Common Types of Car Crashes
Car crashes happen every day and some are more serious than others. If you were involved in a car accident, you were most likely involved in a rear-end collision, single vehicle crash, T-bone, sideswipe accident, low speed accident, or head-on collision.
Rear end collision results when one car collides into the back of the car in front of it. According to the NHTSA, out of the 6 million car accidents that happen on U.S. roads, over 40% of them (2.5 million) are rear-end collisions. They also found that 87% of those rear-end collisions happened because the driver was distracted by cell phones, etc. Injuries resulting from a rear-end collision may include soft tissues injuries to the spine, herniation, brain injury, whiplash, broken bones, concussion, etc. This type of collisions can happen anytime but seem to be more common when you have to turn left or right having to yield to oncoming traffic.
Single Vehicle Crashes
Single Vehicle crashes are another type of common accidents. A few of the most typical examples of single vehicle accidents include: drivers fall asleep, intoxicated driver, distracted drivers, mechanical failures, running into an object, weather conditions, and speeding. In most instances, the driver will be held accountable however if the wreck was caused by brake failures than the car manufacturer could be at fault.
A T-bone accident occurs where the front of one car or truck crashes into the side of another vehicle. Usually these accidents happen when one of the drivers fails to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, or fails to yield the right-of-way to the other driver. Side impact accidents are often the most terrible and dangerous kind of crashes, causing severe harm to those who were struck.
These type of accidents occur when two vehicles are driving next to one another in the same direction and the sides of the two vehicles contact one another. Sideswipe accidents also occur when one driver makes a lane change and does not look first before merging over.
These type of accidents are many times fatal or result in serious injuries. Head-on collisions occur when the front end of two vehicles impact each other.
Why You Need An Attorney
Being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident can flip your life upside down physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. The last thing you want to do if have to deal with the insurance companies alone. Sam C. Mitchell & Associates has been handling car accident claims for almost 50 years. Our attorneys are focused on your case so you can focus on getting better. If you have been in an auto accident, give us a call at 618-505-1660 for your free consultation.