Types of Car Accidents in Carroll County
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality that most drivers will either witness or experience first hand at some point in their lives. Even the most responsible, experienced drivers can get into serious accidents as the result of weather, poor decisions on another driver’s behalf, hazardous road conditions, and other uncontrollable factors.
The severity of a victim’s injuries often depends on the type of car accident they were involved in. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are roughly 1.3 fatal accidents for every 100 million miles traveled in the United States. The following are some of the car accident types that occur most frequently:
- Rear-end collisions: These occur when the front of one vehicle hits the rear of another vehicle. Rear-end collisions often occur when one car comes to a sudden stop. The most common injury in a rear-end collision is whiplash, although victims can suffer more serious injuries if a motorist is driving at an excessive speed. The driver that rear-ended the other vehicle is usually at fault.
- Vehicle rollovers: These often occur when a vehicle approaches a sharp curve at too high of a speed. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are particularly vulnerable to rollover accidents because they have a higher center of gravity.
- Head-on collisions: By far one of the most devastating types of wrecks, head-on collisions occur when two vehicles going in opposite directions hit each other head on. Due to the nature of the accident, head-on collisions often involve severe, and even fatal injuries as well as massive property damage.
- Multi-vehicle accidents: When there is a car accident, particularly if it occurs on a busy highway, other cars may try to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting the vehicles involved. If other cars in the vicinity are unable to avoid the accident, it can quickly turn into a multi-vehicle accident.
- Negligent driver accidents: Serious accidents can occur when a driver makes poor, irresponsible choices when they get behind the wheel. Speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and reckless driving are just a few examples of negligent driving behavior that can cause serious car accidents.
- Hit and run accidents: When someone flees the scene of a hit and run accident, it can endanger the lives of the other victim(s) involved if there have been serious injuries. If another victim suffered a head, neck, or back injury, they may be physically unable to call for help. If the injuries are extreme and the other victim does not survive, criminal charges may be filed against the person who left the scene.
Carroll County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of All Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our car accident lawyers in Carroll County at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.