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Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents

With thousands of drivers on the roads daily, car accidents are a hazard that are sometimes unavoidable. Although every car crash is different, there are many commonly found patterns to how crashes occur. The most common type of crashes include:

Rear-End Collisions

These accidents usually occur due to a driver following another car too closely or ignoring the road ahead of them. Hitting someone from the rear end doesn't always mean the driver following is at fault. While each case is different, sometimes, if the forward driver stops suddenly in an active lane or is reversed for no reason, they could be the at-fault driver. Injuries from rear-end collisions can range from minor to severe depending on the impact. However, even at lower speeds, drivers could be at risk of neck injuries, broken bones, or damage to their spinal cord. Common causes of these accidents include:

  • Impaired driving
  • Sudden stops
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while drowsy

Side Impact Collisions

Side impact collisions typically occur when a vehicle moving in one direction hits another car at a perpendicular angle, forming a "T" shape when they collide. Passengers sitting on the side that is struck are typically at higher risk. These crashes are often a result of drivers failing to stop at intersections or stop signs, failing to yield, or drivers who are distracted or impaired behind the wheel.

Head-On Collisions

Luckily, these are seen a lot less than others but are one of the most dangerous types of car crashes due to both vehicles moving toward each other, making the force of the impact magnified. Depending on their severity, these types of accidents are more likely to result in severe injuries or death. Common causes of these accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding or reckless driving

Side Swipe Accidents

These accidents generally occur when two or more vehicles travel side by side, and one vehicle strikes the other. They are particularly dangerous because the initial impact can cause both cars to lose control and veer off-road or on other lanes. Sideswipes usually result from drivers failing to check their blindspots before switching lanes. Injuries often seen from these accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • TBIs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage

Contact A Lawyer

If you or someone you know has sustained injuries from a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Here at Bolt Law Firm, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights until you get the justice you deserve. If you think you may have a claim, contact our firm right away to discuss the details of your case and evaluate any legal options you may have.

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