Any car accident can be dangerous, but there are some car accidents that typically result in more catastrophic injuries or deaths than others. Some safety devices, such as seat belts and airbags, can help prevent the severity of certain accidents,. Additionally, while certain factors will always determine the level of severity of a car accident (such as the speed at the time of impact, the type of vehicles involved, if the passengers were wearing seat belts, etc.) there are types of car accidents that are inherently more dangerous than others. The following is a list of the top five most dangerous types of car accidents.
Oftentimes, people think that a rear-end accident is simply a “fender-bender” and few consider them to be serious accidents. However, these types of accidents are well-known for causing serious long-term and permanent damage to the spine and neck, along with chronic lifelong pain. Many people do not consider whiplash to be serious, but it can be permanent and debilitating. Whiplash commonly occurs in rear-end accidents. While it is nearly impossible to avoid a rear-end accident, you can always try to ensure that there is plenty of space around you so that you can move if the car is too close behind you.
Head-on collisions are serious and can result in catastrophic injuries and death. These accidents typically involve a much stronger impact because both vehicles are traveling at combined rates of speed. Statistics show that head-on collisions account for 10% of all car accident fatalities.
As you can imagine, rollover accidents are also very serious and dangerous car accidents. In some cases, certain vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others, such as top-heavy trucks and SUVs.
The sides of vehicles, such as doors and bumpers, do not offer much protection to occupants. If a collision occurs due to one car sideswiping or t-boning the other car, severe injuries can occur. In fact, over 20% of all automobile crash fatalities are due to side-impact collisions. These often occur on high-traffic roads such as intersections, highways and even parking lots. While side airbags can prevent some injuries, these types of collisions can be very severe.
The most deadly and dangerous type of car accident is when a car veers from the roadway and crashes into an object such as a concrete block or telephone pole. These are the deadliest types of car accidents, causing more than 30% of all traffic-related deaths. While there are multiple reasons for an off-road crash, these accidents are always the most dangerous.
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If you were in a car accident of any kind, you may be facing medical bills, the inability to work, lost wages, damage to your vehicle, and pain and suffering. If your injuries were due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Law Office of Luis P. Guerra, LLC today at 602-737-2567 or visit us online to learn how to protect your legal rights.