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Types of Car Accidents

Car Accident Lawyer in Lafayette

With millions of car accidents taking place every year, these incidents can occur in any number of ways. A car accident can lead to severe damage and even fatal injuries. Accidents may consist of one car or may involve any number of vehicles. There are many factors that contribute to these incidents being so dangerous and they are considered to be one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. Car accidents take place in a number of ways and all of them can be highly damaging. Speak with a Lafayette personal injury attorney if you have been involved in a car accident.

Head On Collision
These are known to be some of the most harmful types of accidents and while they are less common than other types of accidents, the outcomes can be catastrophic. In a head on collision both vehicles strike each other in the front. This often happens on highways and streets what don't have dividers and when cars that are traveling in opposite directions. A driver may drift into the other lane or may swerve and end up in oncoming traffic. One two lane highways that are outside of urban areas, some drivers can begin to feel more at ease and take greater risks with their speed.

Side Swipe/T-Bone
A side swipe is when the two cars hit on the side region of the car. It may be a driver that makes a lane change without looking to make sure the area was clear, or they could swerve to avoid a pothole in the road and maneuver their car further then they should. T-bone accident is when one car runs into the side of another car, making the shape of a T. These can commonly happen at intersections when a driver runs a red light. Both types of accidents can be incredibly dangerous for drivers and passengers, especially those that are on the side where the main force of the impact was felt.

Rear Impact
Many accidents take place from behind when a driver is hit by someone that doesn't stop. A rear impact is a large cause of whiplash and this can leave a victim with long term pain. A rear impact is often seen at stop lights or in traffic when a driver is not focusing and does not stop their car in time. They can either be looking elsewhere, not focusing or may think they have more room than they do. Drivers that are hit by another vehicle from behind are often stopped and doing nothing reckless themselves. They may not even see the driver and are surprised when they are suddenly hit.

Single Vehicle
Sometimes a driver is not hit by another vehicle but deals with an accident only involving their own car. This can be due to a number of reasons. Sometimes they are not focusing and the accident is their own fault. Other times it may be an issue with the roads that should have been fixed. It can also be weather conditions that may have been unpreventable. In some cases it is a defect with the vehicle itself and this may be a mistake on the part of the manufacturer. Even when one vehicle is involved this can lead to considerable personal injuries and property damage.

Rollover
Some cars are more likely to rollover such as an SUV when sharply turned. A rollover is when the car fully turns and it can be more than once. All sides of the vehicle can sustain damage and passengers inside may deal with considerable injuries. They can even be trapped when the vehicle is wrecked enough that it crushes exits.

Speak With a Lafayette Injury Lawyer

Accidents occur for all types of reasons, whether it is a driver that is operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or it is a driver that is being reckless while behind the wheel. After you have been involved in an accident you want to take care of your health first. Next it is important to consider if someone could have been responsible for the incident. Assess if they were at fault and speak with an attorney to better evaluate the situation. The team at the firm handles car accident cases and seeks to find full compensation for those that have suffered all types of incidents. Get in touch with them today to learn what they can do for you.

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