Most Common Kinds of Collisions
If you drive more than a few minutes on any given route these days, it seems likely that at some point in your week, you’ll come across a traffic collision. Hopefully, it’ll be a collision that doesn’t result in serious injuries or fatalities, and, more importantly, it’ll be a collision that doesn’t involve you in any way. But in the event you are the one harmed by another driver’s carelessness or recklessness, one of the first things you should consider is getting an experienced local personal injury attorney to help you with the aftermath of the collision.
The tragic fact is, more than 2 million injuries and deaths occur annually due to motor vehicle collisions. Here in Florida, over 400,000 collisions involved nearly 700,000 individuals in 2017 alone. That’s an average of over 1,000 collisions every single day! The numbers related to those collisions are tragic:
- 3,116 people lost their lives;
- 254,310 people were hospitalized;
- 20,380 people suffered incapacitating harm.
Sadly, many people who are injured in such wrecks were not at fault in the collisions. What are the most likely types of collisions one might encounter?
- Rear-Enders: When another driver is distracted, it’s all too easy to crash into the rear of another vehicle. While this often occurs in heavy stop-and-go traffic, it can also happen on busy highways at high speeds.
- T-Bone Collisions: The most likely place to experience this type of crash is in an intersection. Drivers who plow through red lights and stop signs are often at fault. It is important for motorists to take extra caution when approaching busy intersections.
- Head-on Collisions: The deadliest of collisions, direct crashes into other vehicles, objects, or animals occur with alarming frequency, and are often related to weather, distractions, or driver error.
- Contact at Low Speeds: All too often, people think that because they are moving slowly, nothing bad can happen. That makes neighborhood roads where speed limits are 25 mph a place where many allow themselves minor distractions, making the possibility of a collision a real threat. Another danger zone can be parking lots. These can be particularly treacherous because there are often a number of obstacles and other drivers maneuvering in tight places. Additionally, many drivers neglect to wear seatbelts at these lower speeds, making the possibility of injury substantial. The fact is, even at slow speeds, the human body is vulnerable to extreme trauma when confronted with another vehicle.
In the Aftermath…
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a collision due to no fault of your own, you want heavy hitting Jackson personal injury attorneys fighting for justice on your behalf. At the office of Derek L. Hall, PC, you’ll get nothing less. Contact us to discuss an aggressive strategy to provide relief to you and your family today.