Car Accident Types in Central Florida
Driving in Central Florida can be hazardous, and it may come as no surprise to discover that Florida is often designated as the most dangerous state in the United States for driving accidents. The best way to avoid accidents is by staying vigilant to changing road and traffic conditions, driving defensively, and paying attention to the actions and activities of all drivers around you. Unfortunately, that does not guarantee that you will be able to make it from point A to point B without an accident.
Take a look below at some of the different types of car accidents that we frequently represent clients for. If you have been involved in an accident yourself and believe that you are entitled to damages through a personal injury lawsuit or settlement, contact us now for a free initial consultation where you will be able to learn about your rights, explore the various options available to you, and understand how we have helped clients in similar situations as your own in the past.
Types of Car Accidents
Texting While Driving
While texting and driving is not a type of accident, it is certainly a leading cause of all sorts of crashes. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who was texting, using apps, or otherwise handling their phone in a way that you believe caused (or at least contributed to) the accident, then this is something that you must be certain to pursue in order to get the compensation you deserve.
Someone else making a decision to act irresponsibly on the road by allowing themselves to be distracted should not mean that you must take on the financial burden of the damage that they caused, and we will fight to make sure that this is not the case.
Like texting while driving, drunk driving is again not a type of accident, but is instead a leading cause of all types of accidents. If you are involved in an accident with someone that you suspect to be drunk, call the police immediately to ensure that they are handled properly, arrested, charged, and that you will have certain proof in any upcoming settlement negotiations or personal injury lawsuits that they acted negligently and recklessly, ultimately putting you and your passengers at risk and causing your injuries.
A t-bone collision happens when one vehicle drives straight into the side of another vehicle from a perpendicular angle. These types of crashes can cause serious injury to everyone involved, but the people on the side of the vehicle that the oncoming car hits are at the greatest risk of serious injury simply due to their location.
Most modern vehicles have side airbags and various other safety mechanisms designed to keep people safe in these crashes, but the reality is that this is the least-protected area of the vehicle, and serious injuries are very common as a result.
A rear-end collision is very common on Florida roads, especially in heavy traffic or at red lights. Generally, the rear driver is distracted or otherwise unable to come to a complete stop before they collide with the stopped (or slower moving) vehicle in front of them. This could happen because they didn’t realize they were approaching a stop sign or intersection, coming up on unexpected traffic, or possibly even because the lead vehicle had to quickly brake in order to avoid an animal, pedestrian, or object in the road.
Read-end collisions often cause whiplash because it causes the passengers’ heads to jerk forward and down in a way that stretches, compresses, and tears neck muscles, discs, tendons, and ligaments. Whiplash may in rare cases require surgery, but likely requires medical attention. Often, victims must wear a neck brace in order to stabilize their heads and necks as the muscles and tendons repair themselves.
A sideswipe crash takes place when two vehicles are traveling in the same direction and hit each other side to side. This takes place most often on roads with two lanes of travel on the same side, and one vehicle changes lanes without noticing that there is a car there. While the sideswipe collision itself may not generally cause too much damage, it could crush someone’s arm if it is hanging out of the vehicle, and may also send the car out of control and into a secondary crash.
A rollover accident takes place when a vehicle is moving forward and hits their brakes, turns sideways, and the vehicle’s center of gravity is high enough that it causes the car to tumble. These accidents are extremely damaging to everyone in the car, simply because of the unpredictable motion of the car and how violently all passengers are shaken and thrown around. Rollover accidents have a notably higher fatality rate than other types of accidents.
Hydroplaning in a vehicle happens when a vehicle hits a wet road and instead of the tires cutting through the liquid and gripping on the pavement below, it causes the vehicle to lose control. If a vehicle is traveling to fast on a road during rainy or wet conditions and needs to turn rapidly or brake to avoid an accident, they may find themselves skidding out of control into other vehicles, which can then cause a variety of different types of collisions and injuries.
A head-on collision has absolutely devastating effects on everyone involved, and the risk of a fatality is significant especially if both vehicles are traveling at high speeds. These types of collisions happen when one vehicle either drifts into oncoming traffic or in some situations are forced into oncoming traffic by an initial collision or while avoiding a hazard. Since both vehicles are presumably traveling the speed limit, but in the opposite direction, the force of the impact is essentially doubled.
If you consider how it would likely feel to hit a wall while driving at 30 miles an hour, and now imagine that the wall is moving at you at 30 miles an hour at the same time, this simple image clearly indicates the increased severity that everyone is facing.
Contact Us Today For Advice After a Florida Car Accident
No matter what type of car accident you have been involved in, contact us now to learn about how we can help you navigate the complicated world of insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits and get the money that you deserve. Our experience handling situations similar to yours will come in handy as we begin to determine the comparable faults of each driver, the damages you deserve, and the best ways to get you the money you are entitled to.