What are Common Types of Car Accidents, and How Do They Happen?
Car accidents can come in many forms and may occur in many different ways. The following are common types of accidents that our car accident lawyers handle:
These types of accidents are usually the result of one driver following too closely to another vehicle. They can result in serious injuries, including whiplash and spinal cord injuries.
Head-on collisions are often called “wrong-way accidents.” They often occur when one driver is impaired and has entered the wrong way on a freeway or side street. These types of accidents can lead to particularly severe injury due to the force of impact, and are often fatal.
These accidents happen when one car strikes another perpendicularly. They typically happen when one driver runs a red light or blasts through an intersection without stopping when required to do so.
These happen when a car rolls or flips over onto its side or upside-down. This is more common with trucks and SUVs, which have a higher center of gravity. They are especially common when a vehicle is struck from the side, or when an accident causes the car to roll over into a ditch.
This is when one car bumps into another, usually due to an improper lane change. They can cause rollovers and may be the start of more major pile-up accidents where several vehicles are involved.
Regardless of the type of accident involved, the car crash attorneys at Osborne & Francis have the experience and resources to properly investigate the matter in order to determine liability.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be daunting, especially if you or your loved ones were badly injured. Thankfully, lawyers from Osborne & Francis can help you take proactive steps to support your case, so you can focus on healing and getting better.
There are several steps you can take after an accident to help ensure your safety and recovery. First, seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t think you are injured. Certain injuries like brain injuries might not manifest immediately after an accident.
Next, you should always report car accidents to law enforcement and make sure that you receive a formal report. Seeking assistance from a reputable auto accident attorney once you have the report will place you in a better position to receive maximum compensation for accident damages. Negotiating personally with the other driver or insurance company is never a good idea.
What Type of Insurance Coverage Are Florida Drivers Required to Carry?
Florida only requires drivers to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and property damage. This is designed to minimize the financial catastrophe that can follow an auto accident.
However, the required liability insurance minimums are not always sufficient to cover every single cost and expense caused by a car accident. This is where legal action may be needed to help cover these losses. You may also be able to recover damages covering lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering under the laws that govern car accidents in Florida.
Attorneys with Osborne & Francis have significant experience working with insurance companies and developing strategies to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
Can Car Accidents Lead to Product Liability Claims?
In some cases, the cause of your automobile accident may be due to a faulty vehicle device or defective product. The most common vehicle products liability claims arise from:
- Faulty air bags
- Improper braking mechanisms
- Tire blowout and rollover accidents
- Ignition malfunctions
With a products liability claim, you may be able to recover compensation from the product manufacturer or designer if the defect was the proximate cause of your injuries. Our aggressive accident attorneys aren’t afraid to go up against powerful companies. We take the time to fully investigate your case and develop a strong legal strategy supported by persuasive evidence to help you get the best results possible.