Each year, there are approximately 10 million car accidents in the U.S. With so many accidents occurring on the roads, it is virtually impossible to name all the different types of collisions that may occur. However, there are specific types of accidents that occur more frequently than others. One sobering fact is that in 2016 there were 37,461 fatal car accidents, 3174 of those in Florida. As an experienced car accident lawyer in Orlando we know the ins and outs of car accidents based on our own cases as well as Orlando car accident reports.
Any serious car accident will typically require the help of car accident lawyers in Orlando. If you are ever involved in one of the following types of accidents, you really can’t afford to go with the services of professional legal representation. The lawyer you hire can help determine what steps need to be taken to pursue compensation in your accident case.
Car Accident Factors
The most common factors of car accidents can be put under four particular areas.
1. Distracted Drivers
According to Mark Edwards, Director of Traffic Safety at the American Automobile Association, somewhere between 25-50 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are directly related to driver distraction..
The distractions include texting, rubbernecking, or slowing down to observe another accident; this accounts for 16 percent of all distraction-related crashes. In recent years, cell phone use is a major concern with as many as 85 percent of the estimated 100 million cell-phone users talking on their phone regularly while driving. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that driving and talking on a cell phone at the same time quadruples the risk of crashing. Other common driver distractions include:
- Driver fatigue (12 percent)
- Looking at scenery (10 percent)
- Other passengers or children (9 percent)
- Adjusting the radio or CD player (7 percent)
- Reading the newspaper, books, maps, or other documents (less than 2 percent)
2. Driver Fatigue
According to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue accounts for about 100,000 accidents every year in the United States, with the greatest risk between the hours of 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. when our circadian rhythms tell our bodies it’s time for sleep.
Fatigued drivers experience heavy eyelids, frequent yawning, a vehicle that drifts over road lines, fluctuating vehicle speed, misjudging traffic situations, seeing things “jump out” on the road, feeling fidgety or irritable, and daydreaming.
3. Drunk Driving
Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that’s one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year.
Between 1987 to 2008 the percentages of fatalities declined, but there have been virtually no further declines in these numbers over the past ten years, and in fact, they have increased somewhat over the past four years.
4. Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is extremely common among U.S. drivers. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous year. Previous research by the AAA Foundation found that from 2003 to 2007, over half of fatal crashes involved at least one driver who performed a potentially aggressive action.
Types of Accidents
Just as there are several types of reasons for car accidents, there are also several types of accidents.
Head On Accidents
Few accidents are as scary as a head on impact. In many situations, this type of collision occurs on highways where drivers are traveling at extremely high speeds. In other circumstances, motorists fall asleep while behind the wheel and veer over the center line. In some cases, it can result from a drunk driver who enters a highway on-ramp going the wrong direction. Regardless of how the crashes occur, they have the potential to be devastating and often lead to fatalities.
This type of accident typically occurs because a driver was too close to a vehicle in front of them and didn’t have enough time to stop. When you are struck from behind, you may suffer whiplash, which is when the head is jerked forward or backward violently. This can cause damage to the brain, back, neck and spinal cord.
A rear end collision may also occur when a driver glances down at an email or text and slams into the back of a vehicle at a stop sign or light. If the impact is severe enough, it may even push the hit vehicle into others in front of it, causing a chain reaction.
In the past, whiplash was considered a “minor” injury; however, now it is recognized as a severe injury that can cause long-lasting effects.
These are also referred to as broadside crashes or side-impact collisions and are considered to be one of the most devastating types of car crashes that occur. These types of accidents are often deadly because the sides of the majority of passenger vehicles are much more likely to cave in and crumple than the rear or front of the vehicle. Also, most vehicles don’t have much protection regarding side-impact airbags.
Most broadside accidents occur at intersections when a vehicle runs a yellow or red light to speed through and avoid having to stop. However, doing this means they are more likely going to crash into a vehicle running perpendicular to the direction they are going.
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