Different Forms of Motor Vehicle Accidents


Vehicle accidents can take many different forms. Some are more serious than others. For example, rollover accidents can lead to severe injuries when the occupants are ejected from the vehicle. Fires caused by spilled fuel or cargo also threaten drivers and passengers. Rear-end collisions are common and usually caused by a driver following too closely. Whiplash injuries are also often associated with these accidents.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are the worst of all crashes because they involve the front ends of two cars and usually result in severe injuries. The force of such an impact is immense and can be incredibly destructive, especially at high speeds. The victims may be propelled into their car’s steering wheel or dashboard, causing injuries such as broken bones and internal bleeding. They could also suffer traumatic brain injuries, which can cause permanent memory and motor problems. Typically, head-on collisions are caused by driver negligence. Whether the driver is distracted or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may veer into oncoming traffic, exit a highway incorrectly or enter a one-way street the wrong way. After a motor vehicle accident like this, contacting a reputable personal injury attorney is critical. They can fight to ensure the victim receives full and fair compensation. It may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and more.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are common and often severe. They occur when a trailing vehicle hits the car or road user in front of it. Usually, the occupants of the rear-ended car will suffer serious injuries. It is due to physics and the dynamics of these accidents. If a vehicle is stopped, it will stay stopped until acted on by an outside force (Newton’s First Law of Motion). The driver and passengers of the rear-ending car are then forced back into their seats against their seat belts and struck by the rear bumper, causing them to move forward and crash interior objects such as the dashboard, windshield, or steering wheel. These movements and striking of things can cause head, neck, and chest injuries. Many rear-end crashes are caused by a driver’s negligence. These include distracted driving, speeding, and tailgating. They also can be the result of weather conditions or mechanical issues. In addition to injuries, victims may experience substantial property damage and medical expenses.

Sideswipe Collisions

Sideswipe collisions involve a vehicle hitting the sides of another one. These accidents can cause severe injuries and can easily trigger secondary impacts. They can occur on narrow one-lane roads or streets with many parked vehicles. A driver may also be going past an accident or emergency vehicle on the road and not safely move over one lane, which can lead to sideswipes. All cars have blind zones; therefore, if drivers don’t check them before merging or changing lanes, they risk hitting the car next to them. Drivers of large trucks are particularly susceptible to sideswipe accidents because their blind spots are much larger. Regardless of the size of your vehicle, if you are involved in an accident with a truck or any other large motor vehicle, you should get medical assistance immediately and get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. You owed a duty of care to the reckless driver who caused the collision, and they failed to uphold that duty by losing control of their car.

Multi-Vehicle Collisions

Accidents involving more than one vehicle are the most serious types of car accidents. These crashes are often called pileups. They can be caused by many reasons, including inclement weather conditions, poor road visibility, and driver errors such as speeding, following too closely, distracted driving, or failing to yield. Rear-end collisions, for instance, are often caused by drivers who fail to pay attention or follow vehicles too closely. In these cases, the rear-most driver is typically held at fault. Side-impact incidents happen when a driver switches lanes or makes a risky move without first checking for approaching traffic. Other drivers may swerve and collide with one another as a result of these kinds of collisions. The severity of the damage and injuries might increase as the number of involved vehicles increases. After a multi-vehicle crash, you must call an attorney as soon as possible to ensure compensation for your damages.


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