Auto accidents occur in many different scenarios due to over the limit speeding or even bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, auto accidents can also happen on side streets and parking lots. Injuries can occur due to how vehicles collide with other vehicles, as well as objects and even pedestrians can play a role in resulting injuries.
An experienced auto injury attorney will have the experience to help determine who was at fault, as well as assess the severity of the damage caused by the accident. Next an attorney can also evaluate property damage. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines fight for the rights of those injured in car accidents.
The Common Types Of Auto Accidents
Rear-end collisions occur when one car crashes into another vehicle from behind. A read-end collision can be caused due to the following; braking or slowing down by the first car. A rear end collision can also occur when the vehicle behind the first car starts to accelerates faster than the vehicle in front. The impacted vehicle usually gets most of the damage, and the occupants typically suffer the worse injuries. The driver who crashed into the back of the other vehicle is usually considered at fault because of not driving within stopping distance or because, they were following the other vehicle too closely. A collision can also be the result of one not paying attention. The only exception is if the impacted car was in reverse gear.
Side Impact Collisions
This type of car accident is sometimes called a t-bone collision or a broadsided collision, and it occurs when the side of the vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of a fixed object, or due to another vehicle. A side impact collision will usually result in severe damage to the impacted vehicle, and occupants will likely suffer more severe injuries. However, all of this varies based on which part of the car was hit, as well as what safety features the vehicle has and the weight and construction of the car.
T-bone collisions occur when the front-end of one vehicle collides into the side of another vehicle, forming a “T.” Due to the lack of protection provided by the side panel of an automobile, drivers can sustain severe injuries, even death, following a T-bone accident. Unfortunately, wearing a seatbelt offers little, if any, protection for the driver of the impacted vehicle. Furthermore, the components of the vehicle’s side panel cannot withstand a collision, and will generally cave in upon impact. That being said, what may seem to be a minor T-bone accident can trigger serious, oftentimes permanent, injuries.
A T-bone collision is the direct result of the driver not observing traffic and safety laws. Specifically, the at-fault driver may have been driving under the influence, driving with a distraction (texting, for example), driving aggressively, and/or speeding – generally speaking, in a careless, irresponsible and negligent manner. If you have fallen victim to a T-bone collision caused by the reckless behavior of another, contact The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines in Atlanta as soon as possible. Our firm will tirelessly fight for the protection of your rights, and to secure the fullest compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Sideswipe collisions occur when the sides of two parallel cars touch. This can happened due to cars going in the same direction, but the vehicles do not go out of control. The damage will usually be cosmetic.
This is a serious type of accident and it is when a vehicle flips over onto the roof or side. This accident will usually occur after a vehicle makes a sharp turn at a high speed. All kinds of vehicles can experience this type of accident, but SUVs are at greater risk because they are generally taller than other vehicles. Those who speed and drive an SUV are at a high risk for a rollover.
Head on Collisions
As it sounds, a head-on collision occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide with one another. Due to the magnitude of the impact, head-on collisions are typically considered to be the most damaging, injury-producing auto accidents. Force of impact is determined by adding the speeds of both vehicles prior to the collision. For example, two cars each traveling at 50mph would experience an impact of 100mph. Not surprisingly, head-on collisions likely result in severe injuries, possibly death.
The majority of head-on collisions occur on rural roadways, often those with undivided dual-lanes. In most instances, one or both vehicles are traveling at accelerated speeds. That being said, speeding, along with driving under the influence, falling asleep behind the wheel and distracted driving (texting, for example) are the likeliest scenarios to cause a head-on collision. If you believe that the driver of the other vehicle was responsible for the accident, we strongly urge that you contact The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines to discuss your legal options in detail. Our attorneys are skilled in investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision, and gathering the necessary proof to illustrate the negligence of the other driver.
Single Car Accidents
A single car accident only involves one vehicle, and it is usually due to a driver not paying enough attention, drinking and driving and so forth. In some cases the occupant of the impacted vehicle will strike objects such as trees, poles, walls and other types of objects.
Pileups involve multiple vehicles, and usually occur on highways. A pileup is one of the most dangerous types of accidents.
If one vehicle is on fire, then it can quickly spread and cover the entire crash site. Those who are involved in a pileup are often hit a number of times, and this increase their risk of getting injured. Cars involved in this kind of accident often spin out of control and are hit from the sides and rear. Sometimes drivers decide to get out of their vehicle during a pileup and this can result in severe injuries because another vehicle may hit them. It is very difficult to tell what the cause of a pileup was because proving negligence can be very hard to do.
Injured in an Auto Accident? Call Hines Law Today
Contact the the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines if you have been injured in an auto accident. Our law office has represented victims who were injured in different types of accidents that involved trucks, motorcycles, trucks and more.