Common Types of California Accidents

Here are the most common types of accidents:

Speeding Induced – The most common form of speeding induced collisions are rear-enders. In California, drivers who rear-end the vehicle ahead is in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350, which states a person is driving at a speed greater than the condition warranted. The reasons speeding is dangerous should be obvious. The faster a vehicle is moving, the less time the vehicle’s driver has to make decisions like braking and steering. Plus the more damaging a collision will be. Speed limits are in place for a good reason. The speed has been determined to be safe for motorists to travel. Going faster than the limit can cause serious issues. You may not have time to stop before rearing end traffic waiting at a light, crosswalk, or other stopping point.

Left Hand Turns
– Drivers making a left turn need to yield the right-of-way to on-coming traffic and may make the turn only when it can be completed with reasonable safety. If a driver does not yield, causing a crash with opposite traffic, the driver is in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21801. The reason for this rule is that oncoming traffic might not expect a vehicle turning in front of them, and slowing down or stopping may be impossible. California car accidents are frequently caused in this manner.

T-Bone Collisions – Other names for this type of collision are broadsided or cross traffic crashes. This is a crash where one vehicle’s front collides with the side of another vehicle. Usually these types of crashes occur at intersection where a vehicle runs a red light or stop sign, moves into the intersection and collides with cross traffic. In some instances, left-turn vehicles may cause T-Bone collisions. Over 1 in 4 vehicle deaths occur in T-Bone accidents.

Sideswipe Collision
– Under California Vehicle Code Section 21658, a driver must enter or exit a clearly marked lane on a roadway with reasonable safety. When a driver merges into another lane hitting another car, the driver is in violation of this code.

Head-On Crashes – This is where two vehicles’ fronts collided with each other. Usually in these types of circumstances, a vehicle crosses lanes and goes into on-coming traffic. Head-on crashes are quite dangerous and cause serious injuries including fatalities and head injuries.

Vehicle Rollover – A vehicle rollover is when a vehicle flips over onto its roof or side or flip a complete 360 degrees and lands on its wheel. A vehicle may do a rollover due to speed or a collision from another vehicle. These incidents are known to cause serious injuries including death, brain injuries, and loss of limb.

Multivehicle Collisions – Sometimes called a “pile-up”. This is where multiple cars are involved in a single crash. Many times going too fast for the conditions of the roadway is the reason for having multiple cars being involved.

Hit-and-Run Collisions – Regardless of fault, seriousness of the accident or injuries, a driver needs to stop and exchange information with the other party. If a driver chooses to leave the scene, the driver may be charged with a hit-and-run citation, a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20002. Depending on whether there were injuries involved, the driver may be cited for a misdemeanor or felony.

Of course there are many other types of car accidents, these are just a few of the most common. Once again, staying alert and paying attention is the best way to avoid being in an accident.

It is important to remember that if you are injured in an accident like this, always consult with a car accident lawyer first.