5 most common types of car accidents in Denver


Denver, CO – Car accidents account for the vast majority of personal injury claims in Denver. For an accident resulting in serious injury or death, you should reach out to a reliable Denver accident lawyer before taking any legal action. 

Personal injury claims or lawsuits are all about proving that the other party was negligent and therefore liable for your damages. How your lawyers will prove that depends on the type of accident you were involved in. 

Here is a look at the most common types of car accidents recorded in the Denver area and who is liable for damages in each case.

Read-end crashes

This is by far the most common type of car accident in the US, with over 2.5 million such crashes reported each year. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by reckless driving, including speeding, tailgating, drunk driving, or brake checking. If the car coming behind you was speeding, its driver can be held accountable for damages. The same applies if the guy was following too closely, a practice commonly known as tailgating.  

On the other hand, if the driver in the lead car brakes suddenly, your Colorado accident lawyers may be able to prove they are responsible for your damages. A drunk driver may hit the brakes for no apparent reason because he doesn’t know what he’s doing anymore or he may be forced to pull to a stop abruptly to avoid an obstacle. Either way, he will be liable for damages.

At the same time, if the driver in front brakes just to annoy you, he’ll have to pay for the consequences of his road rage fit. 

Intersection accidents

An intersection accident occurs when one driver ignores the stop sign and hits a car crossing the intersection. Another common type of intersection crash refers to those situations when a driver makes a turn without looking out for cars, motorcyclists, or pedestrians. Fortunately, most intersections in Denver are monitored so your accident lawyers should probably be able to recover the footage showing exactly what happened. 

Head-on collisions

This type of accident can have very serious consequences if one or both cars are coming at high speed. The force of such an impact can cause catastrophic injuries and considerable financial losses. The most common causes of head-on collisions include distracted driving or drunk driving. If the driver doesn’t pay attention to the traffic they can easily drift from their lane and crash into a car coming from the opposite direction.

T-bone crashes

When a car hits another vehicle on the side this is called a T-bone accident. The consequences of a T-bone crash can be devastating because the side of the car is not reinforced and provides limited protection to the occupants. Failure to yield is the main cause of side accidents and this traffic rule violation constitutes negligence.  

Sideswipe accidents

These are caused by drivers who decide to change lanes without looking at the traffic. Also, an intoxicated driver may have difficulties assessing the distance between cars and sideswipe a car in the other lane. The good news is that this type of accident is less dangerous and less likely to cause severe injuries.

If you were recently injured or lost someone in any type of accident caused by negligence, you should contact a knowledgeable lawyer at the Bryan&Terrill law firm to see how you can recover damages.

Contact info:

Bryan & Terrill

333 W. Hampden Ave., #420B

Englewood, CO 80110

(720) 923-2333