According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common causes for a car accident break down into driver, environmental, and vehicle-related reasons. Between 2005-2007, statistics reveal that vehicles caused 44,000 car accidents, and environmental factors caused 52,000 accidents.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Many people do not think about the frequency or common types of car accidents. drivers can expect many fender benders or severe accidents to occur. Here are examples of the common types of a car accident:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states that, during 2018, there were 6,583 passenger fatalities during a rollover car accident. These statistics further reveal that up to 72% of rollovers involve a pre-rollover impact. However, 28% of rollovers also occur without any impact occurring beforehand.
Single Car Accidents
Many factors contribute to a single-car accident that does or does not have passengers. These reasons include veering off the road, driving while distracted, fatigued driving, and other impairments. The NHTSA outlines environmental factors leading to single-car accidents as slippery roads, glare, view obstructions, fog, rain, snow, signals, and road design.
When a vehicle strikes another that is in front of them, that is a rear-end collision. When a vehicle follows too closely, that could result in a rear-end collision.
Sideswiping Car Accidents
When a sideswipe car accident occurs, that means two cars are traveling in the same direction and collide into each other. Typically, these accidents occur when one vehicle is changing lanes and not paying attention. According to the Insurance Information Institute, sideswipe crashes accounted for 961 of the crashes occurring in 2017.
Head-on collisions are extremely dangerous for the driver, as well as occupants of their vehicle. We also learn from the Insurance Information Institute that head-on collisions accounted for 3,471 car accidents during 2017. The main causes for head-on collisions include sleepiness, lane changes, substance abuse impairment, not paying attention to traffic signals, and texting while driving.
Common Car Accident Injuries
The last thing drivers want to experience is an accident that involves damages and injuries. Here are examples of the most common car accident injuries in:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Time Limits for Filing a Lawsuit
Strict deadlines are in place to ensure victims receive compensation for personal injuries and damages promptly. That means if a victim does not file within that time frame, that could bar attorneys from taking their action to the court. An attorney uses every resource available to them to secure and preserve evidence that sometimes disappears.
Turn to Morelli Law Firm to Help You Recover the Compensation You Need
After a car accident, victims and their families experience devastating consequences. At Morelli Law Firm, we understand how challenging these impacts are after a car accident. Victims and their families suffer emotionally, financially, and physically. Due to the many complexities involved with filing a car accident claim, our team works on the victim’s behalf regarding filing procedures, knowledge of regulations, and receiving compensation. Example of car accident claims we handle include:
- Car malfunction or defect
- Driver error
- Drunk driving accidents
- Highway defects
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Pedestrian accidents
- Whiplash and other common car accident injuries
Recoverable Damages for a Car Accident
No driver wants to experience the most common type of car accident. Our team understands that victims of these crashes experience a multitude of challenges. That is why our team of professionals make it their primary focus to ensure every victim of a car accident receives past and future economic losses. Examples of damages we could potentially recover include:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of wages or employment
- Medical bills
- Prescription medicine
- Emotional and physical therapy
- Lifecare costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
Contact Morelli Law Firm Today
If you suffer from injuries following a car accident, we are available to help recover compensation that you are entitled to. You should not have to pay for treatment for injuries you suffered because of someone else’s negligence. We can identify the liable party or parties and hold them accountable. Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for your free case assessment.