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Types of accidents and how to stay safe

Car accidents happen all the time, and even minor collisions have the ability to irrevocably change the life of a West Virginia victim. Whether you are the victim of a low-speed fender-bender or a catastrophic collision, you may need assistance walking through the aftermath of your accident. Every accident is different, and no two recoveries are the same, but you have the right to fight for what you need to get better and move forward.

It may help to understand common types of car accidents and how to stay safe. Understanding the different types of collisions may prove helpful if you are the victim of an accident and are looking to understand your legal options. Each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, and it is possible to hold the liable party accountable if you are the victim of another person's negligence or reckless behaviors.

What type of accident left you injured?

Most car accidents are the result of human error and things like speeding or distracted driving. One mistake or one moment of distraction can lead to devastating consequences, leaving innocent people with serious injuries. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:

  • Hydroplaning accidents – People who drive too fast while the roads are wet are more likely to hydroplane, which is when the driver loses control over the speed and the direction of the vehicle.
  • Parked or stopped-car collisions – You may be sitting in your car after parking it or while stopped at an intersection when a driver slams into your vehicle. Inattentive drivers may not be aware of other vehicles or stop in enough time.
  • Side-impact collisions – These collisions happen when a driver is not paying attention and fails to properly yield to oncoming traffic or runs through an intersection.
  • Rear-end collisions – These accidents happen when a driver does not stop in enough time to avoid hitting the vehicle ahead at an intersection or in traffic.

Your accident may be on this list, or it may have happened because of another reason. No matter the details of your individual situation, you do not have to suffer because of the actions of another person alone. You could have grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim.

These claims are time sensitive, and it can be smart to seek help as soon as possible after an accident to learn about your legal options. Do not delay in getting the guidance you need to fight for the recovery you deserve.

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