Written on Apr 21, 2014 9:50:00 AM
Common Auto Accidents Aren’t As Black And White As You Might Think
Even in circumstances where auto accident fault may seem clear, there is a broad range of contributing factors that you may not have considered before, all of which can work together in creating the perfect conditions for a collision to occur.
This occurs with virtually any type of accident, including the most common low-speed impacts and T-bone impacts. By knowing everything that can play in to an accident, you can create a better record at accident sites and build a stronger case when seeking compensation.
Probably the most common type of auto accident in Florida, low-speed impacts typically occur during bumper-to-bumper traffic or in slow speed, residential areas. As so many things affect traffic conditions during low-speed congestion, establishing accurate fault for an accident is often difficult. For one, improper use of brakes and poor timing can result in these “fender-bender” accidents. A split-second distraction can also cause these accidents, such as drivers changing the radio station or responding to a cell phone call. In these traffic conditions, it’s important to give the road your full and undivided attention.
After a low-speed impact, no matter the speed or severity, you’ll want to make a comprehensive log of the accident, including information on both your own vehicle and others. Deal with any injuries you or those involved have received, and contact an auto accident attorney right away. If you choose to seek legal action regarding your low-speed collision, getting professional representation is almost required to get the compensation you need.
Too often, these cases fail because crash victims feel they can handle their case proceedings themselves, or they choose an auto accident attorney without the proper experience or skills to present their case. As we state in the title of this blog article, these common accidents are not often “black and white;” fault can always be contested or changed given consideration to unique circumstances, such as road visibility and weather conditions. Find the right accident attorney to represent your case, and get the quality representation you need to prove your case in court.
“T-Bone,” Intersectional Impacts
Similar to low-speed impacts, a wide range of factors influences intersectional collisions; they aren’t as “black and white” as many believe. Also known as “T-bone” collisions, these accidents typically occur when a driver runs through a red light or stop sign, negligent of turning traffic. In Florida, they occur most commonly between cars using a left-turn lane and oncoming vehicles in the opposite lane. When out in daily traffic, you can only control your own vehicle, not those of other, reckless drivers.
While primarily caused by driver negligence, these collisions can also be influenced by driver impairment, fatigue, roadside distractions and weather conditions. Something as simple as speeding through a yellow stoplight can result in these collisions. As with any other type of accident, establishing fault in these cases can be a tricky situation. Did the other driver use their turn signals properly? Was I running through a turn on a red light, or did I miss a stop sign? While they may seem insignificant, these little factors can all result in an intersectional auto accident.
Immediately after an intersectional collision, we recommend that drivers take a highly detailed account of road conditions, vehicle damage, involved parties, visibility and traffic conditions; basically, anything that could have influenced the collision. Doing so will reinforce an official police report as evidence should you choose to go to court over your accident. Speak with an auto accident attorney right away about the details of your case. These legal professionals can help your claims hold in court, and ultimately get you the compensation you need after an intersectional auto accident.
Rear, Side and Frontal Impacts
Due to the very nature of rear accidents, fault in these collisions can almost always be attributed to the other driver. In these cases, distraction plays the largest role; distraction, for whatever reason, of the other driver who rear-ends the front vehicle. However, while distraction is the most common cause, this is not necessarily always the case. As with any other auto accident, a myriad of things can contribute to a rear collision, such as road conditions, weather and driver emotions. Gathering all the information you can on your crash, and having professional legal representation, can help you case stand in court, and get you the compensation you need for damages and any injuries you may have received.
Frontal and side auto collisions, also caused by a wide range of possible factors, often result in the most serious injuries of any accident type listed here. These collisions can be with another car, trees and light poles, or virtually anything else on (and off) the road. In these cases, you’ll still want to take note of everything at the accident site; your car’s damage, damage to building or outside objects, road conditions and witnesses. Present this information to a professional auto accident attorney immediately after the collision, and you’ll stand a much better chance of succeeding with legal action.
Fault can often be unclear in Florida auto accidents. Frequent traffic, road construction and fluctuating summer weather patterns can all play a role in auto accidents, and place you and your family in a high-stress situation afterwards. Don’t make the mistake of handling a claim on your own. Contact a compassionate, effective auto accident attorney today to represent you and your case professionally, and get you the compensation you need to get back on your feet after an auto accident.