Types of Car Accidents – Part 2Trusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 08, 2018
In the second part of our series on Types of Car Accidents, we take a brief look at the types of car accidents that often times result in accident injuries. The first part of this series can be accessed at /types-car-accidents-1/
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A rollover accident is, as its name implies, an accident that involves the car rolling over into the ditch or on the road. These wrecks can be single or multi-car incidences. They also can occur because of mechanical malfunctions, animal or pedestrian collisions, impaired road conditions, and other factors.
Like side impact wrecks, rollovers are one of the deadliest forms of car accidents. In 2010, they accounted for 35 percent of all vehicle accident-related deaths. More than 7,600 people died that year as the result of rollover accidents.
Wearing your seat belt can help you survive being in a rollover, however. Statistics show that out of the 7,600 people who died in rollovers in 2010, 69 percent of them were not wearing their seatbelts. They were thrown around in the vehicle or ejected from their vehicles, which caused their fatal injuries.
A head-on collision is a car accident that involves two cars colliding head-on. This type of wreck accounts for only two percent of car accidents each year. However, they are responsible for more than 10 percent of all accident-related deaths.
A number of factors can up the chances of you being in a head-on collision. Impaired or inebriated driving, poor weather, challenging road conditions, or driver inexperience are just some of the reasons that explain why head-on collisions occur.
Unlike other types of wrecks, this type of accident can be fatal even if you are wearing your seatbelt. The speed at which you collide with the other vehicle and safety features like airbags or reinforced fenders also play a role in survival.
A single car accident is a wreck that involves just one car, hence its name. These accidents are caused by factors that range from driver inexperience to inebriated or drowsy driving.
In some instances, they occur because drivers were trying to avoid hitting something like an animal in the roadway.
These accidents result in around 1,500 deaths per year and more than $12 billion in property damages and losses. More than 71,000 people each year are injured in single-car accidents.
Multi-car pileups are one of the rarest types of car accidents. However, when they occur they are among the most expensive and devastating to both life and property.
One of the worst multi-car pileups in Florida state history occurred in 2012 near Gainesville. Foggy conditions contributed to poor visibility. Drivers on Interstate 75 were not able to see the roadway ahead of them, resulting in dozens of cars colliding with each other and 10 people being injured and hospitalized.
Car accidents take many forms on American roadways today. You can drive defensively by anticipating the primary factors that contribute to these common forms of wrecks.
We urge you to stay safe on the roads at all times, and if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence or fault of another in a road traffic accident please call our injury law team for a free case evaluation. We are available to take your call 24/7. Dial 800-538-4878 to speak with a member of our dedicated injury law team.