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Types of Car Accidents

Rear End Car Accidents

Rear end accidents happen when a driver hits a vehicle directly in front of them from behind. A rear end collision is one of the most common types of car accidents to cause injury. According to a study by the NHTSA, rear end car accidents account for 29% of all car accidents resulting in a serious injury.

Intersection Car Accident

Intersection crashes are those that happen while crossing an intersection. According to a study from the NHTSA, the leading cause of intersection accidents is due to the running of a red light or stop sign.  Collisions at intersections can also occur with left or right turns and a failure to yield or reduced visibility due to an obstructed view or blind spot. The person at fault for intersection car accidents is typically the person who violated the traffic law.

Parking Lot Accidents

Though parking lot accidents tend to be low impact, there are occasions where serious injury can occur. These accidents can involve two cars, a car and an object such as a grocery cart, or pedestrians. Parking lot accidents most often happen when drivers or pedestrians are distracted. Fault determination in parking lot accidents can be difficult as drivers are most often going slow and using caution.

Sideswipe Accident

A sideswipe collision occurs when two vehicles collide with each other on their sides. This usually occurs when the vehicles are traveling in the same direction, and one attempts to merge into the other’s lane. The car that attempts to merge into the other lane is usually at fault as cars have a duty to stay in their lane and not merge until it is safe to do so.  Non-mergers can be partially at fault if a lane is coming to an end and there is failure to yield to other merging drivers. Sideswipe accidents can lead to serious injury depending on where the car is hit.

T-Bone Accident

A t-bone accident or side impact collision occurs when one car collides with another in its side creating a t shape. T-bone car accidents often happen when another driver fails to yield and give the other person the right of way. This often occurs at intersections when one car fails to stop at a stop sign or red light. With t-bone car accidents, injuries can be serious. This can include whiplash, back injuries, head trauma, and other serious injuries.

Multi Car Accident

In a multi vehicle accident, one driver’s actions can affect multiple cars. Multiple car accidents can also occur in bad weather conditions or because of an obstruction in the road. These types of car accidents usually occur on high-speed routes such as highways or freeways and are often the deadliest forms of vehicle accidents due to the rate of speed at which they occur.

Failure to Yield Accidents

A failure to yield accident is the result of a driver not giving another vehicle or pedestrian the space to proceed when they have the right of way. This can happen if a vehicle pulls out in front of another when they have a yield sign, turning in front of a vehicle who had the right of way, merging into a lane without verifying there is not another vehicle there, and other incidents where a driver is negligent in taking proper precautions.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving crashes occur when a driver has had too much alcohol and can cause tens of thousands of deaths and serious injuries every year. According to the NHTSA, approximately one third of car accident fatalities involve drunk drivers. In New York State, drunk drivers can be sued for damages if a car accident occurs. In addition, parties other than the drunk driver can be liable for the accident – for example, the bar that served the driver or a store who sold them the alcohol.

Car Rollover Accidents

Car rollover accidents usually occur when a vehicle bumps into an object such as a curb, uneven pavement or even another car, going off the road down a hill, or from turning to quickly at a high speed. These factors cause the car to tip and then roll on its side or the roof. Roll over accidents tend to happen in vehicles with a higher center of gravity such as a truck, Jeep or SUV. Roll over car accident injuries are often severe due to the extreme nature of the accident. Passengers are often ejected from the car during a rollover crash.   

Texting and Driving Accidents

Distracted driving accidents are becoming more common with the increase of cell phone use during driving. While texting is a common cause, any smart phone use where a driver is not paying attention to the road can lead to a serious accident. It only takes seconds with eyes away from the road for an accident to occur.

Road Rage Accidents

Aggressive drivers are becoming increasingly more common. Road rage can include any type of aggressiveness towards another driver(s) including tailgating, shouting, weaving in and out of traffic, blocking a vehicle and other acts of hostility. Road rage accidents can lead to serious injuries if the actions lead to an accident or other personal injury.

Is it worth getting an accident lawyer?

Yes! If you’ve been in any type of car accident and have suffered serious injury, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney. We offer free consultations and can help determine if you have a case.