Common Types of Auto Collisions Caused by Negligence
More than 5.6 million traffic-related collisions occurred across the U.S. in 2012 alone, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Collisions can happen in several different ways and for many different reasons. Some auto accidents are unavoidable and are the fault of no one in particular. However, preventable accidents also occur, especially when one or more parties act in a careless (negligent) manner.
When involved in a car accident case, you must have sufficient evidence of negligence in order to recover damages from an “at-fault” party. The first step to proving negligence is identifying the specific negligent act that caused the accident. Although this can require thorough investigation, negligence may sometimes be identified by examining the type of collision that occurred and whether any “rules of the road” were violated.
A rear-end accident occurs when the front of one vehicle collides into the back of another. This type of accident commonly occurs when a driver is not paying adequate attention to the road or to the cars in front of him or her. Texting and other distracted driving activities can take a driver's eyes off the road. The driver, distracted, fails to react in time to traffic that has slowed or stopped in front of them. Tailgating and speeding are additional causes of rear-end collisions.
In a head-on collision, the fronts of two vehicles directly collide. This type of collision often results when a driver leaves his or her lane and drives into oncoming traffic or drives the wrong way on a highway. Intoxication and falling asleep at the wheel due to fatigue are two common causes of head-on collisions.
However, head-on collisions can be caused by a number of actions including over-correcting a vehicle or suffering a tire blowout.
A broadside collision, also known as a T-bone collision, occurs when the front of a vehicle hits the side of another. These collisions generally occur in intersections when one vehicle fails to stop at a red light or stop sign. T-bone collisions can also occur when a driver makes an illegal turn.
A rollover accident is when a vehicle rolls onto its side or roof.. There are several causes for rollover accidents—taking turns too quickly, tripping a tire on a curb or pothole, or colliding with a vehicle or object. Rollover accidents occur more frequently in vehicles with higher centers of gravity, including Jeeps, minivans or trucks.
While certain types of collisions are generally more serious than others, all accidents have the potential to cause serious injury. If your accident and injuries were caused by another party's negligence, you have the legal right to compensation for all of your losses and you should not hesitate to discuss a possible legal claim with a Wisconsin car accident attorney as soon as possible.
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