The Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the most common occurrences in our daily lives. While the effects of such situations range from mild to very serious, understanding the various types of car accidents can give people a greater understanding of what to expect on the roadways, as well as how to avoid such occurrences. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.

There are many different situations in which car accidents can occur, however there are a few types of accidents that are more common than others. Rear end collisions for example, are one of the most common. These types accidents occur when one car is following too closely behind another. Rear end collisions typically occur for one of two reasons. Either the car in front stops unexpectedly leaving the driver behind no time to stop, or the driver behind is not paying close enough attention to the road, resulting in their colliding with the car in front of them. The best way to prevent rear end collisions is to be sure to leave ample space between you and the car in front of you. The general rule of thumb is at least three seconds distance from the car in front of you in good weather and six in bad weather. Tailgating other cars is dangerous no matter the situation and puts everyone on the road at risk.

Single vehicle crashes are also among the most common types of car accidents on our roads. These types of accidents have a wide variety of scenarios and causes, but common risk factors of single car accident include wet or icy roads, texting or talking on the phone while driving and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Single vehicle accidents are almost always the result of a vehicle not being prepared to stop and colliding with another car, trees, telephone poles or highway dividers. The best way to prevent single car accidents is to use your best judgment when getting behind the wheel. Monitor bad weather before deciding to get behind the wheel, or pull over until it passes. In the event that you will be drinking, always designate a sober driver to get you where you need to go safely. Also, never text or talk on the phone while driving as this will take your hands and attention off the road. Wait to use your phone until you’ve safely reached your destination, or in the case of an emergency, pull over until you’ve completed your call or text.

Finally, t-bone or cross traffic accidents are extremely common types of car accidents. These types of occurrences take place at intersections where traffic crosses, WHEN A DRIVER FAILS TO FOLLOW THE SAFETY LAWS AND HITS ANOTHER VEHICLE HEAD ON IN EITHER THE DRIVER OR PASSENGER SIDE Common causes of t-bone accidents include failure to stop at a stop sign or red light and failure to yield before turning into oncoming traffic. The best way to avoid t-bone accidents is to always obey traffic laws. Driving responsibly in the easiest and most efficient way to keep everyone on the road safe.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. Call is today at (877) 504-5562. You may also email us at anytime at [email protected].

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