3 of the Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents
Car accident lawyers in Michigan work to alleviate the burdens of the millions of Americans who will be involved in auto accidents this year.
And there is certainly enough work there to keep a car accident attorney busy: On average, the U.S. sees over six million car accidents annually. Of those, around three million results in injuries. While you might expect those injuries to be relatively minor, the sad reality is that over two million people are likely to suffer some long-term or permanent injury after an auto accident.
With this in mind, it is crucial that anyone involved in a crash consider hiring a car accident lawyer in the case of the following dangerous accident types.
1. Head-on collisions
Head-on collisions are usually considered the deadliest of car crashes.
Because of the physics involved in head-on crashes, even drivers who are traveling at safe speeds in residential areas risk death. For example, if both drivers involved are driving at a speed of 30 mph, the moment of impact would be the equivalent of the sum of their speeds, or 60 mph, resulting in the simulation of a high-speed collision.
Head-on collisions become especially dangerous on the winding single-lane highways found in rural areas. For drivers in Michigan in particular, these types of accidents should be taken seriously, as there is a large number of rural counties and an above average car accident fatality rate.
2. Rear-end crashes
Although rear-end collisions are not the most dangerous car accident on this list, they should not be ignored.
Drivers involved in this type of crash often have a higher risk of long-term damage to the back and neck, which is due to the sudden and often unexpected jolt of your car being hit from behind. Injuries like whiplash can, over time, develop into chronic neck and back problems that require numerous visits to the hospital and extensive physiotherapy.
But avoiding this type of accident might be a lot easier than you think: Remember to check your rear-view mirrors at regular intervals for any rear-approaching cars, particularly at stop lights and signs.
3. Side-on impact
Far and wide, the most common car accident on American roads is a T-bone crash that occurs at intersections or as a vehicle crosses lanes of oncoming traffic.
In line with being the most common accident, side impact collisions are also the most deadly and causes 18% of all car accident fatalities in the U.S.
One reason this type of collision can be so deadly is due to the lack of protection some car manufacturers employ in their design of the side-doors and frames of their vehicles. Side impact collisions can also contribute to higher chances of a rollover accident occurring.
When choosing a vehicle, always check its safety rating. In the U.S., most new cars are rated by either the IIHS or NHTSA concerning the safety features available on the key-impact and crumple zones of a car, including the sides.
How can a car accident lawyer help you?
Working with a car accident attorney after an accident is the most crucial aspect of negotiating a fair settlement from your insurance company after your accident. The insurance settlement you receive covers the cost of the vehicles involved as well as the medical care costs that resulted from the accident.
One aspect that is often overlooked by individuals involved in a vehicle accident is how the accident may affect them in the long-term, as whiplash and chronic pain issues may take longer to develop and not be immediately apparent. In these cases, you will likely need a lawyer on your side to prove that any late-occurring injuries are the result of your crash and to provide any other necessary legal advice.
Many serious accidents also require a considerable amount of aftercare and therapy which insurance adjusters may try to keep out of your settlement award. A good car accident lawyer will secure appropriate coverage for initial costs as well as rehabilitation.
Car accidents are a prevalent and unfortunate reality in the U.S., and it is essential that you seek the help of a law firm experienced in car accident cases in Michigan after your accident, no matter how severe, to help ensure you receive an appropriate settlement for your claim.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, please call Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. at 1-866-MICH LAW (1-866-779-7331) for a no obligation case evaluation.