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Types of Car Accidents

Statistics show that nearly every driver will become involved in a car accident during their lifetime.  The car insurance industry estimates that drivers file a collision claim once every 18 years.  Fortunately, most of these claims will involve drivers and passengers who walk away from the scene of their accident unscathed.  Statistics show that 1.3 fatalities occur for every 100 million miles traveled, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The extent of injuries and property damage sustained in a car wreck can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the type of car accident which has occurred.  Although no two crashes are the same, certain scenarios occur more frequently than others. Some of the common types of car accidents seen on American roadways are:

  • Head-On Collisions: two motor vehicles traveling in opposing directions collide, resulting in catastrophic injuries when both cars travel at high speeds.
  • Hit-and-Run: a motor vehicle that strikes another vehicle, private property, or a pedestrian, and flees before emergency personnel can arrive. Not only does a driver face stiff legal penalties for leaving the scene of an accident, but their decision can have dire consequences for injured bystanders in need of medical attention.
  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents: when more than one vehicle is involved in a car accident.  Multi-vehicle accidents can occur simultaneously, or result in reaction to an initial, primary car accident, such as when two cars collide and the third vehicle is unable to swerve out of the way.
  • Negligent Driver Accidents: drivers who fail to exercise reasonable caution while operating a motor vehicle, including distracted drivers, drowsy driversdrunk drivers, and drivers who operate a motor vehicle that they know is unsafe.
  • Rear-End Collisions: frequently resulting in head and neck injuries, including whiplash, rear-end collisions occur whenever a motor vehicle is struck from behind. The driver of the striking car is almost always legally responsible for a rear-end collision, unless the collision is caused by an automobile which was placed in reverse.
  • Rollovers: occurring primarily when attempting to navigate a sharp turn at a high rate of speed, rollover accidents involve a vehicle which has turned onto its roof or side. Drivers of large trucks or sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are at an increased risk of suffering a rollover accident due to their higher center of gravity.

Although a car accident is inescapable for even the most experienced driver, understanding the difference between the types of car accidents can help motorists make better decisions on the road.  Moreover, regardless of which type of car accident a driver or passenger has suffered, it is imperative that injured parties assert their right to compensation and relief when warranted.  A car accident that is attributable to the negligent actions of another driver can be deemed compensable in court.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden Represent Victims of Every Type of Car Accident

Whether a car accident involves multiple vehicles or consists of a hit-and-run accident, victims need effective legal representation.  If you or a loved one has been injured, our car accident lawyers in Columbia at Chappell, Smith & Arden can help.  Contact us online or call 800-531-9780 to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient office locations throughout South Carolina, where we proudly serve clients in the counties of Lexington, Richland, Sumter, Aiken, Florence, Lancaster, York, Orangeburg, Kershaw and Newberry, including the towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence and Spartanburg.

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