7 Common Types of Vehicle Accidents in California

Author: Mesriani Law Group
Posted on: December 14, 2020

In Los Angeles, thousands of drivers are on the road every single day. While most drivers practice safe driving habits, others fail to do so.

When this happens, vehicle accidents can occur. There are numerous types of accidents but here are 7 common types in California: 

Rear-end Crashes 

Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of vehicle accidents in California. This type of accident happens when a driver is following another car too closely (otherwise known as tailgating) and the car in front slows down or stops. The rear vehicle may end up crashing into the car in front because the rear car driver didn’t allow enough distance or time to stop.

Typically, the rear car driver is usually held responsible for the crash.  

Head-on Crashes

Head-on crashes are one of the most serious types of car accidents. A head-on crash happens when two cars traveling in opposite directions collide directly into each other. The front of each car collides into each other causing a head-on crash, also known as a frontal collision.

T-Bone Accidents

T-Bone accidents generally occur at intersections. When a driver fails to stop at a red light, stoplight, or traffic signal, the car may end up crashing into another car that was crossing the intersection – colliding into the car on its side. The front of one car strikes the side of another car and forms the shape of a “T” at the point of impact.

T-bone accidents are also referred to as side-impact collisions. 

Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and run accidents are considered a serious crime in California. When a driver leaves the scene of an accident without properly identifying himself or herself to the other driver (or law enforcement), it’s considered a hit and run case.

Multiple Vehicle Collisions 

Also known as a “pile-up”, multiple vehicle collisions occur when several vehicles are involved in a single crash. Often, cars are going too fast and unable to stop in time to avoid colliding into other cars.

Multiple vehicle collisions can be extremely complicated. Determining the party or parties at fault can be even more difficult. In this case, an experienced California traffic attorney can help with the legalities while you focus on your recovery. 

Bus Collisions

Although buses are generally a safe form of transportation, sometimes accidents happen. A bus collision happens when a city-operated bus or transit bus crashes into a vehicle injuring passengers, drivers, or pedestrians. 

Injured victims can file a claim against the city agency, bus company, driver, or other responsible parties. 

Truck Accidents 

Commercial trucks are an important part of our economy. They transport essential products and materials throughout California. However, due to the extremely large size of trucks, accidents can cause serious injuries.

Common types of truck accidents include delivery vehicles, big rigs, dumpster trucks, 18-wheelers, and cargo trucks. 

Consult with a California Traffic Collision Attorney Today

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact Mesriani Law Group today for a complimentary legal consultation. We have legal representatives in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Culver City, and other cities throughout California. An experienced California attorney can help you discuss your options. We’re confident that our knowledgeable lawyers can obtain the maximum compensation for your case and offer a “no win, no fee” guarantee.