Learn More About The Common Types Of Car Accidents
There are more cars on the road than ever and while this may make our lives easier in many ways, it also means that car accidents are on the rise. Fortunately, accident victims are often able to recover compensation for their losses by hiring an experienced attorney and filing a claim with their insurer or in court. By understanding the common types of car accidents, you can avoid accidents and learn more about your next steps after an accident.
If you were hurt in an accident, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting Piccin & Glynn. Our knowledgeable car accident lawyers have decades of experience in Ocala, Marion County and around central Florida. Call us now at 352-558-8480 to schedule your free consultation.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Car Accidents?
While every car accident is different, there are certain factors that tend to determine how severe a collision and its resulting injuries will be, including:
- The size of the vehicles involved in the collision;
- The number of vehicles involved in the crash;
- The speed at which the vehicles were traveling before the accident;
- The age and health of the passengers;
- Whether the passengers were wearing seat belts; and
- Whether air bags deployed properly upon impact.
Although these factors play a crucial role in the severity of an accident, one of the most important elements that decides the seriousness of a victim’s injuries is the type of crash in question, which includes:
- Multicar pileups, which are one of the most dangerous types of car crashes because occupants may suffer multiple impacts from a variety of directions;
- Rear-end collisions, which can range from minor to severe and are one of the most common kinds of car crashes;
- Rollovers, which are common amongst top heavy vehicles and can leave occupants trapped beneath crushed roofs or thrown from the vehicle entirely;
- Sideswipe accidents, which involve a glancing blow from a nearby vehicle;
- Side-impact collisions, which are more commonly referred to as T-bone accidents and involve one vehicle striking another car broadside; and
- Head-on collisions, which often occur at night and at high speeds and are one of the most dangerous kinds of crashes in which a person can be involved.
Any one of these accidents could cause a driver, passenger or pedestrian to suffer serious injuries, making it especially important for injured parties to recover compensation from the at-fault party by hiring an experienced accident attorney.
Understanding Important Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) carefully tracks car accidents across the country, which enables them to come up with rough estimates for car accident causes and risk factors. For instance, the NHTSA estimates that driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the nation, as it contributes to more than 100,000 accidents and 71,000 injuries every year. Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 1,161 people are injured in crashes caused by a distracted driver every day. Another surprisingly common cause of collisions is vehicle defects, with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimating that as many as 33,000 defect-related crashes occur every year.
Data collected by these, and other government agencies, also reveal which types of accidents are most common and where drivers are most at risk. Surprisingly, more than 40 percent of all car accidents actually take place in intersections, while more than 60 percent of fatal accidents are reported to have involved only one vehicle.
Get Answers About Your Car Accident
You get answers to your questions by contacting our Ocala Law firm and by scheduling your free consultation. You can contact us now by calling 352-558-8480 or by sending us an email. Our attorneys will visit your home or hospital room if you are unable to come to the office.