Car accidents can occur under a wide variety of circumstances, but certain types are far more common than others. According to the most recent statistics provided by the California Highway Patrol, there were 232,093 total accidents resulting in injury or death statewide in 2010.
The five most common types of car accidents included:
Rear-end collisions frequently occur at red lights and stop signs when one vehicle is stopped and the following vehicle fails to come to a stop early enough to avoid a crash. This is often found to be a result of driver distraction, such as when the following driver was looking down to adjust the car stereo or to text on a cell phone. The following driver may also be responsible as a result of following too closely based on the speed of travel. In some cases, the leading driver may be at least partially at fault for a rear-end accident if they hit the brakes erratically or suddenly and forced the following driver into a collision.
While the vast majority of car crashes are found to be caused by driver error, there are also many cases in which defective vehicle components can be demonstrated to be the cause.
Even in cases in which the accident was caused by one of the drivers, inherent design flaws or manufacturing defects may cause or contribute to the severity of the injuries, such as in the case of air bags that fail to deploy or deploy with excessive force. In such situations, the accident victim may have grounds to file an auto product liability claim against the manufacturer.
Whether you were injured in an accident caused by defective car parts or have lost a loved one in a collision caused by a distracted driver, contact a Lancaster injury attorney at Accident Attorneys for a free consultation with an Antelope Valley personal injury attorney from our team.
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