Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in America, and as many precautions as possible should be taken to avoid them. There are three general types of car accidents: frontal impact, rear impact and side collision.
Frontal impact accidents occurs when the front of the vehicle collides with another vehicle or still object. These are unique in that the driver has full view of the road and the collision when the collision occurs. Still, it is at times difficult or impossible to stop a collision when it is already in motion- even when we can see it coming. According to legal resources, common causes of frontal impact accidents can include driver error, reckless driving, and speeding.
Rear impact accidents occur behind the vehicle, outside of the drivers’ vantage point. Because these happen outside of the view of the driver, they are far more likely to be caused by the driver behind the vehicle then the driver in the front vehicle. According to the website of the Houston personal injury lawyers at The Mokarram Law Firm, these are often cause by distraction or mechanical defects, and can be categorized as “no fault” accidents.
Side collisions are a more dangerous kind of collision, because in many vehicles there is less airbag protection on the points of impact in these types of accidents. These occur when a vehicle collides with another vehicle that it to the side of it. The other vehicle may be parallel or perpendicular, but regardless the point of collision will be with the side of the car, near the passenger or drivers side doors. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, common causes of these accidents are drunk driving, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, and highway defects.
Car accidents can have life long and sometimes life threatening effects on those involved. Unfortunately, many accidents are due to the recklessness and negligence of another. In these cases, certain damage might be owed to the victims involved.