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Top 5 Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Dec 06, 2022 | Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents continue to be among the most common causes of debilitating and life-threatening injuries across Alabama. However, some occur more frequently than others.

1. Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions most frequently happen when the rear driver collides with the vehicle in front of them from behind.

Generally, these occur during times of high traffic volume, at red traffic lights, or at stop signs. Although rear-end collisions typically happen at low speeds, they may occur at faster speeds on highways and other roads with higher-than-average speed limits.

However, other common causes of rear-end collisions include distracted driving and driving while fatigued. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 29% of all accidents are rear-end collisions.

2. Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions most commonly occur when two motor vehicles are traveling in opposite directions and collide head-on. Head-on collisions are some of the most frequently seen motor vehicle accidents. In many head-on collisions, victims will later succumb to fatal injuries.

Although head-on collisions occur in several ways, some common causes include motorists driving on the wrong side of the road or highway, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and drowsy driving.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), approximately 10.2% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by head-on collisions.

3. T-bone Accidents

T-bone accidents typically happen at intersections where one motorist fails to adhere to the right of way and other traffic laws.

The liable motorist will drive through the intersection without regard to traffic signals and collide with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. These accidents are so named because they form the letter “T” when colliding.

The III states that T-bone accidents account for 10.5% of all motor vehicle crashes. T-bone accidents are almost always caused by driver negligence, such as distracted driving.

However, if the intersection was missing a traffic light or sign or these traffic devices were defective, other individuals or entities could share liability, such as government agencies, executives, and other third parties.

4. Single Car Accidents with Fixed Objects

According to the III, single car accidents involving fixed objects account for approximately 5.6% of all U.S. car accidents. Generally, fixed object collisions are caused by impaired, distracted, drowsy, or aggressive driving.

The negligent driver may swerve into opposing or oncoming traffic and subsequently crash into a fixed object, such as:

  • Guard rails
  • Curbs
  • Ditches
  • Polls
  • Bridges
  • Trees or other shrubbery
  • Embankments
  • Posts

5. Sideswipe Accidents

According to the III, sideswipe accidents account for approximately 2.7% of all car accidents. They occur when one motorist crashes into the side of another vehicle.

Driver negligence, including making unsafe lane changes, failure to use a turn signal, failure to stop, and speeding are some of the most common causes of sideswipe accidents.

Contact an Alabama Car Accident Lawyer for Help

Your Alabama car accident lawyer at Belt & Bruner, PC, is here to help you get justice for your suffering. Examining how your car accident occurred will provide your attorney with valuable information needed to prove liability in your case.

If you were involved in any of the previously mentioned types of car accidents, or another collision that was not listed above, you might have the right to financial compensation.

Do not hesitate to contact our office for a no-cost, risk-free consultation. You can get started on your case as soon as today by filling out our quick contact form or calling our office: (205) 933-1500.