Sarasota Auto Accident Attorney
Car accidents occur at an alarming rate. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 32,000 people lose their lives in car crashes every year and that a further two million are injured. Tragically, many of these injuries are extremely serious, leaving victims to struggle with permanent disability, disfigurement, and chronic pain for years to come, all while attempting to stay on top of mounting medical debt. Fortunately, car accident victims who are injured as a result of another person or entity’s negligence can recover damages from the at-fault party to compensate them for related losses.
It can be difficult to file these types of claims in Florida, which is a no-fault insurance state. However, it is possible to do so if a victim suffered a permanent injury or whose costs exceed $10,000. To ensure that your own claim is filed properly against those who caused your own accident,please contact one of our experienced Sarasota auto accident attorneys today for assistance.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents
One of the most important factors in determining how severe a person’s injuries will be, is the type of accident in question, the most common of which include:
- Rear end crashes, in which one vehicle strikes the rear of the vehicle in front of it and can range from minor fender benders to more serious collisions;
- Sideswipe accidents, which involve one vehicle sustaining a glancing blow from a passing car;
- Side impact crashes, also known as T-bone collisions, which occur when the front of one vehicle strikes another vehicle broadside, usually in an intersection;
- Rollovers, which are more likely to involve top heavy vehicles and often occur when taking a sharp turn or when struck from the side;
- Head-on collisions, which involve the front portions of two cars striking each other, usually at high speeds;
- Multi-vehicle pile-ups, which are one of the most dangerous types of car crashes because occupants are forced to suffer multiple impacts from a variety of directions and in some cases may even become trapped in their vehicles; and
- Underride crashes, which involve a smaller vehicle becoming lodged beneath a larger commercial truck after rear ending it.
Each of these types of collisions comes with its own risks. Side-impact crashes, for instance, are notorious for resulting in injuries to the ribs and shoulder, while sideswipe accidents often don’t result in any physical harm to the occupants, but can cause substantial damage to the vehicles themselves.
Car Accident Causes
Car accident causes are as varied as the many types of car crashes themselves, but they almost always involve some sort of negligent or reckless conduct, such as:
- Distracted or fatigued driving;
- Falling asleep at the wheel;
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Speeding, tailgating, or otherwise driving aggressively;
- Vehicle defects;
- Tire blowouts;
- Violating traffic laws; and
- Swerving to avoid road debris or dangerous road conditions.
In most cases, this kind of negligent conduct results in crashes between two vehicles. However, it is also not uncommon for a vehicle manufacturer’s negligent design or assembly to result in single vehicle crashes.
Call Today for Legal Assistance
Please call 800-876-3392 or submit one of our online contact forms to speak with a member of the dedicated auto accident legal team at HD Law Partners about your case.