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Types of Auto Accidents

March 08, 2021
  1. 1. The Different Kinds of Auto Accidents
  2. 2. Common Causes of Car Wrecks
  3. 3. Most Frequent Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
  4. 4. If You Are Hurt, Seek Medical Help
  5. 5. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

While decades of engineering breakthroughs like anti-lock brakes and airbags have helped reduce incidents of fatal driving, an element of danger still exists every time you climb into a car. This is especially true if you live in Alabama or Mississippi.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, drivers in Alabama have more than a one in three chance of being injured or killed in a crash while operating a vehicle over their lifetimes. It’s not much better in Mississippi. In 2019, the state had a fatality rate of 22.2 deaths per 100,000 people, which was the highest in the nation according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Auto accidents can be extremely traumatic events with life-altering repercussions. Accident victims may experience property damage, endure financial losses, suffer physical injuries, or worse – death.

In this blog, we examine the most common types of car accidents in Alabama and Mississippi, injuries that may be sustained, and why working with an experienced and dependable law firm can help you recover after a crash.

The Different Kinds of Auto Accidents

No one wants to be in a car accident, and hopefully it will be something you never have to experience. Unfortunately, wrecks can happen at any time, and there are many ways they can cause serious injuries, property damage and even death.

Typical car crashes that occur in Alabama and Mississippi include the following:

Even the best driver may have a difficult time avoiding these types of accidents, regardless of whether you are at fault. While some crashes simply can’t be avoided, it can be helpful to know how and when they frequently occur so that they can be prevented to best of your abilities.

Common Causes of Car Wrecks

Driving a vehicle in a variety of circumstances carries a mix in the kinds of collisions that may occur. For instance, driving conditions such as weather, escalated traffic, and increased speed on highways can all lead to different kinds of accidents. This variance relates back to the vast array of injuries that may result from an auto accident.

Distractions

There are a lot of examples of ways drivers can get distracted on the roads creating a potentially unsafe situation:

Drowsiness or Fatigue

It is not uncommon for tired motorists to fall asleep behind the wheel, especially semi-truck drivers who are subjected to unreasonable work schedules. According to NHTSA, drowsy driving was reportedly involved in approximately 2.5% of all fatal crashes nationwide from 2011 through 2015.

Alcohol or Drug Impairment

In 2019, there were 210 deaths in 5,524 crashes with suspected alcohol or drug impairment in Alabama. You would be hard-pressed to find a driver today that isn’t aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but DUI and DWI accidents remain some of the most devastating despite the fact that drunk driving is illegal.

Speeding

Speeding exponentially increases the odds of injuries or fatalities in an accident. ALDOT reported that speeding is the top contributing factor in fatal crashes in the state. According to NHTSA, approximately 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes are related to speeding, and the cost of is estimated to be $52 billion.

Bad Weather

Flooding, severe wind, and rain are uncommon in large areas of Alabama and Mississippi, especially when a hurricane strikes. In those situations, road conditions can turn dangerous in an instant.

Mechanical Malfunctions or Poor Maintenance

If regular maintenance isn’t performed on important parts like brakes, steering, or suspension systems, it can be extremely dangerous. Due attention should be paid to broken or malfunctioning parts to reduce the potential for wreck.

Most Frequent Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Your mind may race if you are involved in a car crash. You may feel scared or confused. As hard as it may be to collect your thoughts, you first instinct should be to check on the physical status of everyone inside of your vehicle. There are wide variety of injuries that can be sustained in an accident and not all of them may be immediately obvious.

The following injuries are commonly sustained after being involved in a car accident:

Internal injuries frequently occur in car accidents and it is wise for all occupants involved in a collision to seek professional medical care as soon as possible whenever the symptoms arise.

Related: Watch Out for These Hidden Injuries After a Car Crash

If You Are Hurt, Seek Medical Help

Getting medical help is crucial for developing a personal injury claim. If you wait to get medical help and issues develop later, insurance companies may try to deny you financial compensation by saying that because you would have gone to the doctor right away if your injuries were truly serious. Don’t let insurance adjustors get away with those excuses. If your injuries were slow to appear, you should still seek medical treatment as soon as you can.

If you are filing a personal injury claim in Mississippi, the statute of limitations is three years. In Alabama, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident.

Be sure to file your claim before these deadlines. If you miss the deadline, your car accident case likely will be dismissed in court. If you have any questions about the statute of limitations in your state, your injuries, or filing a claim on time, contact experienced auto accident attorneys.

If you are filing a personal injury claim in Mississippi, the statute of limitations is three years. In Alabama, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

Auto accidents can change your life in an instant. If you or a loved one has been injured in motor vehicle accident in Alabama or Mississippi, the experienced attorneys at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the fair compensation in which you may be entitled to.

Our track record of testimonials speaks for itself. When a company driver was using a cell phone and caused a horrific crash, we reached an $8.5 million settlement for the victim. In another, we settled on $3.5 million for the victim of a truck driving incident.

Our team strongly believes that irresponsible drivers need to be held accountable for their actions. With this in mind, we are dedicated to fighting for your compensation benefits, including:

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys fights for car accident victims in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, and throughout Alabama and Mississippi. To find out how we can help, please call 251-888-8888. Or you can schedule a no-obligation, free consultation with a member of our legal team by completing the free case evaluation form.

References

Alabama Department of Transportation. (n.d.) Drive Safe Alabama. Retrieved from https://drivesafealabama.org/serious-stats/

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (n.d.) State Traffic Safety Info. Retrieved from https://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2017, October). Drowsy Driving 2015. Retrieved from https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812446

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2018, March). National Traffic Speeds Survey III: 2015. Retrieved from https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/traffic_tech/812489_tt-national-traffic-speeds-survey-iii-2015.pdf

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

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