Each type of car accident carries a different set of dangers, from the property damage of minor rear-end collisions to the often fatal head-on collisions. Pinpointing which type of car accident occurred can help us begin determining who is liable. Based out of Stockton, CA, our team of qualified personal injury attorneys works with you on a personal level to assess your injuries and seek the maximum amount of compensation needed to fully recover. If you have been involved in a serious car accident, call (916) 307-6880 or contact us online today.
Side-impact collisions are among one of the most damaging types of car accidents.
Assessing Damage and Injuries
Different types of car accidents typically produce different injuries. For instance, high-speed collisions can result in catastrophic injuries such as blunt head trauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, and injury to internal organs. Victims of this type of accident typically require extensive surgeries and prolonged therapy. On the other hand, a low-speed minor collision usually does not cause severe personal injuries, but the damage to vehicles can be costly to repair.
Pinpointing which type of car accident occurred can help us begin determining who is liable.
It is important to recognize the type of accident, so a proper calculation of damages can be made. Victims of catastrophic car accidents, such as head-on collisions, are entitled to receive compensation for all medical expenses as well as property damage. In the case of a fatality, the family left behind can file a wrongful death suit to demand loss of income as well as costs of final arrangements. When personal injuries are less severe, like in the case of a slow speed hit from behind, the damages sought are primarily property damages.
Common Types of Accidents
The type of accident gives insight into how a case should be approached. Common scenarios include:
- Rear-end collision: A rear-end collision happens when a car hits the back end of the car in front of it, and is typically the fault of the driver in the second car. Many rear-end collisions are caused by inattention, speed, driver fatigue, DUI (driving under the influence), or traffic conditions.
- Side-impact collision: A side-impact collision is also referred to as a T-bone, and refers to instances when one car strikes another on the side. Injuries in side-impact collisions are more frequent because many cars lack safety features in this area, such as airbags, leaving drivers and passengers at greater risk of becoming hurt.
- Head-on collisions: A head-on collision is where one vehicle hits another directly head-on. When two vehicles collide in this manner, it is typically at a high rate of speed and can cause ejection of a driver or passenger through the front windshield. This type of accident usually results in significant head trauma or brain injury, if not death. More fatalities are reported from head-on collisions than other types of accidents.
- Multiple vehicle accidents: When two or more cars are involved, it is referred to as a multi-vehicle collision. These accidents present unique circumstances and the possibility of injury is increased due to the number of cars involved and an inability to safely move off of the roadway. This also makes it difficult for emergency workers to reach an injured person, and the time delay can contribute to the damages suffered.
- Rollover accidents: Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks are prone to rollover due to their taller height. The crushing nature of this accident type can lead to spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and fatalities.
A demand for full compensation will include medical bills and expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, the repair or replacement of personal property, and other costs associated with the accident. Our job is to hold the responsible driver accountable, and seek full and fair compensation for every injury suffered.
Begin the Road to a Full Recovery
If you have been in any type of car accident, we can help. You deserve an attorney who allows you to focus fully on recovery and healing. Contact Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, online today or call (916) 307-6880 to schedule a consultation and learn your options.