Types of Car Accidents

A car crash can be a traumatizing experience, and the effects can last for months or even years after the accident.

Some accidents are minor fender benders, and others are major collisions that “total” the cars involved. Many accidents are single-vehicle accidents, but others involve multiple vehicles and a large amount of damage. No matter what type of accident, serious personal injuries are often the result.

More than 280,000 car accidents occurred in New Jersey alone in 2013, with more than 31,000 of them taking place in Bergen County. In the year 2012, the number of fatal car accidents rose to 33,561, representing the first increase in fatal crashes since 2005.

Rollovers, rear-end accidents, and head-on crashes are just a few types of motor vehicle accidents that can put New Jersey residents at risk for brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other devastating injuries. One of these serious injuries can result in major medical bills, cause long-term disability, and permanently affect one’s quality of life.

The negligence of another driver should never cause you to suffer. The experienced car accident attorneys of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have the knowledge and resources to investigate all types of car accident claims. Our skilled attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for individuals who were injured in rear-end accidents, pedestrian accidents, side-impact collisions, and more. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and seek maximum compensation for your injuries. With more than 80 years’ worth of combined trial experience, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have the expertise and experience to see your case through to the very end. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

There are a number of dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents, including the following:

Head-on collisions are often the result of one vehicle crossing a center line or median and crashing into an oncoming vehicle. In other cases, a head-on collision can occur when a driver travels the wrong way on a highway or in a traffic lane, either knowingly or unknowingly. Head-on collisions are also possible when a driver fails to allow enough time to pass on a two-lane road

Data from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System shows that approximately 75 percent of head-on crashes occur on rural roads, and 75 percent of head-on crashes occur on undivided two-lane roads. Studies show that while head-on collisions make up only 2 percent of car accidents, they account for more than 10 percent of fatalities.

The speed of a head-on collision makes it arguably the most dangerous type of collision. Head-on collisions can result in serious and catastrophic injuries, including severe fractures, amputation, neck injuries, head injuries, lacerations, nerve damage, hand or arm injuries, internal injuries, and even death.

Rear-end collisions are the result of negligent driving, usually involving one of the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Following too close

In the case of a rear-end collision, the law typically presumes the rear-ending motorist is at fault. This assumption is based on the idea that the rear-ending motorist failed to maintain a safe speed or distance to avoid the accident.

Rear-end collisions can be jarring enough to cause a number of serious injuries, including whiplash, neck injuries, head injuries, back injuries, nerve damage, hand or arm injuries, lacerations, bruising, or other internal injuries.

Hit and run accidents are somewhat misnamed—they are not accidents. A driver who gets into a car wreck and then flees the scene is making a conscious choice to disregard the harm he or she has caused. In hit-and-run accidents, we work with witnesses, law enforcement, and even private investigators to determine who the at-fault driver was, track him or her down, and hold them accountable for the injuries and property damage caused.

Often, these hit-and-run drivers are uninsured or underinsured motorists. When an uninsured motorist causes a car accident, he or she does not have liability coverage to cover your medical costs, lost wages, property damage, or other expenses incurred by the accident. The state of New Jersey requires all drivers to carry $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage, so your first avenue for compensation is through your own insurance carrier. However, insurance companies are often difficult to deal with and unwilling to award you full compensation for your injuries. Having an experienced car accident attorney on your side is the best way to ensure you are pursuing full and just compensation after an accident.

High-speed collisions are the result of negligent drivers recklessly exceeding the speed limit. When traveling at high speeds, it is more difficult to stop suddenly and avoid collisions with other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, increasing the risk of a serious accident. High-speed collisions can result in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and serious back injuries.

Rollover accidents are most common among SUV, minivan, and truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 280,000 rollover accidents occur every year, claiming more than 10,000 lives. Injuries in rollover accidents can be caused by driver error (e.g. distracted driving, driving under the influence), equipment failure (e.g. seatbelt failure, roof crush), unsafe road conditions, or poorly designed roads.

Tire blowout accidents, also called detreading accidents, are responsible for more than 500 deaths and 10,000 injuries every year. Tire blowouts are the cause of nearly half of all rollover accidents involving a pickup truck, SUV, or van. Tire blowouts are sometimes caused by defective tires, which opens the manufacturer up to liability under the principle of products liability.

Contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi

If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your losses. With more than 80 years’ worth of combined experience, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have the resources and skill to fight for you after a car accident. Our experienced attorneys can help you fight to recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, rehabilitation, decreased quality of life, and even wrongful death.

Don’t let someone else’s negligent driving affect your life and livelihood. Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi at (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free and confidential consultation.