A traffic accident is defined as a collision involving one or more vehicles. According to guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are thirteen different types of traffic accidents.
Defining Common Road Vehicle Accident Types
- A collision involving a motor vehicle in transport: These accidents are both a collision and motor vehicle accident. When these traffic accidents occur, the first harmful event is the vehicle colliding with two or more vehicles while in transport
- A collision involving a fixed object: Collisions involving a fixed object means the first harmful event occurred when the vehicle in transport struck a fixed object, including bridge railings, embedded rocks, guardrails, and utility poles
- A collision involving a parked vehicle: When a parked vehicle is involved in an accident, that means the first harmful event is when one vehicle strikes another that is not in transport
- A collision involving a pedestrian: When collisions occur that involves a pedestrian, that means the first harmful event is when the pedestrian and road vehicle collide with each other.
Risks Associated with Traffic Accidents
Beyond researching what the definition of a traffic accident is, there are many risks associated with being involved in one. According to the NHTSA, during 2018, there were 36,560 driver fatalities throughout the country. Of those deaths, speeding killed 9,378 individuals that year. Estimates by the National Safety Council (NSC) state that, during 2019, there were 38,800 motor-vehicle related fatalities.
Steps to Follow After a Traffic Accident
There are specific steps you must follow after a traffic accident to help protect your rights and maximize your compensation. Despite the safety technologies that are in place to help protect motorists during a collision, millions of Americans are injured on the country’s roads. If you are involved in a traffic accident, follow these steps:
- Stop your vehicle immediately, check for injuries, and call 911 for help
- Preserve all evidence from the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the scene and property damage.
- Wait for law enforcement and first responders to arrive
- Exchange information with eyewitnesses
- Report the incident with your insurance company
- Retain an attorney and file an action
Time Limits for Filing a Traffic Accident Lawsuit
Failure to file a lawsuit within the time frame you have depending on your state prevents attorneys from taking your claim to court. It is important to know your state’s statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases in traffic accident situations. It is not uncommon for these deadlines to slip through the cracks. A few years may seem like a long time, but it takes a while to build a strong, compelling case, so do not delay in seeking legal help. An attorney will work diligently on your behalf to ensure evidence is collected and preserved before it disappears.
Let Morelli Law Firm Help You Recover Compensation
Our team of traffic accident lawyers understand laws, regulations, filing procedures, and recoverable damages. We handle cases involving:
- Car malfunction or defect
- Driver error
- Drunk driving accidents
- Highway defects
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Pedestrian accidents
Since you might be facing multiples of these scenarios, or a multitude of other situations, we are here to sort out all of the details of your traffic accident. We work hard to determine who is at fault by examining if your case involves:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Making illegal maneuvers
- Texting or talking while driving
- Operating a vehicle with other distractions
Recoverable Damages for a Traffic Accident
Our hard-working firm operates hard on your behalf to ensure you receive past and future economic losses. The following is a list of potentially recoverable damages you might receive:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Ongoing care costs
- Prescription medicine
- Loss of wages or employment
- Medical bills
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
Contact Morelli Law Firm Today for Your Free Case Review
If you were involved in a traffic accident, we are available to help recover compensation that you are entitled to. You should not have to pay for treatment for injuries someone else caused. The defendant(s) are responsible for that. Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 so we can review your case today.