Types of Car Accidents
Auto accidents affect millions of people per year in the United States and result in injuries, deaths, and billions of dollars in medical expenses, property damage, and lost financial opportunity. Regardless of what types of damages you’ve sustained, if you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
There are six common types of auto accidents: commercial vehicle, low-speed, intersection, rear-end, sideswipe, and single-vehicle.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Accidents involving large semi-tractors, delivery vehicles, and charter buses can be devastating due to the sheer size and velocity of these vehicles, and the actions of employers are occasionally factors in these accidents. The truck driver is usually legally liable if he/she violated work or traffic laws, while the employer may be partially liable if the driver had a history of reckless driving and/or traffic violations, and a truck manufacturer may be liable if the accident resulted directly from equipment failure and/or defective design or manufacture of the truck itself.
These typically occur on side-streets and in parking lots and residential areas; however, they can still result in serious injuries and property damage. Even low-speed accidents such as these should be documented properly with pictures of the scene and each driver’s pertinent information, and don’t hesitate to take a medical evaluation if you think you may have been injured in any way.
Speed and poor judgment of distance are common causes of auto accidents at intersections, and many others involve failure to yield, running red lights, or driving while intoxicated. Many of these accidents are “T-bone” collisions, which can be very dangerous for drivers and passengers alike, and intersection accidents are also more likely to become “multi-accident events,” such as when the initial accident forces one of the two vehicles into a third vehicle, which may potentially strike a fourth vehicle, and so on.
Rear-end accidents usually result from road rage, failure to maintain proper stopping distance, or lost control of the vehicle due to poor weather conditions. We recommend seeking a full medical evaluation if you’ve been involved in a rear-end accident due to the risk of “whiplash” and potential injuries to the brain, neck, or spine; symptoms of whiplash are not always immediately apparent after the accident, but may turn into symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if left undiagnosed and untreated. Common symptoms of a brain or neck injury include: memory loss during recovery; trouble focusing or concentrating; migraines which increase in severity; lost motor function in the arms with severe stiffness in the neck or back; shooting pains in the neck, arms, or shoulders; changes in vision or ringing in the ears; and abrupt changes in mood or mental state.
These accidents typically occur when drivers switch lanes or merge into traffic without checking their blind-spots, or when a moving vehicle sideswipes a parked vehicle. Speed is often a factor in sideswipe accidents and some can involve three or more vehicles if one or more is forced into another lane and/or spins out of control.
Common examples of single-vehicle accidents include when poor weather conditions result in lost control of the vehicle, or when a vehicle strikes a fixed or unfixed object while attempting to avoid striking another vehicle. A driver may be legally liable for the passenger’s injuries, while owners of damaged property in the accident may also be entitled to compensation.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.