Every year in California, there are over 3,000 fatalities from car accidents. Based on this number alone, it’s no surprise that many Californian drivers often worry about the possibility of getting involved in an auto collision. Do you ever wonder about the most dangerous types of car accidents? No need to panic because our knowledgeable law firm has all the answers you’ll need! Continue reading this blog to learn more about car crash statistics in the United States, or reach out to a San Mateo County, California Car Accident Lawyer for individualized legal counseling.
WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS?
Off-the-road crashes occur when a car ends up veering off a roadway and into a stationary object such as a tree or telephone. These are, by far, the most dangerous types of car accidents in the United States. Research shows that 32% of fatal car accidents are off-the-road crashes.
The second most dangerous types of car accidents are side-impact collisions. These are more likely to be fatal because a car’s side doors offer the least amount of protection to drivers and passengers. Consequently, side impact collisions make up 21% of all car accident fatalities. The good news is that more and more car manufacturers are introducing airbags into car doors to hopefully prevent deaths from these types of crashes.
Lastly, rollover accidents happen when a car (usually a truck or SUV) topples over and lands upside down or on its side. These make up 11% of all car accident fatalities.
HOW CAN I AVOID ACCIDENTS?
The best way to avoid accidents is by simply driving as safely as you possibly can every time you get behind the wheel of your car. Our law firm also recommends:
- Always wearing a seatbelt so you remain secured in your seat throughout each car ride
- Pay careful attention to other drivers on the road
- Follow speed limit rules
- Drive extra carefully during inclement weather conditions
- Keep your eyes on the road and don’t use any electronic devices while driving (unless it’s an emergency)
- Only drive when sober, and stop driving if you ever start feeling drowsy or impaired
- Maintain a safe driving distance from other vehicles
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN CALIFORNIA?
California is an at-fault state for car accidents, so the driver who caused the accident will be liable for most of the damages. However, you may be eligible for further restitution if the incident was caused by another driver’s negligent actions.
If you’re recently been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, you deserve a dedicated personal injury attorney who can help you to determine your best legal options moving forward. Thankfully, our highly experienced legal team is on your side every step of the way! Contact the Law Offices of Allister R. Liao today for an initial consultation.