Car accidents are the leading cause of personal injury claims in the United States. They often occur close to home, and the kind of accident usually determines the significance of one’s injuries
Different Types of Car Accidents
Rollover – This is when a vehicle turns over on its side or roof, and it’s typically caused by a car attempting to turn at a high rate of speed. Any vehicle can rollover, though SUVs are at a greater risk due to their height and a higher center of gravity.
Multi-vehicle pile-ups – These usually take place on freeways and are one of the deadliest types of car accidents. The reasons are because cars typically spin and are hit from the side, people who get out of their vehicles are struck, or a fire spreads quickly among the crashed cars.
Side-impact collisions – Also known as “T-bone” collisions, these accidents happen when the side of a vehicle is impacted by the front or rear end of another vehicle. Injuries to occupants are likely to be severe in a side-impact crash.
Rear-end collisions – These occur when a car hits the vehicle in front of it. They commonly take place when the car in front suddenly stops and the one behind cannot stop in time. Usually, the vehicle in back is faulted for not keeping a safe driving distance or because the driver was distracted.
Head-on collisions – Though head-on collisions only make up a small part of car accidents, they account for the most deaths. Even at slow speeds, they can have catastrophic consequences.