According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,560 Americans were killed in automobile accidents in 2019. Although car accident fatalities have been trending down in recent years, accidents are still an all too common part of American life.
Here, we’ll list the five most common types of car accidents and how severe they are
1. Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions, also known as fender benders, occur when one car crashes into the back of a vehicle in front of it. Often, these collisions are very minor, with both cars moving at a low speed when the collision occurs. In other instances, they can be severe, like when a vehicle stops suddenly while traveling at high speed.
If damage to the vehicles is minor and superficial, you may be able to handle the situation amicably without going to court. However, if damage to either vehicle is severe or if anyone has been injured (whiplash is a common injury with fender benders), you may want to hire a car accident lawyer.
2. Side Impact Collisions
Also called T-bones, side-impact collisions are just what they sound like. They occur when a vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. They’re common at intersections or in parking lots.
As with rear-end collisions, this type of car accident can range from fairly minor to severe. In parking lot collisions, both vehicles are usually traveling slowly and can quickly brake upon impact. In other cases, severe injuries can occur.
If you have been in a car accident with severe injuries, it’s best to consult a legal professional. You’ll want to focus on your recovery while having peace of mind that your case is in good hands.
3. Single Car Accidents
As the name suggests, these accidents involve only one vehicle. One of the most common reasons for single car accidents is bad weather, such as a car slipping on ice and going off the road. Other reasons include collisions with debris that have fallen onto the road and collisions with deer animals.
Single car accidents vary from minor to severe. If the only affects you and your vehicle, you will be able to handle the situation with your insurance company alone. However, if pedestrian injuries or property damage occurs, you should hire a lawyer.
4. Vehicle Rollovers
Unsurprisingly, vehicle rollovers are one of the most fatal types of car accidents. They occur when a vehicle flips over, landing on its roof or side. They typically involve only one vehicle. One common cause is taking sharp turns at high speed.
Some vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others, such as SUVs, which have a high center of gravity. Vehicle rollovers often lead to severe or fatal injuries, including brain damage and spinal cord injuries.
5. Hit and Run Accidents
Unfortunately, hit and run incidents are fairly common. These occur when a driver flees the scene of the crash before the other driver can speak to them and exchange contact and insurance information.
It can be very hard to find an individual who has fled the scene of a crash. It’s a good idea to hire a lawyer to assist with collecting evidence, such as statements from eyewitnesses or surveillance footage. Depending on the severity of the crash, you may be entitled to compensation if you are the victim of a hit and run.
Many Americans will be involved in an automobile accident at a point in their lives. Most will be fortunate enough that it will be minor. Knowing the types of accidents and why they occur will help you guard yourself against them.
If the accident involves severe damages or injuries, hire a car accident lawyer to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.