Types Of Accidents In The Aiken Area

Six Common Types of Car Accidents You May Encounter

No matter where you live or how you drive, you are likely to be involved in at least one car accident at some point in your life. In a split second, your life might be turned upside down as you deal with injuries and worry about the financial loss a car crash can cause. If the accident was due to a negligent party, your first order of business after seeking medical care for an injury is to decide if you want legal representation. Let’s look at the six types of car accidents from a liability perspective.

Rear-End Collisions

This type of car accident is one of the most frequently encountered in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It accounts for 28 percent of all crashes. The vast majority of these accidents occur when the lead vehicle is stopped or moving at a slow speed. In most cases, the car to the rear is traveling too fast to stop in time to avoid crashing. Usually, rear-end collisions occur on a straight road in the daylight hours.

Driver distraction is the leading reason (90 percent of the time) for rear-end collisions. Most drivers who cause rear-end collisions are males between the ages of 25 to 34. The distracted driver to the rear is liable for the accident. However, there are a few mitigating factors that may place some fault on the lead driver.

Drivers are encouraged to remain one car length apart from the vehicle in front for every 10 mph you are traveling. If you are driving at 66 mph, then you would place seven car lengths between your vehicle and the car in front of you.


T-Bone Collisions

This type of collision is responsible for 29 percent of all fatalities in an intersection. The vehicles involved in a T-bone crash are usually traveling perpendicular to one another. The typical scenario occurs when one driver crosses an intersection on a red light and strikes another vehicle crossing the intersection legally. The red-light or stop sign runner is liable for the crash.

Side impact accidents can cause devastating injuries since a vehicle’s door has little protection for a driver. Pelvic and femur fractures are common with this type of crash.

Head-On Collisions

This sort of accident is often deadly since the impact is a combination of the weight and speed of both vehicles. Often, the cause of a head-on is an intoxicated driver, yet, it can be due to driver confusion, passing on a two-lane road or driving on one that is poorly marked.

If the road design is faulty or the lanes are not adequately marked, the city or state responsible for this can be at fault for the accident. The deadline to file a claim against a public entity is shorter than other personal injury claims. Your attorney will fill all documents on time.

Rollover Accidents

This type of accident can result in significant injuries or deaths. There are not that many rollovers, but when they occur, the death rate is high. There are two types of rollover accidents, tripped and untripped. The former occurs when the vehicle hits soft dirt or a curb, disrupting its center of gravity and causing the rollover. Cars with a high center of gravity are more likely to roll over.

An untripped rollover occurs when the vehicle takes a curve at high speed. Many times, the municipal authorities fail to put an adequate warning that a curve lies ahead. Failing to alert drivers can result in a claim against the city or county for poor maintenance.

A rollover is deadly for two reasons. The first occurs when a driver fails to use a seat belt or the seat belt is defective, and the driver is ejected from the vehicle. The second occurs when the manufacturer fails to fortify the vehicle’s infrastructure to support the car’s weight in a rollover. Federal regulations mandate that the vehicle’s infrastructure be able to support 3.5 times the weight of the car.

When the automaker fails to comply with this federal mandate, the vehicle can crush down on the occupants during a rollover. Roof crush often results in severe head and back injuries and frequent death. A product liability claim can be made against the automaker.

Single-Vehicle Accidents

This type of accident usually occurs when the vehicle crashes due to driver behavior. Some reasons for this are:

  • Inebriated driver
  • Distracted driver
  • Hitting an object in the road
  • Speeding
  • Poor weather conditions

However, not all single-vehicle accidents are due to driver behavior and in some instances:

  • Another vehicle causes the crash. This usually involves a hit-and-run driver.
  • Auto defects such as defective tires, brakes and steering can cause a single car to crash.
  • Poor road conditions can lead to a single-vehicle crash.

Sideswipe Collisions

These usually occur when two vehicles are next to one another, and one crashes into the side of the other vehicle. The most frequent reason for a sideswipe accident happens when the at-fault driver does not look to see if an adjacent lane is empty before trying to merge into traffic. Approximately 242,000 such accidents occur annually. The driver trying to merge is liable for the crash.

Morris Law

Successful resolution of a car accident lawsuit depends on a careful investigation to determine liability, application of legal principles and the ability to negotiate a settlement or take the case to civil court. At Morris Law, we are proud of our track record and our ability to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. Call us at (803) 470-4444 in the Aiken area to schedule a free case review.

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