There are as many different types of car accidents as there are models of cars, each one representing different dangers, damages, and injuries. Below we discuss some of the more common types of auto accident, and links to pages where we discuss each type in more detail.
Common Types of Car Accidents:
Rear Ended/Hit From Behind: One of the most common type of car accident is when one car hits another from behind, usually known as getting rear ended or rear ending someone. Often caused by distracted driving on the part of the rear driver when the front car stops, unfortunately these are increasing in frequency as more people text and drive. According to the NHTSA, roughly 87% of rear end crashes are the result of distracted driving.
Head On Collisions: Less common but highly deadly, head on car accidents account for just over 10% of all car crash fatalities despite being only 2% of total car accidents in the US, according to the NHTSA. When the force of one car going full speed hits another, going in the opposite direction full speed, serious injury and death are often the unfortunate result.
Sideswipe/T-Bone Accidents: Occurring as a result of one car running a red light or stop sign and hitting the other vehicle from the side, or from lane changes where the driver isn’t looking or is in a blind spot, these can be damaging to car
doors and cause serious injuries to arms, legs and ribs, especially in a more serious impact.
Hit and Run Accidents: Roughly 11% of all reported traffic accidents in the US, and nearly 20% of all pedestrian deaths caused by a car accident, end up with at least one party fleeing the scene. Sadly, the number of hit & run fatalities is on the rise according to the NHTSA, with 1449 reported hit &run fatalities in 2011, up from 1274 just two years prior. In Los Angeles in 2009, hit and run accidents accounted for nearly half of all car crashed, according to LA Weekly.
Pedestrian Hit By Car: With no protecting against the sheer size and speed of an oncoming vehicle, pedestrians are often sitting ducks when hit by cars. Despite the multitude of traffic laws put in place to protect pedestrians and bicyclists from getting hit by cars, the number of injuries in this type of car accident rose nearly 15%, from 61,000 in 2006 to 70,000 in 2015, while the number of pedestrian fatalities rose roughly 12%, from 4795 to 5376 during the same time period, according to the NHTSA.
Injured Passenger: When a passenger in a car gets injured in a collision, usually the at fault driver (or drivers) is responsible for any damages owed to the passenger for medical treatment, loss of income or other expenses related to their injuries. The passenger is practically never found at fault for a car accident.
Parking Lot Accidents: While the majority of parking lot accidents are minor, result in nothing more than a dent and an inconvenience, sometimes parking lot accidents can be devastating. This is especially true when a car strikes a pedestrian or is driving at excessively high speeds for a parking lot.