Some interesting statistics reveal that most car accidents tend to happen within 25 miles of a person´s home. Additionally, almost everyone will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. And although more than 2 million people lose their lives or are injured every year, we never consider that danger when we get behind the wheel of a car.
But not all accidents are the same, and certainly some types of accidents are more common than others. Also, some involve more damage and greater risk to life while others are truly minor and inconsequential.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Car Accidents?
Single vehicle accidents
If you think about it, there are many reasons why a single car can have an accident. The driver might have taken a turn too fast and collided with a guard rail or ran off the road into a tree or other object. Yet, the fact that there are no other cars involved does not go hand-in-hand with little damage. People might end up losing their lives by rolling down a hill or crashing against a stone wall and destroying their car completely.
Contact at low speed
In these cases, the contact between the two vehicles happens at speeds that may be under 10 miles per hour. They tend to take place in parking lots and one of the cars might even be stationary when the other one starts moving. As a result, the damage might be contained to some scratches and dents and the related paperwork and repair costs should not be too tough to handle.
A very common type of accident are rear-end collisions. They occur when a car plunges into the car in front of it. It may happen because the driver was distracted or when hazardous road conditions are present. Although they may cause considerable damage, these crashes generally don’t involve loss of life. They may be prevented by allowing a safe distance between vehicles.
These types of crashes happen when one driver fails to stop at an intersection and rams into the vehicle that has the right of way. They are especially dangerous because the sides of vehicles have less space to absorb energy and shield the people inside the car that gets hit. To avoid them, drivers should look both ways to spot oncoming cars even when they have the right of way and make sure to stop at red lights and stop signs.
This type of accident takes place when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other in opposite directions. Head-on collisions often result in a great deal of damage to the cars involved and a greater likelihood of people losing their lives. To avoid being a part of them, follow traffic signs, be aware of street conditions and stay in your lane.
Unfortunately, nobody can be fully protected from accidents. Some people tend to drive recklessly while others may ignore traffic signs or be affected by the conditions of the road. If you or a loved one has been involved in any of these common types of accidents, you may be eligible for compensation. Call car injury lawyer Timothy J. Ryan today for an initial consultation at no cost to you.