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Types of Car Accidents that you Need to Know About

There are many different car accident classifications, be it by the number of vehicles, the cause, or other aspects. For this article we’ve decided that the most logical way to divide car accidents is by how the vehicles have collided. Here are some of the most important and dangerous car accidents that you need to know about, as well as some additional tips on how to avoid them, and what are your rights if you’ve been in these types of collisions. 

Vehicle Rollover 

One of the most common, and most deadly types of car accidents that you should know about are vehicle rollover car accidents. These accidents in particular are very complex and violent, which is why they stand out among the rest. More than any type of car accident, rollover accidents reflect the interaction of the road, vehicle, the driver as well as environmental factors. Even though the vehicle type has a significant role in the accident, so do the other aforementioned factors. Additional factors that might contribute are speed, location, and alcohol consumption. According to many studies, SUVs and vans are more likely to “flip” because their gravity centre is much higher than in regular cars. Not only this, but they are also more likely to keep rolling and landing on the roof, which can cause some pretty catastrophic injuries to the passengers. However, further studies have shown that if the passengers have fastened their seatbelts, and if the car has airbags, the chances of survival are extremely high.

Rear-End Collision 

Another type of car accident that you need to know about, especially if you’re a new driver, is the rear-end collision. Rear-end collisions, as the name suggests, involve the impact of one’s car front side into another’s car backside (obviously). This type of car accident can vary significantly in terms of severity, potential injury of the passengers, as well as vehicle damage. If you’re wondering if you can hold someone liable for rear-end accidents, the answer is yes. The basis behind this is if someone has broken the law that states that drivers should keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them, and another one that deals with speed limitations. What’s even more important is that these accidents account for a third of the total car accidents in the US, but it’s not always clear to the people involved that someone can be held liable for it. 

Head-On Collision 

Another particularly dangerous type of car accident is head-on collisions. These accidents occur when two vehicles (oftentimes) collide front to front, or when a singular vehicle hits a stationary object headfirst. Head-on collisions have a very high potential for causing injuries, like the aforementioned rollover accidents. These can be caused by a wide variety of situations, but most commonly by the swerving of a vehicle into oncoming traffic. Luckily, only about 3% of all car accidents in the US are head-on collisions. Head-on collision accidents are the hardest ones to make the case for. The reason behind this is that it’s often incredibly difficult to establish who is at fault unless there are some obvious situations such as driving under the influence or driving in the wrong lane where the person responsible is easily found liable for injuries, damages, or even wrongful death.

T-Bone Car Accident 

While the term “T-Bone” is usually associated with more pleasant, fine dining dishes, it’s also used to describe a type of car accident you should know about. T-Bone accidents, or otherwise known as side collisions, are one of the most serious collisions a driver can experience. These accidents happen when one vehicle crashes head-on into the side of another vehicle. This is why the letter T is used to describe the effect that occurs on the driver’s side of the impacted vehicle. T-bone accidents can cause brain concussions, internal bleeding, broken bones, and even fatality. Because these accidents are usually unavoidable and sudden, the best outcome is when the seatbelt is locked in place, and if you have specialized side airbags as some Tesla models do. As for the common causes of side collisions, they typically occur when someone makes a dangerous turn at an intersection or when someone runs a red light. 

These were some of the most dangerous and common types of car accidents that every driver should know. In addition to this, you should make sure your airbags are working perfectly, and that your seatbelt is always locked in when you drive. If you’ve been in some of these accidents, be sure to consult a lawyer if you can sue the party liable for your injuries and damages.


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