The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle collisions are among the leading causes of accidental death in the US every year, typically ranking within the top three in any given year. Crashes kill more people annually than medical conditions like stroke or diabetes, and they injure more than 2.5 million other victims. However, while fatal and injury-causing auto accidents are common, no two incidents are the same. Each collision involves different forms of carelessness, contributing factors, and surrounding circumstances.
Plus, every crash affects victims and their families in different ways, which is why it is essential to retain a Miami car accidents attorney for assistance with the complicated legal process. You might also want to learn about the types of collisions that are most likely to lead to serious injuries.
- T-Bone Accidents: The point of impact in this type of crash is the front of one car and the side of another, forming a “T” shape. A T-bone collision is most likely to happen when a driver enters an intersection without having right of way, or when some motorist makes an improper left turn in front of oncoming traffic.
- Rear-End Crashes: Almost 100% of these incidents are the fault of a following driver who is following too closely at a high speed, not paying attention, or tailgating. The motorist may not notice the lead vehicle slowed or stopped, and rams into the rear. As you might expect, texting, talking on the phone, and other forms of distracted driving are often behind these incidents.
- Head-on Collisions: Though they account for a low number of all two-vehicle accidents, head-on crashes are responsible for a high percentage of all fatalities. These collisions are extremely violent, since the force is a product of the speed of both vehicles. A head-on accident may occur when a driver strays across the road center line, perhaps due to fatigue; or travels the wrong way down a divided highway, whether because of confusion or intoxication.
- Rollover Collisions: These incidents are most common for certain types of vehicles, particularly sports utility vehicles. SUVs tend to be top-heavy, which can be a serious stability problem in a crash. However, under certain circumstances and at high speeds, any vehicle can be flipped onto its side or roof. Rollovers often lead to serious injuries or fatalities, and they are the most likely to result in a driver or passenger being ejected from the vehicle. In such a situation, the victim suffers a secondary impact after the primary crash – sometimes incurring catastrophic injuries upon hitting the ground or another hard surface.
Contact a Miami Car Accidents Lawyer Regarding Your Rights
If you were in an auto collision and want to know more about your legal options, please contact the offices of Gerson & Schwartz, PA in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL. We can schedule a free case evaluation to review your circumstances. You may qualify to recover a wide range of losses, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.