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What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

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Car accidents frequently happen on United States roadways. While most of these crashes are not fatal, some can cause severe damage to your car and result in life-changing injuries. Therefore, understanding these types of accidents can help you learn how to avoid them to reduce the chance of being involved.

But if you’re involved in a car crash due to another driver’s negligence, remember to call the law office of Schwimer Weinstein for legal advice and guidance. Here are some of the most common car accidents you should be aware of.

Rear-End Accidents

Statistically, rear-end crashes account for 29 percent of accidents. These collisions occur when a vehicle tailgates or follows another vehicle too closely. If the front vehicle abruptly slows down or stops at the traffic lights, a rear-end accident is inevitable. This accident can also occur when the traffic suddenly slows.

Rear-end collisions can be avoided by keeping a reasonable distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Also, avoid driving when intoxicated and don’t be distracted, especially in high-traffic areas.

Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe collisions occur when one vehicle scrapes the side of another car, traveling either in the same or opposite direction. This accident can happen when one driver is drunk or distracted and sways to the wrong lane. 

To prevent sideswipe accidents, don’t be distracted or drive under the influence of illicit substances. You also should always pay attention to the road.

U-Turn Accidents

These types of accidents occur when a driver negligently makes a left U-turn. They can also occur due to a driver making a U-turn where it’s not permitted or without checking the traffic flow first. U-turn accidents can be avoided by carefully turning, especially at intersections, and observing the necessary traffic rules.

T-Bone Accidents

T-bone accidents, also called side-traffic accidents, often occur when a vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These crashes commonly occur around intersections when a negligent driver ignores a traffic stop sign while another vehicle navigates the intersection.A T-bone accident can also happen if a driver turns left without paying attention to the oncoming traffic. T-bone accidents can be prevented by following traffic laws and being more cautious when navigating intersections.

Turn-On Red Accidents

Turn-on red accidents happen when drivers turn left or right at a red traffic light. Most of these accidents are observed immediately after the light changes to red. Thus, being cautious when driving through a red light is important. It is advisable to wait for a few seconds before making a turn.

Contact Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorneys

While there are several preventative measures you can employ to help prevent car accidents, it’s not a guarantee that will avoid crashes. So if you are involved in a road accident due to another person’s negligence, the law office of Schwimer Weinstein can help.

Call us at (310) 957-2700 to discuss your case with our Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorneys, Michael Schwimer and Zev Weinstein.

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