There are many accidents every day on the road that involve pedestrians, cyclists, electric scooter riders, or vehicle drivers. Before you embark on your journey on the road, you must know the laws and rules of the road, as any violations committed on the road between two parties can impact insurance claims against the person found to be at fault.
It would also be prudent to know the types of road crashes that one can experience on the road, since they are crucial in dealing with your accident. In this post, we’ll dive into the different types of vehicular accidents, particularly rear-end collisions.
Different Types of Vehicular Accidents
Vehicular accidents are fairly common, and familiarizing yourself with them can help you react to the given situation. Some of the most common car accidents include:
- Vehicle Rollover: This type of car crash usually involves the driver’s erratic behavior on the road. The accident may have other factors such as alcohol consumption, location, and speed.
- Single Car Accident: This type of accident involves only one vehicle. Single car accidents may have been from run-off-road collisions, collisions with debris, and animals.
- Side-Impact Collision: These are also known as broadside or T-bone collisions, where the impact on the car’s side is the result of the accident.
- Head-On Collision: This type of accident is when the front ends of two vehicles collide when travelling in opposite directions.
- Rear-End Collision: A type of accident where a vehicle hits the vehicle in front of it. The leading causes of these accidents are distraction or inattention of the driver, tailgating, panic stops, and reduced traction.
What To Do
Get Police Reports
When a car accident occurs, you will need police assistance where an officer or any law enforcement member must be on-site and determine if someone got hurt. They must make a written accident report, which you can also obtain a copy of from the agency.
Observe Local Traffic Laws and Regulations
One way to support your claims that the other driver was at fault is to prove that they violated the local traffic laws and regulations. You can get a copy of the “Vehicle Code” from the agency as well.
Rear-End Collisions: Are You to Blame?
What is your liability for the accident?
Whatever reason you may have for stopping, you have to remember that it is never your fault when someone hits you from behind. One of the fundamental driving rules is always to allow a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, that you should be able to make a stop and not hit the other car when the traffic stops ahead.
One way of determining who is at fault for rear-end accidents would be the extent of the damage to the vehicle. If the car’s rear end is damaged and the other car’s front is damaged, the argument could be neutral about who hit whom. The driver of the car behind may have all the blame on why you stopped, but it will not change that driver’s responsibilities for your injuries and damages to your vehicle.
Also remember that even if you experienced a rear-end accident, there could be instances where you were careless about your driving, which would cause a reduction to your compensation under the rule of “comparative negligence.” One typical example of a rear end accident would be busted brake lights, especially if the accident happened at night. Another example would be your vehicle’s mechanical problems if you failed to move the car onti the side of the road.
Remember that car accidents may happen anytime and anywhere, whether you are on a side road, in a bustling neighborhood, stuck in traffic or parked in a parking lot. Prioritize driving defensively and always stay alert.