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Car Accident

Car accidents are the most common type of motor-vehicle accident in the modern world. Although rates of the incidence of auto accidents have steadily decreased for decades, the mass and speed of an automobile, combined with massive volume of U.S. citizens driving on a daily basis, means that often people's lives are touched in large or small ways by car accidents. A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accident, motor vehicle collision, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, road traffic collision, road traffic accident, wreck (USA), or car smash (Australian), occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, vehicle damage, and property damage, and death.

Car Accident Risk Factors

A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision including vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, driver skill and/or impairment, and driver behavior. Worldwide, motor-vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as huge financial costs to both society and the individuals involved.

Types of Collisions

Traffic collisions can be classified by general type. Types of collision include head-on, road departure, rear-end, side collisions, and rollovers. Many different terms are commonly used to describe vehicle collisions. The World Health Organization use the term road traffic injury, while the U.S. Census Bureau uses the term motor vehicle accidents (MVA), and Transport Canada uses the term "motor vehicle traffic collision" (MVTC). Other terms that are commonly used include auto accident, car accident, car crash, car smash, car wreck, motor vehicle collision (MVC), personal injury collision (PIC), road accident, road traffic accident (RTA), road traffic collision (RTC), road traffic incident (RTI), road traffic accident and later road traffic collision, as well as more unofficial terms including smash-up, pile-up, and fender bender.

Accident versus collision?

Some organizations have begun to avoid the term "accident", since most crashes are the result of driver error or other contributing factor rather than an unavoidable cause.  However, treating collisions as anything other than "accidents" has been criticized for holding back safety improvements, because a culture of blame may discourage the involved parties from fully disclosing the facts, and thus frustrate attempts to address the real root causes. After any serious injury car accident, it is crucial for the injured parties, or in the case of a fatality for the family members left behind, to protect their rights and ensure that their damages are compensated for by getting experienced legal assistance
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Catastrophic car accidents and wrongful death - what survivors need to know

Bill Coats Law specializes in wrongful death cases in devastating car accidents. With empathy and grit, our lawyers walk survivors through the complicated process of financial recovery. Click here for this guide to basic questions answered about damages recoverable in wrongful death cases. 

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One clients story of how this Bellingham, WA lawyer helped him recover after a car accident

If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault, it can help to hear that you're not alone. That you do have options, and there are ways to recover some of what you lost financially. It takes money to be able to recover from serious injuries including bone fractures, like this car accident victim hit by a distracted driver. Sometimes your best option is to seek legal expertise to make sure you receive a fair settlement for your damages and losses. Here is one client's story.