Written by attorney Lisa L. Lanier

Types of Car Accidents: Knowing How to Identify Your Collision

If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle collision there are a number of different ways in which the accident could have occurred. Knowing what type of collision you were involved in could play a significant role in the way you file your insurance claim and seek recovery for the damages you incurred.

While there are a number of different types of auto accidents that could leave you injured or seriously physically harmed, there are few that are more frequent and widely recognized by insurance claims adjustors working on your case. Therefore, knowing what these are and how to identify them could prove extremely beneficial as you pursue your case in court or seek to recover compensation through a personal injury accident claim. Among the most common types of car accidents are rollover accidents, head-on collision, rear-end accidents, and side-impact crashes.

A rollover accident is very similar to how it sounds. In these types of collisions, one more cars involved in the crash will be impacted so greatly that the force causes the car, along with its driver and passengers, to flip over onto the roof of the vehicle. There are many driving circumstances which could result in car rollover, however perhaps the most common is turning too sharply and quickly. Under these conditions, many autos are unable to maintain a central force of gravity that will ensure that they remain upright as they make the difficult maneuver. Rollover accidents are somewhat unique in that they can also be caused by other types of car crashes, including head-on collisions, rear-end impacts, and side-impact crashes. If your vehicle was flipped in any type of accident or sharp-turn attempt, then you can join the nearly 2.3% of other drivers who have been injured in a similar type of crash while on the road.

Head-on collisions are those that involve one vehicle colliding with the front end of another vehicle. It could also include the front of only one vehicle colliding with a stationary pole, sign, etc. In either scenario, the accident is caused by the impact that is felt head-on by a vehicle and its passengers. Accidents of this sort most often happen when one automobile proceeds to enter a lane on the opposite side of the street, causing two vehicles traveling in different directions to face off and eventually collide with one another. Most often, these are accidents that happen at night or on deserted patches of road in which two vehicles going in opposite directions can both travel at fast speeds, effectively preventing them from being able to stop before a head-on collision is experienced.

Rear-end collisions are just the opposite of head-on collisions. In these types of auto crashes, the front end of one vehicle will directly collide with the tail end of another, thereby creating a rear-end collision. The impact of these crashes can vary significantly, with some ending in minor dents that would be labeled as nothing more than a fender-bender and other being significant enough to total one or all of the vehicles involved. Rear-end crashes are usually caused when a driver is unable to brake in enough time to effectively prevent run-in with the vehicle ahead of it.

Side-impact accidents are categorized by the damage that is done to the side of a car that is run into by another. Essentially, these accidents are exactly as they sound: one car hits the side of another, thereby causing an accident and damage to the vehicle(s) involved. Nearly 30% of all crashes in the U.S. are ones that involve side-impact. Understanding the differences among these different types of accidents could substantially help you successfully file a claim or take your case to court. Knowing how to claim your accident and what to identify in the legal processes you will likely be put through will enable you to make a more viable and justifiable claim in your injury accident case.

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