Nobody wants to be in a car accident. Chances are good, though, that you will have three or four accidents during your driving lifetime since, on average, drivers have an accident about once every 17.9 years. Auto accidents are scary, dangerous, and sometimes expensive, and it can be a good idea to get help dealing with all the details, especially if you’ve been hurt or the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence. Learning about the most common types of Miami car accidents can improve your chances of avoiding one.
Types of Miami Car Accidents
Here in Miami, we have the same types of car accidents as drivers everywhere. Whether the accident involves only your vehicle or several, there’s the potential for injury and loss.
Head-on collisions are caused by a driver swerving or mistakenly driving into oncoming traffic lanes. Among the most dangerous kinds of accidents, head-on collisions often cause injury to both drivers and severe damage to both vehicles. They are so dangerous that head-on collisions are studied intensively to figure out vehicle-related factors that help keep drivers and passengers safe.
Accidents Involving Pedestrians or Bicycles
Some accidents are not with other motorized vehicles but are between a car and a pedestrian or bicycle rider. These are traumatic events, often causing severe harm to the pedestrian or bike rider. Sometimes these accidents are caused by pedestrian or bike rider negligence or inattention, but, unfortunately, more often the car driver wasn’t paying close enough attention to see the smaller vehicle or person sharing the road with them.
When a car hits the side of another vehicle, it’s called a broadside collision, also referred to as a T-bone. Serious injury can result if the impact is directly beside the driver or a passenger, although injuries are significantly reduced if all riders are wearing seat belts. It is because the gravest injuries, and many fatalities, result from passengers being thrown from vehicles. Seat belts keep passengers in the car, where they might be injured, but they are more likely to live through an accident.
When drivers ride off the road and hit a tree, ditch, or another impediment that’s not another vehicle, it’s often because they are tired or distracted. Common distractions include texting, eating, or adjusting the radio. Another major cause of car crashes is driving under the influence of a substance that impairs driving skill or reaction time.
Any of the kinds of accidents mentioned here can involve a rollover, but since a rollover is so serious, it deserves separate mention. Often rollovers occur when a driver loses control or has a collision at high speed. If too much momentum is suddenly stopped, the vehicle cannot stay level. It flips over, rolls and the driver and passengers go with it. Rollovers destroy vehicles and can destroy lives, although the degree to which safety belts reduce injuries and fatalities in rollovers is almost astonishing. These accidents are the best reason of all to buckle up.
While not as dangerous as head-on collisions, rear-end collisions cause their share of trouble. The driver in the rear vehicle is usually assumed to be at fault, but there can be exceptions depending on circumstances. Fortunately, injuries are less common in rear-end collisions, and damage to vehicles is often less severe. Following at a safe distance, with at least two seconds between you and the car in front of you, is the best way to avoid hitting another vehicle from behind. Even if the other driver stops suddenly, you’ll have time to stop.
Any Car Accident Can Be Serious
All types of Miami car accidents can be severe, so if you’ve had an accident, be sure you get the help you need and deserve. Lavent Law, a firm that has substantial experience in this area, can help you understand your situation and communicate with insurance companies. Also, very importantly, if the other driver was negligent or impaired, Lavent Law can make sure you are powerfully represented and get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Drive safely, drive sober, and get help when you need it. Good rules for the road. Call Lavent Law at (305) 440-0450 and let us guide you through the process.