Types of Car Accidents: From Dangerous to Deadly

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Car accidents will never be easy to shrug off. Even if you go through a low-speed impact, you will still lose time and equanimity. However, impacts at higher speeds can have varying effects on your car and your person. Different types will have disparate impacts.

Most Common Types of Car Accidents

While accidents can happen between any number of vehicles, two-car accidents are by far the most common. These are also often the easiest to process; there are a limited number of actors who could be liable, as well as a limited number of factors that could have played a role.

The most common types of two-car accidents are:

  • Rear-end collisions. These happen most often when one is at a light and another driver fails to stop in time, though in theory any collision where two cars collide back to front falls into this category. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 40% of all collisions that occur in any given year in the U.S. are rear-end. Because these always involve being thrown forward or backward sharply by momentum, the most common injury sustained herein is whiplash. Whiplash can be as mild as a slight neck strain, or as serious as permanent damage to the spine. It can occur in anyone involved, though usually the passengers in the car struck will suffer more seriously than those in the car doing the striking.
  • These happen more often with sport utility vehicles (SUVs) than standard cars, but they can happen to any automobile. The common method by which they come about is by someone taking a turn too quickly and losing control. The injury prognosis for rollover accidents depends on many things, including how long it takes to escape the wreckage.

Single-car and multiple-car accidents are both somewhat different animals. The most common scenario in a two-car accident is ‘he said, she said’ – one driver’s word against the other, if the facts are disputed. In a single-car accident, you will either have a simple story, or you will have no witnesses at all. In a multiple-car accident, you will likely have more witnesses and stories than necessary.

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions are worth noting specifically, because they can occur regardless of the number of cars involved, and they are much more likely to be deadly than any other type of automobile accident; the NHTSA cites head-on collisions as making up around 2% of those that occur each year, but they are responsible for approximately 10% of the fatalities – a disparate impact, to be sure.

Be advised that head-on collisions are often difficult to evaluate in terms of fault. Unless someone was intoxicated or clearly disobeying traffic laws, even immediate eyewitness accounts can become confused.

Contact An Auto Accident Attorney

Regardless of what manner of accident you are unfortunate enough to experience, having a competent legal professional on your side can make all the difference. The North Charleston auto accident attorneys at Callihan & Syracuse are happy to help you with your car accident case. Contact our office today for a free consultation.