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What is Considered a Motor Vehicle Accident?

When you think of a motor vehicle accident, what immediately comes to mind? Do you picture two vehicles colliding with each other? What about a crash that involves animals or pedestrians? Would that be considered a motor vehicle accident as well?

Ultimately, a motor vehicle accident occurs when a vehicle hits another vehicle, a pedestrian, animal or stationary object. Therefore, an accident does not have to involve two or more vehicles. It may involve a car and an object such as a tree, power pole or building. It may involve a car and a bicyclist, pedestrian or dog. A motor vehicle accident may involve any motorized vehicle such as a car, pickup truck, semi truck, bus or motorcycle.

There are millions of car accidents in the United States every year. Most of these do not get any attention because they are minor. A motor vehicle accident may involve anything from a car backing up into another vehicle in a parking lot or a deadly multi-car pileup on the freeway.

Common Car Accidents in Miami

Rear-end collisions are very common in Miami. There are several reasons for this, with impairment being the most common. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is risky because it impairs judgment. Many impaired drivers are unable to stop in time to avoid an accident, so they end up rear-ending the car in front of them. Rear-end accidents can cause serious injuries, such as whiplash or brain injuries.

Distractions and poor weather can also cause rear-end accidents. Drivers in Miami may lose control in rainy weather and not be able to slow down in time, causing accidents. Distracted driving, such as cell phone use, also leads to rear-end accidents.

Single vehicle crashes are also common. Fatigue, speed, and alcohol or drug use can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Many end up veering off the road and crashing into trees and power poles.

T-bone crashes are common in Miami. These tend to happen when a driver runs a red light and is hit by an oncoming vehicle. These types of accidents commonly involve motorcycles at intersections, since they are difficult to see. A motorist may turn left and hit an oncoming motorcyclist.

Types of Injuries

Head and back injuries are probably the most common car accident injuries, and the most serious as well. Neck and chest injuries are also common. Broken arms and legs may also occur, as well as injuries to the hands and feet.

Many victims also suffer emotional injuries. They may experience post traumatic stress disorder, which can make them afraid of riding in a vehicle. They may need counseling to help them with the aftermath of such an incident.

Let a Miami Personal Injury Lawyer Help You Today

Car accidents happen quite often. While many are minor, a serious accident can lead to injury and even death. When a car accident leads to significant damages, it’s important to seek legal help.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP can assess your case and help you obtain compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Schedule a consultation by calling our office at (305) 371-2692 or visiting us online.