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Common Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents In New Jersey

Fighting for maximum compensation for injured victims in all types of motor vehicle accidents

A motor vehicle accident is an unfortunate event that will impact most of us at some point in our lives. Whether it is a “fender bender” or a more serious accident, motor vehicle accidents are disruptive, frustrating, and, in many cases, physically and emotionally devastating. At Leonard Legal Group, LLC, our New Jersey personal injury lawyers are prepared to represent you in your motor vehicle accident claim and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We are experienced in all types of motor vehicle accidents and fight to protect your legal rights throughout every step of your claim.

The types of motor vehicle accidents

Generally, motor vehicle accidents are divided into four categories:

  • Crashes that occur at junctions
  • Accidents that are caused by drifting out of one’s lane

The bulk of motor vehicle accidents fall into these four categories, but other accidents, such as rollover accidents, are also common.

Pedestrian accidents

In 2015, more than 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. Another 129,000 pedestrians were treated for injuries the same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident as compared to passengers in the vehicle.

Interestingly, almost half of the accidents involving pedestrians involved alcohol—for either party.

Most accidents involving pedestrians occur at night. They are also more likely to occur in urban areas and at non-intersection spots.

Distracted driving accidents

Distracted driving is quickly becoming more of an epidemic in the United States than drunk driving. The National Safety Council estimates there are nearly two million cell phone-related accidents every year with about 400,000 resulting injuries. In fact, nearly one in four accidents can now be attributed to distracted driving. At Leonard Legal Group, our New Jersey car accident attorneys take on distracted drivers, proving their negligence caused your injuries. We are tough on dangerous drivers and compassionate to the needs of injured victims.

Collisions at intersections

Some of the most frequent accidents occur at intersections. Rear-end collisions are especially common. In fact, one report estimated that almost half of all accidents are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions can cause a number of injuries, including whiplash.

T-bone collisions also frequently occur at intersections. Often, these accidents are fatal because a person is struck on the side, where there is less protection. Roughly half of all urban crashes and just under a third of all rural crashes occur at intersections. In rural areas, intersection accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries because drivers may be traveling at a higher rate of speed.

Accidents caused by leaving a lane

Although head-on collisions make up only a small portion of all accidents, but they account for a large portion of motor vehicle accident deaths. Head-on collisions are one of the most serious types of lane departure accidents.

Single car accidents where one car runs off of the road are another type of lane departure accident. Losing control of a car and swerving to avoid an animal are contributors to these types of crashes.

Rollover accidents

There are two types of rollover accidents: tripped, in which an object outside of the car causes the car to rollover, and untripped, where speeding or the driver’s steering cause the accident. The majority of rollover accidents occur when the car is sliding sideways and comes into contact with a curb or is otherwise stopped with sudden force.

If you were injured in an accident, contact our experienced New Jersey accident attorneys today

At Leonard Legal Group, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys understand the dynamics involved in various types of motor vehicle accidents. We fight insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation with our firm, call (973) 984-1414 or contact us online.