Automobile Accidents

Car accidents can result in serious injuries, disability, and emotional and financial distress. Insurance companies are trying to pay you the least they can, regardless of the care that you may need. The car accident attorneys at Sweet Law Group will get you the compensation you need to pay for costly medical bills, loss of income, disability, and other unexpected damages.

Common Types of Car Accidents

Traffic has undoubtedly increased over the past few years, especially in urban areas. This increase in traffic contributes to the uprising of car crashes and on the road fatalities. Some of the most common car accidents faced on-the-road include:

  • Rear-end collisions → when one vehicle rear ends another vehicle while driving
  • Parked car accidents → when hitting a parked car, it is important to leave a note with contact information, take pictures/videos of the scene, and look for witnesses
  • T-bone accidents → when the front of a car collides into the side of another vehicle, creating a “T” shape
  • Sideswipes → when two vehicles are driving in the same direction alongside one another, and the sides of the vehicles “swipe” together
  • Hit-and-runs → when a driver involved in an accident leaves the scene (can result in serious criminal charges)
  • Low-speed collisions → not all accidents happen at high speeds; these are collisions under ten (10) MPH

Each type of car accident is an outcome of either negligent driving, human error, or from natural and unavoidable conditions.

 

Common Causes and Injuries in Car Collisions

The increased collision and fatality rates from car accidents are due to a variety of things. Reasons for car crashes can range from texting while driving, to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted and reckless driving, weather conditions, and much more.

Depending on the severity of the crash, injuries can range from scratches and bruises to broken bones and even wrongful death. Some of the most common injuries from car crashes include whiplash, neck and back pain, head and brain injuries, and emotional trauma. These physical and emotional damages can result in long-term medical care, surgical procedures, and other medical attention; incurring high medical bills that you may not be able to cover if you are unable to work.

 

What We Can Recover

Sometimes, it is difficult to tell who is at fault in an accident. When this is the case, the common-law doctrine of comparative negligence (or comparative fault) comes into play. In the United States, even if you are partially at fault for a collision, you can recover for damages. Our experienced car accident attorneys will use witnesses and reconstruction experts to build a solid case for you. If the other person involved in the accident doesn’t have insurance, we can check to see if you have the “uninsured motorist,” or UM, clause in your insurance policy. With this clause, your insurance will step into the shoes of the negligent driver without coverage, and compensate you for damages. Your insurance rates will not be affected.

 

What to Do After a Car Accident

When involved in a car accident, people often forget the steps they need to take in order to protect themselves from insurance fraud, inadequate compensation, and other damages. Follow these simple guidelines if you ever find yourself in an auto accident:

  • Most importantly, get medical attention if you have been hurt
  • Go to a safe place to prevent further damage or injury
  • Collect as much information as possible: insurance and contact information of people involved in the accident, pictures/videos of vehicles involved, documentation of fault, and whatever else that can be used for evidence
  • File a police report or incident report by calling 911
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer at Sweet Law Group

Following these steps after an auto accident will help you stay safe, both physically and legally. Do not discuss the details of the accident with the other party’s insurance company or attorney, or the adjuster. Instruct them to speak to your attorney and provide them with your attorney’s contact information, instead. Let our experienced car accident lawyers take care of the back and forth communication between insurance companies. If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, call Sweet Law Group at (800) 203-3061 for a free case evaluation.

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