Common Car Accident Scenarios — Causes & Determining Fault

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Common Car Accident Scenarios — Causes & Determining Fault

Common Car Accident Scenarios — Causes & Determining FaultCar accidents often fall into a few basic patterns. These scenarios help experts reconstruct what happened in a crash. They can also tell the police and insurers who bears liability for the accident.

Interestingly, similar accidents also cause similar injuries. The type of car accident can tell you the likelihood that an accident will cause severe or fatal injuries.

Read on to learn some common car accident scenarios, what causes them, and who bears fault for them.

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How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Accident in New York

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Accident in New York

The lead attorney at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers has over 25 years of experience handling injury cases. As a New York car accident lawyer, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in injury compensation for his clients.

When you hire us, you can count on us to:

  • Explain your rights and options
  • Investigate the cause of the car accident and determine fault
  • Calculate your damages and losses
  • Work with experts if necessary
  • Communicate and negotiate with the insurance company
  • Take your case to court in pursuit of compensation

Injuries from a car accident can require expensive medical treatment and physical therapy. Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation to learn about the compensation to which you may be entitled.

How Common Are Car Accidents in New York?

Across New York, 2021 saw 110,541 car accidents, according to the City of New York’s Open Data Portal. These crashes included:

  • Over 11,000 crashes in Manhattan
  • Over 25,000 crashes in Brooklyn
  • Over 13,000 crashes in The Bronx
  • Almost 20,000 crashes in Queens
  • Over 22,000 crashes on Staten Island
  • Over 38,000 crashes on bridges, in tunnels, and on expressways where no borough was identified

These numbers seem staggering. But NYC had over 8.4 million residents in 2021. When you account for its population, NYC does not crack the ten most dangerous cities for drivers.

Overview of Common Car Accident Scenarios — Causes & Determining Fault

New York uses a no-fault car insurance system. In this system, vehicle owners must buy auto insurance with personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. After a minor accident, each driver’s PIP coverage pays for any injuries to the occupants of that driver’s car.

Suppose an SUV hits your car in a parking lot. The SUV’s PIP coverage covers injuries to the occupants in that vehicle. Your PIP coverage pays for any injuries to you and the passengers in your car. These benefits get paid regardless of who caused the accident, hence the no-fault name.

When accident victims suffer a serious injury, they can opt out of the no-fault system and file an injury claim against the at-fault driver. To recover injury compensation, the accident victims must prove the at-fault driver acted negligently in causing the crash.

Negligence happens when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care. Usually, this means the driver violated a traffic law. It can also happen when a driver does something dangerous, even if it is legal.

For example, New York allows drivers to talk and drive as long as they use a hands-free device. A driver having an argument over the speakerphone might get distracted and cause a crash. The driver’s failure to pull over instead of arguing and driving might constitute negligence even though no traffic laws were broken.

You can apply these principles to some of the most common car accident scenarios to determine their causes and fault, including:

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of car accidents. These accidents happen when a car plows into the back of another car.

Rear-end collision causes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating

Liability for rear-end crashes usually falls on the driver of the trailing car. That driver must follow at a safe distance from the car in front of them. Occasionally, the driver of the leading car may bear liability, particularly if they cut off the other driver and leave them no room to stop.

Lane Departure Crashes

Lane departures happen when one car sideswipes the car in the adjacent lane. Causes of lane departure crashes include:

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Lane drift
  • Poor directional control
  • Distracted driving

Liability for these crashes will fall on the driver who failed to remain in their lane.

Intersection Accidents

Intersections are very dangerous, particularly in heavy traffic congestion. Side-impact crashes can cause some of the most serious injuries, particularly when a car hits the driver’s door of another car.

Causes of intersection accidents include:

  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Turning left across oncoming traffic
  • Turning right into oncoming traffic

Liability for intersection accidents usually lies with the driver who entered the intersection out of turn or before it was clear.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our New York Car Accident Lawyers

A car accident can cause disabling injuries that prevent you from working or participating in the activities you enjoy. To discuss whether you can pursue an injury claim after your car accident, contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.