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Types Of Car Accident Cases We Handle

There are countless scenarios in which someone can be injured in a car accident. Our personal injury lawyers at Pepper & Odom, P.C. have years of experience handling all types of car accident cases with a track record of success achieving maximum compensation for injured victims and their families.

Types Of Motor Vehicle Crashes

Rear-End Collisions One of the most common types of car crash cases we deal with is rear-end collision, and this happens when a motor vehicle strikes the back of the car in front of it. Even at low speeds, rear-end collisions can cause neck, back, and spine injuries, including herniated discs and whiplash, which can lead to chronic pain and require costly ongoing physical therapy, chiropractic visits, medications, and medical care.

T-Bone Accidents Side impact crashes happen when one vehicle hits another broadside, forming the shape of a T, and this occurs when a motorist is turning left at an intersection, or a driver runs a red light or stop sign. Because occupants of a vehicle don’t have as much protection on the side, T-bone accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities, even in cars that have side airbags.

Head-On Collisions — These types of car accident cases occur when a vehicle crosses into an oncoming traffic lane or enters a highway the wrong way. Dangerous or improper passing on two-lane roads is quite common in Alabama and Mississippi and can lead to head-on crashes that have deadly consequences. Distracted driving, driver fatigue, drunk driving, and swerving to avoid obstacles in the road are also common causes of head-on collisions.

Multicar Pileups — Crashes involving more than two vehicles, and sometimes at high speeds. Jackknifed tractor-trailers can block several lanes of traffic, forcing other automobiles to make quick stops and causing a chain reaction of cars slamming into one another. Victims of multicar pileups can be killed or suffer catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, amputation, traumatic brain injury, organ damage, and severe burns. Determining and proving liability in these types of car accidents can be challenging, so it’s vital to have a skilled personal injury attorney by your side.

Sideswipe Accidents — Collisions that involve the sides of two cars impacting are often caused by motorists failing to see another vehicle in their blind spot. Although many sideswipe accidents result in a few dents and scratches, the results can be deadly when they happen on the highway and larger vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, are involved.

Single Car Accidents — Rollover crashes and collisions with trees, utility poles, and other objects typically involve one vehicle. Speeding, inclement weather, and animals or obstacles in the road are some of the most common causes of single-car crashes. These types of car accident cases are complex. They may involve multiple factors, including equipment malfunctions, such as brake failure, and vehicles with high centers of gravity taking curves at high speeds.

Accidents Caused By Running Red Lights or Stop Signs — Negligent motorists who ignore traffic signs and signals put themselves and others in unnecessary danger. When these types of car accidents occur at high speeds, they can cause significant damage, injury, and death. Our personal injury lawyers help injured victims hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions.

Drunk Driving Accidents — Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and leads to thousands of fatalities in the U.S. each year. When a drunk drivers’ behavior is particularly egregious, an injured victim may be entitled to file for punitive damages in addition to other compensation, including medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

Distracted Driving Accidents — Texting and driving, eating, drinking, daydreaming, or adjusting controls can take a motorist’s attention away from the task of driving. A driver who looks away from the road for just five seconds to check a text can cause a crash that results in severe injury or death. Distracted driving accidents are a serious and frequent problem on Alabama and Mississippi roadways.

Hit And Run Accidents — Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a serious crime, especially if someone is injured or killed. Even if a hit and run driver cannot be found, our car accident lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation from your auto insurance policy.

Pedestrian Accidents — Most pedestrian accidents occur when a driver turns left and collides with someone who’s walking across the street. Without the protection of a vehicle surrounding them, pedestrians who are hit can suffer broken bones, head injuries, or other serious harm, including death.

Motorcycle Accidents — Motorcyclists have minimal protection when on the road. They’re often hit because a negligent motorist fails to see them. Road rash, fractured or crushed bones, head injuries, and amputation are just a few of the life-changing damages that motorcyclists can suffer. If you ride a motorcycle, make yourself visible by always wearing reflective gear and a helmet to protect yourself.

Accidents Involving Wrongful Death — Losing a loved one in a car accident is a painful, traumatic experience, especially when a death occurs in a crash that could have been prevented. Although no amount of money can bring back your loved one, our compassionate team is here for you and fights to hold negligent parties responsible for your losses.

Contact A Birmingham or Jackson Car Accident Attorney To Learn More

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash, our personal injury lawyers at Pepper & Odom, P.C. can evaluate your car accident case and advise you on the best course of action to recover compensation. Contact us online, or call our Birmingham, Alabama office at 205-250-1107 or Jackson, Mississippi, office at 601-202-1111. We utilize local counsel and handle cases throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and nationwide.