4 Kinds of San Diego Car Accidents That Can Cause Injury (Part A)

San Diego car accidents are traumatic for all the parties involved. They often result in serious injury, property damage, medical expenses, time missed from work, and permanent disability. If you have been injured in a crash, contact a San Diego injury lawyer who can answer your questions about how to pursue financial compensation if your accident was the result of another driver's negligence.

Common San Diego Car Accidents

Rear impact crashes are one of the most common types of car accidents
. These accidents can range from fender-benders to more comprehensive accidents that can total both vehicles. These accidents typically occur when one car strikes a car in front of it from the rear.

In most cases, the rear car does not brake in time to avoid collision with the car out in front. Even if the car in front stops suddenly, the rear car should be following with enough space to stop in time to avoid a collision. 

In some instances, a rear car may be forced into the car in front against the driver's will or because of some other kind of impact, such as when a third car strikes the rear car and pushes it into another collision. In these multi-car accident instances, liability will usually fall to the third vehicle. About 30% of car accidents involve rear impacts.

A side-impact car crash occurs when one car hits the side of the other
by: 

  • switching lanes and causing a collision;
  • running a stop sign or red light and directly hitting the side of another car, or
  • by losing control of the car and skidding into the side of another vehicle by accident.  


About 29% of car accidents are caused by side impacts.

If you have been in a car accident, contact a San Diego injury lawyer to schedule to learn about maximizing your California accident injury claim.

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