Common Types of Car Accidents

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The facts and circumstances of your car accident can have a major impact on your ability to obtain compensation from the parties at fault for your crash. The personal injury attorneys of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, have years of experience helping injured accident victims such as yourself pursue financial recovery after all types of crashes. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation to learn about your legal options.

Common Types of Car Accidents

Our car accident attorneys can help you pursue financial recovery for your losses when you’ve been injured in:

  • Rear-end collisions – In many rear-end collisions, the vehicle in the rear is found to have been responsible for the accident. However, every case is unique, and a thorough investigation is needed to determine fault.
  • Head-on collisions – These accidents tend to result in the most severe injuries since both vehicles collide into one another with the full force of their momentum.
  • Sideswipe accidents – Sideswipe accidents often result from an unsafe lane change caused by an at-fault driver’s failure to check mirrors and blind spots and to signal before changing lanes.
  • T-bone collisions – T-bone collisions happen most frequently in intersections due to a driver running a red light or stop sign or making an unsafe left turn.
  • Rollover accidents – Rollovers can happen due to unsafe driving in adverse road conditions, such as heavy rain, snow, or ice. Factors such as unsafely loaded cargo can also contribute to a rollover accident. These accidents can also result from design or manufacturing defects in vehicle parts and systems, such as tires, wheels, brakes, suspension, or steering.

Different Types of Car Accidents Have Different Complications

Not every car accident claim will play out the same way. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, a claim for compensation can run into certain complications. Examples of some of the ways certain kinds of car accidents can have different complexities in a legal claim include:

  • Drunk driving accidents – In most cases, a car accident involving a drunk driver is caused by the intoxicated driver. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be used as evidence of negligence per se, or negligence arising from breaking the law. However, in some cases, the other motorists involved in the accident with the drunk driver may also be partially at fault for the crash, requiring an allocation of fault and damages under Texas’ comparative negligence rule.
  • Uber/Lyft accidents – When an accident is caused by an Uber or Lyft driver who is on duty, Texas law requires the driver to be insured by certain minimum coverages. The level of coverage is dependent on whether a driver was waiting for a ride request or was driving to or transporting a passenger. In many cases, this insurance is furnished by Uber or Lyft itself. However, injured victims of Uber/Lyft accidents often face difficulty getting payment through the insurance coverage of the rideshare company. The rideshare company may try to claim that its driver wasn’t logged into the mobile application and, therefore, the rideshare company’s insurance wasn’t triggered. Alternatively, the rideshare company may try to shift fault for the accident onto another driver who was involved.
  • Hit-and-run accidents – When a hit-and-run driver cannot be identified after an accident, the victims cannot bring a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. This means injured victims must turn to their own insurance coverage, such as uninsured motorist coverage or their private health insurance, to get their expenses and losses from the accident covered.
  • Distracted driving accidents – While establishing fault for a distracted driving accident can seem straightforward, many distracted drivers will deny that they were distracted in the moments leading up to the accident. This makes it necessary to secure proof of the driver’s distraction. For example, many distracted driving accidents involve cellphone use, requiring our attorneys to obtain the at-fault driver’s phone records to show the person using the phone in the moments leading up to a crash.
  • Accidents with uninsured drivers – Accidents caused by uninsured drivers can leave victims with limited options for obtaining compensation for their injuries and losses. Victims must turn to their private health insurance and/or the uninsured motorist coverage under their own auto insurance policy, if available.
  • Accidents with underinsured drivers – When drivers only have the minimum insurance coverage required by law, a serious accident can easily drain the full extent of that coverage. This can leave accident victims to turn to their own insurance for underinsured motorist coverage. However, obtaining compensation through underinsured motorist coverage often requires meeting various legal and contractual requirements.

Talk to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Now

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. You will never owe fees upfront for our advice or our services. There’s never any risk in learning more about how our firm can help you seek compensation after being injured in a car accident. You only pay us when we recover money for you.