The Most Common Types of Car Accidents

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The Most Common Types of Car Accidents

If you have been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. It is important to understand that any injury resulting from an accident can be compensated, no matter how minor the incident may seem or what type of car accident you were in.

Our list of the most common types of car accidents can tell you a little more about what each kind of car accident could mean for you, your injuries, and any potential lawsuit you may pursue to cover your damages.

Building a case for your lawsuit, however, is often complicated and requires an understanding of both legal and medical lingo. It is essential to do research and seek professional advice before taking any steps forward with a car accident lawsuit. Fortunately, Morgan & Morgan is here to help. No matter where you’ve been injured, we’re here for you. As the largest personal injury firm in America, we have firms throughout the country. We’ll help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Being in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. It's important to know the most common types of car accidents so that you can stay safe and protect yourself from potential harm. To help you, here's an overview of the most common types of car accidents.

Rear-End Collisions

The most common type of car accident is the rear-end collision, which occurs when one vehicle hits another from behind. These collisions happen due to driver negligence, such as tailgating or distracted driving, or because one driver fails to adjust their speed for the road conditions.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles moving in opposite directions collide with each other. These crashes are often caused by drivers passing a car unsafely or failing to yield to the right-of-way when entering an intersection. Head-on collisions can cause serious injury or death due to their impact, so it's important to seek medical attention immediately after being involved in one.

Sideswipe Crashes

Sideswipe crashes occur when two vehicles traveling in the same direction make contact with each other at an angle, usually along the length of their sides. These crashes typically occur when drivers fail to pay attention while changing lanes or merging onto highways and roads with multiple lanes of traffic.

Multi-Vehicle Pileups 

Multi-vehicle pileups involve three or more cars colliding into each other at once due to poor driving habits (such as speeding) or lack of awareness (for example, failing to use signals). These types of crashes tend to cause serious injury due to their chaotic nature and the inability of the cars involved to stop quickly enough before impact occurs.

T-Bone Accidents

A T-bone accident occurs when two vehicles collide perpendicularly at an intersection. This type of accident occurs when one driver fails to stop at a red light, runs a stop sign, or turns without looking properly. These types of collisions usually happen at high speeds since both drivers are moving in opposite directions through an intersection. As such, they often result in major damage to both vehicles and serious injuries for all involved parties.

Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle flips onto its side or roof after losing control during a turn or swerve maneuver. This type of accident is particularly dangerous because it exposes passengers to potential ejection from the vehicle if they are not wearing their seatbelts properly. Rollovers may also involve multiple vehicles colliding with each other as well as stationary objects such as guard rails, trees, and walls.

The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents are a common occurrence on the roads, and they can cause serious injuries. Understanding these injuries can help you make more informed decisions if you’re considering legal action for a car accident. Read on to learn about some of the most common car accident injuries.


Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries, especially in rear-end collisions. It occurs when your head suddenly jerks forward and back, stretching and damaging tendons and ligaments in your neck. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, shoulder pain, and even memory loss or difficulty concentrating.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are another frequent injury caused by car accidents. The impact of an accident can cause bones to fracture or break completely depending on the speed at which it occurred as well as other factors such as seatbelt use or airbag deployment. Treatment for broken bones typically includes casting or surgery depending on the severity of the break.

Internal Injuries

While they may not be immediately apparent after an accident, internal injuries can be just as serious as any other type of injury caused by a car crash. Internal injuries can be caused by blunt force trauma that bruises organs or causes them to bleed internally. These types of injuries require immediate medical attention since they can have long-term effects and can be fatal if they are left untreated or undiagnosed.

Head Injuries

One of the most common types of car accident injuries is head injuries. These can range from mild concussions to more serious brain trauma. Symptoms of head injuries can include confusion, memory loss, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and blurred vision.


Burns are another common type of car accident injury. Burns are typically caused by contact with hot surfaces such as engines or exhaust systems; they can also be caused by contact with airbags when they deploy during an accident.

Spine Injuries

In addition to head and burn injuries, spine injuries can also occur during a car crash. Spine injuries are very serious and require immediate medical attention; symptoms include numbness or tingling sensations in the arms or legs and difficulty walking or standing up.

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  • What Compensation Am I Entitled to After a Car Accident?

    Different types of compensation are available depending on the circumstances of your accident, who was at fault, and other factors. Some of the most common types of damages include the following:

    Medical Bills and Treatment Costs

    If you were injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to reimbursement for any medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury, including hospital stays, medications, doctor visits, physical therapy, etc. The amount of reimbursement you receive depends on whether the other driver was at fault for the accident and if so, how much their insurance company is willing to pay out.

    Lost Wages

    If you have been injured in an auto accident, you may also be entitled to reimbursement for lost wages due to missed work or inability to work following your injury. Depending on the severity of your injuries and how quickly they heal, this could mean anything from missing one day’s worth of pay up to many months’ worth depending on if long-term care or rehabilitation is necessary. Again, it all depends on the specifics of your case and who is at fault for the accident.

    Pain & Suffering

    Pain and suffering covers any emotional trauma that results from being involved in an auto accident—including things like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pain can also include physical pain caused by injuries sustained during the crash.

  • How Do I Win a Car Accident Claim?

    Filing a car accident claim can be an intimidating process, but we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Consider the following tips for winning your car accident claim.

    1. Gather evidence

    The first step is to gather all the evidence related to your car accident. This includes photos of the scene, police reports, witness statements, medical records, and any other documents that can prove the other driver was at fault. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be when it comes time to make your claim.

    2. Contact a lawyer

    It’s always a good idea to contact an experienced lawyer when filing a car accident claim. An experienced lawyer will be able to review all the evidence and determine if there are any legal options available to you such as filing a lawsuit or seeking compensation from the insurance company. They will also be able to help you collect evidence. Additionally, an experienced lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf so that you get the maximum amount of compensation possible in your case.

    3. File your paperwork on time

    Filing paperwork on time is critical when it comes to filing a successful car accident claim. Make sure that all paperwork is filed correctly and on time so that it doesn’t affect your ability to receive compensation or cause unnecessary delays in processing your claim. An experienced lawyer can help make sure that everything is done correctly and within deadlines so that there are no issues with submitting claims or appealing decisions made by insurance companies or courts if necessary.

    4. Be prepared for negotiations

    Once all of the paperwork has been filed, it’s time for negotiations with the insurance company or other party involved in the case. Negotiating with insurance companies can be tricky because they may try to settle for less than what is fair or reject legitimate claims altogether. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help ensure that negotiations go smoothly and that any settlement offered is fair and justifiable given all the circumstances surrounding your case.

    5 . Take legal action if necessary                    

    Taking legal action may not always be necessary but it’s important to keep in mind as an option if needed during negotiations with insurance companies or other parties involved in your case.

  • Contact Morgan & Morgan for Help With Your Car Accident Claim

    The aftermath of any car accident has the potential to be both expensive and disruptive to routine. Accidents and the resulting lawsuits and injuries are serious matters that can have long-lasting consequences. Being aware of your rights and seeking legal help as soon as possible is paramount if you or someone you know has been involved in a collision.

    The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are here to help you no matter where you’re located. We have helped clients all over the country recover billions of dollars and will do whatever it takes to get you the justice you deserve.

    Contact Morgan & Morgan today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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