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Preventing the most common types of crashes

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

While not all accidents can be prevented, there are things that drivers in New Hampshire can do to attempt to avoid them. Keeping their attention on the road can help drivers prevent many of the four main types of crashes.

Rear-end crashes are some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents, often happening during busy traffic hours and usually the result of driving too fast or aggressively or following too closely. Drivers can prevent this type of accident by leaving enough space to avoid crashing into the car ahead of them during sudden stops or by letting a driver who is following too closely or driving too aggressively pass them.

Front-end crashes are also common and made up 54% of crashes in 2016. This type of collision can be with another vehicle or another object and can be the result of weather or road conditions. To avoid a front-end crash, a driver should always adapt their driving to the conditions around them and remain focused on the road.

Parking lot crashes are also common. These collisions take place in busy parking lots where drivers are going in multiple directions at once or where drivers have blind spots as they pull out of their spaces. Finally, the fourth type of common crash is the side-swipe, which can happen when two cars are driving parallel to each other or when one car T-bones another one, usually at intersections. Respecting road signs and lights and being vigilant about what is happening around the vehicle can help drivers avoid these types of accidents.

Even when exercising vigilance, someone can be involved in a crash. In those cases, a victim might decide to file a claim and consult a personal injury lawyer to help them. A lawyer may help them decide which type of claim to file and explain how compensation works. They may also be able to negotiate with insurance companies and help their client gather evidence.