Types of Car Accidents
Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
There are well over 7 million motor vehicles registered in Los Angeles County alone, accounting for about 25% of registered vehicles in all of California. Many of these vehicles are what you would call typical passenger cars or sedans. For drivers of this kind of vehicle, the type of accident can make all the difference in the extent of property damage and injury they may experience in a collision. Here we will take a brief look at some of the common types of motor vehicle accidents involving cars:
Car vs. Bicycle Accidents
The end result of a traffic accident involving a car and a bicycle is usually catastrophic – even if the impact occurred at a relatively low speed. A bicycle rider will have little protection against a 3,000-pound car. Even with a helmet and other protective gear, the bicyclist is likely to experience serious injuries that will require emergency medical care. There were 2,076 injury bicycle-involved accidents in the city of Los Angeles in 2010; 11 people lost their lives in these collisions.
Car vs. Bus Accidents
Though a relatively rare occurrence in the realm of motor vehicle accidents, a collision involving a bus and a car can result in numerous injuries. The size and weight of the bus will mean that the car will be more likely to sustain the brunt of damage, and the occupants of the car will be more likely to be injured. The bus driver and any passengers on the bus may also be at risk of injury; with the passengers at an increased risk depending on whether they were wearing safety belts or were sitting or standing.
Car vs. Pedestrian Accidents
There were 100 fatal pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles in 2010 and 2,512 pedestrian-involved accidents that resulted in injuries. A collision involving a car and a pedestrian has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries – most often to the pedestrian. This issue is of the utmost importance, with a two-year increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities across the U.S. gaining the attention of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and giving birth to the campaign “Everyone Is a Pedestrian” to combat accidents.
Car vs. Truck Accidents
A fully-loaded commercial truck may weigh 80,000 pounds or even more with a special permit. When a car weighing only a fraction of that is involved in a collision with a big rig or semi-truck, the results can be deadly. Occupants of a car are far more likely to be injured in an accident than truck drivers. According to National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) statistics from 2011, truck drivers accounted for less than 7% of truck accident fatalities. Occupants of other vehicles accounted for 80%, and non-occupants (bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.) accounted for about 13%.
You can also find helpful information on some of the causes of car accidents and the types of collisions any type of motor vehicle may experience: head-on, rear-end, pile-up or side impact. Providing accurate, informative insight regarding auto accidents in the Los Angeles area is our primary goal, as this can help motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists make the right choices while on the road – protecting their own well-being as well as the safety of others.
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