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Four Common Ways Car Accident Collisions Occur

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car accident collisions, San Jose car accident attorneys, reckless driving behaviors, traffic-related injuries, aggressive drivingIn San Jose and throughout Santa Clara County, car accidents result in thousands of serious and potentially life threatening injuries each year. While crashes and collisions generally occur as sudden, traumatic events, it is important for drivers and their passengers to be aware of the risks. In addition to being conscientious about avoiding the common types of reckless driving behaviors that make car accidents more likely to occur, such as speeding, driving under the influence, and disregarding traffic signals, you should also be aware of the most common types of collisions.

Common Types of Car Accident Collisions

According to the latest statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), more than 5,000 people in Santa Clara County are seriously injured or killed as the result of car accidents each year. Overall, this ranks us near the bottom of the list compared to other counties throughout the state. Unfortunately, the number of alcohol-related crashes we experience is significantly higher than in other areas. Another leading factor of car accidents in San Jose and the surrounding areas is speeding, which is responsible for more than a quarter of all traffic-related injuries and deaths.

On a local, state, and national level, there are a variety of programs designed to raise awareness of the risky behaviors that make car accidents and injuries more likely. However, many people are unaware of the most common types of crashes and collisions. According to CrashTest.org, which conducts extensive research into traffic safety, the following are four common ways in which most car accidents happen:

  1. Rear End Collisions: As one of the most common types of car accidents, these occur when one driver hits into the rear of another. These accidents are more likely in high traffic conditions and when reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, going too fast for conditions, tailgating, and distracted driving are involved.

  2. Side Impact Collisions: Another common type of car accident, these often occur in intersections when one car slams directly into the side of another. Common causes include running stop signs or traffic signals and driving under the influence.

  3. Sideswipe Collisions: These types of car accidents often occur when both drivers are headed in the same direction and the side of one car collides against the side of another. They are commonly the result of aggressive driving behaviors, such as improper passing and failure to yield.

  4. Head On Collisions: These are among the least common but most potentially deadly type of car accident. They occur when a driver in an opposing lane or on a one way street crashes head on into another. Alcohol use is a common factor in these accidents, and fatalities are more likely to be involved when one of the drivers is speeding.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

When you suffer injuries in a crash or collision due to the reckless actions of another driver, our passionate San Jose car accident attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact Jachimowicz Law Group online today and request a consultation to see how we can assist you.

Sources:

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

http://www.crashtest.org/kinds-traffic-accidents/

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