Types of Car Accidents
Many people think of car accidents as being largely the same. However, drivers should understand that there are many different types of car accidents. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau in Daytona, FL, we frequently work with auto accident victims to help them understand the unique factors associated with different types of collisions. If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident, our lawyers can help you understand how different types of car accidents uniquely impact victims. To schedule a private consultation with one of our attorneys, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau today.
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No Two Accidents are the Same
There are a multitude of conditions that can lead to a car accident. However, for legal purposes, most traffic accidents will be defined under one of three categories: single-vehicle, multiple-vehicle, and collisions involving commercial vehicles.
In a single-vehicle accident, there is just one party involved (although he or she may have passengers). Examples of single-vehicle accidents include motorists hitting stationary objects (such as light poles) or veering off of the road. Although motorists in such accidents are typically considered at fault, it may be possible to apply partial or complete fault on mechanical failure or municipal negligence (such as inadequate signage or poor road conditions).
As the term implies, multi-vehicle collisions involve two or more motorists. Typically, multi-vehicle accidents consist of two motorists in a head-on, rear-end, or side-impact crash. Common examples include collisions involving illegal left turns, motorists crossing through red lights, and motorists who fail to stop in time. Our primary concern in cases involving multi-vehicle collisions involves assessing liability. By determining fault — which can be quite complicated in these cases — we are able to help ensure motorists are justly compensated for losses.
Commercial Vehicle Collisions
Collisions between cars and commercial trucks can often be devastating, as the weight differential between the two is usually significant. In all cases involving commercial collisions, our team will work to assess whether professional negligence has occurred. If you or someone you love has been involved in a commercial accident, a personal injury attorney from Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help your family recover.
In addition to these types of accidents, there are also car accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and even trains. Each type of accident is different, and determining which party is at fault can be incredibly complex. If you are considering pursuing compensation after an auto accident, we encourage you to seek legal counsel as soon as possible from one of our attorneys.
Rear-end accidents are very common. These accidents take place when one car collides with the rear of the car in front of it. Rear-end accidents often occur at intersections, traffic signals, and other places where traffic is slowed. Common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Distracted driving – This includes texting, talking on the phone, and adjusting the radio
- Tailgating – The act of following a vehicle too closely, which does not allow enough room to stop
- Excessive speeding
- Driving while intoxicated
Head-on collisions are very serious and can lead to catastrophic injuries such as loss of limb, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and death. The causes are varied:
- Distracted Driving – In the age of the smartphone, it is sadly not uncommon for a driver to be texting or using an app while driving. Even dialing a phone number, talking on the phone, programming the GPS, or adjusting the radio can distract a driver enough to lead to a serious head-on collision.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – Although the general public has been made aware of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, these accidents happen frequently. Alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to comprehend road situations and slows down his or her reaction time.
- Poor Road Conditions – Debris, potholes, poor lighting, broken guardrails, faded divider lines, and faulty traffic signals can all lead to head-on collisions.
Side Impact Collisions (T-Bone Accidents)
Also known as “T-Bone Accidents,” side impact collisions are highly dangerous. These accidents often occur when a driver with a green light passes through an intersection and is broadsided in the intersection by another motorist running a red light. Traffic light failures can confuse drivers and lead to these accidents, as well. Generally, liability in these accidents hinges on who had the right of way. No matter the cause, T-bone accidents are extremely dangerous and often lead to catastrophic injury and death.
Tire Blowout Accidents
Tires can be damaged by road debris, potholes, and tire defects. That said, most blowouts are avoidable with proper precautionary care such as checking for signs of wear and tear, as well as monitoring tire pressure. Common causes of tire blowout accidents include:
- Underinflated Tires – Underinflated tires can burst or struggle to handle the road properly.
- Lack of Maintenance – The manufacturer’s mileage recommendations indicate when tires should be replaced. Drivers should make a habit of inspecting their tires for punctures, leaks, and damage.
- Manufacturing Defects – When tires are designed poorly or manufactured with substandard materials, they could be defective or incapable of handling the road.
- Overloading – A car overloaded with cargo or passengers can put too much pressure on the tires.
Typically involving just one vehicle, rollover accidents occur when a car loses control and ends up rolling over. Although these accidents usually involve a single vehicle, fault can depend on the driver’s attentiveness to the conditions of the road, the way the vehicle was manufactured, and other factors. SUVs are most prone to rollover accidents because they have a high center of gravity.
Recover the Compensation You Deserve
Being involved in an auto accident can leave you feeling helpless. Fortunately, our experienced team is here to provide counsel and representation. We have the knowledge, expertise, and experience necessary to help determine fault in your accident and pursue appropriate damages.
Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau
If you or someone you love has been in an auto accident in Deland, Port Orange, or another part of Central Florida and are seeking assistance, let us help. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with our team of attorneys.