Seat belts, airbags and improved auto construction have reduced the number and severity of injuries. Improved signage and other traffic safety features have also helped. But human error still results in a wide variety of serious accidents. When negligence is to blame, victims deserve compensation.
Aside from auto and roadway features, factors determining degree of injury include:
- Angle of impact
- Weight/momentum difference
The impact is greater in a head-on crash. These occur on two-lane roads where one driver is distracted or falls asleep and drifts into oncoming traffic. It can happen on divided highways also. There is rarely any escape even if you see it coming.
Rear-end accidents are very common, due to tailgating, speeding and failure to see slow or stopped traffic ahead. Unfortunately for the passengers of the car that is struck from behind, they are the more severely injured, suffering whiplash and serious head, neck and other injuries.
Intersections are the most common location for wrecks, vehicles approaching from multiple directions. Turning into traffic, and failure to stop when required cause a large number of accidents.
The disproportionate size and weight of semi-trucks means that accidents involving these are the most injurious.
In rear-end collisions and over-ride accidents the high bottom edge of the truck can sheer off the top of an auto. In an under-ride accident, the car passes underneath the trailer. Semis also have large blind spots where a car cannot be seen. Finally, a semi can jack-knife when out of control, hurtling across a roadway and bringing death and destruction to anything in its path.
Baton Rouge car and truck accident lawyers at The Tadda Law Firm serve people injured in all types of accidents due to negligence of another. Attorney Erik Tadda has been practicing law since 1991. For nearly 20 years he has devoted himself to the practice of helping people get compensation when their injuries have been the result of another’s negligence. Both he and associate attorney Jeremy S. Hader are committed to their clients. Contact us online or call us toll free: 888-339-1581.