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Even if you were involved in a minor car accident, there are still definite benefits to hiring legal counsel. With an attorney at your side, you have a much greater chance of recovering a just settlement for your injuries and for property damage. The insurance company may try to settle your claim for less than it is actually worth or may try to deny your claim.
Our attorneys in Tampa at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law has more than 30 years of combined experience, and during our practice we have helped countless car accident victims obtain the fair compensation they deserve after being harmed by negligent drivers.
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All car accidents have the potential to cause serious accidents. Some of the most common types of car collisions that occur on the road include:
- Fender Benders
- Head-On Collisions
- Rear End Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- T-Bone Collisions
Is A Fender Bender Considered An Accident?
A fender bender is considered an accident. What is a fender bender? A "fender bender," the most common type of collision, is a minor accident that typically occurs at a low speed and result in minor damage to the vehicles involved. These accidents are called fender benders because the fenders of the vehicles typically sustain the most damage.
These accidents most commonly occur in parking lots, driveways and intersections. An example of a fender bender would be a driver stopping suddenly at an intersection, causing the driver behind him to rear-end his vehicle. Another example may be a driver backing out of a parking space without fully checking behind his vehicle, causing a collision with a vehicle behind him.
Head-on collisions are some of the most serious types of multi-vehicle auto accidents, because they involve two vehicles travelling in opposite directions colliding with one another. In this type of accident, the vehicles' front ends hit each other. Because the vehicles are traveling in opposite directions and collide, this compounds the speed and force with which the vehicles impact one another.
According to some estimates, one in every 50 car accidents in the United States is the result of a head-on car accident. Regardless of which type of collision, you may have been involved in, head-on crashes are the most common cause of serious personal injury in car accidents, meaning that you may be entitled to compensation for your expenses as a result.
Our lawyers can determine if your accident was caused by:
- Driver negligence
- Poor passing judgement
- Taking a corner too quickly
- Roadway conditions
- Tire blowout
- Weather conditions
Rear End Accidents
A rear end car accident is one wherein one vehicle collides with the back of another vehicle. These accidents most commonly occur because one vehicle stops suddenly, although even in the event of a normal stop the second driver may collide with the vehicle in front of him or her if he or she is not paying attention.
Everyday distractions such as eating, drinking, talking on the phone, texting and talking to a passenger may cause a driver to become involved in a rear end collision. These types of accidents are common, contributing to millions of car crashes across the United States every year.
One of the most detrimental types of car accidents that can occur is that of a rollover. This is dangerous as it is caused when the vehicle rolls, trips or tips onto its side or roof. While extremely dangerous if the driver or passenger are not wearing this seatbelts, this type of accident can carry with it catastrophic injuries no matter how safe the inhabitants of the car are being.
Most often, rollover accidents occur in a vehicle such as a SUV that has a narrow width between tires and also has a high center of gravity. This causes them to be unbalanced and vulnerable to direction changes and impacts. One of the most dangerous ramifications of a rollover accident is the roof collapsing. Although this can be prevented by utilizing roll bars and cages, most car manufacturers view these as bulky, unnecessary and cutting into the roominess of the vehicle cabin. They therefore do not come standard, leaving cars vulnerable to roof collapses and shattering windshields.
Rollover accidents are usually caused by:
- Collision with a guardrail, tree stump, or curb
- Uneven or soft ground
- Turning too tightly
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Defective car parts
A T-bone collision is also referred to as a side-impact collision, and occurs when the two vehicles involved will be in the shape of a "T" with either the front of rear of one having collided into the side of the other. These kinds of accidents can carry with them extremely detrimental ramifications for the inhabitants of the car.
Once the initial collision has taken place, the car will most likely crumple at what is known as the "crumple zones" and will absorb some of the kinetic energy of the crash. If a severe enough accident, the vehicles might spin out or even rollover in reaction. In accidents such as this, it is not uncommon for there to be multiple different collisions, which brings up the issue of airbag injuries. Airbags are designed to help during the initial collision, but can prove less than sufficient in subsequent collisions.
In many T-bone accident cases, both drivers will claim that they had the right of way and that it was the fault of the other driver that the accident occurred. This means that the testimony of witnesses, law enforcement, and photographic evidence at the scene will be particularly valuable in determining fault. This is why you need the help of an experienced lawyer in Tampa when you have been involved in an accident.
Some of the common reasons people are involved in T-bone accidents include:
- Running a red light
- Improperly passing through an intersection
- Blowing through a traffic sign
- Striking a fixed object, such as a pole or tree
Involving a lawyer has a number of benefits. You can ensure that your claim goes smoothly and that you have the opportunity to recover the financial compensation you need for damage to your vehicle and for any injuries you have sustained.
By working with a lawyer, you can ensure all bases are covered. For example, there is always a chance that you may feel that you are uninjured immediately after the accident, and yet you may begin feeling neck or back pain a few days or weeks later. Or, the other party may try to say that your injuries stemmed from a “preexisting condition” and that they should therefore not be held liable. Your lawyer can ensure your rights and interests are protected in situations like these.
How Can Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law help?
We understand the difficulties our clients face after sustaining injuries and property damage, and we are proud to help them pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. Our firm believes the responsible parties should be held liable for their negligent actions, and we can fight for your rights.
- We've Handled Hundreds of Personal Injury Cases
- We'll Meet You at the Scene of Your Accident
- Aggressive Trial & Negotiation Skills
- One of the Premier Law Firms in Tampa & Ft. Lauderdale
- We Treat Each & Every Case With Attention & Respect
- Over Three Decades of Combined Legal Experience