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Common Car Accidents in Florida

Florida rates as one of the most dangerous states for drivers and other road users dues to the high number of car accidents that occur each year. Car accidents happen so frequently that almost every driver has been involved in or witnessed a car accident. The injuries resulting from an accident depend on the type of accident and the level of impact. Some of the common types of car accidents in Florida include:

Side- Impact Collisions

The alternative name for side-impact collisions is broadside or T-bone accidents. A side-impact collision occurs when a vehicle crashes head-on into the side of another vehicle. Mainly, these collisions occur when a vehicle driver loses control of their vehicle while crossing a multi-lane or an intersection.

Side-impact collisions mainly occur due to drivers’ failure to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. Other leading causes of the collisions are distracted driving, running the red light, speeding, and making unsafe cross-traffic left turns.

Injuries sustained by victims of side-impact collisions are usually extensive compared to others. This is because the side of a vehicle offers a narrow layer of protection to vehicle occupants.

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is the most common type of car accident in Florida. This type of accident occurs when the rear vehicle hits the back of the lead vehicles. A rear-end collision may occur if one vehicle follows another too closely, and the lead vehicle makes an abrupt stop. Most people assume that a rear-end collision is always the rear driver’s fault, but this isn’t always the case. In rear-end collisions, liability is not automatic; the lead driver could also be at fault for the accident.

The lead driver could cause a rear-end accident by pulling in front of another car or braking suddenly. The lead could also be liable if he or she reverses his or her car into the vehicle behind. Driving with broken taillights could lead to rear-end collisions because the rear vehicle may not know when the lead vehicle is about to stop.

The rear driver could also cause a rear-end accident by following the vehicle behind too closely. Florida laws require drivers to leave ample space for vehicles in front to be able to stop if necessary. However, the law does not define a specific safe distance. The safe distance will depend on the road conditions and other factors. Therefore, it would be wise not to follow too closely in wet road conditions, loose gravel, wet road conditions, and heavier vehicle weight.

Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles strike each other on the front. This accident may occur when one or both vehicle drivers fail to use their travel lanes. When a head-on collision occurs, the impact is high, and the injuries sustained by victims are often fatal. The injuries are more extensive if both vehicles were at high speeds at the time of impact.  A head-on collision may also occur if a driver makes a left turn in front of oncoming traffic. Failure to yield a right-of-way to oncoming vehicles could lead to this type of accident.

Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe accidents often occur in situations that require vehicles to travel closer to each other. Sideswipe accidents occur when two cars collide while moving in the same direction. In a sideswipe accident, occupants of both vehicles may sustain soft tissue injuries. Extensive injuries may occur if one or both drivers lose control after an impact. The risk of sideswipe accidents increases while merging or lining up of vehicles traveling in the same direction at high speed.

Rollover Vehicle Accidents

A rollover accident occurs when a car tips over onto its side or roof. When a rollover accident occurs, the fatality rate is high. Rollover car accidents may happen when a driver loses control of a vehicle or when a driver engages in risky or high-speed driving. Other causes of rollover car accidents include collisions with other vehicles or objects on the road.

In a rollover accident, the vehicle’s motion could lead to multiple impacts between different vehicle parts and your body. Therefore, severe injuries, like neck and spinal injuries may result. Other common injuries in rollover accidents are internal injuries and broken bones.

Being involved in a car accident might alter your life in many ways. Extensive injuries could result in permanent disabilities or disfigurement. You may have to take some time off work until you recover. If the accident was due to the negligence of another person or entity, you could seek compensation for your damages. Shrader Law, PLLC can evaluate your case and help you seek compensation.

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