What Are the Most Common Types of Auto Accidents?
There are many different types of car accidents for motorists to worry about. These depend not only on the type of vehicle that someone is driving, but also the geographic location, the time of day, in addition to the type of roadway being driving on. Each type of auto accident can result in injuries to the motorist and/or any passengers. Regardless of the type of accident, they can all cause injuries and financial losses for those unlucky enough to be involved in them.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accidents and occur in many different settings. According to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions accounted for more than 40% of the collisions in the United States in the last several years.
A rear-end collision occurs when a car strikes the car in front of it. However, they mostly occur in heavy, stop and go traffic, particularly during rush hour. Rear-end collisions often cause considerable damage to the back of the vehicle that is hit as well as substantial damage to the car that does the hitting. Rear-end collisions can also result in injuries to both the driver and passenger(s) in any of the cars involved. Additionally, these types of collisions are more likely than other accidents to involve multiple cars, as one car rear-ending another can cause that car to crash into the car in front of it in a cascading pattern.
Collisions at Intersections
An intersection accident most frequently occurs when a driver is attempting to make it through a yellow light and a driver going in the opposite direction is attempting to make a left turn at the same time. These collisions are called T-Bone collisions by some because the impact between the vehicles forms the letter “T.” These can be extremely dangerous accidents, particularly if there are passengers on the left side of the turning vehicle and because drivers attempting to make a light before it changes are often traveling at a high speed. They can also be very dangerous for passengers in older cars that lack side airbags.
This is the term most often used for collisions that occur when, for instance, a motorist backs into someone else in a parking lot or bumps another car. Low-speed accidents usually happen when a motorist is backing up. They often do not result in much damage to the cars or injuries due to the low speeds of the cars involved.
Single Vehicle Collisions
Single vehicle collisions are accidents that typically occur when a single vehicle leaves the road and strikes a stationary object on the side of the road, like a guardrail or a tree. These usually happen when a driver is distracted or traveling in inclement weather such as snow or rain. They can often result in substantial damage to the affected car and significant injuries to the motorist and any passengers in the car as vehicles that leave the road are often traveling at high speeds and are extremely difficult to control. In addition, many of the stationary objects that are impacted in these accidents, such as a tree, are not very shock absorbent.
Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. If You’re Involved In An Auto Accident
The experienced personal injury attorneys of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are here to assist anyone involved in the accidents described, or any other type of accident. We are skilled attorneys who fight hard for each and every one of our clients. Whatever type of accident you may have been in, you should contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to discuss your legal options.
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