Car collisions are a frustratingly common occurrence in everyday life. Despite their frequency, car collisions become complicated and serious when one or more individuals are injured by the crash. Given the devastating and long-lasting effects that a car crash can have, it is vital that a driver involved in a collision seek competent representation to protect his rights against the other parties involved in the crash.
Common Types of Collisions
Common types of car collisions include, but are not limited to:
- T-Bone Accident: This type of collision occurs when a vehicle collides into the side of another vehicle. This can occur when a driver runs a red light or fails to yield to oncoming traffic before entering an intersection.
- Rear-End Collisions: This type of collision can occur when a driver fails to stop or is traveling at too high of a speed to stop before colliding into the vehicle ahead of him.
- Sideswipe Accident: This occurs when the sides of two vehicles come into contact while the vehicles are traveling in the same direction. This often occurs when a vehicle merges into another vehicle, or suddenly swerves into another vehicle.
- Rollover Accident: This type of collision occurs when a vehicle tips over onto its side or onto its roof.
- Collisions with Other Types of Vehicles: Safely maneuvering a car around a motorcycle or truck can be tricky, and may result in a collision.
Causes of Car Collisions
Common causes of car collisions include, but are not limited to:
- Speeding: Driving at a speed above the posted speed limit can result in an accident, especially when the speed of the car makes it difficult to control or stop.
- Distracted Driving: Many collisions occur as a result of the driver being distracted while driving. Engaging in activities such as talking on the phone, texting, or eating while driving can interfere with a driver’s ability to concentrate on the road.
- Defective Car: Collisions can occur in the absence of any driver negligence, such as when a car was manufactured incorrectly, or was equipped with a defective or dangerous part.
- Driving While Intoxicated: By operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, a driver significantly increases her chances of getting into a collision.
- Poor Road Conditions: Collisions can occur when a roadway is not properly constructed or maintained, such that it creates dangerous conditions for drivers.
Proper Representation for a Car Collision Case
A driver’s actions immediately following a collision often shape his ability to legally protect himself from and/or bring a claim against the other parties involved in the accident. As such, it is essential that a driver follow specific steps immediately after being involved in a collision. Retaining competent representation helps to ensure that all of these essential steps are taken such that the driver is in the best position to defend himself/pursue a claim.
A qualified law firm will work with the driver to:
- Investigate the collision and gather evidence to prove fault.
- Communicate with the insurance companies and provide them with the necessary paperwork, as well as negotiate with these companies to obtain an appropriate settlement.
- Investigate the other driver’s driving record, and ensure that the provided record is complete and accurate.
- Ensure that the driver’s injuries are properly investigated, including the driver’s medical care, medical costs, and losses in future wages. Relatedly, a qualified attorney will ensure that any award properly accounts for the driver’s medical costs, losses in present and future wages, and pain and suffering.
- Hire proper experts to examine the collision and help determine the conditions leading to the accident.
- Collect and examine vital evidence related to the collision in order to best protect the injured driver. This includes conducting discovery (including depositions and interrogatories) in order to get as much necessary information about the other parties and the collision as possible
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