Common Types of Traffic Crashes

Almost any kind of traffic crash can cause an injury—even a low-speed impact that doesn’t seem dangerous at first. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the insurance company or the driver who caused your crash.

To file a lawsuit for a car accident, however, you will have to have a solid understanding of what, exactly happened to cause the accident. That starts with understanding what type of traffic crash you have been involved in.

Why? Because the type of accident can tell you a lot about who was at fault and the injuries you’ve suffered.

Types of Auto Collisions

Below, we discuss the common types of traffic crashes, how they occur, and the injuries they can cause.

Head-On Collisions

Getting hit head-on is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to you while you’re driving. Head-on collisions are often high-speed traffic crashes that produce serious injuries.

Common causes of head-on collisions include drunk driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving.

Because these car accidents involve a high-speed front impact, head and brain injuries and broken facial bones are a common result.

T-Bone Accidents

A T-bone accident occurs when someone hits your car from a perpendicular angle, forming a “T” if you were watching the two cars collide from above.

These accidents commonly occur in intersections when someone runs a red light or stop sign due to being distracted, speeding, or being intoxicated.

Common injuries from this type of car accident include broken bones, back and neck injuries, and internal organ damage.

Side Impact Accidents

When another driver going the same direction as you veers into your lane and hits your vehicle from the side, you have had a side impact accident. These are often the result of distracted or reckless driving.

This type of traffic crash often leads to secondary crashes when you overcorrect for having been hit, potentially crashing into the back of another vehicle or going off the road and hitting a stationary object like a tree.

That’s why these collisions can cause such a wide range of injuries. From brain injuries to fractured bones, almost any type of injury can result from a side impact traffic crash.

Rear-End Accidents

When someone rear-ends you, your head and neck are forcefully pushed forward and whipped backward. That’s why even a low-speed rear-end car accident can cause serious spine and neck injuries like whiplash.

You may not feel the injuries you’ve suffered from a rear-end accident for a day or two, but when you do, you will understand why so many people sue over these kinds of traffic crashes.

Often, rear-end accidents are caused by distracted driving. The other driver might have been looking at their phone or some other object and failed to see that you were stopped at a red light.

Legal Options After a Car Accident

Because of Florida’s auto insurance and personal injury laws, you have legal options for recovering compensation after your traffic crash. For more information, call The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo at 561-659-6366 or fill out the form below.