Head-On / Side / Rear Collisions
Life is unpredictable and so are collisions. These can occur in many different ways such as head-on, side, and rear-end collisions. Each scenario is unique and varies state to state, with California being an extraordinarily complex state to navigate such laws. California laws will review “at-fault” and “comparative negligence” standards to determine who is responsible and to what degree is someone accountable. This is a tough battle to go alone, so consider having a legal advocate on your side like a qualified attorney. First, we can go through how these collisions differ.A Head-On Collision
A head-on collision occurs when the front of a vehicle impacts the front of another car. This is a terrifying incident for all involved and carries a high degree of risk. Often, high speeds are involved increasing the impact, force and chances of injury, or even death.
Besides the jarring nature of a head-on collision, additional dangers are present such as broken glass, possible debris, crunching metal and damaged parts.Side Collision
A side collision or sometimes a “sideswipe” occurs when two cars going in the same direction are impacted when one car changes direction and strikes the other vehicle on its side.
Usually, this happens when a driver is attempting to change lanes and neglects to ensure another driver is not in his or her way. Failure to check a blind spot is often the culprit of this. The result is one car has come into physical contact with another car because of a negligent lane change. In some frightening instances, a vehicle can be pushed so hard, the driver cannot stop it, with the car being forced into another lane, median or other cars.Rear-End Collison
Rear-end collisions are some of the most common. This happens when a driver to the rear of you collides with the driver in front of them, usually hitting the bumper. Thankfully, these accidents tend to have fewer serious injuries, but it is not impossible. They are also more preventable by taking proper safety measures by both parties, such as signaling, braking and having tail lights working correctly.If a Commercial Truck is Involved
If a collision involves a commercial truck driver, your case can get much more complicated. Commercial truck drivers are held to a higher standard because of their specific license which says they are an expert driver. Commercial truck drivers are typically working for a shipping or logistics company, and these businesses carry a more substantial liability. A qualified attorney on your side can weave through these layers and determine if a company acted negligently by demanding too much from drivers with unrealistic schedules and expectations, resulting in an accident.Common Causes of Collisions
Here are some frequent reasons drivers experience collisions and how others can prevent such negligence
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while fatigued
- Driver distractions such as phone and texting
- Unlawful turns
- Rural areas without proper lighting
- Unpredictable variables such as animals
- Inclement weather
- Severe head injury
- Broken bones, sprains, and strains
- Internal bleeding to organs
- Neck and back complications
- Spinal cord injuries which result in loss of movement or reduced movement.
- Wrongful Death
- Emotional injuries such as trauma and depression
- Impact on relationships and spouse (consortium)
- Ongoing physical therapy
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages and effects on employment
Insurance companies and commercial trucking businesses will do whatever they can to minimize their involvement regarding the accident. By contrast, we advocate for our clients to get the best settlement possible. At Bridgewater Law Group we know many of the cards up these corporation’s sleeves, and we know how to counter them. Let our attorneys advocate for your case. We know when a fair settlement is on the table and when there is more to be won. We will fight for the best medical treatment regarding your case and compensating for this disruption to your time and family. We will work on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost to you. Give us a call today for a free consultation, in less than 30 minutes; we will know if we can win together with you.