January 2013 Archives

January 29, 2013

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of traffic accidents. It occurs when one vehicle collides with the one in front of it, often as a result of the lead vehicle's sudden deceleration which does not permit the trailing vehicle sufficient time to stop.

Injuries sustained by passengers and drivers in either vehicle range from mild to severe although occupants in the lead vehicle typically suffer more serious injuries. The size of the vehicles and the speed upon impact also matters. The occupants of compact car struck by a speeding SUV will likely sustain much more serious injuries than if struck by a slow-moving car of relative size. To understand the impact of a rear-end collision, consider this example: Crashing into a parked vehicle of comparable size at 60 miles per hour is equivalent to crashing into a brick wall at 30 miles per hour.

Injuries

Although bumpers on automobiles are designed to cushion the impact of a vehicle collision, they are of course not full-proof. Even low-speed rear end collisions can cause serious injuries, particularly for the occupants in the lead vehicle, because of the unexpected and sudden nature of the impact. Examples of typical injuries include:

• Soft tissue injury of the cervical spine (i.e. whiplash)
• Soft tissue injury of the lumbar spine (lower back pain)
• Spinal cord injury
• Facial and head injury

Compensation

In virtually all rear-end collisions, the trailing car is at fault. Even if the lead car stops suddenly, the trailing car is considered liable because drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance behind the cars in front of them. Occupants struck by another vehicle from behind deserved to be compensated for their injuries. Passengers in the trailing car that rear-ends the front car also deserve to be compensated.

January 15, 2013

Failure to Yield Accidents

A failure to yield accident is when a driver fails to give or yield to the car or party that has the right of way. The majority of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers. There are various types of failure to yield accidents. Some types are:

- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a turn
- Failure to yield the road to ambulance, fire engine and/or police vehicles
- Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian or bicycle who has the right of way
- Failure to yield when merging onto a freeway, highway or byway
- Entering into traffic from an alley, side street, private driveway, or parking lot when the traffic traveling on the main road has the right of way

It is important to secure eye witnesses, take pictures at the scene and obtain intersection videos from the cameras that many municipalities/cities/districts have installed. Red-light cameras can be used to prove conclusively that the at-fault driver failed to yield the right of way at an intersection. Also, never admit fault at the scene and do not make any statements, recorded or not, to the opposing insurance company.

Failure to yield accidents can cause many types of injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, fractures and/or burns. Therefore; never accept an insurance settlement without first discussing your claim with an experienced automobile accident attorney. If you accept a settlement without consulting with an attorney, you will have forfeited your right to seek future compensation. Many failure to yield accident victims do not realize that their injuries can be more serious than they appear, at first, and could require additional treatment and/or surgery.

January 3, 2013

Head on Collisions

Head on automobile collisions are often the most serious types of crashes. It occurs when the fronts of two vehicles collide into each other. Head on collisions typically occur at intersections and on highways. Head on crashes at intersections occur when one driver fails to obey a traffic light or other traffic signals, such as a stop sign or yield sign. Highway head on crashes can occur when one driver goes the wrong way on an exit ramp or when a driver crosses the center line or a median barrier separating vehicles traveling in opposite directions.
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Factors that contribute to head on crashes include driver impairment, driver negligence, poor road design, or insufficient road signs. Most head on collisions are due to driver factors, such as driver behavior, visual acuity, reaction speed, distraction, fatigue, and unfamiliarity with the roadway where the collision occurred.

Any type of head on collision is exacerbated when one or both of the vehicles are traveling at high speeds. A high speed head on collision, whether it occurs on a highway, roadway, exit ramp, or intersection can result in serious injuries to the drivers and passengers. Head on collisions can even be fatal. Although head on collisions account for only 2 percent of all automobile crashes in the U.S., they account for 10 percent of fatal crashes. Injuries suffered from head on crashes can include the following:

• Brain Injury
• Head Injury
• Spinal Cord Injury, including Paralysis
• Broken Bones
• Whiplash
• Burns
• Lacerations

Some of these injuries can be permanent in nature and so an experienced attorney can make sure that you are properly compensated for your damages. Your health is the most important thing and you should reach maximum medical improvement before you settle any claim and accept any monetary value from any insurance company.