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Types of Car Accidents

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There are a wide variety of circumstances that lead to car collisions. No two car accidents are the same – car crashes come about because of a variety of reasons and the ways in which two (or more) cars collide will vary from case to case. These differences and distinctions are significant: The approach used to win one specific car crash victim’s case may not be successful in winning another car accident victim’s case.

Types of Collisions – Matching the Injuries to the Evidence

One way in which car crashes can be distinguished from one another is by looking at the type of collision involved. Different types of collisions can result in different physical damage to the affected vehicles and different injuries to the people involved. For example:

  • Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles’ front ends collide with one another. This may come about because one vehicle crosses the centerline and enters the lane of travel for opposing traffic. One would expect extensive damage to the front ends of each vehicle involved and for the airbags of both vehicles to deploy. These types of collisions might not result in the type of severe harm that may result in other circumstances because many of the safety features present in modern cars are designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a head-on collision. One of the big concerns in head-on collisions is “whiplash” injuries, in which an injured motorist’s head is made to “whip” violently back and forth because of the forces of the crash. This can result in a traumatic brain injury, which can require significant expenses and costs to properly treat.
  • Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle strikes the rear of the vehicle in front of him or her. These collisions typically occur when the vehicle is either driving while distracted or fails to leave a sufficient amount of space between his or her vehicle and the vehicle in front of him or her. These types of collisions can also occur if the leading vehicle suddenly stops with no reason and without warning. Like in head-on collisions, one of the primary concerns in rear-end collisions is “whiplash” injuries that may lead to traumatic brain injuries. There is also a risk that drivers and occupants of the vehicle that is struck from behind will experience neck, back, and/or spinal cord injuries.
  • Side-strike collisions occur at intersections and are sometimes referred to as “T-type” collisions because of the shape of the vehicles take once the collision has occurred (that is, the shape of the letter “T”). In this type of collision, one vehicle strikes the other vehicle at a 90-degree angle. These collisions are typically caused by a driver who fails to yield the right of way at an intersection, who turns in front of oncoming traffic, and/or who fails to observe traffic lights and signals. The injuries sustained by the occupants of the struck vehicle are typically more severe due to the fact that some cars do not have as many protections on the sides of the vehicles as they do in the front and rear.

Contact Carr & Carr for Assistance Today

Whatever the type of car collision that resulted in harm to you or your loved one, count on the experienced Oklahoma injury lawyers of Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law to help you recover monetary damages for your injuries. Contact our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers or Call our firm today at 866-510-0580 to discuss the facts of your case and the recovery process with a compassionate and dedicated member of our team.  We have offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Northwest Arkansas. However, can meet with you wherever is convenient for you.

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