Countless numbers of new motorists take to U.S. roads and highways each year, increasing the number of cars on the road and increasing the risk of injury accidents. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over six million traffic accidents occur annually. This results in a quarter of a million injuries, and nearly 40,000 deaths.
If you are one of those who have been injured in any type of car accident, it is important that you understand your rights and how the law applies to your situation. In the event that you did not cause the cause the accident, or that the accident was caused directly by another's negligence, you could be entitled to receive substantial monetary compensation. Some of the major types of car accidents that victims seek compensation for include:
Types of Car Accidents
Traffic collisions are classified by the type of mechanism. The most common categories are head-on collisions, run-off-road collisions, rear-end collisions, side collisions, and rollovers. A head-on collision is exactly what it sounds like. It can refer to more than just a car, and these accidents are often fatal. Because the speed of both vehicles is usually very high, they account for 10% of road fatalities in the U.S. A run-off-road collision involves only one vehicle, and usually occurs when the driver loses control of the vehicle or misjudges a curve. In a rear-end collision, one car collides with the back of another. This usually occurs in tail-gating situations or in emergency stops. Side collisions or T-bone collisions take place when the broad side of a vehicle is struck. When a vehicle tips over onto its side or onto its roof, it is a rollover accident. This can happen because of speed, hazardous roads, or a collision with another vehicle. Learn more about the causes of car accidents.
Settlements in Car Accident Cases
In the aftermath of your car accident, you may be able to secure an injury settlement from the insurance company of the responsible party. The size of the settlement will vary depending on certain factors, including the extent of the damage to your property, and the severity of your injuries. An attorney can negotiate with the insurance company for you, thereby reducing the risk of being offered a settlement that is inadequate for the damages you have sustained.