Car Accidents Continue to Increase
Thousands of injuries and mounting fatalities take place every year due to car accidents. Any of various factors may contribute to these rising numbers, including a driver’s lack of attention on the road while driving. Other issues include reckless driving, speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while talking on or texting with a cell phone, and disobeying traffic signals or road signs.
Parker Waichman LLP has long and successfully represented car accident victims. Our car accident attorneys work hard to determine the cause of the auto accident, to pursue liable parties, to create a meaningful strategy to receive compensation, to manage insurance companies, and to work toward favorable results for our clients so that they are able to focus on their recovery, their families, their careers, and to return to their lives.
Types of Car Accidents
According to the United States Census Bureau Head, head-on collisions are the most dangerous and deadly type of all motor vehicle accidents. In fact, injuries due to head-on collisions often lead to long-term or permanent disability, life-altering injuries, or death.
Texting while driving has become among the most dangerous distractions for United States drivers and has led to many fatal crashes involving text messaging and other mobile phone use when driving.
Road rage accidents are another type of extremely serious vehicular accident that involves one driver acting with anger and an intentional disregard for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians while also being fully aware that his or her driving actions may lead to an accident. Road rage car accident attack by one driver of a motor vehicle against the driver or passenger or passengers of another motor vehicle may lead to criminal charges. Also, reckless drivers may be found to be reckless if they are driving in a threatening manner that leads to a car accident.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is a succession of unlawful driving activities that include speeding, improper passing or lane changing, excessive lane changing, and failing to signal when turning. When being faced with potential road rage, attempt to remove yourself from the situation. Also, do not make gestures, avoid eye contact, and never challenge the driver. Once you are able to do so safely, report the behavior.
High-speed driving is a type of driving behavior that may lead to a very serious car accident. In fact, high-speed driving was involved in some 30 percent of all deadly crashes in 2004, according to NHTSA. In a high-speed driving crash, the vehicle itself is subject to such severe force that the car’s structure is typically not able to protect its passengers from serious harm or death.
Drunken driving accidents are also among some of the leading causes of injuries and death. These types of accidents generally involve drunk drivers who are driving dangerously above the speed limit, driving well below the speed limit, improperly turning into traffic, not stopping at red lights, not stopping at stop signs or other traffic signs, tailgating, rear ending vehicles, weaving in and out of traffic without regard to lanes, and driving on the wrong side of the road. In some cases, the alcohol supplier may be found negligent, depending on the circumstances.
Side impact collisions are extremely serious, often deadly, accidents that are responsible for some 8,500 deaths each year. A side impact collision is also known as a T-bone accident. Typically side impact accidents take place at intersections when one driver fails to yield at a stop sign or red light. The severity of the side impact collision depends on the speed of the oncoming vehicle, the weight of the oncoming vehicle, and the point or area in which the vehicle was hit.
Falling asleep at the wheel is another cause of serious car accidents and is the cause of about four percent of fatal crashes and hundreds of injuries each year.
Rollover accidents may be the result of a defect in a road, or a design or manufacturing defect and involves a car rolling over during the crash. Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous type of vehicular crashes and account for the highest fatality rate. More than 10,000 people killed are killed each year in a rollover accident. When a vehicle turns over on its roof or side, the car accident is considered a rollover.
The frequency of rollover accidents has been associated with the changing construction of vehicles on the nation’s highways, and especially involves Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and lighter weight trucks. These types of vehicles are more susceptible to rolling over because of the vehicles’ higher center of gravity. Rollover accidents often just involve a singular vehicle that loses control due to icy or snowy road conditions, soft road shoulders, an uneven ground, collision with curbs or guardrails after the vehicle loses traction, or hitting an obstacle while driving.
Types of Injuries Seen in Car Accidents
Individuals injured in car accidents may accrue very expensive medical bills for serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries such as amputations. broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue damage, head and brain injuries, paralyzing spinal cord injuries, and death.
Serious automobile accidents cause significant problems to accident victims, their families, and their loved ones. Injuries may lead to emotional, financial, future financial, employment, and future employment damage, as well as recuperation time, physical and psychological therapy, and hospital stays that may last for very long periods of time, even a lifetime. Some serious injuries may change the life, health, and career of individuals who have been injured in a car crash.
Auto Accidents May Cause Serious Financial Injury
Auto accidents often leave survivors facing unexpected and serious financial issues due to property damage, medical bills, medical bills to cover future care for injuries, lost wages and the potential loss of future earnings.
Many injured individuals may be left with no transportation and are faced with the costs of car rental, the purchase of another car, or use of public transportation, or they may be faced with the inability to drive and the potential of negative impacts to their careers and health.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in an auto accident, be sure to speak with one of the experienced personal injury auto accident attorneys at Parker Waichman who will help you understand your rights and provide a free consultation.
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