Which Kinds Of Car Accidents Are The Most Dangerous?
Insurance companies ask a lot of questions when you file a car accident claim. Not only are they trying to figure out how to apportion fault for the accident, they are also trying to see whether the injuries you are claiming are consistent with the kind of accident you described. Injuries can occur in almost any collision, but several scenarios account for a large portion of the injuries resulting from car accidents. To find out more, contact a Columbia car accident lawyer.
Frontal Impact Collisions
Frontal impact collisions are also known as head-on collisions. More than half of all traffic fatalities in the United States are frontal impact collisions, despite that it is rare for cars to crash head on; only three percent if accidents involve frontal impact. Seatbelts and airbags can save lives in almost every situation, but drivers and front seat passengers are still at high risk of death in a head on collision, even at the usual speeds of city traffic, even if they are wearing seatbelts and the car has airbags. Most frontal impact crashes occur when a car crosses the center line and drives into oncoming traffic.
Side Impact Collisions
Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone crashes, are the second leading cause of traffic fatalities, accounting for 30 percent of fatal accidents. A T-bone collision happens when the front of one car strikes the side of another. There is a high risk of serious injury or worse for the occupants of the struck vehicle, since there is not much protection on the side of a car; your body, instead of the fender or bumper of your car, bears the brunt of the impact. T-bone crashes are usually the result of a driver running a red light or a stop sign.
Rollover crashes account for 10 percent of traffic fatalities. 80 percent of these crashes include only one vehicle. They usually involve vehicles that are high off the ground and narrow relative to their length, such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans. Your vehicle is more likely to flip over if you strike a stationary object like a tree, wall, or median than if you strike another moving vehicle.
Multi-vehicle pileups are not very common, but one thing that makes them dangerous is that a disproportionate number of them involve commercial trucks. The good news is that they tend to occur in heavy traffic, which means that the cars involved are not traveling very fast.
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of collision, but they are rarely fatal. Most cars are not going very fast when they rear end another car. One of the risks of rear-end collisions is whiplash injury, which can cause chronic pain in the back or neck.
Let Us Help You Today
The personal injury lawyers at the Stanley Law Group can help you get enough money to cover your accident-related medical bills no matter how the collision occurred. Contact The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, South Carolina or call (803)799-4700 for a free initial consultation.