Car accidents top the list of personal injury cases filed in the U.S. every year. Nearly one out of every two vehicle accidents cause injury to motorists and passengers, and almost all have extensive vehicle damage.
Car accidents colliding with other vehicles, objects and commercial trucks can cause significant injuries from bruises and scrapes to permanent disability and, in some incidences, death. Many accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts involve the need for medical professionals, even minor fender benders. The most common types of car accidents nationwide and in RI and MA include:
• Rear End Collision – The U.S. National Safety Council indicates that there are more than 2 million car accidents each year. Most are caused by driver inattention, tailgating, intoxication, weather conditions, road defects, construction, faulty brake lights and areas involving law enforcement with radar guns.
• Head-on Collision – Fatal car accidents in Rhode Island and Across the U.S. often involve a head-on collision. Even when both vehicles are traveling at a slow speed, the accident can be catastrophic. Often times, survivors are faced with astronomical medical bills and permanent disability. Sleepiness, driver fatigue, phone use, failed traffic signs and signals, younger and older drivers, and intoxication are some of the leading causes of a head-on collision.
• Side-Impact – When a driver is T-boned or hit from the side, they can suffer extensive, crippling injury. This is typically because the body makes a whip-like motion before taking a forceful blow from the side-impact. This type of accident can be caused when the vehicle slams into a lane divider, bridge abutment, or is hit by another vehicle.
• Multiple Vehicle Collision – A variety of conditions including bad weather, excessive speed, fatigue, intoxication, cell phone use and police chases can be the root cause of a multi-vehicle collision in Rhode island. Often times, the victims suffer catastrophic injury and death because the pile-up increases the potential of bent steel, broken glass and leaking fuel.
• Hit and Run – Unfortunately, leaving the accident scene is an all too common problem in the US and in Rhode Island and Mass. The responsible party leaves without providing identification or rendering aid. Motorist responsible for a hit-and-run often face extensive civil and criminal penalties when found. The driver may leave the scene because of intoxication, drug use, or when fleeing the law. When involved in any type of accident in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations it is important to stay calm, check others for injuries, and call the police.
• Parking Lot Accident – Oddly, one in every five accidents happen in a commercial parking lots. Unfortunately, serious injuries can still happen in this type of accident, when the motorist backs up over pedestrian or hits another vehicle when not paying attention.
• Minor Collision – A minor car accident can happen when backing out of the driveway, not properly stopping at an intersection, or when driving in inclement weather. Unfortunately, serious injuries can result in a minor car accident, especially when driving at an unreasonable speed through a school zone, in a mall parking lot, or in construction areas.
Law enforcement is often involved in a car accident, documenting the collision and gathering information. In many incidences, the police officer will determine which driver is at fault. However, their decision might not always be based on the facts involved. Because of that, it is important to consider hiring a skilled Rhode Island personal injury attorney or a MA car accident lawyer that specializes in vehicle accidents when filing a claim for financial recompense.
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