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5 Apr 2016

Advice on Car Accidents from a Vermont Injury Lawyer

two cars in accidentYour Vermont injury lawyer knows why car accidents happen and can give you strategies to avoid them. There is no escaping the fact that car accidents happen every single day. In order to keep from having a crash, it is imperative that you have a grasp of how accidents happen in the first place and what strategies you can use to prevent them. The following list includes five frequent causes of car accidents and tips your Vermont personal injury lawyer can give you to avoid being involved in one.

Side-Impact Accidents

Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2009 showed that side-impact accidents made up 27 percent of accidents in which there was a fatality in the U.S. This is also known as a “T-bone” crash. A driver who did not stop when he or she was supposed to and hit another vehicle on its side can cause a T-bone accident. This type of accident can be extremely dangerous because the passengers are not provided with enough room for energy from the accident to be mitigated and they have less of a shield to protect them. Drivers are advised to adhere to the rules of the road that many take for granted such as looking both ways even if there is a signal. Another way to avoid side-impact accidents is to follow the posted speed limits. There are cars that are equipped with head-protecting side airbags. The IIHS found that these airbags can provide protection to the heads of passengers in the vehicles and save lives.

A Collision with an Animal

Many roadways have signs warning drivers of animals that might be crossing. Stopping to avoid an animal can be impossible depending on the speed at which you are traveling. Avoiding the animal could lead to other forms of accidents. Hitting an animal can cause damage to the vehicle and cause injuries to those inside the vehicle. When there is a sign denoting that the road is a frequent crossing area for animals, it is best to be vigilant, use your high beams when in rural locations, and to follow the posted speed limits.

Driving Over Water and Hydroplaning

Technically speaking, when driving through standing water, the tires will have to push the water away so they are able to keep contact with the road. If, however, the vehicle’s speed is at a point where the water will not be pushed aside fast enough, there will be a thin amount of water separating the tire and the road surface. You will then lose control of the car and hydroplane. It will be useless to turn left or right. Hitting the brakes will only make the situation worse since a hydroplaning car will skid along the water as if you are skiing. When it is raining, driving more slowly in areas where there is an accumulation of water can prevent hydroplaning. When hydroplaning, applying steady pressure to the brakes instead of slamming down on them can let the vehicle coast until it regains a connection to the road.

Crashing into a Parked Vehicle

Cars are expected to be safe when they are parked, but it is not uncommon for there to be a crash involving a parked vehicle. Being cognizant of the area when parking and whether or not there is sufficient room for other vehicles to pull in and out can keep from being surprised by a damaged car when you return. If you are having trouble getting into a small spot, it stands to reason that other vehicles will too. It is also important to look behind you when backing into a spot instead of simply using the rearview mirror.

Being Rear-Ended

When one car hits another from behind, it is known as a rear-end accident. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that these make up 29 percent of all car accidents. A study the NHTSA conducted in 2007 also showed that 64 percent of drivers who were in a rear-end accident were not looking ahead of them when the crash occurred. Various activities from using a cellphone to adjusting the radio dial can be distractions when driving and cause a rear-end crash. To keep from being one of these statistics, it is best to make sure that the focus is on driving and you are not trying to do several things at once when those things involve diverting attention from the road.

Call a Vermont Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident, call (802) 698-8356 to speak to a Vermont injury lawyer at Galanes Law today.

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