While any car accident can be devastating, each crash type poses unique risks and legal challenges. At Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys, our experienced Alabama accident lawyers understand how to build cases for all types of car accidents — and help get you the compensation you deserve.

Types of Car Accidents in Birmingham AL - Car Accident Lawyer

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end crashes typically occur when someone is distracted and fails to notice that there’s a red light, stop sign, or stopped traffic. Often, the vehicle that rear-ended your car will be found at fault.

In a rear-end collision, injuries like whiplash, sprains, strains, and herniated discs are common. Victims can suffer serious, life-changing injuries even if there is only minor damage to the vehicles.

Head-On Accidents

Some of the deadliest crashes involve head-on collisions. While these crashes can involve many causes, drunk, drugged, and reckless driving are common. In these cases, your accident lawyer may consider requesting punitive damages. Punitive damages aim to punish the driving for their wildly dangerous behavior.

Side-Impact Accidents

These crashes occur when a vehicle smashes into the side of your car. Many times, they are caused by the other driver’s failure to yield. While the person closest to the impact typically suffers the worst injuries, the severity of a side-impact crash may depend on the speed of the vehicles, your car’s safety systems (like airbags), and other factors.

T-bone and sideswipe crashes are two types of side-impact collisions. In a T-bone accident, the at-fault driver smashes the front of their vehicle into the side of your car. A sideswipe occurs when the other driver is moving in the same direction and brushes up against your vehicle — sometimes without losing control.

Rollover Crashes

Rollover crashes are especially dangerous, occurring when a vehicle loses control and flips over. These crashes can cause catastrophic damages, especially if the vehicle has insufficient roof strength, a seat belt fails, or someone is unrestrained. Sometimes, rollover accidents are caused by defective or improperly maintained tires, although speed is frequently another factor.

SUVs and other vehicles with a high center of gravity run a higher risk of rolling over during a crash.

Multi-Vehicle or Pile-Up Crashes

When our roads are congested, there is a higher likelihood of a pile-up crash. One driver’s mistake can lead to a chain reaction of collisions, complicating the cleanup and rescue operations. In the aftermath of a multi-vehicle crash, you may have a difficult time determining who is to blame without help from an experienced accident lawyer — and many insurance policies may be involved.

Single-Car Accidents

Sometimes, crashes involve only one driver. While many single-car accidents involve alcohol use, some are due to defective car and truck parts and other hazards, resulting in both property damage and serious injuries.

Accidents Involving Vulnerable Road Users

Car and truck drivers share Birmingham’s roads with a wide variety of other road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, and others. During a wreck, these road users are more likely to suffer serious, life-threatening injuries, since they are not protected by airbags, seat belts, and windshields.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

When the other driver flees the scene of the crash, it can be very difficult to identify the at-fault driver by their license plate number or other information. And the fact is that many hit-and-run drivers lack insurance. In these cases, a Birmingham AL car accident lawyer can help you identify other sources of compensation, such as your uninsured/underinsured motorist and med pay policies.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

In all types of car accidents, you need to take steps to protect yourself. First, pull your car to safety, or exit the car. Next, call 911 and report the accident. The 911 operator will send the police and medical professionals to the scene of the accident, if needed.

When the police arrive, cooperate fully with their investigation. Also, make sure to report any concerns you have about the other driver’s conduct before, during, or after the crash. Their accident report will serve as important evidence in your injury claims. You should also take pictures of the crash site, the vehicles, and collect other information that may help your attorney build your claim.

Even if you’re not in severe pain, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. A doctor at the emergency department or clinic can help you identify subtle injuries that could lead to complications in the future. These medical records will also provide valuable evidence for your car accident claim in Alabama.

Finally, contact an accident lawyer. Your lawyer will help you identify the at-fault parties and get you the compensation you deserve.

Learn More About Common Types of Car Accidents

To learn more about your type of car wreck and what factors will impact your compensation, contact Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. Don’t delay. The sooner you call us, the sooner we may start working on your case.