Types of Car Accident Claims

Car accidents can happen in a variety of ways, with some resulting in minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, while others may cause injuries resulting in permanent damage. However, every type of car accident can result in a serious injury.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to consult an experienced Watertown car accident lawyer for help with your claim. At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, our attorneys have experience helping victims involved in common car accident types, including:


Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle crashes into the back of the vehicle traveling in front of it. These accidents are often caused by distracted driving or following too closely.

A rear-end collision can also occur because of panic stops or weather conditions. This type of accident often results in victims suffering whiplash, a painful neck injury that occurs when the head is forcefully thrust forward and then snapped back in place.


Side-Impact Collisions

A side-impact collision occurs when one vehicle’s side collides with another’s, often while one vehicle is attempting to merge into another lane. This can result in victims suffering serious injuries due to limited safety features on the interior side of the vehicle.

One type of side-impact crash is referred to as a “T-bone” collision, which occurs when one driver hits the side of another vehicle, usually while making a left-hand turn. These accidents typically occur when a driver runs a red light or turns without yielding to oncoming traffic.

Another type of side-impact collision occurs when a driver swipes a vehicle traveling in another lane. This can occur when a vehicle drifts into another lane due to the driver becoming distracted or driving while fatigued.


Vehicle Rollover

When a vehicle rolls over during an accident, it is often a dangerous and violent event that significantly increases passengers’ risk of injury or death.

This type of accident can occur when the vehicle takes a sharp turn at a high speed or due to other driver behaviors or weather conditions. SUVs and larger vehicles are more likely to roll over than other vehicles due to their higher center of gravity. Because rollover accidents may cause a person to collide with a hard surface at a high speed, serious injuries like brain trauma and spinal cord injuries are more likely to occur.


Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision occurs when the front of one vehicle collides into the front of another vehicle. This type of accidents often occurs due to factors such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving the wrong way down a one-way road
  • Not obeying traffic signs


A head-on collision can result in serious injuries, such as spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures or death.


Multiple-Vehicle Collisions

Multiple-vehicle collisions or pile-ups may occur on highways or freeways, usually triggered by one accident in an area with heavy traffic.

This can also cause a domino effect, resulting in many vehicles colliding into each other. Some vehicles may be struck multiple times, increasing the likelihood of serious injuries to the vehicle occupants.

It can also be difficult to determine which party is at fault in a multiple-vehicle collision. Insurance companies may try to escape li ability by incorrectly blaming other drivers for causing the accident.

For this reason, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney to review your claim after a multiple-vehicle collision. An attorney will investigate the accident to determine which party is truly at fault and help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.


Hit and Run Accidents

A hit and run collision occurs when a motorist strikes another vehicle or pedestrian and leaves the accident scene.

This type of accident is often the result of negligent driving behaviors, such as texting while driving or impaired driving. Injuries sustained in a hit and run accident can be more substantial due to the delayed time of victims receiving medical treatment.

In Connecticut, if you are involved in an accident that results in an injury or property damage, you are required to wait at the accident scene and report it to law enforcement.


How an Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney for qualified legal help with your claim.

The personal injury attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi have helped numerous victims of negligence obtain the justice and compensation they deserve after being injured in an accident. We have decades of combined legal experience representing car accident victims and will help you through every step of the claims process.

All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your claim. There is no risk in contacting us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case that entitles you to compensation.