The Three Deadliest Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, so it is always best for drivers to employ defensive driving techniques when they are on the road. Care and precaution can go a long way in minimizing the risk of a car accident. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the responsibilities of driving seriously, and car accidents do happen on a daily basis on roads all across America.
In the event of a car accident, statistics show that the type of accident that occurs can make the difference between walking away with minor injuries or suffering from catastrophic injuries. Steve Charpentier and the team of experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. have represented injury victims of many types of car crashes.
Here, we discuss the deadliest types of car accidents that can leave our Melbourne, FL clients with immeasurable losses.
Many accident experts agree that the most dangerous type of car accident is a head-on collision. Head-on collisions make up a little over 10 percent of total accident fatalities. This may not sound like a big number, but they are one of the deadliest types of crashes, when you take into consideration that only 2 percent of accidents involve a head-on collision.
The greatest danger of a head-on collision is its force. Most often, head-on collisions occur between two vehicles. If each vehicle is traveling 60 miles per hour, the combined force of the accident is basically equal to that of a single vehicle traveling at 120 miles per hour.
Even when a vehicle hits a fixed object head-on (such as a wall, pole, or tree), the results can be deadly. Fixed objects such as these have no give, so the impact of the accident can be fatal.
Side Impact Collisions
Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents, make up nearly a quarter of all car accident fatalities. The majority of side impact collisions take place near intersections, when cars aren’t necessarily traveling at high speeds.
However, the location of the impact in a T-bone collision is what makes this type of accident so dangerous. While a car tends to have a lot of protection built-into its front and rear bumpers, there is nothing on the side of a car to absorb the force of a crash. With just a thin door as protection, those involved in a side impact collision are vulnerable to catastrophic injuries or death.
Rounding out the top three deadliest types of car accidents are rollover accidents. A rollover accident can be triggered by any type of impact, including front, side, or rear collisions.
What classifies an accident as a rollover is if the vehicle is pushed onto its side or completely over onto its roof. A rollover can be particularly violent, as the vehicle is pushed into a rolling motion.
Vehicle occupants who are not wearing their seatbelts face the biggest risk in a rollover accident. They can be thrown around or even ejected from the vehicle. If the roof of the vehicle is not strong enough, it can collapse in, which further increases the risk of injuries or death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it is important to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss the details of your case. Steve Charpentier and the legal team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. will be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on your best course of legal action.
Contact us at your earliest convenience or call us at (321) 308-8020 to learn more.