Motor vehicle accidents are happening constantly, and luckily most are not serious. But any type of crash can cause damage to your vehicle and cause you many types of injuries. In order to better protect you and your family from serious car accidents, it is important to know what types of crashes are most common, so that you can learn what to look for and how to avoid them.
So whether you’ve found yourself in one of the accident types described below, or are trying to avoid a future collision, it is important to learn about the different types of accidents that can occur on Washington’s highways, rural roads, and urban streets.
Common Types of Washington Car Accidents
Accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common types of auto accidents in Washington state include:
- T-Bone crash: You often see T-bone crashes, also known as side-impact or broadside collisions, at intersections where traffic meets. The vehicles look like they form the letter “T” when they hit.
- Rear-end crash: If you or someone else is following too closely, a rear-end accident may occur. At low speeds these collisions are usually not too damaging, and are easily the most common (they account for 30 percent of all wrecks). But at high speeds, sudden stops and rear-end wrecks can be serious.
- Head-on collision: These are among the deadliest auto collisions. When the front of one vehicle hits another vehicle, the results can be deadly. These often occur when a driver crosses the center line, possibly due to distraction, impairment, fatigue, etc.
- Rollover accident: A complex and violent type of accident, rollover accidents occur when a vehicle flips onto its side or roof. These often occur when a vehicle turns too sharply at a high rate of speed. SUVs and other tall vehicles are susceptible to rollovers.
- Hit-and-run accident: When the driver leaves the scene of an accident, victims are often left with difficult questions.
- Sideswipe accident: This happens when two vehicles are driving next to each other going in the same direction and the sides of the vehicles hit. Lane changes, impairment, fatigue, and inattention or potential causes of side-swipe crashes.
- Pedestrian collision: Motor vehicles have a massive size and safety advantage over pedestrians (walkers, joggers, etc.). These accidents may occur at intersections, on crosswalks, in parking lots, or in any other place where pedestrians are commonly seen.
- Bicyclist collision: More and more people every year are biking in Washington state. This increases the risk of car accidents involving a bicyclist on our roadways.
- Abandoned vehicle collision: Vehicles that have been left stranded on the highway may be involved in a serious or fatal car accident. Identifying the owner of the vehicle and the responsible parties is key.
- Intersection accident: When two roads meet at an intersection, a variety of potential accidents may occur. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also added to the mix, and drivers should be especially careful.
- Freeway on-ramp/off-ramp accident: Merging onto or exiting a highway can be a stressful and potentially dangerous situation for a driver. Accidents do occur in this fashion, and knowing how to avoid them is key.
- Left-hand turn accident: Drivers making left-hand turns cause thousands of accidents every year. When large trucks or bicycles/motorcycles are involved, these can be extremely serious and potentially leave victims with life-changing injuries.
- Parking lot accident: While these collisions often happen at low speeds, knowing the liability laws in these situations is helpful.
Injured in an Accident? Contact an Attorney ASAP
If you or a loved one has been injured in any of the kinds of accidents described above, then it is important to know more about your legal rights and potential recovery. You may be entitled to damages so that you do not suffer financially.
To learn more about these rights, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S., today. We offer free case evaluations and operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win.
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