Delaware has a two-year time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit. The clock starts ticking when you realize you’re injured and can identify what caused the injury. Motor vehicle accidents are a cause of personal injuries. Different types of car crashes can cause a variety of injuries.
A rear-end collision occurs when one vehicle hits another vehicle from behind. Personal injury to the head, neck and spine is common during a rear-end collision. The force of being hit from behind can cause your entire body to jerk forward. The violent jerk forward puts you at high risk of developing whiplash.
A head-on collision occurs when the front of two vehicles crashes into each other. The damage depends on how fast the vehicles are going when they crash. According to the United States Department of Transportation, a head-on collision is more likely to result in a fatality than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Speeding, reckless driving and drunk driving are the main causes of head-on collisions.
A broadside collision is often referred to as a T-bone accident. It’s a type of lateral impact crash where one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. A broadside collision is dangerous because most vehicles don’t have side airbags. This means passengers in the car being hit have little to protect them from the impact.
You might want to file a personal injury claim if you’re hurt in a motor vehicle accident. Your ability to file a claim depends on who was at fault for the accident. In some cases, fault is shared and can affect your ability to file a claim. However, if you’re 100% at fault for the accident, you can’t file a personal injury claim.