Unfortunately, car crashes happen frequently, given their nature. Though most drivers do everything possible to avoid colliding with other cars, others may not take the same precautions. As such, understanding where accidents most commonly occur is a critical step to protect yourself in these cases. The following blog explores the most common locations for crashes, what to do if injured because of another driver’s negligence, and how car accident attorneys can help you during these challenging times.
Where do car crashes most commonly occur?
One of the most common locations where car accidents happen is in parking lots. This is due to the sheer amount of vehicles in the area, all looking for spots. Despite the low speeds, collisions frequently occur as drivers may not look before backing out of spots, speed around corners, or hit other cars as they try to park in a space.
Another common location for accidents is intersections. If drivers aren’t paying attention when approaching, they may collide with the back of another vehicle. Additionally, those who do not stop for stop signs or traffic lights can also crash into other vehicles that have the right-of-way.
Finally, accidents can often happen as a result of traffic. Whether your morning commute is congested or another accident is slowing things down, many drivers use the time spent waiting as an excuse to do other things. Whether this is to put makeup on, eat, or check their email, distracted drivers are a leading cause of collisions in traffic.
What should I do if I’m hit by another driver?
Though many accidents happen in low-speed circumstances, it does not necessarily mean a driver simply tapped your bumper. If a driver isn’t paying attention and speeds into a car waiting in traffic, at a stop sign, or goes through a traffic light, serious injuries can occur because of their negligence.
If you are involved in a collision caused by another negligent driver, the most imperative thing you must do is contact emergency services. Not only can the police assess the scene and create a report, but they can also ensure no additional damage occurs by directing traffic around the scene. Similarly, calling the police allows you to request emergency medical attention for the injuries you’ve sustained as a result. Even if your wounds do not seem severe, seeking medical treatment is crucial if you wish to pursue compensation for the injuries you received.
Finally, you’ll want to capture evidence of the accident scene, like the damage to your vehicle and the other car, any injuries you sustained, road conditions, and anything else that may seem relevant to the accident. This can be beneficial evidence later in court.
At Friedman Schuman, we understand how devastating being in a car accident can be. That’s why our team is committed to fighting for the justice you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you if you’ve suffered as a result of another driver’s negligence.