Just this year alone, over 187,000 crashes have taken place in Florida (including areas like West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Boca Raton and Orlando.) Of those accidents, more than 78,000 individuals were injured and over 1,400 traffic fatalities have occurred in Florida in 2019. (Source: Firesportal.com.)
The type of accident a motorist may encounter may depend on a variety of factors, including the type and condition of the vehicle driven, the geographical location and time the crash occurs, as well as the type and condition of the roadway. Whatever the cause, every auto accident has the potential to cause damages to both the motorist and his or her passengers. Here are some of the most common types of auto accidents Florida residents encounter on the roadways:
1. Rear-end collisions
Rear-end collisions are reported to be the most common type of accidents. These accidents can occur under various settings. When you drive, if you were hit from the rear end by the car driven behind you, that’s a rear-end collision. The most common time these crashes occur is in heavy traffic, especially during rush hour. In Florida, there is a presumption that the vehicle who rear ends another vehicle is at fault for the crash for failing to pay appropriate attention to the roadway ahead of him or her and keeping a safe distance between vehicles. Rear-end collisions, depending on the size and speed of the vehicles involved, can cause substantial damage to the vehicles and their occupants. Significant hits can also involve more than one vehicle.
2. Crashes at intersections
These types of accidents can often occur when drivers try to speed through a yellow light, run a red light or when drivers making turns fail to properly yield to oncoming traffic. Often, these types of crashes result in T-Bone collisions, which are exceptionally dangerous. The severity of these accidents can further increase if the vehicles are driven at considerable speeds.
3. Lower-speed collisions
These type of accidents often occur when someone is backing up a car and hit another vehicle or a pedestrian, or in other types of situations where the vehicles are traveling at slower speeds. While in many cases, lower speed collisions do not cause significant damage to property, in some instances, they can still cause personal injuries depending on the individuals involved, and the way they are situated in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
4. Single vehicle collisions
Another common type of accident that takes place is when a solitary vehicle hits a solid object, either in the roadway or adjacent/ beside the road. For instance, when a car leaves the road and hits a tree, that’s a single vehicle collision. In general, such accidents can occur due to distracted drivers, a medical emergency, heavy rain/inclement weather or impaired driving. Other times, objects fall off other vehicles that are not properly secured, creating an unavoidable hazard in the roadway. The damage caused by these accidents often depends on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the collision and the object that is struck.
Regardless of the type of auto accident you or a loved one has been involved in, If you have become a victim of such accident, it is recommended to seek the expertise of a personal injury lawyer for proper legal advice and guidance.