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Types of Car Accidents

Posted by Harlene Labrum | Nov 16, 2020

Every car accident in the state of Tennessee will have different facts and circumstances that will impact the insurance claim process, the investigation, and even whether or not a lawsuit will need to be filed. Understanding the differences between different types of car accidents can help you understand how the legal process works and ensure your legal rights remain protected. If you experienced any injuries or losses as a result of any type of car accident in Tennessee, consider contacting our experienced car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 for a free consultation today.

Head-On Car Accidents

If a vehicle swerves into an oncoming lane of traffic or is driving on the wrong side of the road, it may lead to a head-on car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on car crashes in rural areas account for 13% of all fatalities and account for 7% in urban areas. As anyone can imagine, these types of car accidents often have fatalities associated with them as well as other serious injuries. Make sure you always visit a healthcare professional after any type of car accident for a medical evaluation and to receive proper treatment.

Rollover Accidents

Certain vehicles have a greater propensity and risk to roll over than other vehicles. Larger SUVs and vans often tip to one side or rollover completely as a result of their higher center of gravity. However, in some cases, rollover accidents happen with passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks as well. Any time a driver swerves in an attempt to avoid an accident, debris, or even animals on the roadway, a rollover accident can occur. In some cases, if the roof of the vehicle caves in, the manufacturer may also have liability under product liability laws for a defective or poorly manufactured vehicle part and/or component. Rollover accidents often have high rates of serious injuries and fatalities.

T-Bone Accidents

A T-bone accident occurs when one vehicle directly crashes into another vehicle in a perpendicular way such that a “T” is formed, hence the name - T-bone accident. These types of accidents often occur at intersections when one driver fails to fully stop at a stop sign or a red light. Because the sides of vehicles are never as strong or reinforce as well as the front or back of a vehicle, these types of car crashes tend to have a greater risk of death or severe injuries.

Sideswiping Accidents

Sideswiping accidents can occur on highways at high rates of speed when one driver attempts to merge into another lane or into oncoming traffic without fully checking their surroundings for other drivers. Any time a driver enters a roadway or needs to change lanes, they should check all of their mirrors and blind spots in order to ensure that it is safe to enter a different lane of traffic. The failure to do so often results in two vehicles colliding at high rates of speed resulting in devastating injuries or fatalities.

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident in the United States, and account for 29% of all car accidents, according to research provided through the United States Department of Transportation. While many people think that rear-end accidents are only minor fender-benders, the truth is that these types of car accidents often lead to serious injuries including severe whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, broken/fractured bones, internal organ damage, soft tissue damage, and even death.

Single-Car Accidents

In some cases, only one vehicle is involved in an accident. It is important to note that even if one vehicle is involved in a car accident, the driver may not necessarily be at fault for the accident. If a driver attempts to avoid debris in the roadway that fell from a commercial truck in front of them or attempts to swerve out of the way from a vehicle driving into an oncoming lane, the driver may not be liable or responsible for their own injuries and losses. If a government entity failed to correct a pothole or left debris from a construction project near or on a highway, a government entity may be responsible for the injuries and losses of the victim involved in the single-car accident. If a commercial truck failed to properly secure cargo that fell, causing the driver to swerve and suffer injuries from an accident, the commercial truck or trucking company may remain liable for injuries and losses to the victim. If you experienced a single-car accident, visit with the experienced car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm to help better understand who you may have a right to hold responsible for this type of car accident.

Multiple-Car Accidents

Multiple-car accidents, also known as multiple-car pileups, are some of the most dangerous types of car accidents on the roadways. These car accidents involve three or more vehicles crashing in a chain of events. These types of car accidents can be incredibly dangerous and include many serious injuries and loss of life. The investigations involved in these types of accidents are often legally complex and challenging. Visiting with a car accident attorney can help you better understand all of your legal options if you suffered injuries as a result of a multiple-car accident in Tennessee.

Contact an Experienced Nashville Car Accident Attorney Today

No matter what type of car accident you experienced, any injuries or losses that resulted directly from another person's negligence allows a victim to receive compensation under the law. You may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages, property losses, and non-economic losses such as pain and suffering. Learn more about your legal rights and the amount of compensation you may have a legal right to pursue regarding any type of car accident by contacting our experienced Nashville car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 today for a free consultation.

About the Author

Harlene Labrum

Harlene is focused and passionate about helping those injured in car wrecks.  She earned her J.D. at Nashville School of Law and her Bachelor's degree at State University of New York at Albany, awarded with the highest GPA and high honors.  Harlene began her career in law as a personal injury par...

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