No matter how much effort you put into avoiding them, car accidents can happen at any time. For example, imagine driving through Salt Lake City on your way to work. You follow the same route every day and even stop at the same place for a bagel and coffee. Most of the time, you even get caught at the same red light a block away from your destination. While commuting to and from work seems like a never-ending monotony, it only takes one second for another driver to make a mistake and hit you.
In general, there are four main causes of car accidents of which drivers should be aware. By understanding the common types of collisions, you have a better chance of avoiding any accidents.
According the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions make up approximately 29 percent of all car accidents. Most of the time, these kinds of wrecks occur because drivers took their eyes off the road. Distractions like cell phones, passenger conversations and even changing the radio station are frequently the cause of rear-end collisions.
Hydroplaning is another common cause of car accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers do not take the proper precautions when it's rainy or there is standing water on the road. Driving too fast when the road is wet often causes the car to hydroplane. When this happens, the tires of the car are not actually in contact with the road. This leaves drivers helpless until they are able to regain control of their vehicles.
Unfortunately, local wildlife does not care one wit for traffic laws. This means that you should expect them to dash into the road at any time. While a squirrel might not cause much damage, a large animal like a deer can cause serious problems. Also, a loose animal in the street may cause another car to try to avoid it. Instead, it might veer into your lane, causing a wreck.
Have you been in a side-impact, or "T-bone," accident? These wrecks typically occur when one driver violates the right-of-way and slams into the side of another car. Frequent sites of side-impact collisions are intersections with stop signs or red lights. Drivers pull out into traffic without looking or even while making a left turn. Second only to head-on collisions, these types of wrecks are very dangerous. The only protection separating the driver and passengers from the force of the impact are the car doors.
If you have been the victim of a negligent driver, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and the damages to your car. If you have problems with the claim,e.g., the insurance company denies it or tries to low-ball their offer, you can take legal action to fight for the compensation you deserve.