Car accidents are always different, but there is some common ground between them. You need to be aware of these patterns that could help you avoid an accident. Driving too fast in bad weather conditions can result in a car accident. It’s very important to keep your distance from the vehicle ahead of you and avoid the costly effects of car accidents.
For instance, a vehicle traveling behind another on an uphill slope might not be able to see what is ahead and could lose control of the brakes, causing an accident. Sometimes, as a driver, you may also think you have enough space if someone pulls over onto a sidewalk or driveway and forget that cars will take up more room than motorcycles, which sometimes causes you to swerve. The effects of car accidents are devastating and can be very costly.
Types of Car Accidents
A Head-on Collision
A head-on collision is one of the most dangerous but less common types of accidents. There is a greater force of impact because both vehicles are moving towards each other, making it much more likely to result in severe injuries or death than any other type of accident. It may be caused by distracted driving, impaired drivers, driver fatigue, and reckless driving. One of the most common types of distracted driving is eating or texting while driving. A head-on collision often results in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, internal organ trauma, as well as broken bones, just to mention a few.
A Rear-End Collision
A rear-end collision often happens when a driver fails to pay attention to the road or follows other vehicles too closely. As a motorist, you need to maintain enough space for the vehicle in front of you, to give the rear driver enough time and space to brake and avoid a collision if traffic ahead stops suddenly. The most common causes of a rear-end collision include drowsy driving, impaired driving, and driving while distracted.
Most of the time, it’s assumed that the rear driver often causes the crash by driving too close to the forward vehicle. However, they’re not always at fault. It is important for you as a driver to always be aware of your surroundings while driving. This way, you can avoid rear-ending other vehicles even though it’s sometimes unavoidable because another driver might just brake without warning or reverse without cause.
A Side Impact Collision
When two vehicles collide at a perpendicular angle, they usually form a “T” shape resulting in a side-impact collision. Side impact accidents are especially dangerous for occupants in a vehicle that is hit on its side. The front and rear ends of the car have more mass to absorb impact than the sides do, which means there is less protection for those who are seated next to windows or doors. When distracted drivers fail to yield, stop at intersections, or disregard traffic signs, they may cause this kind of collision and be held financially accountable by victims in an accident due to their negligence.
All these types of collisions are dangerous and may result in loss of life, property, and financial debts. Every driver should be cautious, follow road instructions and help prevent the devastating effects of car accidents.