The National Safety Council estimates that 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million were injured in the United States in 2015 because of car accidents. Blame distracted driving, vehicle recalls, or driving under the influence—whatever the reasons, the accidents are costly, and dangerous. Just about any type of accident can occur; however, some are more common than others.
The Most Common Types of Car Accidents
If you’re going to be involved in an accident this year, chances are, it will happen in one of the following scenarios:
Rear-end collisions. Crashes in which one vehicle collides with another vehicle from behind are one of the most common types of accidents that occur. Often, rear-end collisions take place when a vehicle is stopped at a red light or stop sign, or even when sitting in traffic. Oftentimes, the assumption is made that the driver who hits the vehicle from behind is at fault—but that is not always the case. The driver who is hit could be found negligent if the driver suddenly reverses, the brake lights don’t properly function, stops suddenly to make a turn and fails to execute the turn, or a variety of other scenarios.
T-bone accidents. Also called side-impact accidents, T-bone collisions are perhaps some of the most dramatic accidents that can occur. These crashes are the result of the front of a vehicle crashing into the side of another vehicle, creating a “T” shape. Frequently, these collisions occur when a driver proceeds through an intersection and another vehicle goes through a red light and hits the vehicle broadside. Additionally, a driver could be going through an intersection and another driver cuts in front of him on an unprotected right turn, causing the two to collide. T-bone accidents are particularly dangerous as there is only a door to protect the passengers, unlike head-on or rear-end collisions in which more protection is offered by the build of the vehicle.
Head-on collisions. One of the most dangerous accidents, the head-on collision, occurs when the front end of two vehicles collide with each other. Although head-on collisions represent only two percent of all crashes, they account for more than 10 percent of all fatalities. Along with death, these collisions often cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord fractures, severe lacerations, and major broken bones. Additionally, head-on collisions are often caused by driver drowsiness (which can be caused by daylight savings time), intoxication, cell phone usage, poor road conditions, and faulty traffic signals and signs.
Rollover accidents. As the name implies, rollover accidents result in one or more vehicles involved in the crash, flipping over on its side or roof. Dramatic and dangerous, these accidents can cause severe and fatal injuries. More so than other crashes, rollover accidents reflect the interaction of the driver, vehicle, road, and other environment factors. Although any vehicle can roll over, tall and narrow vehicles like SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans are typically involved. Tall and narrow vehicles tend to have high centers of gravity, which increases the chance of becoming involved in a rollover accident.
Hit and run accidents. These accidents occur when one driver hits another, but then drives away—leaving the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the other driver. As you may imagine, fleeing the scene after being involved in a collision is against the law, even if you aren’t the person who hit the other driver. Hit and run drivers can even receive felony charges, depending on if the crash resulted in injuries or fatalities.
Any Type of Accident Can Cause Injuries
If you were the victim of a car accident and suffered injuries because of it, you may be entitled to receive compensation that can help pay for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work. If you wait for the insurance company to give you the help you need, you’ll likely be left feeling disappointed and betrayed—without the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today at 855.947.0707 and speak with an attorney about your situation and to start learning more about your rights.