The bad news is that almost everyone who drives a car or rides in one as a passenger will get involved in a collision at least once, but the good news is that most car accidents do not result in severe injuries. Even if the worst result of your accident is costly vehicle damage, breaking even on the financial losses you incurred as a result of the accident can still take a lot of work. The angle at which the cars collide and the speed that they are traveling at the time of the collision has a marked effect on the risk of injury. If you suffer serious injuries in a car accident, you should contact a Houma car accident lawyer, who can get you the money you need to cover your accident-related medical bills through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Common Car Accident Scenarios, in Order From Most to Least Dangerous
These are some car accident scenarios in which injuries can occur, in order from the greatest to the least risk of severe injury:
- Head-on collisions – One car strikes the front of the other car. These accidents usually occur because of an egregious driver error, such as driving the wrong way in a lane of traffic, and alcohol or drugs often play a role. Although head-on collisions are rare, they account for a disproportionate share of traffic fatalities because high speeds are often involved. During a frontal impact collision, occupants of the front seat are still at high risk of injury, even if the vehicles are traveling at low speeds, the airbags deploy, and the riders are wearing seatbelts.
- Side impact collisions – Also known as T-bone crashes, these are where the front of one car strikes the side of another. The occupants of the struck vehicle are at high risk of injury because the side of the vehicle offers little protection. Airbags and seatbelts can reduce the severity of injury.
- Rollover crashes – These occur when a vehicle flips over after an impact. They usually occur when a vehicle with a high center of gravity, such as a pickup truck, SUV, or van, strikes a curb or tree. These collisions have a high fatality rate because of the high risk of ejection from the vehicle.
- Rear-end collisions – One car strikes the back of the other car. These accidents are very common, but they do not usually result in serious injury. Most rear-end collisions occur on city streets where the traffic does not travel very fast. If you are involved in a rear-end collision, you should get examined by a doctor on the same day because you may have a whiplash injury, and your symptoms may worsen in the coming days.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Car Accidents
A car accident lawyer can help you recover your accident-related financial losses, no matter how minor or major the accident was. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana, to set up a consultation about your case.