Our office has experience with the full array of all car and truck collisions including:
1. Broadside or T-bone collisions: These collisions occur where the side of one vehicle is struck by the front or rear of another vehicle, forming a “T” thus the moniker “T-Bone” collision. Broadside collisions are frequently caused by a failure to yield right of way or in the case of collisions at an intersection, due to failure to obey traffic signals.
2. Rear-end collisions: These collisions occur where a vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Common factors that contribute to rear-end collisions include driver inattention or distraction, tailgating, failure to keep a safe distance, and reduced traction due to weather or worn pavement. Rear-end collisions are serious accidents that may result in injuries with significant long-term side effects. Insurance companies often minimize the severity of take these cases, in fact spinal cord or serious brain injuries may result if the impact is severe enough.
3. Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions are dangerous accidents that may lead to severe if not fatal injuries. S. statistics show that while head-on crashes account for about 2.0% of all crashes, they account for 10.1% of U.S. fatalities. This is due to the velocity of impact as a result of the vehicles traveling in opposite directions.
4. Intersection accidents: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 35-40% of all motor vehicle accidents involve intersection collisions. The very nature of an intersection involves multiple vehicles turning left, crossing over, or turning right. Intersection collisions are due to driver negligence in not paying attention, failing to look out at the intersection, failing to yield to other vehicles at the intersection, turning with an obstructed view, making an illegal maneuver such as an improper turn, and driver misjudgment. Intersection collisions may result in very serious injuries due to the force of the vehicles involved and include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury including paraplegia or quadriplegia, serious fractures, and neuroligcal injuries.
5. Rollover collision: These collisions are rare but deadly. In fact rollover collisions make up less than 2 percent of all crashes, but account for more than a third of passenger vehicle occupant deaths. Cars are manufactured with protections against rollovers and in certain circumstances manufacturers may be liable when these protections fail.
One out of every eight automotive fatalities involve trucks such as big rigs, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Trucking accidents have increased by 20% over the last two decades according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA.) In fact every 16 minutes, a truck crash or collision occurs.
Truck transportation presents severe safety risks including death and injury. Trucks are 20 times the size and weight of most other vehicles on the road and cause greater damage and harm than automobile accidents.
Common causes of trucking accidents include:
1. Driver Error . Driver error is the most common cause truck collisions. This includes fatigue, inattention, distractions, or substance abuse.
2. Equipment Failure. The second most common cause of trucking accidents is equipment failure, including design and manufacturing errors such as defective tires, lack of reverse-detection warning devices, and improperly maintained brakes or tires. Drivers are required to perform a pre-trip inspection and to perform regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year. Often these rules are ignored resulting preventable injuries.
3. Weather conditions. The heavy weight of the trucks and their loads, impairs braking distance in bad weather. Big trucks cannot stop as quickly as cars. Truck drivers must take into account for these limitations during adverse weather conditions.
4. Improper loading. When a truck’s load is not safely configured or distributed on the trailer, the vehicle can become imbalanced load, causing a truck to tip over when it would otherwise remain upright. Improper loading can also lead to a load not being properly secured, then falling off the truck and onto the roadways in the lanes of traffics.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck collision contact our office.