Types Of Car Accidents

Washington DC, has the most dangerous drivers in the nation, according to an August 2012 report titled “America’s Best Drivers” released by Allstate Insurance. After surveying the 200 largest cities in the United States, Allstate found that D.C. drivers were, on average, likely to become involved in a car crash once every 4.7 years. This is 112.1 percent greater than the typical U.S. driver who, on average, will become involved in a wreck only once every 10 years.

The high number of accidents in Washington DC, may occur for many reasons. One issue is that there is extensive traffic in the District. Further, many of the drivers are visitors who may not be familiar with the roads or driving patterns. The confusing road grid and the large number of one-way roads and traffic circles may also be a contributing factor to the high number of accidents in Washington DC.

At The Abelson Law Firm, our Washington DC car accident lawyer provide free consultations to auto accident victims to help them to better understand D.C. auto accident law and to assist them in making a claim for compensation.

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Common Types of Car Accidents in Washington DC

Car accidents can happen in an almost limitless array of circumstances. Some of the most common forms of auto collisions in Washington include:

  • Rear-end accidents – One of the most common kinds of accidents, rear-end collisions happen when a driver hits the back of the car in front. Because the laws in Washington DC, require drivers to maintain a safe following distance, the driver of the rear vehicle is almost always at fault.
  • U-turn and left-turn accidents – U-turn accidents and left-turn accidents commonly occur when drivers approach from opposite directions, and one car turns into the path of the other.
  • Head-on or opposite-direction accidents – Head-on collisions can be the most serious accidents and can cause devastating injuries. Head-on collisions occur when two cars that are going opposite directions collide in the front. This often happens when a car crosses the center line or travels the wrong way down a one-way street or a freeway.
  • T-bone and broadside collisions –These kinds of accidents occur when two cars approach at right angles, often at intersections. If either driver doesn’t pay attention to the stop signs or traffic lights, that driver could crash into the side of the other vehicle.
  • Pedestrian and bike accidents – Collisions between cars and pedestrians and cars and bicyclists are all too common in a bustling urban environment like Washington DC.
  • Collisions with fixed objects or parked vehicles – Drivers may hit parked vehicles or fixed objects, such as trees or telephone poles, as a result of distraction that causes them to veer off road, poor visibility or other factors. In most cases, the driver who is driving and who hits the stationary object or parked vehicle is held responsible for the accident and is required by law to notify the owner of the property if damage has occurred.
  • Backing-up or reversing collisions – A backing-up accident happens when a car is driving in reverse and strikes another vehicle. These typically occur when drivers are pulling out of parking spaces or out of driveways.
  • Sideswipe accidents / encroachment –These kinds of accidents happen when there are two vehicles traveling in the same direction and one hits the other along the side, usually as a result of drifting out of the proper lane, changing lanes without looking or starting to turn without looking.
  • Accidents involving animals – This type of accident occurs when a vehicle collides with an animal. Sometimes more severe accidents happen when a driver swerves to miss a dog, squirrel or other animal in the roadway.
  • Roll-over accidents – A roll-over accident happens when a vehicle turns over. This can happen as a result of two cars colliding or as a result of one vehicle skidding out of control and rolling over. Roll-overs are most common in vehicles with high centers of gravity, such as SUVs and pickups.
  • Train accidents – Urban railroad crossings pose a real threat for collisions with trains. Improperly maintained crossings with obscured sightlines are of particular concern.
  • Pothole or road debris accidents – These accidents occur when a car encounters a pothole or debris in the road, causing that car to either collide with a stationary object or moving vehicles or causing the vehicle to suffer other damage.

Talk To Our Washington DC Car Accident Lawyers Today

It is important to take prompt action to fully protect your legal rights after an accident occurs. Contact The Abelson Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

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