Accidents occur every day of the year. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, millions of crashes happen every year and most of them are caused by human error. Human error includes a variety of factors such as speeding, failure to yield, failure to obey traffic signals, tailgating and others. Additional factors include driving while intoxicated, driving while drowsy and distracted driving. Most vehicle accidents are minor and result in few injuries. Some are more serious and can cause severe injuries and fatalities.
Types of Vehicle Accidents
Vehicle accidents may happen in a variety of different ways. The location of the impact and the speed at which the impact occurs have a strong influence on the injuries to the drivers and passengers.
Rollover Accidents. Rollover crashes happen when the vehicle’s wheels leave the roadway causing it to flip or roll. These types of crashes often happen while traveling at a high rate of speed. The occupants may suffer extreme injuries and might be ejected from the vehicle if they are not wearing seatbelts.
- Rear-end Collisions. Rear-end collisions happen when one vehicle strikes the back of another. Many of these types of crashes happen in slow traffic situations and are minor. However, they also happen frequently when a vehicle fails to stop when it approaches a red light or backed-up traffic. Injuries can vary greatly depending on the rate of speed at which the car is hit. Neck and back injuries such as whiplash are common in rear-end collisions.
- T-Bone Crashes. T-bone crashes happen when one vehicle hits another directly in the side. These types of crashes are most likely at intersections where vehicles are each traveling in different directions. A T-bone crash can cause severe injuries and some victims may need to be extricated from the vehicle. Broken bones, head trauma and back and neck injuries can occur.
- Head-on Accidents. Head-on accidents happen between vehicles traveling in opposite directions. One vehicle crosses into oncoming lanes or is traveling the wrong way on the road. Head-on crashes often cause the most serious injuries and fatalities are more likely, especially when vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Rome, Georgia
There are a few important things you should do immediately following a car accident. Call the police to report the crash. They will take witness statements and evaluate the cause of the crash. It is important to seek medical attention as soon after the collision as possible. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but may nonetheless be serious. Fast diagnosis and treatment can keep some injuries from worsening.
When a collision causes you to suffer injuries you may be entitled to compensation. The negligent party should pay for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages as a result of the crash. Contact the experienced lawyers at The Bader Law Firm to discuss the details of your case.