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Common Types of Car Accidents in California

Auto accidents can be the result of many different causes. Oftentimes, driver error is the cause. The reckless and negligent actions of other drivers on the road places countless people in danger each day and all too often causes crashes resulting in devastating injuries. Distracted driving has become a huge problem these days as our dependence on technology deepens. People cannot seem to put down their phones and electronic devices, putting us all at great risk on the road. Additionally, speeding is a common cause of car accidents. Speeding limits how fast a driver can safely stop in order to avoid a crash. Additional culprits at the heart of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving while fatigued.

The types of accidents that occur in California are as varied as the causes. Each accident places drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk of serious injury. Stay vigilant out there on the road. Stay safe. Practice defensive driving to help yourself and others avoid an accident.

Most Common Car Accidents in California

One of the most common types of car accidents that occurs in California is a rear-end crash. Most commonly, rear-end crashes happen when a driver is following too closely or “tailgating” another car. If the car in front is forced to suddenly come to a stop or slow down, a crash will usually occur. Rear-end crashes will also often occur when one driver is not paying attention to the road and the car in front of them comes to a stop or slows down. In any event. The driver that crashes into the car in front will almost always be held liable for the crash.

Side impact crashes, commonly referred to as “t-bone” accidents, are also common in California. Most often occurring in intersections, a t-bone accident is often the result of a driver failing to observe traffic signals, such as a red light or a stop sign. The vehicle running the traffic signal then crashes into the side of another vehicle that is passing through the intersection. Take extra care when entering an intersection. 

Head-on collisions are also surprisingly common. In a head-on collision, the front of one car crashes into the front end of another. For this to happen, it is usually due to one driver drifting into oncoming traffic. It can also occur in a situation where one car turns onto a one-way street going the wrong way.

The above car accident types can overlap with other types of accidents. For instance, chain-reaction crashes are common. This often occurs in rear-end crashes. One car will crash into the car in front and push that car forward so that it crashes into the car in front of it. Chain reaction crashes involve multiple vehicles. Insurance claims and liability determinations can be even more complex in these types of cases.

An accident may also be a rollover accident, which of course means that one vehicle involved in the crash rolls over. Usually, the rollover occurs due to force of impact, but sometimes a vehicle can tip over doing something such as taking a sharp turn at a high speed. Rollover crashes can often involve defective vehicles. The type of vehicle defect that can cause a rollover accident are most common in SUVs and vans.

Personal Injury Attorneys

Unfortunately, every type of car crash has the potential to leave those involved with devastating injuries. SoCal Injury Lawyers are here to help provide trusted legal support to you during the difficult times you face. Contact us today.