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Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents

Posted by Harlene Labrum | Mar 03, 2021

 Car accidents can leave you overwhelmed and in a state of shock. According to the National Safety Council, despite the COVID pandemic and drop in overall traffic, the United States still experienced a 20% increase in the death rate as a result of car accidents. This is an indication that the roadways still prove dangerous and car accidents can happen at any time. No matter what type of car accident you were involved in, contact our car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338 9500 to learn how you can ensure your legal rights remain protected.

Types Of Car Accidents

Every car accident will have its own unique set of facts and circumstances. Some of the most dangerous types of car accidents include the following:

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions typically occur when a driver travels the wrong way on a road, inappropriately passes drivers on the road, or drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As head-on collisions generally occur at high speeds, injuries are typically catastrophic or deadly.

Multiple Car Collisions

Car accidents involving three or more vehicles are especially dangerous. In many cases, one vehicle may receive an impact from other cars multiple times, and injuries are often severe.

Rear-End Accidents

When one vehicle hits the back of another vehicle, it is a rear-end collision. Many people believe that these accidents are simply “fender-benders”, however, severe whiplash can occur along with other injuries as a result of these types of accidents.

Sideswiping Accidents

When one car crashes into the side of another vehicle, it is a sideswiping accident. These types of accidents often happen at high rates of speed on the highway when one vehicle is attempting to merge into another lane or onto a highway and the driver does not notice another vehicle in the adjacent lane. These accidents can result in serious injuries and damage due to the fact that there are no airbags on the sides of vehicles and therefore the victims receive less protection than in head-on collisions or rear-end collisions.

T-bone Accidents

T-bone accidents occur when one vehicle hits another vehicle perpendicularly (creating a “T”). These types of accidents often happen when one driver goes through an intersection when it is not their turn, or fails to give another driver the right of way. These types of accidents are particularly dangerous due to the fact that they are often at high rates of speed and the side of the vehicles do not offer additional protection in the form of airbags.

Vehicle Rollovers

Any accident that involves a vehicle rollover is often violent and catastrophic for the passengers involved. In some cases, a passenger may end up ejected from the vehicle or crushed by the roof. There can be many causes of vehicle rollovers including negligent driving behavior, speeding, inclement weather conditions, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Common Injuries Suffered By Victims After Car Accidents

Depending on the severity and type of accident, injuries suffered as a result of a car accident may range from minor medical issues to catastrophic injuries. It is critical that victims of car accidents seek immediate medical evaluation and professional attention after a car accident as many serious injuries do not present immediate symptoms. Some of the types of common injuries suffered by victims of car accidents include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you were involved in a serious car accident, you may have traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBIs can range from minor concussions to bleeding within the brain. Symptoms of TBI may include headaches, dizziness, nausea, personality changes, sensory issues, confusion, or even loss of consciousness. These types of symptoms may not appear immediately after your car accident, therefore, it is incredibly important to seek medical evaluation and appropriate treatment after any car crash.

Fractured or Broken Bones

Car accidents often result in fractured or broken bones. These types of breaks or fractures can occur anywhere in the body but often are seen in the knees, legs, arms, neck, and spine.

Spinal Cord Injuries

If a car accident is severe enough, it may result in spinal cord injuries which can lead to permanent or possibly fatal consequences. In some serious cases, spinal cord injury victims are paralyzed permanently after a serious car accident.

Damage To Internal Organs/Internal Bleeding

Again, it is critical that victims of car accidents seek medical treatments and overall evaluations, as one of the common types of injuries include damage to internal organs (aortic dissection, etc.) or internal bleeding which can not be readily seen by the naked eye.

Other Types of Injuries

Other types of injuries that occur following a serious car accident can include lacerations, burns, whiplash, and bruising. If you suffered any kind of injury as a result of any type of car accident, contact our car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm to help you understand how you can possibly receive compensation for your injuries and losses.

Compensation Following Any Type of Car Accident

In most cases, victims of serious car accidents suffer both economic and non-economic losses. While every car accident will be different and have different sets of facts and circumstances, the following are the types of compensation a victim may have the right to pursue following their car crash:

  • Medical costs related to surgeries, prescriptions, doctors' visits, medical devices, physical therapies, psychological counseling, medical treatments, and chiropractic care.
  • Lost wages (or future lost wages) as a result of being unable to return to work as a result of your injuries.
  • Pain and suffering as a result of your physical injuries or emotional trauma experienced from the car accident that led to physical pain, anxiety, depression, the loss of enjoyment of life, and companionship.
  • Costs associated with property damage to a vehicle and the contents inside.
  • If a loved one of yours died as a result of a car accident that was due to someone else's negligence, you may have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to receive compensation for their injuries and losses.

How Labrum Law Firm Can Help You

Every type of car accident can result in economic and non-economic losses. If you were involved in any type of car accident, you may face injuries, time away from work, property damage, and emotional trauma. You may feel overwhelmed and unsure of your next steps. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim and receive justice as well as compensation for any injuries and losses. Our car accident attorneys can help provide you the answers to your legal questions during this challenging time. The Labrum Law Firm has experience with all types of car accidents, and can work with you to get you the justice and the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (615) 338-9500. 

About the Author

Harlene Labrum

Harlene is focused and passionate about helping those injured in car wrecks.  She earned her J.D. at Nashville School of Law and her Bachelor's degree at State University of New York at Albany, awarded with the highest GPA and high honors.  Harlene began her career in law as a personal injury par...

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