The 4 Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents

July 18, 2022 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
The 4 Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents

High Mortality and Severe Injury Risk Car Accidents

In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes. Those that didn't die in these car accidents likely came away from the experience with severe injuries. Car accidents are one of the top causes of death here in the United States and have massive destructive potential when it comes to damage to people and property. The majority of all accidents are hardly the life-ending events that make up the worst case scenario. Instead, most accidents end up being fender benders and bumps that hardly classify as mayhem. Learn about the 4 most dangerous types of car accidents and how to avoid them. There are a few types of accidents that are well known for the level of danger and destruction that they can wreak on the road. People that are involved in these kinds of accidents will typically suffer severe injuries and be stuck with massive medical expenses, lost wages from time spent in injury recovery, and a lot of pain and suffering. Victims of these especially destructive car accidents can seek compensation for the damages they suffered by filing a car accident suit against a party that was liable for the accident. You can pursue compensation for these damages on your own or by hiring a car accident lawyer. Many parties could actually be liable for the injuries caused by a destructive car accident. The most common individual at-fault in a car accident is the other driver. But third-parties can be negligent too. For example, car manufacturers, part manufacturers, and many others may be held responsible if they were negligent and those actions resulted in the accident that caused your injuries.

Pileup Car Accidents

The majority of accidents that people will be involved in will typically involve only one other vehicle. Even then, an accident between two vehicles can still be quite destructive. When the number of vehicles involved in an accident goes up then the likelihood of someone suffering severe injury goes up as well. When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident on a busy road then there is the chance that additional vehicles may inadvertently collide with the cars involved in the initial accident. This can create a chain reaction of vehicles crashing into each other in what is called a pileup. When a pileup occurs those involved in the initial collision are often unable to do much to escape the onslaught of vehicles adding to the pileup and are put at risk for more damage. The pileup of vehicles can also increase the risk of fires, explosions, and flying debris.

Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision is when a vehicle runs square into the front of another vehicle that is traveling in the opposite direction. Head-on collisions are not likely to occur at very low speeds. The situation often requires that both vehicles be traveling along a road with lanes moving in opposite directions and one vehicle veers into the other lane and causes a collision. Even at average speeds of 40mph, if both vehicles hit each other head-on at this speed then the actual impact would be comparable to one at 80mph thanks to Newton's third law. When head-on collisions occur there is a very high chance of fatality since the driver is getting the full force of the accident of the front. If they are not wearing a seatbelt they are absolutely hitting the windshield and even if they are, the force alone will cause serious injury.

Rollover Car Accidents

There are many instances where a car accident will result in one or several vehicles involved rolling over. This can happen because of the angle of impact, the car turned too hard, or the driver may have simply lost control of the vehicle entirely. Normally rollovers will occur because a driver will attempt to avoid a collision and their evasive actions will lead the vehicle to flip over and roll. This is especially more likely with larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. Rollovers are particularly dangerous since it makes abandoning the vehicle much more difficult and also the rolling itself can cause significant injury should the people in the car not be wearing seatbelts.

T-Bone Car Accidents

A t-bone accident is when one vehicle hits another's side in a perpendicular fashion. This accident is not named after the type of steak so much as the capital “T” shape the accident typically takes when one car smashes into the side. This kind of accident will typically occur when drivers fail to yield or run red lights at intersections. When it comes to t-bone accidents, drivers often will end up receiving a lot of damage. The sides of a vehicle are typically the most vulnerable in comparison to the front and back that at least have some kind of buffer. A car smashing into a driver's side at high speed is almost assuredly going to end up severely injuring or even killed the driver in that seat

Seek an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney

The aforementioned accidents have the potential to cause incredibly severe injuries and even death. If you or someone you love was injured in such an accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Florida law. The knowledgeable Dolman personal injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have the necessary legal knowledge to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and if necessary, litigate your case through the Florida court system. Insurance companies are generally not on your side and do not have your best interests at heart. A negligent driver's insurance company will invariably try and settle your personal injury case for a fraction of what it is really worth, keeping its money in-house and distributing it to shareholders. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have what it takes to fight an insurance company every step of the way—even if it means going to trial or resolving the disputed issues through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or arbitration. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our personal injury lawyers, please call us at (727) 451-6900 today or contact us online. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (727) 451-6900


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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