Types of Auto Accidents

Types of Car Accidents

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There are many factors that contribute to the nature of an auto accident and many times the severity of the accident. High-speed driving, full roads, bad weather and drivers under the influence are all factors that may lead to a car accident. Although no two car accidents are the same, we have summarized the characteristics of some of the most common types of accidents below. Knowing the type of accident you are involved in is helpful when assessing the nature of your situation and what the best mode of action would be. Remember that hiring an experienced injury attorney in Marietta can increase your chances of getting adequate compensation for your accident injuries.

  • Rear-End Impacts occur most frequently during rush hour when there is bumper-to-bumper traffic. The severity of these types of accidents can vary depending on the speed of the car that makes the impact. Speed can also factor in if the collision occurs while both cars are driving at a high speed. Like many other accidents, a small bump on the rear end of a car driving at a high speed can cause that driver to lose control. In a situation like this, what was a small fender-bender can turn into a massive injury accident because of the speed of both cars. Georgia law stipulates that, in most cases, the individual who rear-ended the car in front of them is liable for the car accident. This means that if damages and injuries were incurred because someone rear-ended your car, you can seek out compensation from them because they are ultimately responsible for the collision.
  • Head-On Collisions are some of the most devastating types of auto accidents. A head-on accident is one where the front ends of two vehicles collide. This type of accident occurs when one driver crosses their vehicle into a lane heading in the opposite direction. The impact is many times unavoidable and the innocent driver involved in the accident had no way of avoiding it. Injuries from these types of accident are often the most serious and head-on collisions can even lead to death. Survivors of head-on collisions will most likely face steep hospital and medical costs, which can add to the pain and trauma of being made victim to something as terrifying as a head-on collision.
  • Side Swept Impact is a result of two vehicles, usually moving in the same direction, coming into contact with each other's sides. The severity of this type of accident depends on whether drivers are able to maintain control of their respective vehicles in the midst of the impact. If the vehicles are controlled, damage to the vehicles can simply be cosmetic. However, if one or both of the drivers lose control of their vehicles, it can lead to a more serious accident involving injuries.
  • Rollover Accident involves only one vehicle. This vehicle rolls onto its side or roof as a result of high-speed driving or sudden turns. This can result from unforeseen circumstances, such as slippery roads or objects in the middle of the road, or simply from the driver losing control of their vehicle. Vehicles which drive higher off the ground, such as trucks or Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) are at a greater risk of rolling over because they have a higher center of gravity. Driving such vehicles requires great care when taking turns and driving at high speeds. Rollover accidents can be very dangerous to the driver of the vehicle and the passengers.
  • Side-Impact Collisions, also known as "T-bone" collisions, are when the front end of one car drives straight into the side of another car or stationary object. This can result from a driver disregarding traffic signs or from bad weather conditions. If two vehicles are involved, determining fault is possible with the right legal counsel. Accidents of this type can lead to very serious damage for one or both of the drivers and their passengers, especially those sitting on the side where the collision occurs.
  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents occur when any one of the above-mentioned collisions involve three or more vehicles. It is possible for a pile-up to occur in a residential intersection but they most frequently take place on the freeway or highway. A multi-vehicle accident usually begins with a one car or two car accident and leads to a pile-up when the other cars on the road are not able to avoid impact with the already stopped cars. Slow traffic, large trucks and mostly bad whether involving low visibility are the most common causes of multi-vehicle accidents.

Searching for an attorney for an auto accident in Marietta?

Every type of accident requires its own type of action. Knowing the factors and laws that accompany each type of vehicle accident is helpful to determining fault and recovering compensation for the innocent injury victims. An experienced injury attorney can do this. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident which led to injury, Jones & Swanson wants to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Call our Marietta car accident attorney to discuss your case and learn more about how our firm wants to be your partner during this difficult time.


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