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Types of Auto Accidents

The highways and roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are some of the most dangerous in Texas, with 122,352 crashes in a recent year, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Anyone who drives here regularly knows that an accident could happen anywhere, at any time. Nearly 15,000 people suffered serious injuries in crashes in Texas in a recent year, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Not all collisions are the same when it comes to the risk of injury to occupants. While some crashes such as low-speed rear-end collisions are often just fender benders, other accidents, like head-on collisions, can result in serious or fatal injuries.

Below, we will review different types of car accidents. Regardless of the type of car crash, you may have a right to significant compensation if another’s negligence contributed to your injury in Dallas. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a Dallas car accident attorney at Kraft & Associates to discuss your rights. Call us at (214) 999-9999 or fill out an online contact form to set up a free consultation.

Single-Car Accident

Just under half of all car crashes involve a single vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In single-car accidents, the vehicle might hit a stationary object, such as a guard rail or light pole. In other cases, the vehicle may leave the roadway and crash into a ditch or roll over. If a driver hits an animal in the roadway such as a deer or livestock, the authorities will consider it to be a single-car accident. Texas’ liability laws concerning car crashes with livestock are complicated. In some locations and situations, the driver will be liable. In others, the animal’s owner might be liable for damages resulting from a crash.

Single vehicle accidents can still result in serious injuries and extensive property damage. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that single-car accidents caused around 39% of car crash fatalities in 2018. Most of these fatalities occurred when the car hit a stationary object head-on.

Not all single-car accidents are caused by the driver who crashes. Another motorist’s carelessness or recklessness such as an improper lane change could force you off the road. In other instances, improperly maintained roads or a part or vehicle design defect could cause a crash.

Side-Impact Collisions

Side-impact collisions occur when a car is hit in the side or strikes another vehicle in the side. Most of these collisions involve the front of one vehicle colliding with the side of another. Typically, one driver fails to yield and causes a crash. Another common name for this type of collision is a T-bone crash.

These collisions often occur in Dallas and Fort Worth intersections when a driver runs a stop sign or a red light. Other side-impact collisions happen when a driver turns left while the light is yellow, and another driver speeds through the intersection before the light turns red, hitting the vehicle turning left.

Careless drivers who change lanes without checking their blind spots or signaling can also cause side impact or side-swipe collisions.

A side-swipe collision caused by a poorly executed lane change could result in a multi-vehicle accident. After being struck, a vehicle could spin out of control and veer into other lanes, triggering a chain-reaction collision.

Side-impact collisions can result in devastating injuries to the people involved in the crash. Cars have less protection on the sides than in the front and rear, which have deep “crumple zones”. Severe injuries were much more common before vehicles were routinely fitted with side-impact airbags. Even with increased safety standards, the IIHS reports that around 23% of car crash fatalities occur in side-impact collisions.

Rear-End Collisions

Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are very common. Many rear-end collisions may only amount to minor fender benders when they occur at low speeds, such as when a motorist fails to come to a complete stop in time.

The impact of even low-speed rear-end collisions can cause injuries such as whiplash, however. Victims often don’t notice the symptoms of whiplash until hours or days after a rear-end collision. That’s why it’s important to exchange insurance and registration information even if your car is undamaged. You should always seek medical attention even if you don’t feel hurt right away.

High-speed rear-end collisions can be catastrophic. Drivers and passengers may be thrown violently forward and back, which can cause spinal cord injuries and brain injuries (such as coup-contrecoup injuries, where the brain strikes one side of the skull, then travels in the opposite direction and hits the other side).

In the majority of cases, the driver in the rear will be responsible for a rear-end collision. While this is not always the case, it is more likely that the driver in back failed to observe the car in front, failed to apply the brakes in time, or did not take proper evasive maneuvers in time to avoid the crash. Regardless of whether you were in the front or back of a rear-end collision, it is wise to get a medical evaluation promptly after a rear-end collision. If you have injuries and another driver was at fault, consult with an attorney to discuss your right to seek compensation.

Head-On CollisionsHead on collision of two cars

The most dangerous kind of car accidents are head-on collisions. They are the number one cause of traffic accident fatalities. When two vehicles moving at high speed collide head-on, they double the force involved in the accident. That often results in catastrophic damage and severe or life-threatening injuries to the occupants of the vehicles.

Most efforts to make vehicles safer concentrate on minimizing the impact of head-on collisions. Even so, IIHS’s statistics in 2018 document that 56% of vehicle fatalities involved head-on collisions.

Common causes of head-on collisions include:

  • Wrong-way accidents – A driver who heads the wrong direction on a freeway exit ramp or one-way street puts himself or herself and others at significant risk of a head-on collision. Drunk driving is often a contributing factor to a wrong-way accident.
  • Drowsy driving – If a sleepy driver nods off and drifts across the center stripe, the driver may cause a collision with oncoming vehicles.
  • Improper passing – Aggressive drivers may try to pass vehicles when they shouldn’t such as on blind curves or hills. The driver might collide with a vehicle heading in the opposite direction.
  • Driving too fast for road conditions – A driver who fails to navigate sharp turns with caution or does not adjust his or her driving for inclement weather could veer into oncoming traffic.

Many head-on collisions are caused by distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated driving. If a driver is not alert and cautious at all times while behind the wheel, the driver may be responsible for causing a serious collision.

Vehicle Rollover

Vehicle rollovers are relatively rare, but these violent events can be devastating to the vehicle and its occupants. Vehicles roll over only when a complex set of conditions line up. The speed of the car, the road surface, weather conditions, and the type of vehicle all contribute.

Certain types of vehicles are more likely to be involved in rollover accidents due to their high center of gravity. Some models of SUVs rollover under circumstances where the average car wouldn’t, such as simply changing lanes or going around a sharp curve over the speed limit. In these cases, the accident victims could sue the manufacturer for faulty vehicle design.

If a careless or aggressive motorist runs another vehicle off the road causing a rollover crash, then the negligent party may be held liable for the accident.

Speak with a Dallas Car Accident Attorney

If you have been hurt in a car accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex caused by someone else’s negligence, the trial lawyers at Kraft & Associates can help you get justice. We can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Our car accident attorneys at Kraft & Associates have served those who’ve been hurt in our community since 1971. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be ready to discuss your specific case during a free case evaluation. Once you hire us, you won’t owe us a thing unless we recover the compensation for you. In other words, we don’t get paid until you get paid.

Remember that time is limited to file a car accident injury lawsuit. In Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury claim if you’ve been hurt in a car accident. You’ll want to have an experienced car accident attorney on your side to help negotiate a fair settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file a lawsuit and seek damages in court if necessary.

Our team will be prepared to do this and more for you, when you call us at (214) 999-9999 or when you reach out to us online.