The Most Frustrating Types of Car Accidents
July 1st, 2016 by Attorney Julie Butcher
There are many types of accidents, some more dangerous than others. If you have driven a vehicle for any length of time in Kentucky, you probably have been involved in some type of accident. The website Complex has compiled a list of the most frustrating types of accidents. Maybe you’ve had to go through at least one of these.
I Drive the Same No Matter the Weather
Speed limits are meant for perfect, daytime conditions. If the weather is bad, if it’s raining or snowing, sleet is coming down or night has fallen, you should slow down. Some of us don’t break our habits, even if that includes speeding, no matter the time of day or weather. Stopping distances on wet, snow covered or icy roads are much longer than if the road is dry. You may violate the laws of the road, but you can’t violate the laws of physics. Going too fast and slamming on your brakes on a slippery road will get you (and maybe others) into trouble.
The Brake Checker
You may be one of the few of us who obey speed limits. The person behind you may be one of those who drive like their clothes are on fire and tailgates those unlucky enough to be on the same road. Tailgaters are inconsiderate and dangerous, but “brake checking” (using your brakes to suddenly slow down to encourage the other driver to back off) may result in a collision, road rage and even more irrational behavior by both you and the other driver.
The Red Light Runner
The driver may be in a hurry, uncaring about other drivers, someone who thinks driving is a game or who may be intoxicated. No matter the reason, running red lights is incredibly dangerous and can lead to a “T bone” accident where the driver who did nothing wrong and went forward on the green light is hit on the side, where the vehicle has the least protection against accidents. Before going through an intersection on the green light, you may want to quickly look both ways to see if a Red Light Runner is coming your way.
The Hit and Run
If it happens to you, hopefully it will be when your car is parked and empty and no one gets hurt. If it happens while you’re stopped at a stop sign, red light or driving on the road, the person colliding with you may leave the scene for any number of reasons. Due to physical or mental problems or intoxication, the driver may not realize you were hit. The person may fear getting a ticket or being arrested because of the accident. The driver may have no insurance and may be afraid he or she will be held financially responsible. If this happens to you, try to remember the color, make, model and license number of the vehicle that hit you so you can report it to the police.
In order to prevent this potential situation from becoming a financial disaster, you should purchase as much uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage as you can with your vehicle insurance. You should also buy collision and comprehensive coverage for your property damage. These coverages will help with at least some of your damages, injuries and losses due to a hit-and-run accident.
It’s important that all of us, for our own good and the good of others, drive safely, use common sense and obey traffic laws. If you or a loved one has been injured in Kentucky in an accident caused by a driver acting negligently, call the Julie Butcher Law Office at 859-233-3641 or fill out our contact form to talk about your case and your legal options.