In Parkland and across South Florida, car collisions can happen for any number of reasons. No matter why your collision has occurred, it can be an upsetting and life-altering experience. Knowing the most common types of accidents, however, can help you understand what you can do to prevent these collisions.
Common Car Collisions in Parkland
In Parkland and other communities in South Florida, colon types of traffic crashes include:
- Head-On Collisions: These accidents occur when one driver is in the wrong lane. Incorrect passing and drunk driving are two common reasons for these crashes.
- Rear-End Collisions: These crashes can occur when a driver is following another car too closely or is distracted and cannot stop fast enough when the driver in front of them brakes. These are also common intersection collisions.
- Rollover Accident: As their name implies, these collisions usually involve a car or truck flipping over. In most cases, these collisions involve speed as a factor and are more likely to impact top-heavy vehicles such as trucks, SUVs, and ATVs.
- Side Impact Car Accidents: These are most likely to occur at intersections, when a driver enters the intersection when they shouldn’t or fails to check for oncoming traffic.
- Back-Over Accidents: Back-over collisions happen when a driver is reversing and fails to notice a child or person in their blind spot. Fortunately, newer cars have reverse cameras which give drivers a clear view of they area behind their car.
- Drunk Driving Accidents: Despite many public awareness campaigns and significant fines for offenders, DUIs continue to cause tragedy in Parkland and other communities.
- Hit and Run Accidents: When a driver is in a collision, they are legally required to remain on the scene, offer assistance, and exchange contact and insurance information. Drivers who fail to do so are breaking the law.
- Chain Reaction: Also known as multiple-vehicle accidents, these collisions are common on highways, freeways and busy roads. They can occur if cars are traveling too close together and multiple drivers can’t stop in time. They can also happen if a large commercial truck pushes into multiple passenger cars before coming to a complete stop.
- Construction Site Car Accidents: Car collisions on construction sites are unique because they can involve industrial machinery such as forklifts and commercial insurance carriers can become involved.
- Freeway Accidents: Due to the high speed involved, freeway accidents, whether caused by distraction or improper merging, can cause fatalities.
- Sideswipe Accidents: When drivers fail to leave enough space when passing, they can brush by the side of another car, causing damage and potentially injuries.
- Taxi Accidents: While taxi drivers have lots of experience, being in an accident with a taxi or when riding in a taxi can mean complicated insurance claims.
- Shoulder of Road Accidents: When tow trucks, police, or other vehicles are pulled over the side of the road, it’s important to give them added room to avoid hitting the vehicle or a pedestrian walking near the car.
- Collisions With Pedestrians: When pedestrians are not visible or act in unpredictable ways—such as crossing outside of crosswalks—collisions can happen. Since pedestrians have no defenses, they have a high risk of fatality and serious injury.
- Cyclist Accidents: Collisions with a cyclist can be devastating. Cyclists can travel at high speeds compared to pedestrians and in a collision can be thrown from their bicycle, resulting in serious injury.
- Parking Lot Accidents: Parking lots have lots of pedestrians and cars in one spot. While most motorists drive slowly through parking lots, serious injuries can still occur in parking spaces.
- Single-Vehicle Collisions: Some collisions only involve one driver who crashes into a tree, sign or other obstruction, or drives off the road. Speed, alcohol, or swerving to avoid an animal are common causes of single-vehicle crashes, though they can also be caused by mechanical failure.
If you’ve been injured in any of these traffic collisions, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Parkland car accident attorney.