Car accidents are pretty prevalent, with harmful and fatal consequences. Here we will discuss the most fatal type of car accident, the causes, and compensation.
Two car accidents are never the same due to many reasons. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recorded over 33,000 deaths in motor vehicle crashes in 2019. Many factors determine an accident's severity.
However, knowing the dangerous types of accidents can help you change your driving habits. That's why this article covers the most fatal kind of car accident. In it, our Miami car accident lawyers discuss the top 6 dangerous accidents to note. We'll also cover how to seek financial compensation after a fatal crash in Miami.
There are many reasons why a fatal car accident can occur. Most times, it begins with minor driving conditions. Below are some of the common causes.
There are different types of fatal car accidents. However, it is essential to note that these high-impact crashes result in severe injuries or fatalities to drivers and passengers.
A single-car collision involves just a vehicle. Although a car on its own might not seem so dangerous, it can result in a fatal crash if it runs off the road or collides with a stationary object. Sometimes, a single-vehicle accident can result in a pedestrian accident or involve a bicyclist. A common cause of a single-vehicle collision is distracted driving. As stated in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, distracted drivers are responsible for over 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries each year.
Additionally, a driver going beyond the speed limit can quickly lose control of the car, especially in bad weather or low-light conditions. Another common cause of single-vehicle collisions is driving under the influence.
When two vehicles hit each other from opposite directions, it is known as a head-on accident. It is a fatal car accident type due to the force of impact. Even at a low speed, when two vehicles hit each other, they exert a lot of pressure on each other. In 2019, head-on collisions were responsible for 10.9% of auto accidents in the United States.
Head-on accidents are not as common as rear-end accidents, and negligent drivers cause them. For example, a driver swerves into oncoming traffic or enters the wrong lane. Some severe injuries that could occur due to this type of accident are spinal cord damage, brain stem injury, limb amputation, head injuries, whiplash, etc.
According to a report, there are about 1.7 million rear-end accidents each year in the United States, with over 500,000 injuries. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents. Sometimes, rear-end accidents don't lead to fatal injuries.
However, it is essential for a driver involved in a rear-end collision to seek medical treatment immediately. You may not realize your injuries until days or weeks later when you start experiencing symptoms.
A common injury from this type of crash is whiplash. However, its effects are not noticeable immediately, so seeking medical care is essential. The most common cause of a rear collision is distracted driving.
Rollover collisions are not common, but they're still responsible for 10% of occupant’s death in passenger vehicle crashes. Passengers in a rollover accident are usually ejected partially or entirely. It could cause passengers to be trapped under vehicles and suffer fatal injuries.
Some vehicles, especially those narrow or heavy, are more likely to roll over. It is also common in single-vehicle accidents. Speeding, aggressive driving, and drunk driving are common factors that can cause a rollover car accident.
This is also known as angle collisions and is responsible for 18.2% of fatal motor vehicle crashes. T-bone accidents occur when a car slams frontward into another vehicle's side. It is pretty dangerous because the vehicle might be hitting the other vehicle at a high rate of speed. This type of accident can push the impacted automobile into a traffic lane, causing multi-vehicle accidents.
T-bone crashes occur when a driver is going beyond maximum speed limits. Sometimes, the driver tries to make a changing light and might not make it in time, therefore speeding through a red right.
There's a high chance that the cars driving perpendicular to the speeding vehicle might begin to go through the green. At this point, a T-bone accident can occur. The person at the side of the impact suffers severe injuries that might cause their death.
The fatality rates for this type of collision are pretty high. Multiple vehicle pileups start with two vehicles. However, it could soon affect more cars. This crash type is common on major roads, although it can also occur on minor roads.
One situation that can lead to a multi-vehicle accident is traffic congestion during peak hours. As a result, drivers get restless, and it could cause reckless driving. Then a driver strikes another from behind, sending it into another and creating a multi-reaction collision.
Additionally, inclement weather conditions can cause this type of crash. This is common in foggy conditions or during heavy rainfall. The low visibility causes vehicles to bump into each other, so it's better to avoid driving in such situations or avoid speeding.
Accident victims either die instantly or while undergoing treatment. However, some remain alive for days or weeks before succumbing to their injury. Some of the crash wounds that may cause death are:
A fatal collision could cause the victim or/and at-fault driver's death. The victim's legal beneficiaries can file a compensation claim where the person dies, but the negligent party survives. If they succeed, they are entitled to the following compensation:
To pursue a wrongful death claim, work with a wrongful death attorney. A lawyer will handle the legal process and secure maximum compensation through a settlement or court judgment.
Losing a loved love to a fatal car crash is tough. It is more hurtful when someone else's negligence caused the accident. Thankfully, the law allows legal beneficiaries to recover financial compensation. While the money won't bring back your loved ones, it will help offset the bills they left behind.
Our personal injury attorneys at VG Law Group, LLP have experience recovering financial compensation after a fatal crash in Miami. We'll help you get a decent settlement from the negligent party. We are available to answer any questions you have. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.