Car Accident Risk FactorsA 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 CollisionsTraffic 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.
Your immediate reaction to a car crash can have a positive or negative effect on your ability to recover money for damages; go here to learn about the steps to take and mistakes to avoid if you have been in a crash in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.
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