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Types of Car Accidents

Every accident demands a unique approach

All car accidents might seem the same - until you're involved in one yourself. Another driver might crash into the back of your car. Or someone might run a red light and drive straight into the side of your vehicle. Or maybe another driver fled the scene of your accident.

Knowing what to do after an accident caused by another driver can be confusing. The other driver might deny doing anything wrong. And that driver's insurance company often does everything it can prevent you from getting the money you rightfully deserve.

That's why it's critical that you have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side familiar with different types of accidents. That's why you need the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone in Massachusetts and the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli in Connecticut. We know how to hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions.

What type of auto accident are you dealing with?

Our lawyers have years of experience handling all different types of motor vehicle accidents. We can thoroughly investigate your crash and know how to find the facts you need to build the strongest possible legal case. The most common accidents we regularly deal with include:

Whatever type of accident you're dealing with, don't take chances with your future. Take action. Contact us and schedule a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable lawyer who knows how to get results. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 right now.

Rear End Crashes

Rear end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. Usually caused by inattentiveness, these types of collisions have increased dramatically in recent years due to people using cellphones while driving and other distractions.

Rear end collisions can result in whiplash or other neck and back injuries. But because these accidents usually happen at low speeds and the damage to the vehicles is often minor, insurance companies assume that personal injuries sustained in such accidents are minor too.

We know the truth. We know that many victims of rear end accidents sustain significant injuries that demand serious attention. In certain cases, these accidents can even prove fatal. That's why we want to meet with you and learn more about your accident.

Drivers who cause rear end accidents often deny wrongdoing. We know how to find the facts to build a strong legal case. Whether it's examining the skid marks on the road or consulting with accident reconstruction experts, we do everything we can to hold the driver who caused your crash accountable for his or her actions.

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Illegally Parked Car Accident

Hitting an illegally parked car and sustaining an injury can be a devastating experience, but you can get the help you need by contacting our car accident injury lawyers.  We have years of experience handling accidents involving cars that were parked illegally.

An illegally parked car accident can happen for many reasons. The other vehicle may have been parked in a fire lane, a handicap parking spot, in front of a fire hydrant or in a no parking zone. It may have been stopped on the highway, dangerously close to a ramp. Accidents involving illegally parked vehicles can lead to complex claims.  For example, you may have struck a pedestrian because your view was obscured by an illegally parked car.

Other scenarios involving illegally parked vehicles can include:

  • You backed into an illegally parked car in a parking lot.
  • You hit a vehicle in a parking lot that was taking up two parking spaces.
  • You hit a car parked on a blind curve in a no parking zone.
  • You hit a vehicle that was parked on a narrow city street's no parking zone.
  • You hit a driver who unsafely pulled to the side of the road to make a phone call.

You may be confused and unsure what to do to protect your rights.  That's where we can help. We can conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine who was at fault.  Whatever the circumstances of your accident, we realize it can have serious long-term consequences. Your car could be at total loss. You or a loved one may have suffered a serious injury.

We have years of experience working with clients involved in all types of car accidents. We know that accident victims need an aggressive, determined legal advocate in their corner who knows how to fight for justice - and we can be that advocate.

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Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents occur when a driver loses control of his or her vehicle and it turns onto its side or upside-down, sometimes spinning multiple times across a roadway before coming to a stop. Among the worst types of accidents, rollovers typically involve sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), light trucks and minivans. These vehicles are top-heavy, with a higher center of gravity than smaller passenger vehicles. But rollover accidents can happen to anyone, even those driving smaller cars.

In most instances, rollover accident victims have done nothing to cause their accident. Defective car parts such as brakes or tires may fail, causing a driver to lose control of the car. A reckless driver may be weaving in and out of traffic lanes, causing another driver to swerve out of the way and rollover. Vehicles can even be manufactured with design defects that increase accident risk. In fact, car companies such as Ford and Toyota have recalled thousands of vehicles due to rollover accidents and crashes involving other vehicles.

Our attorneys thoroughly investigate such car accidents. We know that a comprehensive investigation is necessary to protect the rights of victims. Without question, injuries as a result of a rollover accident can be debilitating, leading to deep physical, emotional, and financial losses. In many cases, the force and impact of the crash results in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or broken bones. Sometimes a driver or passenger in a rollover crash is thrown from the vehicle because the windows break. In certain cases, rollover accidents can even prove fatal.

Rollover accidents happen fast and often leave victims with catastrophic, life-changing injuries. That's why we want to meet with you. We know that accident victims need an aggressive, determined legal advocate in their corner who knows how to fight for justice. In certain cases, a rollover happens because of the actions of another careless driver, but the rollover might have also occurred because of a defect in the vehicle. We'll find the responsible parties and hold them accountable for your accident.

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School Bus Accidents

Parents rely on school buses to get their children safely to and from school every day. Whether stopping for children at a bus stop in the morning or traveling on highways to sporting events, school bus drivers accept responsibility for the safety of each child who boards the bus. Other drivers need to do the same as well and share the road safely with school buses.

