It is no secret that automobile accidents are among the leading causes of death or injury in this country and throughout much of the rest of the world. Auto accidents can happen at any time, even to the most seasoned drivers. Many times, whether there are injuries or fatalities can be dependent on the type of accident that happens.
The circumstances of each accident are unique to that situation, but many fall under similar categories and can be grouped together in that way. They are sometimes grouped by the number of cars that are involved in the accident (one, two, or three or more). One car accidents generally involve a car losing control and hitting an object or another barrier. These can also involve accidents where the car rolls over. Roll-over accidents are likely the most dangerous of the single car accidents, as passengers can be hurt either in the car or by being ejected if they aren’t wearing their seatbelts properly.
Multi-vehicle accidents are usually more dangerous than single-vehicle accidents. When dealing with two-car accidents, there are a few types of accidents that occur most often. The first type of accident is the side-impact collision. The T-bone is an example of the side-impact collision that can have deadly consequences. Cars have less protection on their sides than in front or behind, so when a car hits the side of another, it can be very dangerous for either passenger in the car that’s been struck.
Rear-end collisions are probably the most common two-car accidents. These happen most often in urban driving terrain due to the nature of traffic in the city. Cars stop frequently, and sometimes the driver in the rear is unable to stop for whatever reason. Although less likely to cause fatalities than T-bone accidents, the rear-end collision has been known to cause whiplash in passengers.
Likely the most dangerous type of two-car accident is the head-on collision. Although the two engines absorb most of the energy from the collision, there is still a devastating force that transfers to the passengers which can cause serious damage and life-threatening injuries. The force that impacts each vehicle is the sum of the two speeds that each driver was going at the time of the collision. If both cars were traveling at 50 miles per hour when they collided, both vehicles feel as though they hit a wall going 100 miles per hour.