Almost a hundred people die in car accidents every day that happen on busy roads, small streets, parking lots, and other off-road locations. The most common cause for all kinds of auto collisions and crashes is ‘distracted driving’. Distracted driving is an umbrella term, as distractions vary from driver to driver. The key distraction is our smartphone, which is why we see an abundance of campaigns against ‘texting and driving’. Many people take calls while they are driving, some put on loud music, then there are people who eat while driving, flashy billboards distract several, and the list goes on. As you can imagine, the reasons for getting involved in a car accident are unlimited. Accidents that involve two or more vehicles are usually the fault of one driver, rather than all of them. Whatever the cause, we see a familiar pattern of collision types that we shall discuss in this article. Car accident attorney in Irvine CA mentions four kinds of car accidents that frequently happen in the U.S:
Side Impact Collision
Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone collisions occur when two cars are moving perpendicular to each other. They usually occur at blind turns and crossroads, when people are not properly following traffic lights or fail to signal before making a turn. Even when the road looks particularly vacant, the driver must indicate that he/she is going to move sideways into another street. The car that is hit on the side typically suffers the greater damage, as there are no bumpers or side air bags to protect the passengers.
Head-on collisions occur when two cars moving in different directions hit one another upfront. The impact of the crash depends upon the speed of both cars; the greater the speed, the more forcefully they will run into each other. Head-on collisions often happen at intersections when the traffic lights are faulty or people become impatient. Occasionally, drivers going in the opposite direction in one-way lanes cause them. Turning into a street without signaling with the horn can also result in this type of crash.
Rear End Hit
Rear end hits occur more often than one would imagine, and they are not always the fault of the driver at the backside. Almost all rear end accidents happen during rush hours when cars tailgate one another amidst traffic jams. Drivers are annoyed for running late and forget the rule of thumb that requires them to maintain a distance of one vehicle with the car ahead. Oftentimes, cars are slowly moving and then suddenly the front car applies brakes, but the driver at the rear cannot follow pursuit very efficiently. Read end accidents may cause dangerous jerks, which lead to severe backbone and neck injuries (widely known as whiplash).
Single Vehicle Crash
Single vehicle accidents occur both on road and off road, mainly due to being distracted. Fatigue and sleepiness also causes drivers to lose control of the wheel, diverting the car off the street. Cars may crash into stationary objects, such as a pole, dumpster, wall, or fence. Sometimes single vehicle accidents happen when the driver is trying to move out of the way of an incoming object. An expected car, pedestrian or animal may cause the person to make an abrupt turn and crash into something else.