Car accidents are frightening, but in many cases, they can be prevented. Most accidents are exacerbated by factors such as location, weather conditions, the condition of the vehicle, and whether or not the driver was under the influence of illicit or prescription medications. A New Orleans car accident attorney can assist you in getting justice for any of these accidents.
Car Accident Types
The term “car accident” can refer to a wide range of collisions from minor to fatal, and can include pedestrians, drivers, and passengers.
Rollover Car Accidents
These can occur for a variety of reasons. The first one is if a car veers off the road and hits a patch of soft ground, such as soil, causing the wheel to dig into the ground. When the driver attempts to compensate to get back on the road, the car flips over the tire that hit the patch. It can also occur when a driver is trying to avoid a road hazard and turns the car too abruptly. Other causes can be driving on a steep hill, offroad driving, or the car veering off the road and hitting a guardrail over the front tires. While these are rarer, they are often more fatal and dangerous than other car accidents.
Rear-End Car Accidents
These can range from fender-benders to severe crashes. While in most cases the driver behind the struck vehicle is at fault, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Reversing without ensuring the space is clear to back into it.
- Having faulty brake lights. This is why you must check the lights on your vehicle, and replace any that are not working immediately.
- Baiting a tailgater to slow down. If someone is tailgating you, you must gently tap on your brakes to indicate that you will begin to slow down, and then slowly decrease the vehicle’s speed. If you are a driver who doesn’t give at least a three-second space between you and the car in front of you, reconsider your driving habits. If you’re caught antagonizing another driver, then you may be at fault for hitting their car. The easiest solution is to move to an open lane.
These can occur when a driver runs through a red light and crashes into a left-turning driver who had the right-of-way. Without a left-turn arrow, drivers may also attempt to make a left turn at a green light in heavy traffic areas instead of waiting for the next round of light changes. This increases their chance of being hit by oncoming traffic.
Side-Impact Car Accidents
Sometimes these come in the form of “T-bone” accidents, where another vehicle hits the vehicle’s side. The force can push the struck car into further danger, such as into the middle of an intersection or off the road. Other forms of side-impact accidents include side-swiping, which results when a driver changes lanes without checking to make sure the lane is clear.
Common Car Accident Injuries
A car accident attorney in New Orleans will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical bills and lost wages due to a number of injuries you may have sustained during your accident.
Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries
This encompasses all injuries from cuts and bruises on the face and scalp, to severe injuries such as concussions and brain trauma. People who have been injured their spine may have broken vertebrae, or the spinal cord itself might be damaged. Whiplash is a very common neck injury that can be mild to severe.
Injuries To Joints
Knees can be crushed from the impact of being thrust into the dashboard, and shoulders, wrists, and elbows can be severely injured from slamming into doors, center consoles, or other seats in the car.
Seatbelts have been proven to be safe and effective for keeping people alive after car accidents, but the force of hitting them can cause capillaries in the stomach and lungs to burst, which leads to internal bleeding.
A New Orleans personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable and compassionate will help you recover the damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, and physical therapy and hospital bills. Call our office today to learn more about how we can help you.