Even the safest, most skilled drivers may find themselves involved in an accident at some point during their lives. While many car crashes involve driver negligence, they can also result from poor road conditions. Some may even be caused by vehicle defects or lack of maintenance. These factors can lead to the following motor vehicle accidents, which cause both major and minor issues for victims.
Rear-end collisions are a perfect example of what happens when motorists don’t use safe driving practices. Drivers must make sure there is a two-second cushion between their vehicles and the one in front of them. When weather is bad, this cushion must be expanded to four seconds. This leaves ample time to avoid a crash in case the lead vehicle stops unexpectedly.
Head-on collisions carry the greatest risk of serious injuries, especially when vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed. They often occur when drivers are distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They can also happen when a driver takes a wrong turn and heads down a one-way street.
An alarming number of motorists continue to drive with numerous distractions. Texting while driving is most dangerous, as it occupies the drivers hands, eyes, and mind as they compose or read messages. However, eating while driving, playing with the radio, or even daydreaming behind the wheel are equally dangerous. A second of inattention can result in a life-changing accident and may even cause loss of life.
Driving under the influence is an extremely hazardous driving behavior. Alcohol dulls the senses and impairs response time, which means inebriated drivers are unable to make safe decisions behind the wheel. They may also drive at high rates of speed, which increases the intensity of the damage.
Hit and Run
Hit and run accidents illustrate the importance of having the right insurance coverage, which can pay for repair costs to your vehicle when the other driver can’t be found. After a hit and run, remain on the scene, and provide as much information as possible to the police. Remaining on the scene also spares you a possible penalty, as you could be charged for leaving the scene of an accident if you attempt to go after the other driver.
No matter what type of accident you’re involved in, Hinkle Law Offices has the knowledge to help. We’ve handled a wide range of auto accidents in the past. Our attorneys have also represented motorcyclists injured by distracted drivers, as well as victims of major accidents involving commercial trucks.