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Common Car Accident Definitions

Common types of car accidents can vary significantly based on location and weather, but there are several commonalities in how they’re defined. Here are a few:

Broken car headlight from a crash.Rear-End Collisions

Often a rear-end collision is the result of one car following another car too closely. If the front car makes a sudden stop, the driver behind cannot initiate the brakes quickly enough, resulting in an accident. Injuries typically resulting from this type of accident include whiplash and back pain from the sudden impact of being thrown forward and then slamming back into the seat.

Failure to Complete a Proper Left Turn

This occurs when one driver is safely operating their vehicle and another driver does not take into account their proximity and makes an unsafe left turn. Particularly at lights without a green arrow for left turns, drivers often misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic and end up slamming into other drivers they didn’t see coming. These can be incredibly serious accidents, resulting in significant injuries.

Failure to Stop

Especially if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, stop signs and red lights may be ignored entirely. If the driver is impaired, their ability to accurately judge the situation has disappeared. While other drivers are using the green light legally, an impaired driver (or distracted driver) might slide through the light, causing sudden impact between the vehicles. If both cars are operating at a top speed, the injuries from these accidents can be very serious.

If You’ve Been in an Accident

A car accident can be an incredibly difficult emotional and physical experience. Many of the injuries resulting from a car accident aren’t apparent immediately and their effects can last for several months or even years. Ultimately, these injuries can affect your ability to work and do the things you enjoyed prior to the accident.

Here’s a step-by-step list of what to do if you’re ever involved in an accident (this is a great glove compartment resource!). If you’ve already been the victim of an automobile accident, you should discuss your case with an attorney to try and make sure all your rights are protected. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today – 1-866-900-7078.