Rear-end collisions and angle collisions are the most common type of accidents.
Background on Angle and Rear-End Collisions
An angle collision occurs when one vehicle strikes another vehicle at an angle somewhere between 90 degrees (referred to as a side-impact collision) and 180 degrees (known as a rear-end collision). Rear-end collisions constitute the greatest number of injury-causing crashes, at 33 percent, while angle crashes account for 26 percent of injury-causing crashes, according to 2017 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The organization further reports that angle collisions cause 18.6 percent of crash fatalities, followed by rear-end collisions, which contributes to 7 percent of motor-vehicle crash deaths.
Although angle and rear-end collisions represent the most common types of accidents, there is an endless list of car accident types that cause injury. We shall explore the various types of crashes below.
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Common Types of Car Accidents
Vehicles can collide in dozens of ways, especially in areas with rapidly growing populations and inadequate infrastructure which leads to more cars than the roads and highways can handle.
The most common types of car accidents, based on fatal events, are:
Angle Accidents: The Most Common Type of Accident
According to a crash data manual courtesy of Virginia Department of Transportation, angle accidents can occur at intersections, on highways and interstates, and in residential neighborhoods. While an angle accident is not the sole most common type of accident, it plays a role in injuries and fatalities annually. An angle accident can result from someone running a red light or stop sign, disregarding a yield sign, or changing lanes without looking. In some angle car accidents, both parties share in the fault, and when this happens in some states, each driver may possibly pursue compensation from the other. This scenario typically occurs in a no-fault state such as Florida under Florida Statutes § 627. An attorney can help explain the legal options.
Rear-End Collisions: The Most Common Type of Accident
As their name suggests, rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle strikes the back of another vehicle says the NHTSA. Many people wrongly assume that the back driver automatically holds the blame for these rear-end accidents. While often true, no hard-and-fast rule exists. If, for instance, the front driver intentionally slammed on their brakes, or if they cut off the other driver right before braking, a court may find them partly or fully at fault.
Collisions with Trees or Shrubbery
Not all serious car accidents involve more than one driver. One-car collisions with fixed objects, such as trees and shrubbery, account for seven percent of all fatal accidents in the United States. Just because only one driver was involved in the actual collision, does not mean another driver does not assume part or all of the fault. Some collisions with stationary objects occur because one driver forces another driver off the road to avoid a collision, potentially because someone left their lane or swerved into their path.
No matter how your accident occurred, a lawyer can fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, whether one of your passengers succumbed to death, or suffered a severe injury, an attorney can help you determine who caused the crash.
Actions to Take after a Car Accident
After a car accident, you should first seek medical care even if you do not feel like you suffered a serious injury. You may have possibly suffered internal injuries that have not yet manifested. The sooner you treat these injuries, the better your chance of a fast recovery. Also, the less time that passes between your accident and your medical exam, the better it is for you. If you allow a large amount of time to pass before seeking medical attention for your injuries, the other party will question whether the collision caused your injuries.
Once you receive the care you need, you should speak with a lawyer about your options for pursuing compensation. Do this no matter how your accident occurred or who you believe was at fault. Car accident laws vary from state to state, and you may be eligible for a monetary award even if you were told the contrary.
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