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5 Common Types of Car Accidents to Be Aware of

Any time we get on the road, we put ourselves at risk of being involved in a car accident. From driving on the freeway to going through an intersection, there are many situations we encounter while driving that can quickly become the scene of an accident. In this blog, we talk about 5 common types of car accidents.

Sideswipe Accidents

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), says that 242,000 sideswipe crashes happen every year in the United States. 27,000 injuries and 2,500 fatalities are caused by sideswipe accidents each year. Sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of 2 cars collide into each another. Usually, this type of accident happens when the cars are moving in the same direction, or when they are traveling in opposite directions. Merging onto a highway and changing lanes are situations where sideswipe accidents often occur. Vehicles drifting out of a lane and into another one also commonly causes sideswipe accidents.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end accidents can be caused by sudden braking or changes in speed by cars traveling in front of or behind one another. This type of accident often happens at intersections when one car crashes into a car in front of it. Whiplash is a common injury in rear-impact collisions, even when the vehicles were moving at moderate speeds.

Side-Impact Accidents

Sometimes called “T-bone” accidents, side-impact accidents can cause devastating injuries. Side-impact collisions occurs when the side of a car is hit by the front or rear of another vehicle. If passengers are sitting on the side of the vehicle that was struck, they will often have far worse injuries than if they were in a front or rear-end crash.

Vehicle Rollover Accidents

Sometimes a vehicle that is moving at fast speeds can flip or rollover when making a sharp turn. Because they are usually larger than other vehicles, SUVs are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents. Rollover accidents can result in catastrophic injuries.

Multi-Vehicle Collisions

Accidents involving multiple cars or trucks are called multi-vehicle collisions. This type of accident typically happens on highways or freeways and is one the deadliest kinds of traffic accidents you can be involved with. Multi-vehicle collisions usually create a pile of crumpled vehicles that is hard to escape and makes rescue efforts more difficult. To make matters worse, the vehicles caught in a pile up tend to get hit multiple times, increasing the risk of injury to the accident victims. Even exiting from a damaged vehicle in a multi-vehicle collision can put a person at risk for being struck by another car in the pile up.

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Categories: Personal Injury