Pedestrian Accidents (Auto-Pedestrian)
A pedestrian accident involves, at the bare minimum, an automobile driver, and at least one pedestrian. These types of incidents tend to occur in parking lots, crosswalks, and neighborhood roadways. Pedestrian accidents can involve more than one driver or more than one pedestrian. In any case, an accident happens when an automobile collides with a person. Determining who is at fault for this accident is highly dependent on where it happens. In many places that we mentioned previously, pedestrians are given the right of way. This means that the driver is responsible for the injuries that they cause.
Bicycle Accidents (Auto-Bicyclist)
Bicycle accidents occur when an automobile collides with a bicyclist. These types of accidents can be very deadly for the bicyclist due to the car’s high rate of speed. The sad truth is that many bicycle accidents can be easily avoided if both the bicyclist and the vehicle driver abide by the laws. As a bicyclist, it’s always a good idea to have a helmet on to protect your head in the event that you are involved in a bicycle accident.
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Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving, also referred to as impaired driving, occurs when one or more driver involved in an accident is intoxicated. These types of accidents tend to be caused by irrational decisions and slow reaction times from intoxicated drivers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has reported that over 10,000 people die every year due to a drunk driving accident. These are all accidents that can be easily avoided by not driving while intoxicated.
Broadside Collisions (T-Bone Accidents)
One of the deadliest types of accidents that can occur is the broadside collision (read also “Common auto accident injuries”). This type of accident happens when the front end of one vehicle slams into the side of another vehicle. This tends to happen at a high rate of speed and can cause serious injury. Many broadside accidents happen at intersections where one driver runs a red light. These types of accidents are also commonly referred to as T-bone collisions.
Dram Shop Accidents
Dram shop accidents occur when a driver who is intoxicated causes an auto accident. The term dram shop is used to describe the fact that a particular person or retail establishment played a role in supplying the intoxicated driver with alcoholic beverages. In these cases, the social host or retail establishment is held partially liable for the accident that occurs.
Hit and Run Accidents
A hit and run accident is defined as a collision where one driver leaves the scene without coming into contact with the other parties involved. This term encompasses a large variety of different types of accidents. For example, the driver may hit another driver and leave the scene of the accident without checking on the other driver. Or the driver may hit a person’s personal property like their mailbox and flee the scene without trying to talk to the property owner. It is every driver’s responsibility to try and make contact with the other party involved before leaving the scene of an accident.
Motorcycle Collisions (Auto-Motorcycle)
Motorcycle collisions are defined as any accident that involves a person on a motorcycle. This could be a motorcycle driver wrecking into a person’s mailbox. Or this may be an accident where a car driver collides with a motorcycle. Either way, a motorcycle accident is just a broad term used to encompass any accident that involves a motorcycle. Just like bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents tend to be very severe. It’s recommended that all motorcycle drivers wear a helmet just like bicyclists to protect their heads in the event of an accident.
Single Car Accidents
Single car accidents happen when only one vehicle is damaged at an accident scene. Many times, single car accidents happen when a driver veers off the roadway and hits another person’s property or public property. For example, a vehicle driver may slide on the ice and run head-first into a telephone pole. In some cases, another driver may have contributed to the accident by signaling incorrectly. However, if the other driver’s car was not physically involved in the accident where it received any damage, it is considered a single-car accident.
Uber/Lyft or Rideshare Accidents
Rideshare accidents, which can also be referred to as Uber or Lyft accidents, happen when a rideshare driver is involved in an accident. For it to be classified as a rideshare accident, the driver must be considered working at the time that the accident occurs. This type of accident can involve one or more vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, or any other given circumstances. Rideshare is just a general term given to describe an accident that involves an on-duty rideshare worker.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
Uninsured or underinsured motorist claims happen when an automobile is involved in an accident where the driver does not have enough insurance coverage to pay for the damage created by the accident. If the driver is uninsured, it means that there is no insurance coverage whatsoever for the accident damage. In other cases, the driver may have insurance. However, the insurance coverage amount is too little to cover all the damages caused by the accident. This is referred to as an underinsured motorist claim.
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Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles run into the front end of each other. Most of these occur on two-lane roadways and highways where one driver crosses the line into the other driver’s lane. Head-on collisions can be extremely dangerous due to the position of the vehicles when the collision occurs as well as the rate of speed the driver may be traveling at.
Speeding accidents are a common occurrence and are a result of a driver traveling too fast. Each highway throughout the country has a posted speed limit that all drivers are expected to follow. When drivers go over the speed limit, it can result in an overly severe accident. Speeding is a broad category name that encompasses all types of accidents that are result of a driver traveling too quickly down the roadway.
Running Stops Signs & Lights
When a driver is traveling down the roadway, they are expected to follow the posted signs as well as traffic signals. When a driver ignores the signs and signals, it can lead to an accident. Many accidents are caused by drivers who run red lights. Most commonly, the driver is traveling down the roadway as the light changes from yellow to red, and the driver decides to continue through the intersection instead of stopping. Along the same lines, other accidents occur when drivers blow through stop signs without stopping to check the intersection first. In all these events, the driver’s neglect of roadway signs and traffic lights are to blame for the accident.
Texting and Driving
One cause of vehicle accidents that is getting highly publicized lately is texting and driving. More and more people are on their phones when they are driving down the roadway. This distracts drivers from their environment, which can lead to a roadway collision. The term ‘texting and driving’ can encompass a wide range of activities. For example, it could be talking on your phone, texting on your phone, or even checking your email on your phone while driving down the roadway.
Unsafe Lane Changes
All cars are built with turn signals to help other drivers on the roadway see where a vehicle is going. When a driver fails to use their turn signals and veers off into another lane, it can lead to a car accident. Some other examples of unsafe lane changes include moving towards the other lane before putting your signal on, veering quickly into another lane where the other driver had to brake to let you in, or having to slam on the brakes to maintain a safe following distance from the driver in front of you.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving is becoming a more common cause of vehicle accidents. This term encompasses any activity that takes the driver’s attention off the roadway. Some of the most common types of distracted driving include texting, eating, reading, and even fooling around with the radio stations while driving. These types of activities draw the driver’s attention away from the task of driving. This leads to a shorter reaction time to deal with potential incidents, such as immediate braking of the car in front of you or a pedestrian entering a crosswalk.
Passenger claims consist of any parties that were injured in an accident that were not driving but were riding in a vehicle. This could be a passenger in the vehicle that was at fault for the accident or a passenger in a vehicle that was not at fault for the accident. For example, if you are riding in the passenger seat and your friend, who is driving, wrecks into another car, your injury claim is considered a passenger claim. In some cases, these claims may be referred to as third-party accident claims.
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