Car accidents can be emotional as well as physically and mentally devastating to a person involved in an incident, and to any family or loved ones of a victim.
And while all car accidents can be treated “the same,” the truth is that not all accidents are the same – even two of the same type of auto accident will be different in sometimes significant ways including the severity of the injuries sustained.
There are four main types of auto accidents that lead to significant injuries, however, it should be noted that even the smallest of fender benders can lead to injury. It’s important that after an accident of any magnitude that you seek medical treatment immediately. Some car accident injuries do not appear until days after the initial accidents.
T-bones, or side-impact collisions, can be among the most dangerous type of accidents because there is less of a buffer between a car and the people in the car as opposed to head-on or rear-end collisions. In these types of car accidents, trunks or engine spaces can often absorb much of the impact and mitigate injuries.
T-bone accidents are when the front end of a car runs into the side of another car. This can be caused by excessive speed, reduced speed, unexpected stopping, illegal turns, being in an intersection illegally, among other reasons. They are called T-bone crashes because the cars are perpendicular to each other at impact (like a letter T).
A tire blowout often comes at times that are never convenient – at higher speeds, like on a freeway or highway. At higher speeds, a blowout makes it more difficult for a driver to keep control of a vehicle, or regain it if control is lost. This results in the driver to hit another car or a stationary object (a guardrail, a pole, etc.), or in some cases causes the vehicle to roll over.
Tire blowouts can be unpredictable, especially if the tire was not of high-quality or if they were installed improperly on the car. Even if the driver followed proper tire maintenance such as keeping the tires properly inflated and rotating them as often as recommended (usually every 5,000 to 6,000 miles), the manufacturer or another third party might be held liable for any damages and injuries.
Head-on collisions do happen, but many roads are designed to prevent them – what with split highways or roadways divided by medians, and separate on- and off-ramps to freeways. But sadly, these types of car accidents still happen and when they do, they can be devastating.
A head-on collision is when two cars are driving on the same road in opposite directions and run into each other front end to front end. These are the crashes that will often trigger airbags which might limit physical damage to drivers and passengers, but the vehicles often see extensive engine damage and possible car fires from gasoline or oil igniting.
Head-on collisions are often caused by a driver being on the wrong side of the road either by driver error and/or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some may come from a tire blowout that forces a vehicle to lose control and head into oncoming traffic. Many of these incidents will have injuries either from the crash or from the airbag.
These are the most common type of auto accident in the United States. It is determined by data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that up to 40% of all crashes – about 2.5 million per year – are of the rear-end variety.
Since the flow of traffic dictates that all cars on the same side of the roadway are traveling in the same direction. Taking head-on collisions into account, when you have 99% of cars traveling in the same relative direction as other cars around them, and there is 6 million car crashes every year – odds are that rear-end crashes will likely be the most common.
Rear-end collisions often happen when the driver is blinded by sunlight and doesn’t see brake lights in front, brake lights in front don’t work, the driver is distracted by texting or eating, the brakes aren’t applied sufficiently to stop a vehicle, or a driver pushes the accelerator instead while a car in front is stopped.
What To Do If You’ve Been In A Car Accident
If you’ve been any of the following car accidents and sustained an injury, the first step is to seek medical treatment. After you begin to recover, contact one of our car accident lawyers. We will find out the events leading up to your accident to determine who is liable.
We aggressively represent all of our clients and fight to get you the most money in your settlement with the insurance companies and those responsible for your injury. We will help you recover lost wages, medical expenses and other costs associated with your injury.