Types of Car Accident Injuries
Have you or a loved one been injured in a head-on, rear-end, t-bone, rollover, sideswipe, single-car or multi-car accident? Our Houston car crash attorneys can help make you financially whole again.
Vehicle collisions, whether they occur at an intersection, busy highway or rural road, all have one thing in common: they can be devastating to the drivers and passengers involved. In addition to property damage and emotional trauma, serious bodily injury is bound to occur when two or more vehicles collide while traveling at a high rate of speed.
While all auto accident cases center around injury or damage of some kind, each case is unique and should be treated differently. The individual causes, types and factors of your car crash can all impact case resolution and determine your settlement amount. Therefore, it’s important to choose an attorney who specializes in car accident cases like yours to ensure the best possible outcome.
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Types of Car Accidents and Related Injuries
Different types of car collisions result in various types of injuries, ranging from minor scrapes and cuts to serious whiplash injuries, broken bones or even death. Continue reading to learn about the common injuries associated with each type of car accident.
Head-on collisions are when the front ends of two cars traveling in the opposite direction collide. Accidents that occur head-on are one of the most serious types of car crashes and often result in severe or fatal injuries to those involved. While only 2% of all vehicle collisions are head-on, they result in 10% of all auto accident fatalities. Because of the severity of these types of collisions, the injuries they cause are often catastrophic and devastating. Common injuries include:
Vehicle rollovers occur when a car, truck or SUV flips over on its side or rolls onto its roof during an accident. Rollover collisions can be caused by a number of different factors, but speed most often plays a role. SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and full-sized vans are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents because of their higher center of gravity. While not very common, rollovers are especially catastrophic and deadly when they do happen.
According to the National Automotive Sampling System Database, a majority of rollover crash victims sustain injuries to five main areas of the body: head and neck, thorax, abdomen, upper limbs, and lower limbs.
Side-impact accidents, also known as “t-bone” or “right angle” collisions, are when the front or rear of a vehicle collides with the side of another car, or when a vehicle slides sideways into a fixed object. T-bone accident injuries are typically much more severe than rear-end or head-on accidents. Although many modern vehicles come equipped with side impact airbags, this safety precaution may do little to prevent serious injury or death depending on either vehicle’s rate of speed at the time of impact, the size of each car, and if the impact occurred in the car’s “crumple zones.” Soft tissue injuries are common in right angle collisions, as are serious trauma to the head, neck, back, limbs, chest, abdominal and pelvic areas.
Sideswipe accidents happen when two parallel cars traveling in the same direction collide, thus “swiping” each other on the sides. This type of accident often occurs when one driver tries to shift lanes but doesn’t see the other driver or carelessly drifts into another lane because they are distracted, drowsy or intoxicated. A majority of sideswipe collisions are minor, leaving behind only cosmetic damage to both cars. However, these accidents can become severe if the force of the impact is strong enough or one cars is pushed into a guardrail, barrier, tree, light post or another vehicle.
Rear-end collisions occur when one car crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end accidents can be caused by a number of factors - from distracted driving to hydroplaning to tailgating.
Another common cause of these types of collisions is when the driver in front decelerates so quickly that the car behind them can’t brake in time to avoid impact. Whiplash is by far the most common and serious injury associated with rear-end accidents.
Drivers and passengers involved in a rear-end collision should get checked out by their doctor for whiplash damage as soon as possible following an accident, even if the fender-bender seemed minor or occurred at a low speed. Whiplash symptoms may take several hours or even days to appear, and the sooner you can get treated the better.
Car crashes involving only one vehicle are considered single-car accidents. This is when a vehicle collides with a fixed object such as a tree or light pole, or they strike a pedestrian or bystander. Single-car accidents can also be caused by highway defects or bad road conditions. Property damage is common in these types of crashes, as is personal injury ranging from minor to severe depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Multi-vehicle collisions or “pile-ups” are accidents that involve more than two vehicles. Highways, interstates and freeways are common locations for pile-ups since drivers traveling at a high rate of speed find it difficult to avoid a collision that happens right in front of them. In addition to injuries common among other types of accidents, multi-vehicle accident victims frequently suffer from burn injuries due to fires and explosions that occur at the crash scene because of spilled fuel.
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In addition to the injuries listed above, any type of car accident can result in the most grievous injury of all: death. Fatal car accidents are tragic scenarios in which the surviving loved ones are shocked and left to cover the cost of funeral expenses.
In addition to monetary reimbursement for the funeral, victims of car accident wrongful death may also receive compensation for lost wages, loss of companionship, and other damages intended to financially restore the family to before the accident.
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If you have been injured in a car accident, or a loved one has been killed due to a negligent driver, it’s imperative you discuss your case with an experienced local auto injury attorney as soon as possible. Schedule a free consultation with Houston personal injury attorneys Jed Silverman and Neal Davis to learn how we can secure the best possible outcome in your case and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. We are prepared to advocate on your behalf from start to finish by using almost 40 years of combined legal experience to negotiate a fair compensation settlement. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. That’s our No Fee Unless We Win Guarantee.