Common Types of Fatal Car Accidents – Today’s guest blog is by The Alpine Law Group. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Attorney Mark E. Hall.
Common Types of Fatal Car Accidents
The severity of a car accident depends upon several factors, such as:
- the speed of one or more automobiles involved
- the vehicle make/design & features
- the traffic situation
- whether the driver/passengers are wearing a seatbelt
- the environment/road properties
- weather conditions
- lighting & noise
- the internal & external condition of the car
- sobriety level/alertness of the driver
- the driver’s skill and temperament
All the aspects mentioned above are divergent and appear in different forms. Therefore, it is not possible to estimate the damage of a car accident that may occur in the troubling presence of single or multiple factors. For example, a slightly drunk driver paired with a pitch-dark road and pouring rain may maximize the probable fatality; the odds are that the driver has high alcohol tolerance levels, drives very slow, runs into nobody on the way, and reaches home safe and sound. The point is you can never actually predict the occurrence and consequences of a crash.
Here are 5 kinds of car accidents that may lead to colossal damage:
- Head-on Collision
A head-on collision occurs when two cars approach each other from opposite directions. The collision intensifies if both cars are moving very fast, as the impact is the sum of the speeds of both cars. If one car manages to apply brakes and the other at least slows down, the outcome could be less terrible. The anterior part of both vehicles is likely to encounter heavy damage. The driver and front passenger are also at high risk, but wearing a seatbelt and activation of frontal airbags shall diminish the hazard.
- Rear End Hit
Rear-end hits may not sound that dangerous, but they are responsible for over 10% fatal car accidents in the U.S. Once again, the speed of the car behind plays a huge role in the overall impact. In most cases, only the front or back bumper of the car gets impaired, though a forceful jerk can cause chronic injuries to a person’s spinal cord. The best way to avoid a rear-end hit is to maintain a clear vision of the traffic behind you. You can achieve this by keeping your rearview mirror spotless and correctly positioned; also make sure to clean the backside windscreen for enabling maximum visibility.
- Sideways Impact
T-bone collisions are most common on busy crossroads, intersections, and U-turns. The magnitude of traffic is directly proportional to the occurrence of a sideways hit to one’s car. Faulty traffic lights and unclear road signs are partially responsible for the incidents. Unfortunately, the side of the car has minimum protection, unlike the anterior or posterior that is shielded by a bumper. Installation of side airbags is a growing trend and can help prevent harm to people inside the vehicle.
- Off-Road Crash
Off-road car accidents are often the most treacherous ones, and make up for more than 30% traffic casualties in the U.S. Frequent scenarios include a car swerving off the road into a tree, wall, or metallic pole. Most off-road accidents happen during unfavorable weather conditions, usually when the roads are slippery. In metropolitan areas, these accidents are largely associated with drunk or distracted drivers.
No two car accidents are the same, and being involved in one can be rather distressing. The physical and mental damage caused can lead to haphazard decisions. It is important to seek professional help for recovering your losses, whilst maintaining legal compliance. An experienced car accident king will help you solve any insurance claims and guarantee a positive verdict.