Car accidents carry enough personal strife to go around, but sometimes special circumstances heap the grief on further. The ramifications of road accidents are far-reaching, resulting in loss of vehicle use, expensive repair needs, and in the worst cases, personal injuries. Routine fender benders and low speed impacts can often be resolved swiftly, to minimize lingering anxiety about litigation and catastrophic financial outcomes. As the complexity of an accident’s circumstances rises, so does the potential for difficulty resolving the situation.
Unique accidents require special considerations, sometimes involving criminal conduct or other circumstances that throw accident resolution into a spin.
Types of Accidents
Accidents involving criminal conduct – When intoxication, criminal speeds, and other illegal activities contribute to car accidents special procedures must be undertaken to protect all parties involved. If you are the perpetrator, call-in legal counsel immediately. Driving without a license, or under the influence of intoxicants, are serious infractions, which carry penalties. Your legal position is precarious, if legal counsel is waived. Speeding is a minor traffic indiscretion, until speeds reach excessive proportions, causing reckless harm. Drivers unable to control vehicles at high speeds, causing injury to bystanders or other vehicle occupants, face serious consequences.
Single Vehicle Accidents – While the storyline is usually easy to follow in cases of single-car accidents, there are fewer parties involved to share the blame. Damage to personal and municipal property, caused by lone operators, point to open and shut cases, but claims are still investigated thoroughly.
Weather related accidents – Weather is effectively claimed as a mitigating factor, only when motor vehicle operators are doing so within safe parameters for the prevailing conditions at hand. Regardless of precipitation and other weather factors, drivers are responsible to maintain control of their vehicles at all times. If you rear-end another driver, because you are unable to stop quickly enough on wet pavement, the responsibility nonetheless remains with you. Snow and ice are not the only driving limitations produced by nature. Wind, fog and combinations of weather impact safe driving standards too. Large-sided vehicles like buses and panel vans are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high winds. Wind gusts push vehicles off-course, precipitating contact with other motorists, and decreased visibility can have devastating impacts on driver safety.
Intentional accidents – Drivers fall victim to intentional accident schemes designed to collect illicit insurance claims. Driving in unfamiliar locations, motorists are advised to pay extra attention to unusual vehicles, and particularly erratic behavior from other drivers. Unexplained roadway aggression might be intentional, targeting you as a pawn in someone else’s fraud scheme. Disturbed drivers also use motor vehicles to harm themselves, and innocent bystanders sometimes get dragged in. Increased awareness for pedestrians moving about your vehicle oddly, and staying alert for vehicles intentionally turning into your path, are two strategies for avoiding intentional accidents.
Accidents between cars and trucks – Cars are at distinct disadvantages when they come into contact with other vehicle types – like buses, trucks, and commercial transports. If you are a commercial driver, licensed as such, special routines must be followed, to protect your driving record after accidents. Your employer should be contacted immediately; to set in motion whatever insurance protocols might be required. Accidents more severe than routine fender benders require investigation from appropriate authorities. Your level of fault is established through carefully recreated accident scenes, which use physical evidence and known motoring characteristics to identify the precise sequence of events leading up to an accident. Once facts have been compiled, sufficient to satisfy investigators, rulings are shared with insurance providers, to help administer accident claims.