Types Of Auto Accidents

New York City Car Accident Attorney

In 2011, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles published a summary of motor vehicle crashes for the year, and the numbers were sobering. In total, the DMV concluded that 307,550 accidents occurred on state roads in one year alone. Of the collisions that were reported, 128,036 resulted in injury to at least one individual involved.

There were 1,077 fatal car accidents in 2011, a number that would increase if pedestrians, bicyclists and other bystanders were included in the count. These staggering numbers help to put in perspective the reality of car accidents in our state and the need to respond appropriately.

Common Motor Vehicle Accidents In NYC

New York City personal injury lawyers at our firm are here to help you obtain compensation for your auto accident, no matter what type of collision it may have been. Below are some of the most common types of automobile accidents in New York.

  • Head-on collisions typically result when one car is traveling the wrong way down a road or highway, thus allowing for it to collide head-on with another vehicle. How and why this happened will determine who was at fault for the accident.
  • Multi-vehicle pileups involve multiple vehicles and are more likely to occur on roads with frequent and heavy traffic. This type of accident usually results from a domino effect caused by an initial collision between two cars. The number of individuals involved in a pileup can make it easier for the insurance company to overlook or even disregard serious injuries that resulted.
  • Rear-end accidents occur when the front end of one car meets the back side of the car in front of it. Generally, New York traffic laws hold that the rear-ending vehicle will be held responsible for the accident, not the rear-ended vehicle. Exceptions to this rule are granted if the driver of the rear-ending vehicle has a reasonable explanation for the collision, such as sliding on black ice where there was no warning of icy roads.
  • Rollover accidents occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle and the car rolls over on its side as a result. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents claim more than 10,000 lives on an annual basis. The risk of rollover accidents is directly correlated with the height of the vehicle's center of gravity. The higher the center of gravity, the more risk for rolling over when turning sharply or traveling at high speeds.
  • Side-impact collisions (T-Bone crashes) occur when the front end of one car collides with the side of another car, forming the shape of the letter T. This type of broadside collision is usually the result of a driver's disregard of directing traffic signs.
  • Taxi accidents are involved in 13 percent of all serious crashes, according to a 2010 article from The New York Times. Earlier in 2006, The New York Times also shared that while taxis may have a lower rate of crashes than other vehicles, individuals who are involved in a taxi cab accident are more likely to suffer worse injuries; statistics showed that 21 percent of injuries from taxi accidents are either serious or moderate.

Contact A New York City Car Accident Lawyer

As New York City car accident attorneys, we know that filing a motor vehicle accident claim can be extremely intimidating. Insurance companies are intent upon finding the best way to grant the lowest amount of compensation possible, even when you played little or no role of fault. Contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about what goes into a car accident claim and how we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.