Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are millions of motor vehicle accidents every year in which people are injured, sometimes severely, or even killed. Accidents can involve a single vehicle or multiple vehicles. Even accidents involving small cars can cause devastating injuries or death. When semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are involved, traffic accidents can cause large-scale, lasting damage.
Our attorneys at Golitko & Daly represent parties involved who have been injured in a personal or commercial motor vehicle accident. Attorneys Matthew M. Golitko and John P. Daly, Jr. can consult with you about motor vehicle accidents at our Kokomo and Indianapolis, IN, offices. They provide a free consultation to review your case and help you determine if you should seek compensation.
Due to their large size and special configurations, 18-wheelers are more susceptible to crashes than other types of vehicles. The ways in which a truck can crash include:
- Tire blowouts: tires can explode, throwing debris, and causing the truck driver to lose control of their vehicle
- Jackknifes: when a truck’s trailer and cab angle away from each other, they can spread across multiple lanes of traffic and cause the truck to roll over
- Blindspots: large trucks have very large blind spots, and are unable to see other vehicles easily, leading to many collisions and accidents
- Rollovers: a truck trailer can become unbalanced and roll onto its side or cause the entire truck to flip over
- Underrides: another vehicle can crash into the trailer and become trapped or lodged underneath it
There are a variety of ways in which small car can crash, whether into stationary objects, other autos, or trucks. Crashes can range in severity and circumstance, involving rollovers, head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and T-bone collisions. Though accidents that take place with smaller vehicles can seem less impactful, they can lead to extensive damage when multiple cars are involved.
Types of Injuries
Injuries from auto and truck accidents can range from cuts and scrapes to paralysis and death. Common physical damages include whiplash, lacerations, sprains, fractured bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, herniated disks, and damage to the chest. Minor injuries can heal in a short period of time without any residual effects. More serious injuries, however, often require hospitalization or other specialized care, and can have long-term effects on the health and well-being of the victim. Some victims may not be able to work after their accident, or can only work limited hours. With traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, the victim may need care for the rest of their life, placing a significant burden on family and loved ones.
Golitko & Daly are dedicated to helping victims of motor-vehicle accidents recover. Our experienced team can help you navigate all the legal intricacies to see the full compensation owed you.
Liability and Fault
If another person caused an accident that left you injured, the responsible parties should be held reliable. If you were injured while driving for work, you may have a workers’ compensation claim. If a motor vehicle accident was caused as the result of a faulty or defective vehicle, the manufacturer of that vehicle may be held responsible for the accident through a product liability lawsuit.
Seeking Compensation with Our Help
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible. There are many factors that play into whether or not you will receive the appropriate compensation for an accident, and an experienced attorney can guide you through the legal process. Golitko & Daly are dedicated to helping victims of motor vehicle accidents recover. Our experienced team can help you navigate all the legal intricacies to seek the full compensation owed to you. We will work tirelessly building your case to let you focus on returning to normal life.
Receive the Help of an Experienced Team
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our office today for an appointment with one of our attorneys. We will provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and how to seek the compensation owed you.