Types Of Car Accidents

The attorneys at the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke have extensive experience with the legal issues associated with a wide range of car accidents. Though all accidents can lead to serious injuries and potential litigation, some types of collisions tend to be more hazardous than others. All are subject to unique legal considerations based on the individual circumstances involved.

Types Of Collisions

  • Rear-end accidents: Rear-end accidents occur when a car fails to stop in time to avoid a collision with a vehicle ahead. In almost all cases, the rear driver is at fault in rear-end collisions, as it is this driver's responsibility to leave an appropriate following distance between his or her vehicle and the car ahead.
  • Head-on collisions: A collision in which two vehicles strike each other front end to front end is called a head-on collision. These accidents often result in severe or fatal injuries for both drivers. Drunk driving is a common cause of head-on collisions, as intoxicated motorists either drive the wrong way down a busy highway or fail to maintain their lane on a two-way street.
  • Hit-and-run accidents: Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime, though this does not stop drivers from doing so. Hit-and-run car accidents can leave victims severely injured and with major damage to their vehicles.
  • Side-impact accidents: Also known as T-bone accidents, side-impact collisions occur when the front of one car strikes the side of another. These collisions often occur at intersections and cause severe injury to the occupants of the car that is struck in the side, as most vehicles offer relatively little protection against side impacts.
  • Rollover accidents: Rollovers often occur when a vehicle attempts to negotiate a turn at high speed. These accidents are most commonly associated with SUVs, which tend to have a higher center of gravity than other vehicles. Though many rollover accidents are single-car collisions, a rolling vehicle could cause a multi-car crash if it rolls into another motorist or into oncoming traffic.
  • Multi-car pileups: Pileups are generally associated with high-speed, high-traffic roadways, such as highways in an urban area. Often, a single negligent driver collides with another, which touches off a chain reaction of high-speed accidents. These accidents require significant investigation, as it is often difficult to determine who is at fault.
  • Work zone accidents: When drivers fail to slow down or observe the appropriate signage in work zones, devastating accidents can occur. Not only do we represent drivers who were injured due to another driver's negligence in a work zone, but also injured construction workers who were hit by a car.
  • Highway accidents: Since the speed limit on highways is so much higher than on regular roadways, when accidents occur on the highway, the injuries are often more catastrophic and the fatalies greater.

Contact Our Connecticut Law Firm For Assistance With Your Injury Claim

No matter what type of collision you have been involved in, our attorneys will help you build an effective personal injury case. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your injury, helping you build a complete picture of the accident and who was at fault. Our goal is to help you recover the maximum possible compensation for your losses.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us online or call 203-864-4427. Our three office locations serve clients in Bridgeport, Stratford, Shelton and the surrounding areas.