Different Kinds of Car Accidents
Find Out About Different Types of Car Accidents & How They’re Caused
Auto accidents are a leading cause of injury and death, and they’re on the rise. In fact, since 2019, car accidents have increased by more than 7%, and those wrecks are claiming at least 105 lives every day (source: III).
No matter where an auto crash happens in Texas, Louisiana, or the U.S., knowing what type of car accident you’re involved in can start to uncover the potential causes, fault, and your legal options for recovering.
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Most Common Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents can result from various circumstances, depending on the parties involved, what goes wrong, and how vehicles collide or lose control on the roads. Generally, however, the most common kinds of car accidents include:
- Texting & Driving Accidents
- Blind Spot Accidents
- Front-End Collisions
- Guardrail Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- T-Bone Accidents
- Drunk Driver Accidents
- Other Types of Car Accidents
Here is a closer look at each type of car crash, its causes, potential liability, and more (click on a link above to jump directly to any section).
Texting & Driving Accidents
Texting is one of the deadliest distractions for drivers. That’s why it’s illegal in Texas, Louisiana, and many other states. Yet, many drivers — especially teen motorists — continue to text behind the wheel. When they do, they can increase crash risks by more than 23 times (source: VT). If those risks result in wrecks:
- Texting motorists can be at least one party that’s at fault and liable for the car accident.
- Cellphone records, police reports, and/or witness statements may all be helpful to proving a driver was texting and caused the crash.
- You may not know if another driver was texting at the time of the wreck, so it’s important to investigate the car accident to confirm or rule out this form of negligence.
Blind Spot Accidents
Also called sideswipe accidents, blind spot crashes happen when drivers simply don’t turn their heads to check their blind spots before making some maneuver, like changing lanes or turning. In many cases, blind spot car accidents also involve other negligence, like improper lane passing or failures to use signals prior to turns or lane changes.
While sideswipe crashes may not be as serious when vehicles are traveling at low speeds, blind spot wrecks involving pedestrians or big rigs can be very serious, if not fatal.
Front-impact crashes are another type of car accident that tends to involve at least one motorist error. Specifically, driver errors that commonly contribute to front-end collisions include (and are not limited to):
- Driver distraction: Inattentive drivers can drift into oncoming lanes of traffic, run red lights, or crash into roadway fixtures, causing front-end crashes.
- Drunk driving: Intoxicated motorists can fall asleep behind the wheel, easily get distracted, or misinterpret what’s going on in their driving environment, again raising the risks of front-end accidents.
- Driver fatigue: Like distracted and drunk drivers, drowsy motorists may not be as perceptive, responsive, or attentive behind the wheel. Those impairments can also lead to front-end collisions.
Guardrails are meant to be safety features on roads and highways, preventing cars from veering off into risky or dangerous areas. Despite that, however, some guardrails end up being critical factors in car crashes. In fact, these accidents can happen when:
- Guardrails are inherently dangerous: Design flaws and manufacturing errors can mean that guardrails don’t collapse or bend as they were intended to when crashes occur. Instead, defective guardrails can seize up and end up acting like spears that pierce through vehicles.
- Vehicles are sandwiched between trucks and guardrails: This may occur, for example, if a passenger vehicle is in a truck’s blind spot, the truck changes lanes suddenly, and the vehicle has nowhere to go, getting crunched up against the guardrail.
Expert witnesses can be helpful in some guardrail accident cases, providing key insights as to how a guardrail may have contributed to, mitigated, or worsened a wreck.
Nearly 1 in 3 car accidents that cause injury or death is a rear-end collision (source: III). Many of these crashes happen at intersections, merging roads, in parking lots, and on highways. Regardless of where they occur, rear-end crashes tend to be the most severe with:
- Slick roads: Reduced traction can prevent drivers from slowing down and mitigating the impact.
- High-traffic conditions: These rear-end collisions are far more likely to cause chain-reaction wrecks.
- Big rigs: If a passenger vehicle following an 18-wheeler rear ends that truck, an underride crash can happen. That can tear off the tops of passenger vehicles and cause severe (or fatal) injuries.
As one of the deadliest types of car accidents, rollovers occur in about 1 in every 10 fatal traffic crashes (source: III). These kinds of car accidents are most likely to occur when:
- Speeding drivers make sudden, sharp turns (maybe trying to avoid something in the road, for example).
- Vehicles have higher centers of gravity, and/or they are hauling loads that are imbalanced or improperly secured.
- Tire blowouts and/or other mechanical issues occur.
- Vehicles hit big potholes, items in the road, road features, or other vehicles, oversteering to try to correct the issue and destabilizing the car.
While about 3 in every 4 rollovers involve some type of impact before an accident, rollovers can occur without any pre-crash impact too (source: III).
Nearly 1 in 4 fatal wrecks involves a side-impact or T-bone collision (source: III). These types of car accidents usually:
- Happen at intersections when motorists blow through red lights
- Are severe because there are not as many side-impact protections in vehicles (and airbags can’t do as much to protect occupants from the impacts of T-bone accidents versus those of front-end crashes)
- Come out of nowhere, meaning victims often don’t see what hits them
Drunk Driver Accidents
About 1 in 3 deadly auto accidents is caused by a drunk driver (source: NHTSA). That works out to about 28 people dying in drunk driving accidents every day — or roughly 1 victim every 52 minutes. It’s no secret that alcohol-impaired drivers can experience severe impairments while causing preventable wrecks and irreversible losses. Whenever that occurs, intoxicated drivers may be just one party who’s liable for victims’ injuries, suffering, and losses.
Other Types of Car Accidents
Beyond the kinds of car accidents highlighted already, there are several other types of wrecks, as well, including (but not limited to):
- Highway accidents
- Elderly driver car crashes
- Teen driver car accidents
- Speeding auto accidents
- Night driving auto wrecks
- Out-of-state driver car accidents
- Improper passing accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
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