Since no two motor vehicle accidents are the same, it’s hard to be aware of everything that could go wrong on the road.
With knowledge of car accident basics, you can adjust your driving style with the goal of avoiding trouble. If an accident does happen, you can be prepared.
Common types of accidents
Here are some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents that happen every day:
- Rear-end accident: In many cases it can be hard to avoid rear-ended, even if you see a car or truck coming. If you’re sitting at a red light or highway traffic suddenly slows down, another driver could strike your vehicle from behind. Depending on the speed of the collision, you could suffer a variety of injuries, with whiplash among the most common.
- Striking a parked car: It’s important to pay attention both to moving vehicles as well as those that are parked. In a crowded city, for instance, it can be difficult to do both at the same time.
- Side impact collision: These collisions are common at intersections, especially when a driver runs a red light and strikes a vehicle proceeding through a green light. Even if you do your best to pay close attention when moving through an intersection, another vehicle could strike the side of yours.
- Animal collision: In Connecticut, certain times of the year bring more animal activity to the road. For example, there are more deer on the road during the fall and winter months. Keep your eyes open for any animals darting into traffic.
What to do if an accident occurs
If you are involved in a car accident, you should do the following:
- Move your vehicle to safety (unless it’s disabled).
- Check yourself and your passengers for injuries.
- Obtain information about the other driver(s).
- If possible, get photographs of the scene.
- Call 911 and wait for help.
Get medical treatment, then legal advice
First and foremost, get proper medical treatment, then learn more about the cause of the accident and who was at fault. For instance, if another driver struck your vehicle from behind, it’s generally clear that they are at fault.
You can work with your insurance company to file a claim, but you may want to seek legal advice about your right to hold the negligent party responsible. It may be beneficial to speak with an attorney before accepting a settlement from a negligent driver’s insurer.