Wherever cars can travel, there can be an accident. It doesn’t matter
if driving in a parking lot, parked on the side of a street, pulling out
of a driveway, on a main road, side road, or if driving on a highway,
the chances of being in an accident truly exist.
Experienced Kingston motor vehicle accident attorneys know that some drivers chose to driver in a manner inconsistent with traffic
laws or in ways otherwise inconsistent with the care that reasonable and
prudent drivers use when operating a motor vehicle.
While there are countless ways for accidents to happen, motor vehicle collisions
can still be reduced to several lowest common denominator types: rear
end car accidents; side impact car accidents; head-on car accidents; and
lane change and sideswipe car accidents.
Rear End Car Accidents
The experience of our knowledgeable motor vehicle collision attorneys reveals
that rear end car accidents typically happen when drivers fail to pay
attention and or fail to exercise reasonable care while driving. For example,
when drivers “tail gate” other motorists, there might not
be enough time to break when the front vehicle slows down or suddenly
stops. The rear vehicle ends up colliding with the vehicle in front of
it. Other times, the rear vehicle driver is simply not paying attention
and fails to notice that the front vehicle has slowed down or stopped.
Sometimes, the vehicles are stopped at a red light and the rear vehicle
accelerates faster than the front vehicle and ends up rear ending the
Side Impact Car Accidents
car accidents happen to be one of the scarier and devastating types of accidents. This
is because there is less of a “buffer” zone between the vehicle
occupant and the car colliding with him or her. Additionally, the side
windows are closer to the vehicle occupants as compared to the front and
rear windows. Of course, many vehicles still do not have side/door airbags.
As you know, many side impact car accidents occur when one driver makes
a left hand turn in front of oncoming traffic. But they can also occur
in intersections when one driver runs a red light and broadsides a vehicle
passing through the intersection.
Head-on Car Accidents
Head-on car accidents are probably the scariest and produce the highest
degree of injury. These accidents often result in fatalities. Even if
wearing a seat belt, there may still be fatalities. Moreover, the equipment
that saves lives, such as seatbelts and airbags, will still injure the
victim of the collision.
Head-on car accidents typically occur from driver inattention, drowsy driving,
falling asleep at the wheel, driving while drunk, “buzzed”
driving, and or when a driver is under the influence of prescribed or
Experienced Kingston motor vehicle accident attorneys also know that roads
are sometimes poorly designed and or lack appropriate signage. When these
factors are present, drivers can become confused and end up driving on
the wrong side of a road, at which point a head on collision occurs. In
these instances, the municipality and or government entity charged with
designing and or caring for the road can be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
Lane Change and Sideswipe Car Accidents
These types of motor vehicle accidents usually go hand in hand because
they often occur when a motorist is changing lanes; however, a sideswipe
accident can occur in other ways, such as when a vehicle is traveling
too close to cars parked on the side of a road.
With that said, sideswipe car accidents more often occur when a motorist
changes land abruptly and runs into the motorist traveling in an adjacent
lane. Failing to look and to see that there is to be seen is often the
motorist’s error. Failing to signal can attribute to these accidents
as well and so too can changing lanes while in an intersection or under
a traffic light.