The three collisions that occur in a car accident are a vehicle collision, the human collision, and the internal collision. Knowing these three types of collisions and their related hazards helps you understand where and how injuries occur. Collisions follow a sequence and each of them can cause different and substantial injuries. Rear-end collisions are often the result of drivers not paying attention to the road or following it too closely.
When a driver doesn't maintain enough space with respect to the vehicle in front of them in traffic, the driver in the back may not have time or space to brake and avoid a collision if the traffic ahead comes to a sudden stop. Drowsy driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and distracted driving are common factors that contribute to rear-end collisions. Rear-end collision injuries range from minor to severe. Even at low speeds, victims of rear-end accidents can suffer serious injuries, such as broken bones, neck injuries, and spinal cord damage.
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of crashes, although they are less common than other types of car accidents. As both vehicles move toward each other, the force of impact increases. As a result, head-on collisions are much more likely to result in serious injury or death than other types of car accidents. Common causes of head-on collisions include distracted driving, drunk driving, driver fatigue, speeding, and reckless driving.
Injuries caused by head-on collisions are often serious and can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, internal organ damage, bone fractures, and more. Side-impact collisions occur when a vehicle moving in one direction collides with another vehicle at a perpendicular angle. Vehicles often form a “T” when they collide. Side-impact collisions are especially dangerous for vehicle occupants who are hit from the side.
The sides of vehicles have less mass to absorb the impact of a collision than the front and rear ends of a vehicle. Side-impact collisions are often due to drivers not giving way, not stopping at intersections, or ignoring traffic signs and signs. A distracted, disabled, or reckless driver can cause a side-impact collision and can be held financially responsible for the injuries that others suffer in the accident. Side-slip accidents occur when two or more vehicles travel parallel to each other and one vehicle hits the side of the other car.
Drivers who don't turn their heads to check their blind spots before joining or changing lanes often cause side-impact collisions. It may be helpful for you to understand more about the type of accident that injured you or a loved one. Understanding the three types of collisions after a car accident can help you understand how you can be injured in an accident.