Types of Collisions Common to Motor Vehicle Accidents

Digtriad.com in Greensboro North Carolina reported that a car accident on I-77 on the North Carolina/South Carolina border caused one person to die when two cars collided head on. Officers believe alcohol may have been a factor. Auto accidents between two vehicles can occur in several different ways. Each type of accident has a common set of injuries associated with it.

  • Side to Head-on collisions (also known as right-angle or T-bone collisions)
    • Causes – usually running a stop sign or failing to yield
    • Injuries – these injuries are very often fatal. They’re serious because they’re not anticipated, because one driver is usually going very fast and because there’s not protection from the hood or trunk of the car. Injuries include death, broken bones, fractures, head trauma, back injuries and soft tissue injuries
    • Liability – The damages to the car often indicate the fault of the drivers. The driver whose car was damaged in the front is usually at fault.
  • Head-to-Head collisions
    • Causes – drunk driving, lane crossing, distraction
    • Injuries – Because of the combined speed of both vehicles the energy in the crash is extremely high – often causing death and catastrophic injury
    • Liability – one of the drivers is often clearly in the wrong lane or where he shouldn’t be and thus at fault.
  • Rear-end collisions
    • Causes – usually going too fast or being distracted.
    • Injuries- soft tissues are common. More severe injuries can happen if the at-fault car was going too fast.
    • Liability – the car that wasn’t rear-ended is often the one at fault. Sometimes rear-end collisions can create a chain-reaction resulting in damages to multiple drivers, passengers and cars.
  • Sideswipe accidents
    • Cause – drivers who are changing lanes misjudge where they are in the lane; drivers who are avoiding a side to head collision
    • Injuries – not as severe as other types of accidents though they can still cause great pain.
    • Liability – hard to tell from the cars themselves. Witnesses and the background of where the cars were telling indicate liability.

How our firm can help

Anyone who has been in a car accident or who knows someone who was killed in a car accident because needs to have legal help. Contact Norfolk, VA Injury Lawyer Joe Miller at www.JoeMillerInjuryLaw.com or 888-694-1671 for more information on how to proceed, how to work with your doctors, and whether you might have a significant recovery coming your way. He represents those injured in car accidents in both North Carolina and Virginia.