Unfortunately, accidents involving school buses sometimes happen. School bus accidents can be particularly distressing because children can easily suffer catastrophic head, neck, and back injuries. In more serious bus crashes, such as a rollover accidents or T-bone accidents, injuries could range from broken bones to potentially fatal brain and spinal cord injuries.

Bus accidents can have a variety of different causes, including:

  • Bus drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Bus drivers texting and driving or distracted by their cell phone
  • Other drivers who are distracted or impaired
  • Drivers who fail to stop for a bus that has its lights on and stop sign extended
  • Drivers who attempt to pass a bus loading or unloading children
  • Speeding or reckless drivers who ignore traffic signals or signals or stop signs on the bus
  • Malfunctioning safety lights or stop signals
  • Other defects, such as faulty brakes

School bus accidents are often caused by another driver's careless behavior, such as when a texting driver causes a rear-end accident or a drunk driver runs a traffic signal while a school bus is lawfully crossing an intersection.

Whatever the cause of your school bus accident, contact us immediately if your child was injured. A delay may affect your right to pursue compensation.

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High Speed Collisions

Speeding is one of the most common causes of vehicular accidents in this country. Accidents related to speeding are also often linked to driver impairment by drugs or alcohol. That's because impaired drivers often engage in high-risk behavior, including driving excessively fast.

High speed, head-on collisions can be especially devastating. That's because the sheer force of such accidents can be so strong. To put such accidents into perspective, imagine a car driving 55 mph crashing into one traveling 75 mph. That's the same as a vehicle crashing into a wall at 130 mph!

For the survivors of such horrific speeding accidents or the relatives of loved ones killed in such crashes, the emotional and physical trauma can be devastating. A high speed accident lawyer can help you get compensated for your distress. No matter what the cause of your car accident may have been, an attorney with our firm can help you demand justice.

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Hit And Run Accidents

A "hit and run" accident occurs when you are hit by a driver who doesn't stop to exchange information about your accident. With these types of accidents, victims often have difficulty collecting damages for injuries or compensation for property damage.

A hit and run accident is considered a crime. Drivers may flee the scene for many reasons - they don't have auto insurance or a driver's license, or they may have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. Whatever the reason, there's no excuse for fleeing the scene of an accident.

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident:

  • Do not attempt to follow the driver. He or she may be dangerous and should not be confronted alone.
  • Call 911 immediately and report the event. Provide as many details as you can recall, including license plate number and anything you can remember about the vehicle and driver.
  • Talk to witnesses and collect their contact information (full name, phone number and address).
  • Take photographs of your car and scene of the accident site.

Then, contact our law firm. We have years of experience dealing with hit-and-run accidents throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. If the hit-and-run driver can't be found, we'll help you file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance. We know how the legal system works in both states and we're prepared to do whatever it takes to help you get your life back on track.

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Head-On Collisions

When two or more vehicles crash head-on into each other, the consequences can be devastating. That's because the force of the vehicles colliding into each other often results in severe injuries (brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, etc.) or even fatalities.

Such accidents almost always involve reckless or negligent behavior by one of the drivers. Perhaps a driver was distracted and veered across the center line into another car. Or perhaps the driver was driving too fast and lost control of the vehicle. Other times, drivers asleep at the wheel or driving under the influence are to blame.

Whatever the circumstances of your head-on collision, attorneys at our law firm can vigorously protect your rights and help your family hold the other driver accountable for his or her actions. We know how to find the facts to build strong legal cases in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Intersection Accidents

Intersections can be very dangerous places. That's because drivers sometimes aren't paying attention or drive aggressively in such places. Accidents may occur because a driver ran a red light or didn't stop at a stop sign, whether on purpose or by accident.

Either way, there's no excuse for not stopping at a traffic light or stop sign.

Many of the most common accidents that occur at intersections are T Bone accidents. Such accidents involve one car crashing into the side of another car. These accidents can cause devastating injuries because the side of a vehicle provides relatively little protection compared to the front or rear.

Whatever type of intersection accident you're dealing with, odds are the other driver did something to cause your crash. And worse, that driver might deny doing anything wrong. That's why it's critical that you have us on your side, protecting your rights.

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Uninsured Driver Accidents

Drivers in Massachusetts and Connecticut are required to have auto insurance. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore those laws and fail to get car insurance. As a result, they put themselves and others on the road at risk. While both Massachusetts and Connecticut have relatively few uninsured motorists, there's still always the risk of being involved in an accident with one - and you're even more at risk if your accident involved an out-of-state driver.

When an uninsured driver crashes into your car, your first through might be, "There's no way I'll be compensated for my crash." But the reality is you have many legal options available to you depending on what type of insurance you have.

In many cases, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company, or another type of coverage may apply.

We can help you review your insurance policy and determine what's the best approach for your accident. That's why we want to meet with you. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you get your life back on track.

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