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Common Types of Car Accidents and How They Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

Feb 3, 2023 | Car Accidents, Consumer Information, Personal Injury

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering how the type of accident will affect your personal injury claim. Read on to learn about the most common types of car accidents and how they can impact your case.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are perhaps the most common type of car accident. They occur when one vehicle hits the back end of another. Rear-end collisions often happen because the driver who rear-ends another vehicle was following too closely or wasn’t paying attention to the road.

If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision, it’s likely that the other driver will be held liable for your injuries. That’s because, in most cases, rear-end collisions are caused by driver error. However, there are some instances in which the driver who was rear-ended may be held at least partially liable. For example, if you suddenly brake without signaling or change lanes without looking, you may be held partially responsible if the other driver hits you from behind.

Side-Impact Collisions

Side-impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents, occur when the front end of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. These accidents often happen at intersections when one driver fails to yield the right of way or runs a red light. Side-impact collisions can also occur when one driver tries to merge into traffic and doesn’t see an oncoming car.

Like rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions are often caused by driver error. However, there are some circumstances in which the victim of a side-impact collision may be held at least partially responsible. For example, if you’re involved in a side-impact collision while making an illegal turn or driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be held liable for your own injuries.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are perhaps the most dangerous type of car accident. They occur when two vehicles collide headfirst into each other. Head-on collisions often happen on two-lane roads when one driver crosses over into oncoming traffic or tries to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone. They can also occur on highways when one driver veers into oncoming traffic or tries to exit the highway without using an exit ramp.

Head-on collisions are almost always caused by driver error—more specifically, by reckless or negligent driving behavior. However, there are some instances in which head-on collisions may be caused by mechanical problems with one or both vehicles involved in the accident. For example, if a tire blows out and causes a driver to lose control of their vehicle, they may collide headfirst into oncoming traffic.

There are many different types of car accidents that can occur on our nation’s roads and highways. Some types of accidents—like rear-end and side impact collisions—are more common than others—like head-on collisions. But no matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, if you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can help investigate your case and determine who is liable for your injuries so that you can get the compensation you need and deserve.”

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