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Five Most Common Types of Car Accidents

The Common Causes of Automobile Accidents in Colorado

Since its invention, the automobile has come a long way, but car accidents still happen. Even with stricter traffic laws and modern vehicles armed with innovative safety features, road crashes are still an unfortunate reality.

Even the most careful driver is bound to face a car accident—whether a minor fender bender or a fatal crash. While there’s no way to avoid car crashes altogether, knowing the five most common types can help even the odds.

1. Parked Car Accidents

Parked cars are prone to damage, just like moving vehicles. Although often minor scrapes, no one likes strolling through the parking lot to discover a dinged-up vehicle. Ways to avoid this issue are:

● Parking further away

● Don’t park near any intersections or on a busy street

● Park in a garage when possible

2. Rear-End Accidents

While rear-end collisions aren’t typically fatal motor vehicle crashes, they are prevalent. These collisions often happen when a car follows a vehicle from behind too closely, known as tailgating. Then, suddenly, the other vehicle might abruptly stop, and a collision occurs.

The easiest way to avoid these incidents is to give the car in front of you plenty of space. If a vehicle is tailgating your vehicle, you can also let them pass. Also, make sure not to get distracted. In slow-moving traffic, it’s easy to go into “auto-pilot” mode. Instead, stay alert and responsive.

3. Head-On Collisions

When people hear “car accidents,” they think of head-on collisions. Unfortunately, head-on collisions are still common and can cause fatal accidents. They can mainly be deadly at high speeds and may result in permanent physical damage such as traumatic brain injuries.

Many factors might lead to head-on collisions, including:

● Distracted driving

● Intoxicated driving

● Not following the rules of the road

● Poor road/weather conditions

4. Single-Vehicle Incidents

A single-vehicle car accident might include hitting debris, animals, road barriers, poles, traffic cones, etc. Sometimes they might be minor, like hitting a pole when backing out of a parking spot. Other times, however, they can be fatal crashes like driving off the road and rolling over. Avoid these crashes by:

● Only driving during good weather

● Always drive carefully and take extra time backing out

● Don’t engage in distracted driving, such as eating or texting

5. Merging Crashes

Motor vehicle crashes can also occur when merging onto another traffic lane, such as a highway or interstate. Generally, these car accidents occur because drivers don’t check their blind spots before merging or changing their lanes.

In addition to continuously checking your blind spot, you’ll also want not to drive too fast. This precaution is especially valid at nighttime or if there are unfavorable weather conditions like rain or snow.

Reach Out to Bell & Pollock, P.C. Today

Even though modern vehicles have more safety features than ever, accidents can still happen. While some tips and tricks can help you avoid the five most common car accidents, nothing is guaranteed.

If you or a loved one were in a Colorado car accident, legal help is available when you call Bell & Pollock, P.C. today at 720-734-4445!

Now a Word from Gary Bell

Auto Legal Talk

By Gary Bell of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were 5,574 crashes involving distracted drivers in Colorado in 2015, resulting in 68 deaths. The U.S. Department of Transportation categorizes distracted driving into three main groups — visual (when you take your eyes of the road); manual (when you take your hands off the wheel); and cognitive (when you take your mind off what you are doing). Though any type of distraction while driving is dangerous by itself, driving and texting is especially dangerous because it encompasses all three types of distractions.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year and out of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity. For example, when traveling at 55 mph, you can travel the entire length of a football field in the 5 seconds it takes to read a text message. In fact, texting while driving has been found to be 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving and despite a recent survey finding that 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving, many drivers still do it anyway. According to a 2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors, 14% of drivers admitted to reading text messages or emails while driving, while 10% of drivers admit sending text messages or emails while driving (including 35% of teen drivers!). Tragically, 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. And while texting and driving is illegal in many states, including Colorado, it is ultimately up to drivers to use common sense. When you’re behind the wheel, put the phone down entirely, or if you absolutely must send a text, pull over to a safe area on the side of the road or into a parking lot.

If you’ve been injured by the carelessness another driver, contact one of our experienced lawyers at the Law Firm of Bell & Pollock to establish your legal game plan.

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More Information

Get more information about your rights and options following an accident by checking out one of our helpful BOOKS: THEY ARE FREE.

  • Don’t Get Hurt Twice in the Same Accident – This enlightening guide dispels some of the most common (and harmful) myths about car crashes, insurance companies, attorneys, and financial recoveries.
  • The Essential Guide to Car Insurance in Colorado – This guide helps all drivers better understand car insurance. If you’ve ever had a question about a claim, dispute or car insurance in general, this is a must-read.
  • Cowards of the Street: Hit & Run – This book uncovers the facts about hit and runs and how to financially recover from these crashes. It also shares about what you can do to protect yourself before and after a hit and run accident occurs.
  • Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide – This insightful book reveals everything you need to know in order to protect your rights as a worker – and to position a Colorado workers’ compensation claim for success.
  • Legal Game Plan – This educational book helps you better understand insurance company’s hidden game plan…and come up with one on your own!
  • Motorcycle Accidents (or How to Go Full Throttle Against the Insurance Companies) – This informative read will help motorcyclists come up with a plan of action to combat the insurance agencies. If you ride a motorcycle, you need this book.
  • 18 Mistakes You Could Make to Destroy Your Injury Claim – Found within is a precise guide regarding a trove of detailed mistakes one should avoid when pursuing a successful resolution to ones case. This work helps answer questions and details advice to protect oneself from common pitfalls and perils associated with a compensation claim.
  • Distracted Driving and Your Injury Claim  This comprehensive work assists all drivers in understanding the dangers of distracted driving and its relationship to your injury claim.
  • Premises Liability (Landowner Responsibility and Injury Recovery) – This definitive piece renders the details behind the history of the Premises Liability Law in Colorado and highlights examples of responsibility which further offers a practical guide for injured victims.

Call our office to request copies of our books. THEY ARE FREE. You can also request a copy of any (or all) of these books on our website. You can download a free electronic copy anytime. And be sure to tune in to our weekly radio show to learn more about a variety of legal topics.

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