Posted in Car Accidents on April 16, 2021
No one ever wants to be in a car accident, but certain motor vehicle accidents are more dangerous than others. Read on to learn more about the car accidents most likely to cause serious injury or death for individuals involved — and to understand how to recover for your injuries after a car accident.
The following types of motor vehicle accidents are some of the most dangerous on the road:
A rollover accident is much like the name describes — when a car rolls over onto its side or roof after a shift in the vehicle’s center of mass. Rollovers are more common in SUVs and pick-up trucks because they have a higher center of mass.
A rollover can happen when one vehicle strikes another, causing a shift in the center of gravity, or because of some action by the driver such as quickly changing direction, taking a turn too fast, or going off-road on uneven terrain. Rollovers run an increased risk that an occupant will be ejected from the vehicle, making death or serious injury much more likely. More than 6,300 passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover accidents in 2019.
A T-bone accident is one where a vehicle strikes another from the side, creating a “T” shape at the point of impact. These accidents most commonly occur at intersections and because of one driver’s failure to yield. T-bone accidents are also called broadside collisions because the impact happens on the broadside of the vehicle. These types of accidents account for 27% of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities.
Head-on collisions happen when two vehicles strike each other directly on their front ends. These accidents are particularly deadly, accounting for over 50% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths. The nature of the accident generally means that the vehicles were traveling in opposite directions, making it more likely that both vehicles are driving at a high speed.
These accidents only involve one car and can be caused by road or weather conditions, obstacles on the road, or a driver who doesn’t have control of the vehicle. The driver is not the only person who might be injured in a single-vehicle crash. Passengers in the vehicle might be injured, and innocent bystanders such as pedestrians or bicyclists could also be hurt or killed.
No matter the type of accident, if it was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another party, they are responsible for resulting injuries.
Any deviation from a normal standard of care is a negligent act. For a driver, any violation of a traffic law or regulation is strong evidence of negligence. This includes speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The nature of the resulting injuries will vary from accident to accident but can include:
Work with your lawyer to evaluate the facts of your case and to determine which party or parties are responsible. The most obvious negligent party is the driver of a vehicle involved in the accident, but also make sure to consider the driver’s employer if they were performing job duties at the time of the accident. Consider evaluating the vehicles involved in the accident for any defects because a vehicle manufacturer is responsible for a malfunctioning vehicle.
Work with your attorney to prepare a comprehensive damages demand of all the injuries you have suffered as a result of the accident: