Police officers across the country respond to nearly 20,000 car crash calls every single day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2016, there were 7.2 million accidents reported. Many of these crashes are caused by similar irresponsible driving choices: speeding, impairment, fatigue, and distraction are among the top causes. And they often result in some common types of crashes. Here, we take a look at the most common crashes and what to do if you or someone you love has suffered injuries.
Most Common Types of Alaska Car Crashes
Often, poor choices by drivers or treacherous conditions lead to crashes. They most commonly result in one of the following:
- Rear-end crash. In a rear-end crash, the front of one vehicle strikes the rear of a leading vehicle. These crashes account for about 30 percent of all multi-vehicle crashes.
- T-bone crash. These are side-impact collisions, in which the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another. Together, the vehicles appear to make the letter “T,” giving the crash this nickname.
- Head-on collision. A head-on collision occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into the front of another vehicle. These front-impact crashes accounted for more than half of all vehicle occupant deaths in 2016.
- Collision with pedestrian. When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, whether on the road or nearby, the consequences are often devastating for the unprotected pedestrian.
- Collision with bicyclist. Bicyclists have a right to share the road, but they are often overlooked by vehicle drivers. Bicyclists are often injured by dooring accidents and collisions.
- Rollovers. When a vehicle is struck at a high speed or at just the right angle, it is possible for the vehicle to overturn. It may come to rest at any angle, and it is extremely dangerous for the vehicle occupants.
When You’ve Been Hurt in an Alaska Car Crash, Find Help Today
When another driver’s carelessness has caused one of these types of accidents, victims have rights. It is possible to obtain compensation for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, future care, and more. Anchorage-based attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many Alaska accident victims obtain the compensation they need to recover as fully as possible.
The time after an accident can be overwhelming. You likely simply want to return to your life as it was before the crash, but you also want your story to be told. Call The Law Office of Ben Crittenden to speak directly with Ben about your rights and legal options. You can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more.