light or stop sign.
Run-off — Run-offs are also common, accounting for 16.1 percent of all automobile accidents. They usually involve only one car. The driver becomes distracted, falls asleep at the wheel, or intentionally swerves to avoid hitting an animal or other vehicle on the road.
Rollovers — Rollovers are less common, only accounting for 2.3 percent of all accidents, according to the NHTSA. They often occur due to sharp turns and particularly with tall vehicles like trucks and SUVs that have higher centers of gravity. Rollovers can also happen as a result of high-impact rear, side or head-on collisions.
Head-on collisions — Even though head-on collisions only account for 2 percent of all crashes, they often cause the most serious injuries and property damage. They often occur when a driver goes down a one-way street in the wrong direction, boards the wrong entrance on a highway or crosses a double line while asleep at the wheel or intoxicated.