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Common Types of Car Accidents

Car accidents are some of the most common causes of injuries and accidental deaths in the United States, and these accidents occur in many different ways. At the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, we want Folsom area drivers to know the risks of the road and their legal options after experiencing different types of accidents.

Rear-End Collisions

These are some of the most common car accidents in California and throughout the US. A driver may stop paying attention to the road or may be following the car ahead too closely. However a rear-end collision occurs, it is almost always the trailing driver’s fault. If you were hurt by a driver who hit you from behind, pursuing compensation for your losses with the help of a car accident attorney should be fairly straightforward.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

When a driver hits another driver, the at-fault driver has a legal responsibility to remain at the scene and face accountability. If a driver hits a parked car and leaves without attempting to locate the vehicle’s owner or actively flees the scene after causing an accident, this is illegal. Your attorney can help you identify and locate the driver responsible for your hit-and-run accident, and they will likely face criminal charges from the state alongside your civil action.

Multiple Vehicle Collisions

These are some of the most legally challenging car accidents because liability is often unclear. In many multiple vehicle pile-up accidents, more than one of the drivers involved contributes to the accident, but one driver’s actions may cause a severe chain reaction that harms many others. Consulting an attorney as soon as possible after a multiple vehicle accident is the best way to determine liability and increase your chances of securing compensation for your damages.

Sideswipe Accidents

This type of accident is characterized by one vehicle harshly scraping against the side of another vehicle. This might occur if a driver swerves or takes a turn too wide and swipes against a parked car, and it may also occur if a driver changes lanes without looking to see that the lane was clear.  These accidents can easily cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and lead to significant damages.

Rollover Accidents

Some car accidents that occur at high speeds or in areas with uneven elevation result in a vehicle rolling over on its side or its roof. This can be extremely dangerous for the people in the car, especially young children. Rollover accidents are also common for large commercial trucks that take sharp turns too fast.

Head-On Collisions

These are generally the car accidents most likely to result in fatalities. Sometimes a head-on collision occurs if a driver falls asleep or passes out behind the wheel and swerves into the opposing lane. Head-on collisions may also occur due to poor visibility or a driver’s failure to engage their headlights at night.

Single Vehicle Accidents

Any car accident involving just one vehicle is a single-vehicle accident. In some of these cases, the driver is to blame. For example, if a driver was under the influence of alcohol, speeding, or driving while distracted, they may bear sole liability for their damages. However, a single-vehicle accident may also occur from an unexpected road hazard, the actions of another driver whose vehicle did not physically impact the victim’s, or another cause outside of the victim’s control.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Accidents that involve large tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks can be incredibly damaging due to the size and weight of these vehicles. If you suffered injuries in a commercial vehicle accident, liability could fall to the truck driver, employer, or other possible defendants. These accidents are also likely to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are some of the most vulnerable vehicles. They are smaller, lighter, and more fragile than passenger vehicles and their riders have virtually no external protection in the event of a crash. A motorcycle accident caused by negligence can cause brain injuries, spinal injuries, and other life-changing damages.

The Bottom Line for Any Accident

Ultimately, car accidents are nearly impossible to predict and happen in many different ways. No matter what type of accident you have experienced, legal counsel will be invaluable to your recovery. Hiring the right attorney to represent your interests in a personal injury claim can be the best way to maximize your recovery after any kind of car accident.

If you want to discuss your recent accident with an experienced and trustworthy Folsom car accident attorney, contact the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC today and schedule your consultation.

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