Anytime you get behind the wheel of a car, you are accepting a risk. As the leading cause of personal injury and fatality in America, car accidents can happen in almost any situation and can be caused by countless factors. Although there are many distinct forms of car accidents, there are a few general types of accidents that insurance companies, police reports, and personal injury claims will use to classify and describe the incident that occurred.
The two most basic categories used to classify car accidents include single-vehicle accidents and multi-vehicle accidents. Beyond that, there are several general accident classifications:
Rear-end collisions involve the impact of one car’s front side into another car’s back side. These can range in severity, damage, and potential for injury depending on a variety of circumstances, including speed and distance. Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of car accidents, amounting to 29.6% of all U.S. car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Any accident in which one vehicle hits the side of another is considered a side impact. Sometimes known as “T-bone,” side impacts can occur when one car runs a stoplight and hits the side of a vehicle in the process of making a turn or passing through the intersection. Side impacts may also include single-vehicle accidents if a car hits an object such as a fire hydrant or light pole. The NHTSA reports that 28.9% of car accidents in the U.S. are side impact crashes.
Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles collide front to front, or when a single vehicle hits a stationary object headfirst. Head-on collisions have a high potential for causing injuries and can be caused by a variety of situations, including the swerving of a vehicle into oncoming traffic. Roughly 2% of car accidents in America are head-on collisions.
A rollover is when a vehicle flips over onto its side or roof and is typically caused by collisions or tight turns at high speeds. While any car can be in a rollover accident, taller vehicles and SUVs run a higher risk of rollovers. The NHTSA reports that 2.3% of car accidents are rollovers.
There are many separate types and causes of single-vehicle accidents. Runoffs, road departures, and collisions with stationary objects are a few examples.
Car accidents can also be classified into other categories and types. Some of these may include:
No matter the type of car accident, these incidents can all potentially cause injury or death. When negligence or fault can be determined, drivers must be held responsible for their actions. By bringing your case to the attention of an attorney from our firm, you can receive the legal assistance needed to determine fault, liability, and your potential for receiving compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
If you have been injured in any type of car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you deserve to be fairly compensated. All too often, insurance companies will attempt to shift blame or unfairly compensate victims in settlements in order to pay as little as possible. With more than 85 years of combined experience and more than $100 million recovered for our injured clients, you can be confident that Shook & Stone has the skills, experience, and legal knowledge to successfully resolve your case. To greatly reduce your risk of receiving unfair compensation, contact us today.