Types of Car Accidents in Harford County
Car accidents can be extremely stressful and traumatic, especially when there are serious injuries and property damage involved. Following the rules of the road and making smart, responsible choices behind the wheel can help drivers avoid being involved in a car wreck.
Unfortunately, whether an accident is due to poor road conditions caused by inclement weather, or another driver’s bad choices, some accidents cannot be avoided. According to the National Safety Council, nearly 40,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2016.
The severity of a victim’s injuries often depends on the type of car accident in which they were involved. 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 accidents, 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 wreck, 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.
Harford County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent All Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our Harford County car accident lawyers 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.